I have been part of many online businesses but the concerns were the same for everyone, which they should be.
First thing you should do is expect everything to be a scam. I get asked the question almost everyday. I tell people they are smart in thinking that, but lets talk about what people do when they are NOT running a scam.
Since I personally have been looking for scams myself over the years, when I decided to setup my own program, I wanted to do things that most business opportunities do not do.
Below is a list of things that scams DO NOT do. So if you find an opportunity that has the below information on the site, it probably IS NOT a scam.
They do not post their real name
More times than not, if someone posts their real name on a site… it is not a scam. What normally happens is people setup a site, completely hide their identity and just let the site try to sell whatever the scam is.
They do not put links to their personal sites or blogs
I haven’t found many scams where people post links to find their personal sites. This leads back to the “hiding” technique. Few will dare to run a scam and then post everything about their personal lives.
They do not post links to their LinkedIn page
LinkedIn is a business social media site, which will give the history of someones career… where they worked, who they know, any personal accomplishments. It is very easy to find out a lot about someone from their LinkedIn page, so no one is going to link this page to a scam.
They do not post a phone number
Who runs a scam and posts their phone number? Can you imagine running a scam and then having people call you directly?
They do not answer the phone if one is posted, it is an automated message
If a phone number does exist its usually an automated message trying to push you to do something like give your information, go to a live call or who knows. No one running a scam is going to answer the phone and talk to you. They certainly arent going to call you back after you leave a message.
They do not meet people in person
Can you imagine someone running a scam and then meeting you in person? Forget about the fact that it would be a very dumb idea, it is also a big waste of time.
They do not provide 1-on-1 help
Most scams are about getting your money and running away. They certainly arent going to take your money then talk to you afterwards and actually help you out.
Everything above is what I do… I meet people in person, I give out my phone number, I provide my personal history on my LinkedIn page and my personal blog so you can research me.
The reason I am writing this is to educate people how to spot a scam and also just have common sense. Feel free to contact me if you are looking to make extra money, because I really do enjoy helping people make money.
Last thing I will leave you with. Scams usually have a short life span. They come and go pretty quickly. I have been promoting the ticket broker business since 2008, so if I was running a scam I wouldn’t have this much history.
Call me at 631-615-0024 or email me