Are you looking to earn money online? Maybe you're already skeptical, and want to check out a company or a new product. You'll find a great list of resources here to help you do your research.
Before you attempt to make money online, you should know about internet scams and how to avoid them. You'll also learn how to report scams to the authorities. By reporting scams we can make a difference. Scammers need to be stopped!
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You've probably seen the different ways to make money online: affiliate marketing, paid surveys, endless opportunities for you to get rich. So many programs that promise you can make money on autopilot. If these were true, wouldn't everyone already be rich?
While it's possible to earn money online, it's still true that getting rich quickly with minimal effort is a myth. People who want to make money off of you will try to make you believe they've found the secret code or system. Don't fall for it!
Many opportunities seem almost too good to be true, but a deep-seated desire to believe in possibilities, coupled with a convincing sales pitch, can lead to a decision that may bring only regret and headaches in the future, not to mention the heartache of being let down after so much personal time and money has been invested. So, if you've been searching for ways to make money online, remember to proceed with caution and do your research before investing your time and money.
New links will be added as I find them, so be sure to check back now and then ...
UPDATE: Links were added one by one, and have all been listed together in the module titled "All Together Now!"
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BBB Scam Alerts
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A Few Current Examples of Work-from-Home Scams
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“All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke”
Scam artists have probably existed since the beginning of time, but has the emergence of internet spread what seems to be a virus that strips people of integrity? Has the temptation to make fantastic sums of money - at the expense of others- propelled previously honest people to embark on less-than-admirable endeavors? Horrifying!
Certainly, many more people than ever before are looking for ways to supplement their income (or lack thereof), through internet opportunities. Unfortunately, it seems, one is more likely than not to encounter internet scams.
This is exactly why we need to participate in protecting ourselves by being aware of the facts. The opportunities to get scammed are endless, so what do we do? Be aware. Knowledge is power. Just being aware and skeptical of any offer could save you a lot of headaches. There are plenty of resources available for our protection, so the possibility to make money online is still viable. We just need to proceed with caution. Beware of anything that sounds too good to be true - it usually is.
The aim of this lens is to create an overview of some very basic ways to avoid getting scammed. That's the first step - the idealist in me would ultimately like to see the eventual eradication of all internet (and other) scams, but let's be realistic. One person can only do so much. Together, we can do a lot more. Remember the slogan "If you see something, say something." Don't let known scams go unreported.
Let's put an end to these demoralizing practices now!
Promote Good Values like Honesty and Integrity
you can make a difference!
This DVD will teach you how to make the right choices in life with the qualities of honesty, integrity, and responsibility as the most important guidelines.
This very insightful book discusses choices based on the values given to us by society, as well as our own innate sense of integrity, and how compassion plays into the mix. Very helpful for personal development!
This is a very solid practical guide for small business owners and large corporations alike. If you want to build a better business, have a look at this one.
One of the most common categories I've seen lately is for "Google Cash" or "Google AdMoney" where people claim that Google will pay you for posting links. The ones I read were really convincing, and it seemed to make sense that Google would pay for this kind of work. After reading the first one, I mentally cataloged it as something to undertake in the near future. Having read the same claims from others again and again, I really was nearly convinced that this was legitimate. Luckily, it occured to me to visit Google's homepage and search for the opportunity. At the bottom of their site you'll find a link for "About Google." It took quite some time before I found the disappointing truth, so how I got there is a bit foggy, but it was posted on the Google Blogs. That's right - sounded legitimate but wasn't! I was fortunate to discover this before it was too late, but I really feel for those who've gotten sucked in. The following links should be helpful for anyone who's been "scroogled," or anyone wanting to research a possible Google scam.
If you're wondering whether a money-making program using the Google name is a scam, it's easy to check - just ask the Google Webmaster! If you've already been scammed (sorry!) you can report this to the webmaster ... here are the links:
Make money with Google
it is possible to earn money with Google!
Learn how to make money online with Google! All you need to earn money with Google, is a free Blogger account, combined with a free AdSense account. It does take time to build up a steady stream of traffic, though. The best way to make money blogging, is to write about something you feel passionate about. In other words, forget about making money - write what you love and the money will follow!
Are paid online surveys scams?
have you tried surveys?
You've heard it all before: "Earn $1000 a day with paid surveys!" Honestly, does this sound a bit overoptimistic? Sales pitches often use clever phrases (usually in small print, hoping people won't notice) such as "results not typical." That phrase "results not typical" kind of says it all: these fantastic results may happen, but usually only once in a blue moon. Use common sense and good judgement, and you won't be disappointed later. Use the following links to get reports from others who've tried to make money online. Just keep in mind that you don't know these people, either; so take everything with a grain of salt. Good luck!
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How can we stop them?
(no violence, please!)
DON'T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT !!!
If you've fallen victim to a scam, or are aware of one - report it to the authorities!
submit a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission
These videos will give you helpful tips from the bbb and others. If you've been wondering about Lockerz.com have a look. To answer correctly in the quiz that follows, you'll need to watch the one tagged "The Truth About Affiliate Marketing Scams and Internet Marketing Make Money Online Schemes" (unless you happen to guess the right answer!).
Yahoo! Answers search results
is * a work online scam?
All anyone has to do to get an idea of how many scams are running rampant all over the internet, is to go to a site like Y!A and post a question. A typical question that comes up ALL THE TIME is "Are there any legitimate work at home opportunities that aren't scams?" Over and over people are asking this, and it's almost comical how many of the "opportunities" offered are obviously scams. The scammers will never stop trying to fool people (unless they're caught), so our best defense is to stop being so trusting. A clever salesperson can sell just about anything to anyone. So the next time you're looking to earn money online, ask yourself or ask someone else - "Does it look like a scam?"
To reiterate ... "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." This is the most basic rule of thumb! Be skeptical and do as much research as possible.
Books from the BBB and others ...
Buying a franchise is not a guaranteed formula success. There are many things to consider, and some you may not have thought about. This book will help you decide if a franchise opportunity is for you.
The eBay Seller's Tax and Legal Answer Book: Everything You Need to Know to Keep the Government Off Your Back and Out of Your Wallet
While this book is not very recent, it's still getting lots of favorable customer reviews at amazon. Some of the eBay policies have changed since this book was released, but it will still help you understand a lot without having to wade through endless pages of "legalese."
How and Where to Locate the Merchandise to Sell on eBay: Insider Information You Need to Know from the Experts Who Do It Every Day
Here's another book that is not new, but still useful today. If you're going to sell on eBay, you need to have something to sell, right? This book will give you a lot of great pointers on where to find merchandise and when to buy.
Marsha Collier tells you about her book "Starting an eBay Business For Dummies"
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