How to know if a “Make Money Online” product is a scam

March 30, 2009

There are so many “Make Money Online” products out there that it can sometimes be difficult to know what's a scam from what isn't. The unfortunate fact is that there are many unethical money-hungry scam artist out there that have perfected the art taking advantage of people who don't know better. Fortunately, there are some simple ways that you can equip yourself so that you do not fall prey to these wicked people.

So how do you protect your pockets from these guys? By doing your research.

Lets say you head about an “Amazing product” that is making many people millions of dollars. The website looks legit and has many testimonials from “average people” just like you and I. Don't buy on impulse, because there is a very high probability that you will regret your decision later.

How to do your research

A great place to start uncovering the juicy details of any online program is with Google. Type the name of the product or marketer into the search engines to see if there are any obvious scam reports. Do searches with the name followed by terms like “scam” and “review” and see what information you can uncover. However, while doing this type of research, be aware that many marketers use the word “scam” to lure you into a nice detailed (and positive) review of the product.

After doing these google searches, you will potentially find many articles dealing with the product. Always read these pages very carefully, with the intention of getting as much information about what the product/service is about.

You should also be aware that with just about every product/service out there, there will be a disgruntled customer or two. Some people can be impatient and even angry if they encounter a minor technical difficulty and don't get a response within 30 minutes. Other, more dishonest individuals, try to tarnish the reputation of products to attempt to reduce competition.

The main thing you are looking for is that that the positive reviews far outweigh the negative ones. If not, it is better to stay away from that product/service. It is better to be safe than sorry.

In my opinion, the best way to find good quality program is by getting personal recommendations from trusted sources. There are a few persons that I consider to be my mentors. Most of the time when I am interested in finding out about a topic, I check with them to see what/who they recommend. By doing so, I know that I will find quality programs because I trust their judgment.

Find honest people who know more than you do, and trust their recommendation. They wouldn't want to risk hurting their own reputation by providing you with a poor product recommendation.

So, the take home message is – NEVER trust the claims of the website/marketer. Even screenshots of earnings can be falsified. Do your own research and make sure you understand EXACTLY what you are getting into before you take the plunge. If you are investing your time and money, you want to be sure it's a good program beforehand.

There is one more VERY IMPORTANT point that needs to be emphasized when it comes to making money online. There is a myth circulating around the internet that it is possible to make a lot of money without working hard. This might not be something that you want to hear, but the fact of the matter is that THAT'S A HUGE LIE. This concept is sold by many online programs and it is a concept that works, because it aroused the fantasies of unsuspecting individuals.

Yes, there are people who make lots of money online without working too hard. However, in order to reach where they are, there was A LOT of work that had to be done. Years of learning, many failures and (hopefully) many successes. Do NOT believe that you can immediately do what they do without investing a considerable amount of time and effort.

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16 Comments

  • Gem Alfred says:

    I guess nowadays it is very hard to know if the product is legit. The best way is not to be lured by their Easy Money scheme. In order to earn a lot of money you must work hard for it. Leslie your right that research is the best way to know if its a scam or not.

  • Gerald says:

    If you’ve seen the lines “disgruntled customer, scam, fake, xx,xxx dollars in 1 month” etc, RUN WITH THE WIND!
    Better SAFE then SORRY. ^_^

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  • Rebecca C says:

    I would love to make money online, but it is daunting because there are far too many scammy offers out there. Thanks so much for the advice!

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  • Rebecca C says:

    I would love to make money online, but it is daunting because there are far too many scammy offers out there. Thanks so much for the advice!

    Rebecca Cs last blog post..The Snow is gone

  • Linda T. says:

    Advising research on any endeavor is the best advice you could have given Leslie. I agree that nothing comes easy, there are no get rich quick deals that work, and if you are at a point in life where you’re hardly having to work for your money then you’ve already put in some hard work to get there. Keep up the good advice.
    Thanks,
    Linda

  • Linda T. says:

    Advising research on any endeavor is the best advice you could have given Leslie. I agree that nothing comes easy, there are no get rich quick deals that work, and if you are at a point in life where you’re hardly having to work for your money then you’ve already put in some hard work to get there. Keep up the good advice.
    Thanks,
    Linda

  • Blaine Moore says:

    I’ll take a slightly contrary viewpoint.

    How much is the potential product going to cost you? Is it in your budget, and does the proposed features and benefits resonate with you?

    If it doesn’t cost much and it may be useful, then just buy it and find out. Spinning your wheels researching the product isn’t a productive use of your time; you are better off just buying, analyzing yourself, and then immediately taking action on the information if it is useful and relevant or just chucking it if it isn’t useful or relevant. If you do need to see if it is a scam, see if somebody you trust is recommending it or not and consider their word good.

    Obviously, if something is going to strain your budget, then a little more due diligence might be in order, but if you have a budget and this product will only take a small piece of it then just go ahead and pull the trigger.

    Avoid analysis paralysis; take action and hurry up and make your mistakes.

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  • Blaine Moore says:

    I’ll take a slightly contrary viewpoint.

    How much is the potential product going to cost you? Is it in your budget, and does the proposed features and benefits resonate with you?

    If it doesn’t cost much and it may be useful, then just buy it and find out. Spinning your wheels researching the product isn’t a productive use of your time; you are better off just buying, analyzing yourself, and then immediately taking action on the information if it is useful and relevant or just chucking it if it isn’t useful or relevant. If you do need to see if it is a scam, see if somebody you trust is recommending it or not and consider their word good.

    Obviously, if something is going to strain your budget, then a little more due diligence might be in order, but if you have a budget and this product will only take a small piece of it then just go ahead and pull the trigger.

    Avoid analysis paralysis; take action and hurry up and make your mistakes.

    Blaine Moores last blog post..Naked Pole Vaulter Romaine Mesnil Seeks Sponsorship

  • Heath says:

    Thanks for the tips, I can’t agree more that research is extremely important……in nearly everything we do.

  • Heath says:

    Thanks for the tips, I can’t agree more that research is extremely important……in nearly everything we do.

  • stefanomen says:

    I must agree with the fact that there is NO way anyone can make money online without working hard enough…

    There is a lot of skills required in order to make a decent income over the web. And it also takes time to implement all the tools needed to generate enough traffic to make money online.

    And it is VERY important that you make deep researches on the online business or program you wish to join before deciding to give it a try.

    Thanks for all these tips, Leslie!

    stefanomens last blog post..La Citation Nationale de service à la profession!

  • stefanomen says:

    I must agree with the fact that there is NO way anyone can make money online without working hard enough…

    There is a lot of skills required in order to make a decent income over the web. And it also takes time to implement all the tools needed to generate enough traffic to make money online.

    And it is VERY important that you make deep researches on the online business or program you wish to join before deciding to give it a try.

    Thanks for all these tips, Leslie!

    stefanomens last blog post..La Citation Nationale de service à la profession!

  • EasilySuede (Susan) says:

    Actually, if it weren’t for doing a little research on Google I probably wouldn’t be here today commenting on Leslie’s blog! I had discovered Project PayDay and went through there little training course and when I Googled PPD & NIS that’s when Leslie’s article “The Project PayDay and Net Income Solutions Partnership…” came up. I read that post, and then EVERYTHING I could find on TheFreebieGuy.net website and I’ve never looked back! Perhaps I’ll re-visit PPD/NIS later once I get my feet wet but for now I plan to learn the ropes with the help of everyone at Calistyle101. 🙂

  • EasilySuede (Susan) says:

    Actually, if it weren’t for doing a little research on Google I probably wouldn’t be here today commenting on Leslie’s blog! I had discovered Project PayDay and went through there little training course and when I Googled PPD & NIS that’s when Leslie’s article “The Project PayDay and Net Income Solutions Partnership…” came up. I read that post, and then EVERYTHING I could find on TheFreebieGuy.net website and I’ve never looked back! Perhaps I’ll re-visit PPD/NIS later once I get my feet wet but for now I plan to learn the ropes with the help of everyone at Calistyle101. 🙂

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