How to Avoid Losing Money to Scam Sites
The internet is full of juicy offers to make money fast.
Hundreds and thousands of people lose money fast daily because
they get trapped by scam offers. These web sites look very
attractive. They lure the people with the hope for solving their
financial problems. They display pictures of smiling people who
tell you that they have made their way. They provide you with
testimonials. Be careful about what you see: Webmasters buy
pictures of smiling, attractive people at internet photo
agencies. Testimonials can be false.
You need to do some research before you spend money for any of
these internet businesses. The following checklist might be
helpful for you:
Are There Any Exaggerations?
Does the website promise profits that sound too good to be true?
Do you believe, if a profit of 5, 10 or even more percent a day
is realistic and does sustain? Some websites offer a profit of
30% a day. Others promise you to convert $30 or so into $100,000
within an unbelievable short time. An ad even claims: Be a
millionaire in weeks! No wonder that these websites disappear
within a short time along with the people's money - or they just
leave a lot of frustrated people behind.
Are the Contacts Reliable?
Is there at least a reliable contact at the website? Do they
answer to your requests? It is even better if there is a working
live support, a working telephone number (not just a recorded
voice, answering the phones).
Check at Alexa
You can check at the Alexa website. There you can type in the
URL of the website. Alexa shows you if there is a name, a
company, an address or a telephone number behind the website. If
it is a well known scam website, you already can see some bad
comments about the website at Alexa.
Check out the Environment
You can check out easily, what is going on around the website.
You just go to Google, type in the name of the website and click
search. You will detect, if there are bad news about the
website. The internet is an open world and you find complaints
about bad offers quite soon.
Be aware: If you type in the full URL, Google only displays you
the exact website. If you just type in the name or title of the
website, Google lists you many background information.
Check out Black Lists, Forums, Monitors
There are monitors and forums about the issue, in which the
website is active. Do you find any opinions about the website
there? Is the website black listed? Do not spend any dime, if a
website is on a black list. Are there any ratings about the
website? Does the website have a certificate, e.g. one by
NetIBA? The Internet Identity Bureau and Associates verifies the
identity behind websites. Merchants can get a certificate if
they comply with the NetIBA rules.
You need to be aware, that forums can be manipulated. Scam
websites can spread out favourable news about their website.
They can use false internet addresses and nicknames. Scam
websites have affiliates, who still go on promoting them, even
if more and more people start complaining about the website.
Trace the IP Address and Hosts
You can find out the IP address and server of the checked
website at network-tools.com. There you can type in the URL of
the website. Certain scammers use always the same server and IP
addresses. This hint could help to detect, if a well known
scammer starts a new website.
There Is no Warranty
Even, if you do your home work: there is no warranty that you do
not get trapped. A scam site might be new and a blank leaf to
the internet community. It is recommendable to observe matters
for a while before you spend money. The more the people become
alert and the more transparency is achieved - the less chance
new scammers get to do their fraudulent activities.