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Tips on How to Expose Internet Business Scams

Affiliate_marketingby: Imran Al Khairy

When you are starting an internet business you are going to be exposed to a wide array of internet business scams. It is important that you are aware of these scams so you can expose them as a scam to avoid getting wrapped up into it.

This article will give you tips on how to expose internet business scams.

Before we get into the heart of the tips there are some basic things that you need to know. First, never give your credit card number to prove that you are 18 because you will most likely be charged without your knowledge.

Also, never buy “bargain” packages as these will usually contain hidden fees and make you pay continuity payments for the programs.

Tip 1- How to identify scams

There are many ways to identify a scam and you need to be aware of them so the home business opportunity you invest in will make you money instead of stealing your money. When you are looking into joining a “Get Rick Quick” opportunity it is crucial that you investigate the business thoroughly.

Do not allow yourself to become a victim to get rich quick scams when a little research will save you from it.

You know you are probably being scammed if you are being told you will earn huge money with little work. Every real business will require hard work to be successful. Another thing to avoid is 1-900 or 976 numbers which will charge you upwards of $35.00 to hear more information about a business scam.

Tip 2- Differences between a legitimate home business and a scam

The only way to actually tell the difference between a home business and a scam is to be careful and smart. Research into any opportunity you are considering. Even if you are sure it is a legitimate home business you should still research it to ensure it is. Internet business scams are the hottest scam around as millions of unsuspecting people flood the internet, so just be smart when looking for an opportunity.

Tip 3- Hard work, hard work, and hard work Creating your own online business is a hard and difficult process. There are legitimate offers available that can make running your business easier, but any legitimate business offer will take work. The easier things are the better right?

Unfortunately, scams understand that and use that to their advantage. If it seems to easy and good to be true it probably is and you need to avoid them. It is possible to find business opportunities available on the internet, just act smart and do your research. If you have a bad feeling about an opportunity avoid it, there will be others to replace it.

Be smart and follow the tips on how to expose internet business scams in this article and you can be on your way to finding a legitimate internet business.

Recognize The Top 10 Email Scams And Protect Yourself

Acer_Aspire_8920_Gemstone_by_GeorgyBy Dyfed Lloyd Evans

Unfortunately, because of the relative anonymity afforded by the internet and due to the relative ease and cheapness with which internet communication can be achieved it has become an increasingly fertile ground for fraudsters. There is even an evolutionary competition going on between email filtering applications and fraudsters’ attempts at conning their unsuspecting victims.

Below I am going to list some of the most prevalent scams and I will tell you a little of how to recognize the scam and protect yourself from it:

Advance fee fraud (419 fraud) — This is also sometimes known as the ‘Nigerian Scam’ which is a confidence trick in which the target is persuaded to advance relatively small sums of money in the hope of realizing a much larger gain. This is most often perpetrated by email and begins when the ‘investor’ is contacted; typically with an offer such as: ‘A A rich person from the needy country needs to discreetly move money abroad, would it be possible to use your account?’ and sums in the millions of dollars are named. The investor is promised a large share of this money (generally 30-40% of the total). The proposed deal is often presented as a ‘harmless’ white-collar crime with no risk to the ‘investor’. The operation is professionally organized in Nigeria, with offices, working fax numbers, and often contacts at government offices. But the mark is then asked for money to bribe officials etc. Money is sent and the mark is never contacted again. Just delete any message where you’re offered money out of the blue, especially if the message originates in Africa.

The Charity Request Scam — The Charity Request/Disaster Relief scam is becoming far more prevalent these days. Scammers prey on the natural and admirable human desire to aid disaster victims by sending fake emails desiring donations or they set-up fake charity websites and steal the money donated to the victims of disasters. Often the approach will come in the form of what looks like a forwarded email. Essentially, if the request for donations came via email then not only is it a scam but there’s a good chance that it’s also a Phishing attempt (see below) especially if it directs you to a website. Never respond to these emails. If it’s a legitimate charity then find the phone number of the registered offices and donate over the phone.

The Employment Scam — In the Employment Scam unscrupulous persons posing as recruiters and/or employers offer attractive employment opportunities which require the job seeker to pay them money in advance, usually under the guise of work visas, travel expenses, and out-of-pocket expenses. The scams can also involve lucrative offers of employment in Europe, the Middle East, West Africa, or South Africa with money demanded to be paid to an agency or travel agent for visas or travel costs. This type of scam has become more and more frequent recently and it often targets people submitting their CVs to employment sites and bulletin boards. Often you will be addressed by name in the contact email. If you are contacted by one of these emails and the deal is abroad and seems too god to be true then give it a wide berth.

The Holiday Scam — These started as unsolicited emails announcing that you had won a ‘Cruise of a Lifetime’ or a ‘Free Holiday to Florida’ or the like. These scams are generally more active during the summer months (May to July) as this is when most people take their holidays. Generally you will receive an email either announcing that ‘you, or someone you know’ has entered you in a contest, and that you have won a free cruise or vacation package alternatively your are offered a cheap (or even free) travel deal — all at a price that’s too good to refuse. If you do call to take up the deal you will find that there are hidden costs or you have to pay over the odds for the hotel or you will have to sit through a sales pitch when you arrive. As with all similar scams, if you did not enter for something and an email comes out of the blue it’s probably a scam.

The Lottery Scam — In this scam you get an email saying that you’ve won the email sweepstakes for a lottery that no-one’s ever heard of. Or you’ve been told that you’ve won the email sweepstakes for a well-known lottery but the contact address is not the contact address of the lottery organizers. This is a very common form of spam email and it’s east to avoid. Basically, lotteries only serve one of two purposes. They are there to raise money or they are there to provide publicity in order to draw-in customers. If you have not seen an ad campaign for a lottery and you have never entered then any email you will have been sent is a fraud.

Overpayment Scam — This scam targets people selling high-value items on internet auction sites or on internet classified sites. Here the scammer finds your ad (through on-line or paper small ads usually though this scam is also seen on auction sites such as eBay). You are sent an email offering to pay much more than your asking price. The excuse given is supposedly related to the various international fees to ship the item overseas. In return you are requested to send the scammer the item and cash for the balance. This looks legitimate and you agree to the transaction. Your are sent a money order or cashier’s cheque or banker’s draft which looks genuine and you deposit it. The claimant is at your door so you hand over the balance and the item you were selling. Later you the bank calls you to say that the payment method was forged and you are out of pocket. Once you know about this scam it’s east to avoid. Never agree to any overpayments and always wait for funds to clear in your bank.

The Phishing Scam — Phishing is a term used for the criminal practice of attempting to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. The majority of phishing methods use some form of technical deception designed to make a link in an email (and the spoofed website it leads to) appear to belong to the spoofed organization. The easiest way to combat phishing attacks is to modify users’ behaviour by education. The truth is that nearly all legitimate email messages from companies to their customers will contain an item of information that is not readily available to phishers. Always check for this information. But if you see this kind of email purporting to be from a bank or other organization always contact the organization directly to check if what the email you received says is true.

The Pyramid Scam — In this type of scam you will receive an email with a list of people in it. The email will say something like ‘you have received an incredible opportunity to make CASH FAST!’. To gain anything you have to send $5 to the people on the list and forward the email to six other people. Basically this is just a pyramid scam and it is completely illegal. Do not reply, do not forward as to do so means that you are participating in a fraud.
The Re-shipping Scam — The re-shipping scam is designed to trick individuals or small businesses into shipping goods to countries (generally West African or Asian) with weak legal systems. The goods themselves are most often paid for with stolen or fake credit cards and the re-shippers (unbeknownst to them) assume the brunt of the legal risks. Often the fraudster pauses as a representative of a growing company trying to establish a presence in the UK/US (or wherever). Lucrative offers of employment are made if the victim only accepts parcels and forwards them. Stolen credit cards are used to purchase the goods and they are sent to the address of the victim. Soon after a package delivery company package with pre-printed labels arrives and the next day the delivery company arrives to pick-up the packages. More often than not the cost of the package delivery company will be billed to the victim’s address.

The Romance Scam — The romance scam is generally perpetrated on internet chat rooms and most especially on online dating services. Essentially it’s a variant on the Advance Fee fraud but uses a money for romance angle to reel-in the victim. The victim is often groomed for many months to make them believe that the person they are communicating with is really in love with them. Eventually however demands for money start coming in and because the victim is in love with the person on the other side they pay. Often the victim may give everything they have. This scam is most often perpetrated from West African countries but the scam is also now perpetrated from Russia. This is very insidious as it relies on feelings of love. Anyone can be targeted and niche dating sites are as likely to be used as mainstream ones.

Above are what are considered to be the ‘Top 10’ scams. These are not the only ones, but the other scams all tend to be variants of the scams above.

To learn more about these scams, to see examples and learn about other scams visit the Celtnet Internet Scams Information page.

Dyfed Lloyd Evans is a webmaster of theCeltnet Nemeton site and internet publisher. He maintains the Celtnet Information website which has information on many internet topics such as internet scams, building pcs, internet marketing and telephony.

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Nigerian Scams – Finally Going To Jail

Flag_of_Nigeria.svgAh, don’t you love those Nigerian scams? I’m the brother of Finance Minister. Well, they are finally being prosecuted and going to jail.

Banco Noroeste – Brazil

In the biggest scam of its sort, three Nigerian scammers managed to steal $242 million dollars from Banco Noroesto, a bank in Brazil. The Nigerians came up with a fake contract to build an airport in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. They promised a bank official a healthy commission in exchange for funding the contract. Sound familiar? Of course, there was no airport and the scammers headed off with the money. The bank, in turn, collapsed and customers lost everything.

In a joint investigation by Nigerian and Brazilian officials, the three fraudsters were identified as Emmanuel Nwude, Nzeribe Okoli and Amaka Anajemba. In prosecution efforts, Nwude and Okoli plead guilty to numerous crimes and forfeited $121.5 million dollars in assets. Anajemba rolled on the other two and received a two and half year sentence after agreeing to give back $48.5 million. Nobody has explained what happened to the other $70 million.

Nigeria Corruption

Nigeria is currently considered the sixth most corrupt country in the world. To deal with these problems, an independent Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been set up in Nigeria to go after all the fraudulent activity. The “EFCC” has the stated goal of:

“The EFCC will curb the menace of corruption that constitutes the cog in the wheel of progress; protect national and foreign investments in the country; imbue the spirit of hard work in the citizenry and discourage ill gotten wealth; identify illegally acquired wealth and confiscate it; build an upright workforce in both public and private sectors of the economy and; contribute to the global war against financial crimes.”

While a bit utopian, the Commission has a lot of power and is making a beeline for the people sending you the fraudulent emails. At this time, the Commission claims to have arrested over 200 email scammers and seized assets in excess of $200 million dollars.

Warning

While this is all very nice, there is a certain amount of common sense involved in this issue. Do you really believe someone will contact you out of the blue with a desire to give you a few million dollars?

Just because you are on the Internet, it doesn’t mean you should abandon your common sense when you start reading email. Trust me, such offers aren’t legitimate.

About The Author
Richard A. Chapo is a San Diego business lawyer with http://www.sandiegobusinesslawfirm.com – a San Diego business law firm in San Diego, California.