Don’t Get Scammed
Quite excited at the moment… I have just booked a flight to go out and visit my brother in darkest Peru! We are going to explore the north of the country for a week. We think we will make a road trip of it. But it nearly didn’t happen. In one sense I am glad there was a hiccup cause it made me think about how easily we can get fooled online and what can be done to avoid getting scammed, more about that in a moment…but first let me tell you what happened..
I decided to pop out to see my brother over the Christmas holidays, and had found a fantastic flight deal. It was significantly lower than other you see my credit card got flagged by the Bank’s security system. The flight was being held till 7pm, it was the last seat (and I had already had to push the trip back three days as earlier flights were full) It was 10 to seven and I was on the phone to the bank! I don’t mind really, it’s my money they are protecting, and I cleared the whole thing with 2 minutes to spare.
This though was following a close shave the night before. I was researching flights and came a cross one of those ‘too good to be true’ offers. The flight was about £800 cheaper than other’s I had seen. The flight details checked out in terms of airline and times etc. So I thought I was onto a winner. Just to be sure I checked with the airline to see if the promised seats were available, and guess what…the flight was oversubscribed. So I checked the company that was offering the flights out on TrustPilot, a great site to get the views of other consumers. It was an eye opener. Apparently this company has a habit of selling ‘ghost tickets’ (I had never even heard of the term), basically seats that don’t exist. Their T&C’s state that they can change the flight at any time and the passenger has to pay the fare difference. A good old fashioned bait and switch con! There was report after report of people being told last minute that they now had to pay extra for their flights.
That got me thinking about a message I got this week from someone in our Facebook group, it was asking if what we were promoting was ‘legit’ as she had fallen for scams in the past. And quite frankly, it’s a great question more people should be asking, particularly before investing in an online business.
So let me give you a few tips to avoiding getting scammed when looking for online opportunities.
Number 1, Remember there is no ‘Magic Money Tree’. Making money online takes time and effort and in 99% of cases requires an investment of BOTH time and money. Anyone offering you buckets of money for little to no effort or cost is not being honest. Avoid them
Next, do some research on the company, product of person offering you the opportunity. Do a google search and see what comes up E.g. “Wonder Widget Gold Mine”. Try again, but this time add the word review and then again with the word scam. See what comes up. Remember that not every bad review will be honest or balanced, but a consistent bad message should ring alarm bells.
Talk to the person offering the opportunity via skype, email or messenger, get a feel for who they are and how contactable they are.
If they have a Facebook page, go and have a look and see what the conversations are like.
In the first instance only invest what you can afford to lose and see how you get on, most Affiliate Marketing programme have fee or low cost entry points.
But finally, remember that you can also con yourself. Failing to put on the effort and follow the process, then blaming the system is akin to scamming yourself.
Hope you found this helpful.
Tony and Tanya