I hate to see people getting scammed.
This article will share some of the main red flags of online scams to help you avoid them.
Five Important Signs of Online Scams
If you stumbled upon a product with one of the signs below, BE CAREFUL and do in-depth research before investing in it.
None of these signs mean that the product is a 100% scam, but if you find any signs in a product, it is probably a scam or a low-quality product.
You should be careful when you see these red flags:
1. No contact information
All reputable businesses worldwide should provide you with ways to contact them if needed. They should present a valid address, phone number, and email address.
The first thing you should do is check the phone number or email by actually contacting them. You can also check if the address is valid on Google Maps and if it is not a random address.
It is not a good sign if you cannot contact the sellers.
2. Low-quality support with no or slow response
By contacting them, you will also understand how professional is the support team. The contact information may be valid, and you receive a response, but how they respond matters.
If you feel the response is an automated message, it’s another red flag you should be careful about.
3. Extraordinary promises
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Remember that there are no magic ways to get rich, lose weight, etc. If the advertisement is building high hopes for extreme results in a short time, you are looking at another red flag.
4. Including fancy images like expensive cars and homes
We make purchases by emotional decisions.
If you see images of an expensive car in an advertisement, it’s probably an emotional trigger to stop you from thinking more logically.
In this case, the best thing to do is wait awhile. If you wait even one day before making the payment, you will start to think more logically and understand better if you intend to invest in a product.
5. Magic or untold methods
There is no backdoor to success.
Most scams promise you to share some untold methods that work like crazy, and our mind likes to believe it.
If you hear about secrets, be careful about the product and do more research.
5 Ways to Avoid Internet Scams
But how can you avoid internet scams?
Here is a list of 5 ways to avoid scams:
- Get in touch with the sellers before buying
- Search for the product and read different reviews about it (Use terms like “name of the product + scam” or “name of the product + review” ) – It might sound obvious, but many people ignore it when they see a shiny product.
- Search for the product owners (If you can’t find out who the owners are, be careful; it’s probably a big scam! ) – Check if the product is owned by a company or individuals and see what you can find from them.
- Do not trust any promises or testimonials on the sales page – Search for reviews and testimonials elsewhere.
- Get feedback from other people in trusted, known communities. You can always ask about a product in related forums, communities, or social media.
Not Recommended List
At LetsEarnIt.com, we are constantly reviewing products. We do not recommend the following list as we believe they will waste your time or money or both.
Some of these programs are legit, and some are scams, but they are not worth your time.
Unique Rewards is a reward website that gives you points for online actions like surveys, watching videos, etc. You can cash out your earnings after $20.
It is not a scam, but it is not worth your time. Do you want to know why?
Click on the title to read our complete unique rewards review.
It’s a famous survey site where you can take surveys and earn a few dollars for each survey. While its popularity is increasing daily, I do not recommend it; You can click on the names to read the full review.
BigSpot is a scam! So many complaints and shady marketing are a few red flags about it. Stay away from it. If you want to read the full review, click on its name!
AmeriPlan is a legit business that offers real opportunities, but it’s not your best solution. Their website looks old, and your opportunities are limited. I don’t recommend this program, especially if you’re new to online business. Click on the name to read the full review.
I don’t recommend this program, especially if you’re new to online business. Click on the name to read the full review.
Kyani is a reputable business, according to many online reviews! They offer health products. You might want to test Kyani’s products if you are into those products.
What is not recommended about Kyani is the business opportunity part! Why? A few of my reasons are
- Their business model is MLM, which I don’t like
- Their success rate is low
- You should invest a relatively complex amount of money to start
You can read my full review by clicking on the name.
Survey Sites Reviews
You can earn some extra cash by taking online surveys.
While I do not recommend it as I believe it isn’t worth your time, some people enjoy doing online surveys in their free time.
Here is a list of Survey Platforms reviewed by LetsEarnIt:
Money Games Reviews
It’s not possible to earn an income by playing games, but some games and apps allow you to make a few dollars on the side.
I do not recommend them because your time is worth much more. I’ve reviewed them to investigate this market more in-depth.
Here is a list of games and apps claiming you can make money from them:
Tell Us About Your Experiences
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