How to Avoid Being Scammed Online?

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

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If you stumbled upon a product with one of the signs below, BE CAREFUL and do some in-depth research before investing in it.

None of these signs mean that the product is 100% scam, but if you find any of the 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 in the world 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 also the way 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!

Keep in mind 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.

BE CAREFUL!

4. Including fancy images like expensive cars and homes

We make purchases buy 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 for a while. 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:

  1. Get in touch with the sellers before buying
  2. 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.
  3. 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 by individuals and see what you can find from them.
  4. Do not trust any promises or testimonials on the sales page – Search for reviews and testimonials in other places.
  5. 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

Unique Rewards is a reward website that gives you points for your online actions like surveys, watching videos, etc. You can cash out your earnings after 20$.

It is not a scam, but it does not worth your time. Do you want to know why?

Click on the title to read our complete unique rewards review.

Survey Junkie

It’s a famous survey site where you can take surveys and earn a few dollars for each survey. While its popularity is increasing day by day, I do not recommend it; You can click on the names to read the full review.

BigSpot

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

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. Especially if you’re new to online business, I don’t recommend this program. Click on the name to read the full review.

Especially if you’re new to online business, I don’t recommend this program. Click on the name to read the full review.

Kyani

Kyani is a reputable business, according to many online reviews! They offer health products. If you are into those products, you might want to test Kyani’s products.

What is not recommended about Kyani is the business opportunity part! Why? A few of my reasons are

  1. Their business model is MLM which I don’t like
  2. Their success rate is low
  3. You should invest a relatively complex amount of money to start

You can read my full review by clicking on the name.

Coffee Shop Millionaire

Coffee shop millionaire is not a scam nor a perfect product. It bombards you with upsells, and many similar products are better and cheaper.

That’s why it’s not recommended. You can read the full review if you click on its 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 there are some games and apps allowing you to make a few dollars on the side.

I do not recommend them as I think 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 by them:

Tell Us About Your Experiences

Do you have experience with internet scams in the past?

Feel free to share your stories with us and help others stay safe.

2 Comments
  1. Jeremy Hood

    These are some great tips on avoiding internet scams. Sometimes it can be hard to do as they are well disguised.

    Like you said, the first thing I do is decide if it is too good to be true. If your gut is telling you this it is usually true.

    If it passes that test then I do the searches you recommend like the name of the product + scam. This is usually enough to make a decision for me.

    Reply
    • Ash

      The research step is the most important one for sure. But, sometimes, especially when the product is new, you might not be able to find enough information about it.

      In those cases, my recommendation is to check a few more things: 1. Their contact info 2. The owners 3. Their support.

      Some scams create several products to protect the newest one from bad reviews! If you could track them and see how the previous products were doing, you can make a wiser decision about it.

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