A Road to Making Money Online

Making Money Online: How to Avoid Money Making Scams

Have you ever wondered why working online has been a pretty lucrative source of income for the past few years?avoid scams Well, it’s simply because there are several ways on how you can earn over the Internet. For example, if you have a talent in writing, you could be a blogger, freelance writer, or ghost writer. Additionally, if you are familiar with back linking or website building then you can also consider offering this service to other website owners. There are some amazing Network Marketing companies with fabulous products and also amazing Online Affiliate programs and platforms where you can earn as much as 90% commission. What we’re trying to say is that the possibility of earning online is virtually endless. However, despite that, there are also some online scams that you should be aware of.

How can you spot online scams? Most experts would tell you to pay attention to these suspicious characteristics: crafty, aggressive, scheming, and malicious. Just like with any other forms of investment, before you put in your money just to be able to “work” online, it’s important to ensure that you wouldn’t get tricked later on.

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Here are some ways to spot online scams:

Offering a Business Without a Product

One of the most common tactics a lot of scammers do is offering a business without a product. These are usually the ones that promise huge sums of cash within a certain time period– all you have to do is purchase their product. However, once you do, you’ll get a package with an empty box! Stay away from this.

A reputable home-based online business would offer you training modules, tutorials, an access to a virtual training room, and best of all, online support.

“No Need for a Website”

Scammers would tell you that you don’t need a website to earn online. Although this can be true to some extent, as an online marketer, a website is important. Some moneymaking websites would even give you one just so you can start earning online.

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“No Need for a List”

If someone tells you that there’s no need to have a list, this should raise a red flag. Just like a website, having a list is equally important. In fact, if you’re going to ask someone who’s making money online, they would bluntly tell you that “the money is in the list.” However, if you’re going to hire an Internet marketer, it would be alright if you don’t have one, because he will be the one to do that for you.

No Live Customer Support

Although scam websites have a “contact us” button, whenever you experience some issues, you wouldn’t get any resolution or help at all. If you’re lucky, you’d be getting a reply after days. On the other hand, a reputable website is equipped with a live-chat support who would be willing to assist you any time.

Additionally, in order to validate the authenticity of the website, check if they have a valid phone number and address– if both, or any of these two is missing, chances are, you’re dealing with a scammer.

Fortunately, there are websites that can help you detect these frauds online. Some of them are snopes.com, RipoffReport.com, and many more.

If you really want to earn online, it’s very important that you learn how to protect yourself from these frauds.

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How To Protect Elderly Parents From Scams

Elderly scams are the most common form of fraud. Sadly, scam artists relentlessly prey on senior citizens because they are easy targets. They tend to be gullible, live alone and usually do not have someone watching over their finances regularly. So How can we Protect Elderly Parents from Scams?

First start by being aware of these scams so that the elderly do not fall victim to fraud. This can spare them from not only heartache, but also financial duress. Seniors are often vulnerable to cons and scammers for many reasons, including impaired judgment from cognitive impairment, financial ignorance and loneliness. Awareness can help your family stay vigilant to forewarn your senior loved ones about these cons.

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Financial scams can be presented in several different methods as identified by The National Council for the Aging.

Top 10 Potential Scams being perpetrated against seniors.

  •  Medicare/health insurance scams
  •  Counterfeit prescription drugs
  •  Funeral & cemetery scams
  •  Fraudulent anti-aging products
  •  Telemarketing/phone scams
  •  Internet fraud
  •  Investment schemes
  •  Homeowner/reverse mortgage scams
  •  Sweepstakes & lottery scams
  •  The grandparent scam

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From email scams to investment schemes, lottery scams and sweepstakes — the scamming and fraud problems are never-ending. Staying aware of the most common scams listed above can help your aging loved one avoid victimization. Caregivers and families can take the following steps to identify any red flags in their seniors’ lives.

Ways to Protect Your Elderly Parents From Being Scammed

  1. Get Involved with the Finances
    • Be aware of aging parents’ finances, including monthly bills, accounts and passwords
    • Be ready to step-in when managing finances becomes a burden
  2. Educate Your Elderly Parent Against Giving out Their Financial Information
    • Warn parents about giving out their personal banking information, credit card numbers or social security numbers (especially for charitable donations or confirmations of sweepstakes)
  3. Be Aware of Questionable Salespeople
    • Salespeople need to be able to provide written information about their company, including the company name, address and telephone
    • Warn aging parents about ‘get rich quick’ schemes
  4. If Someone Calls from a “Government Agency,” Request More Info
    • Educate aging parents to ask for a certified letter on official letterhead for security purposes
  5. Visit Your Aging Loved One Regularly
    • Be aware of what your aging parent does on a regular basis
    • Ask about phone calls and emails they receive to take note of anything out of the ordinary
    • Watch for a full mailbox as large numbers of mailings from promotion companies could indicate the elderly person is on a “sucker list”
  6. Tell Your Parent Never to Hire Someone Who Shows up at Their Door
    • Warn your aging parent about door-to-door salespeople as these people may take money but never do (or fully complete) the work
  7. Educate Your Parent to Never Make a ‘Spur-Of-The-Moment’ Decision
    • If a salesperson says that an opportunity will be missed if they don’t make a decision, it is likely a scam
    • Legitimate companies do not pressure people to buy or act
  8. Avoid Investments That Promise Huge Profits
    • Warn aging parents that ‘high-return’ investments are not guaranteed and are usually too good to be true
    • Legitimate companies will tell consumers about possible risks and it is likely that aging parents are not in a good place to take huge risks if they’re retired and dependent on their current finances
  9. Put the Seniors Number on the National ‘Do Not Call’ Registry 

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