When the internet first went mainstream, pages were flooded with pop-ups promising things like luxury cruise holidays, telling us we were selected as the millionth visitor to a site, and if we just input our details we’ll be the lucky recipient of a great free handout.
As people got wise to the rather basic scams out there, the scammers took notice and began to evolve. They used more and more definitive internet marketing techniques.
As human beings, we all obviously love the thought of getting something for nothing.
This is how scams work; they capitalize on our in-built hope that we may one day win something, or come in to a windfall. This is a natural reaction to have, and this is what makes scams successful on an ongoing basis.
A friend of mine had an elderly grandmother who got scammed to the tune of thousands, because she subscribed to a service which promised to deliver massive jackpot cash prizes, if she invested a small amount of money. The family is still paying off the debts incurred by this lovely woman, who simply hoped to be able to land a cash prize big enough to set her relatives up for the future.
The internet is rife with offers from scammers, posing as legitimate businesspeople.
Money laundering deals come in to my mailbox on a daily basis, promising that I can make a small fortune, simply by inputting my bank details.
Another great scam is the e-mail that arrives asking me to confirm my bank details, for the purposes of enhancing my online security.
Getting Savvy With Online Scams
Unfortunately, most of us learn the hard way to remember if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.
My early experiences of online scams have taught me to check things carefully, and I now have a built in monitor which alerts me when something seems suspicious.
When I set up my on-line business, I decided to be one of the good guys – to only offer products for a reasonable price, and commit to providing an ongoing service that reassures people that I am there to support them.
When I launched my blogging course, I vowed to keep costs low and service high, to work towards restoring people’s faith in online businesses.
(I believe the blogging course is very fairly priced compared to other courses – please do not be ‘put-off’ by the price and think it is too cheap to be any good.)
The course is now re-launching, and I hope I’ve proven that there are some good business people out there, even online, that can provide a product that does exactly what it promises.
Now, if you send me your bank details and deeds to your house, I can help you optimize your blog.
Alternatively, check out my blogging course by going here: Blogging Course and sign up without giving away all your worldly goods!
Ever been scammed? Please share your views in the comments below.