Work at Home Frauds – Easy Ways to Identify Them
Not long ago I was like many of you, looking for a potential “Work from Home” opportunity. While on my quest, I found a large number of sites that made outrageous promises. I even came very close to buying into one of them. I am glad that I took the time to look deeper into the site before I signed up. However, I wonder how many people get caught up in the excitement of the possibilities offered, and end up losing money that they don’t have.
The worst part about trying to find a work at home job on the search engines, is that many of the scam sites are among those listed on the very top of the search engine results. I realized that my quest for a real on-line income opportunity was going to be a bigger challenge than I thought it would be. With so many sites out there, which are only determined to take our money, how can we trust any of them?
I learned a lot about how many of these dubious sites operate, as well as how easy it is to identify whether it is honest or not. Most frauds are easily recognized by some simple identification marks on their landing and sales pages. The ability to instantly recognize these identifiers can prevent a person from signing up for a toxic program designed to drain his or her accounts.
Keep in mind that even a few reputable websites use some of these tactics in trying to get more notoriety. However, the dishonest sites have no truth or factual information to build their service or product on, so they will use multiple tactics in a ruse to lure you in. Some of the most common are listed below. My advice is to avoid any business system or program that has more than one of these identifiers:
- The very first identifier that I look for is non-clickable security seals. If security seals like McAfee Security, Geo Trust, Hacker Safe etc… do not link you back to the security site, the seal is meaningless and just a picture. The entire reason for the seal is to provide a visitor to the questionable site, with the ability to go to the independent third party site, to confirm that the site hosting the order page is secure.
- Most scandals use news station logos. If the phrase “As seen on CNN, Fox News, CBS or the like, are placed on the website’s pages, it is only a ruse to establish notoriety. It can mean that the company has advertised on one of these channels or news organizations.
- Often deceitful sites will have landing pages that pose to be something other than what they are. If you open a site that presents itself to be something that it isn’t, such as a Job finder website or a Scam expos website, than it is likely a scam. The search results of the page will always lead you to the scam site as an answer to the job search. It may also tell you that a limited number of positions are available in your current location.
- Many devious sites claim to be the best or number one. Consider the thousands of others that are claiming the same thing. Of course it is entirely unverifiable. Since they are likely deceitful about being a legitimate business, it only makes sense to say they are the best at it as well.
- The seedy sites will sometimes offer free consultation to help in your success. Many of them offer something like this, “You’ll get a free one on one phone consultation, with a search engine agent advisor, to discuss your individual goals, and map out and make sure your quick path to financial success.” More often than not these free consultations are a ploy to hard sell you on other expensive products or services that either you don’t need or are potentially and utterly useless. It usually works out this way; You call them for their help, and some one from another part of the world informs you that the reason that you can’t make the sales, or that you are not as successful, is that you need an additional “Premium” upgrade. Of course they won’t guarantee that it will improve the performance. But is will cost you another $100 for the upgrade.
- Many cons use stock Photos, especially for the testimonials and pictures of expensive items that were purchased by some of the people who claim to have been successful with their program. Have you ever gone to several different websites and noticed that many of the pictures are of the same people. With different names and testimonials of course. Read the disclaimer at the bottom of the sales page. It will often say something like this. “For the purpose of privacy, the pictures shown in testimonials have been adapted and results may vary.”
- Truly scandalous sites will often try to manipulate the urgency of signing up immediately. A little post ticker, at the top of the page, will display that there might be anywhere from one to three positions available in your area. This is a ruse in an attempt to make you to rush into signing up with their company, before thinking about it thoroughly, and looking into their credibility. It is strictly a manipulation tool to force you into a premature decision, It is highly effective. Some are as clever as to have the number tick down while you are viewing the landing page, giving the illusion that you are about to miss out on a hot opportunity. If you ever see this one back out of it NOW!!!!
- Scams will also reduce the cost of the program while you are trying to back out of the sales page. If you try to back out of the site, without signing up for their program, a pop-up with a greatly reduced offer shows up on your screen. Sometimes a second or even a third reduction is offered. Remember that their goal is to have you give up as much money as possible. Their goal does not include selling you a legitimate program. When you see these, continue to back out and never return to that site ever again.
These are some of the more common traits that are found on many of the scam sites on the internet. This is not an all inclusive list. These are some of the most blatant identifiers that anyone can notice easily. If you come across a site that has any one of these, do a little research before signing up for anything. If the site has two or more, don’t bother with it. Back out of the site and look for a better solution. I hope that this helps you in your quest for a legitimate work from home opportunity. Stay cautious and good luck.