Since I do market online in social networks, I see a lot of people sucked in by hype from questionable business opportunities. The opportunity is just too good to be true.
Unfortunately for many who join these programs they end up getting burned. The find themselves scammed out of hard earned money or become identity theft victims. Most people do not take the time to look into these programs before jumping in with both feet. And when they jump in they give out personal information that they should not be giving out.
You can avoid this if you simply take the time to look into it and think. Before you sign up for things online, look for Red Flags. Here are two simple Red Flags that should warn you to keep away.
Red Flag #1-Give your email address for more information
If the hype page asks you for an email address to find out what it is about, skip it. The following information should be available to anyone going to a recruiting or affiliate page:
- What the program is and any products services it provides
- Terms of Service
Make sure you read these pages. The TOS often will hide small print that reveals a gotcha. For example the hype page says you will get $25 just for signing up. In the Terms of Service you find that it is actually 25 credits which they may call ‘Program’ dollars. And these program dollars have no value beyond what the program creators say.
Red Flag #2 No Corporate information available
Every legitimate business is listed somewhere and you should be able to find information on the corporate HQ not just dozens of affiliate recruitment pages. Three ways you can search:
- Search Google with the program name and the keyyords Corporate Headquarters
- Search Whois.net
- Search Alexa.com
If you cannot find corporate information or that information is hidden treat it as a scam.
Don’t fall victim to scams a phishing schemes that can make you a victim of identity theft.