websites all these "I was scammed" people are talking about
are work at home/home business opportunities. These "I was
scammed" websites are multiplying and the latest ones claim
that between 95% and 99% of work at home opportunities are
Work at home/home business opportunity scams do exist (I
have even written articles about them previously) but an
estimate of 95-99% being scams sounds too high to be
genuine. I decided to check out some of the "don't get
scammed - work at home/home business opportunities are
scams" websites. (Please don't get the idea I'm going to
pass myself off as a "researcher" or "investigator", it was
just done out of curiosity.)
There are some good anti-scam websites which give warnings
about types of work at home scams, how to spot them and
where to get help if you do get scammed.
The new style "don't get
scammed" websites are different. They don't actually offer
any help or advice on how to spot and avoid scams. They just
issue frightening warnings about the number of work at
home/home business opportunity scams, tell us they were
scammed numerous times and advise us to join their latest
get rich quick program.
Can anyone explain why any sensible person would join a get
rich quick program recommended by someone so gullible they
have to get totally charred before they realize fire is hot?
Looking at these "don't get scammed" websites was a
saddening experience. One ant-scammer says: "I have tried
just about anything to try to make money and to be honest
with you, I didn't have the brains to get very far". Then he
goes on to urge you to buy into his current get rich quick
program. You have to admire the guy for admitting he is
short on brains but is that enough to make you want to join
his get rich quick scheme? Makes me want to reach for my
credit cards - and hide them!
Another "don't get scammed" website owner admits he was
scammed 37 times in 3 months when he joined 37 get rich
quick programs. Then he suggests you join his pick of get
rich quick schemes. Three months? Hardly long enough to
establish a home business, let alone become successful with
it. He doesn't explain whether he joined all 37 get rich
quick scams on day one and tried to run them all (obviously
impossible) or if he tested them one at a time. If he took
the latter course, the average time allowed to each get rich
quick scheme would be 2 ½ days (not really long enough to
give any program a fair trial).
Yet another "don't get scammed" researcher says he knows all
online paid survey companies are scams because his sister
joined one once and hadn't made a profit after trying for a
month. Then he tells you to join his selected money making
programs. One person, one company, one month: hardly a
scientific test conditions for a research project.
Another "don't get scammed" website states: "we went out and
paid real money for the Internet opportunities that we
thought showed promise. Most of the time, we were wrong."
Then it lists recommendations for various work at home/money
making programs. "Most of the time we were wrong" - would
you trust their judgement and join the programs they
recommend? - Me neither!
A genuine victim of a scam is in a position to give a
detailed warning about the particular scam. However, these
people just say "I was scammed", they don't name the scam
programs or explain how the scams operate. Their message
comes through as "I'm so stupid I was scammed numerous times
but still try to make money with get rich quick schemes, you
should join my latest one."
Remember: fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame
on me. Fool me 37 times…?
by Elaine Currie