On Sunday afternoon, when I was reading a magazine, an old friend texted me. He told me that he had a new online business. So, if I had a time, he wanted me to look at his new website. Or, if that’s OK, he were welcoming me to even join him!
The website alone is not convincing. What can I say, it is only a Blogspot! But OK, I just went to the blog. There was my friend’s full name. There was his photo. There was a video. I clicked “play” to study the scheme.
It’s somebody else on screen! I watched that guy tell a success story because of this business. He then go to the ATM, submit the PIN, and grab the money. He shows the money to the camera and say, “See, I’ve got this fortune from [name of the business]!”
The end. That was it.
My jaw dropped instantly, “Is it some kind of joke?” Obviously, that money doesn’t proof anything. Even 10 year-old boy can act like that in front of camera!
I carried on to read the business explanation. Twice. So, I was really sure when I came to conclusion that this business scheme is as ridiculous as the video.
Five minutes later, I texted my friend to tell my point of view. I was afraid he was going to be mad. Fortunately, he was cool. So, I could give him a friendly advice about how to differentiate a “healthy” business opportunity with a scam one.
1. Learn what the offer and where the money comes from
If it seems unfair, even for someone else (e.g. your future downline), cut it off! If you successfully cheat someone to get fortune, what makes you sure someone else don’t cheat you? Avoid pyramid schemes, lotteries, and… unrealistic promise. One grand in three days? Easy money, huh? Then, why wouldn’t everyone resign from their job and do that? If it seems too good to be true, well, it is!
2. Check the credibility offline
Go to Contact Us page, and try to reach them so you would know whether it’s real address and telephone number or just fake. Next thing to do, find out it’s a real business or it’s just physically there. Ask their neighbors about their business, if you have a chance. Don’t just believe testimonies on the website, since it’s so easy to create. I know how to trick the testimony’s writing. I am an author, trust me.
3. Check the credibility online
Browse the brand to know if people have been scammed. Look up the domain name too, for instance on Whois.sc. There, you’ll know, who is behind? When was the domain created? When will it be expired? A serious business used to pay the domain for couple years at once, not year by year. But, what if it’s untrackable, free platform like WordPress.com, Blogspot.com or Webs.com? Well, then, don’t waste your time, because these guys obviously aren’t that serious.
4. Avoid registration fees
I am not saying that all business opportunity that requires payment in advance is scammer. Just if it is, chance are, you would lose not only time and energy, but money as well. Remember, don’t expect a “money back guarantee” because the real scammers don’t deliver. I am talking about minimize the risk here. Of course, when you are financially and insightfully stronger, you may hop to the next level of risk.
5. Let your friends and family know
Especially, to whom you consider are more savvy. Yes, just like my friend did. Some people would give cynical comments. Some people would support you blindly. Some people would react in between. In the end, you are the one who decide to listen or ignore what they say.
Why do I share this on Homerie? Because we’d like to. You know, we make money from Internet too. We work at home too. That’s why I plan to introduce a new category called Work at Home. Hopefully, it’s useful for you who want to do the same.