1. Too much marketing terms
Home business opportunity: No experience
required. No work involved. Earn $2000 in one week! It's easy to spot
these kinds of scams because they're full of too good to be true
promises. And, exclamation points, too. What job will earn you that much
money in a week without having to have experience and NOT having to
work at all? None. Nada. Zilch!
2. Too friendly email
the intro part of the email. If an email from someone you don't know
starts with “Hello my friend”, “Dear friend”, and they weren't filtered
by your spam box, consider these emails not so trustworthy. This method
of scamming is known as phishing or fishing for details or information
that will put your financial security in danger.
3. Money Matters
promises that you can make money online. But you have to pay that
upfront, one-time fee first for some training materials. Shady!
4. Assembled Jobs
a home based business opportunity requires you to assemble furniture or
stuff envelops, these are generic but often overlooked signs of a true
5. Country Representative Job Offer
sign no. 2, if an email offers you a job as a payment receiver requiring
you to deposit a check on their behalf or anything similar to that job
description, you're doomed if you reply.
6. Job Offer that Requires Your Picture to Get Hired
you are applying as a model, which is not a form of online money making
venture, someone who's looking for, say, a virtual assistant and asks
that she sends a picture is offering something suspicious. Lots of free
job listing sites have these types of job posts. Be very, very careful.
7. Employer has no online presence
you are trying to win an online job but when you researched about the
online presence of your would-be employer and there's no trace of his
name or his company, ask your employer about his company or his business
8. Presence of Pressure Tactics
If the online business
opportunity tells you that you will get a chance to win a anti-scam
book if you sign up now or you can avail of an early bird discount,
walk! Unless they're coaching or consultancy services which are not
direct ways to earn money online, you should not be subjected to these
kinds of pressuring if the opportunity will really make you money.
9. Request from Employer or Sponsor that You Keep the Offer a Secret
with scam sign no. 2 and 5, if the email sender asks you to keep your
transactions confidential just for any reason at all, red flag, red
flag, red flag! They don't want you to inform others that you are about
to get scammed, of course.
10. Emails from Someone in Nigeria
many Nigerians who use Internet scamming as past time, have already
figured out that lots of Westerners already know that they should not
trust any email from someone in Nigeria, there are still those who are
gullible enough to fall for these frauds.
Educate your friends and
family who love to use the Internet. They can still be too busy checking
their emails or MySpace pages to know these signs.