Alarming Online Scams

Unfortunately, there are online scams everywhere online. It’s very easy when you first start looking into how you might be able to start your own online business to fall prey to people who are not exactly legitimate.

On this page, you’ll find a running list of current online scams that I’ve been able to identify online.

You can feel free to stop by once in a while to take a look or if you’re about to start a new program, it couldn’t hurt to check here just to make sure it’s all it’s cracked up to be.

In this blog post, we’re going to talk about:

NOT Legit


Legit


The Ugly Truth About Online Scams | I Learned by Getting Scammed


The ugly truth is that most people who get into the online space when they first start out end up getting swept into one scam or another. These websites/funnels/ads are built using a TON of testing. They are specifically designed for someone looking for a way to make some extra money to click on them.

If you’ve fallen for online scams before, I feel for you. I’ve been in the same boat and so have tens of thousands of others before you. It really sucks.

It can really turn you away from the online world vowing never to return. I felt that way for a while in the past after I bought a course of $10,000 and literally did not profit from it at all. Initially, I was humiliated and so guilty that I could have spent that kind of money. I mean, how irresponsible could I be?

The truth – the ugly truth – is that sometimes you have to learn these lessons the hard way.

Now, I know the red flags to look for.

For instance:

  • Online courses with a price tag of 1,000 or more with nothing to offer except for “education”
  • Courses with 2 or more “upsells” where you find yourself being funneled through page by page and each page leads you to something else that you should buy for better results
  • “Bonuses” where you get 5,000 worth of material for only 49.99 if you purchase something else that’s 5,000
  • Promising the ability to a lot of money very quickly without any work using a “tried and true” methodology
  • Any kind of MLM or pyramid scheme

Whenever you see any of these things, RUN the other way. This is not the only way for you to learn. There is always another way – a cheaper and more legitimate way for you to learn the same things that these people are promising.

Look for Programs that Delivery Realistic and Dependable Results


Think about when you learned things in the past. When you learned how to do trigonometry, no one promised you that you’d be an A+ student with no effort overnight in it by just following a simple formula.

For people who are traumatized by thinking back to math class, let’s take the example of learning a new instrument or a sport instead. Lifting weights, for instance.

If you saw an ad about a weightlifting coach who could turn you into an Olympic-level weightlifter within 6 months, would you believe it? Probably not.

The same thing goes for online businesses.

It’s just not realistic to make $5,000 a month or $10,000 a month right away when you first start out.

First, you have to actually learn the basics of what you’re doing. You have to learn basic techniques – the squat, the front rack position, the pull of the weight off the floor. If you don’t start with basic techniques, you’ll probably injure yourself in no time.

Next, you have to start investing some time and creating your own content. You have to perfect your technique under some load.

Lastly, you have to practice until you see results. You have to train your body to actually get stronger and lift more weight.

Olympians take years of practice. The same thing goes for millionaires.

Just like everything, there are always exceptions. Take a look at Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps, but for the average person, you won’t get there unless you do the work. If making money online was as easy and quick as these courses made it out to be, so many more people would be rich.

My Final Thoughts About Online Scams


It’s safe to say that if someone asks for your bank or personal information, you’re being fooled. You should never share personal information with everyone who comes in contact with you directly on the internet. If you must conduct a financial transaction online, make absolutely sure you do this on a secured network and through a legitimate website to avoid online scams

If you genuinely think you have been scammed, start changing each of your passwords instantly and delete any malicious programs you might just have installed or fraudulent online courses, along with contacting your credit card company if required. Contact your local law enforcement to report the scam and get assistance with the next steps…

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If you’ve encountered online scams (or a legitimate opportunity) that you’d like to share, please comment below!

– Martina

5 thoughts on “Alarming Online Scams”

  1. Great introduction to newcomers who aren’t exactly sure whether they’re joining something legit or not. Nice work!

    MLM schemes are in fact very confusing and it’s pretty easy to fall into a trap if you’re new to online marketing and this whole multi-level marketing idea.

    However, it is known that SOME platforms that teach you MLM can be legit, although in such cases, it’s usually not very profitable since they’re just so many alternatives like affiliate marketing, ads, and many more.

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  2. I love reading about online scams, never heard of the ones you have listed, but will remember the names if I ever come across them.

    I do like Wealthy affiliate it’s definately worth the money for the endless training and support you get. WA is definately legit but if I was to go back in time to a beginner again I would concentrate on just experimenting with different marketing techniques and see if i can get traffic to a page – a page such as an ebay listing.

    Just to see if i have the persistance to follow through, rather than putting your heart and soul and £££’s into a blog, only to find out you did not know how much hard work it takes and give up!

    I see many people who have joined Wealthy affiliate in the past – only now their blog doesn’t exist anymore. That saying there are many people on WA who earn a fortune.

    The Human proof method looks good though because at least you get pre-built websites.

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    • Hi, Jenny. Thanks for a thought-provoking response. 

      I agree with you. When it comes to blogging, most of us do tons and tons of effort and spend money on maintenance. It can be draining if we can’t reach the goals that we set up for a website. Persistence and consistency are what really make a good website run for a long time. 🙂

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  3. Thanks for this very insightful article. As someone who is always looking for ways to make money online I always come across the scams. However this is the first time I have heard of the scams you mentioned. So with that said I will make sure to look out for one’s you said are scams. As for the ones that aren’t  can I just say those are something I should get I to. Except swagbucks I already use that. It’s so sad how people only care about money instead of helping people. With that said thanks again. 

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    • Hi, Kiersti! I’m very happy you find this article helpful. Since the pandemic, there have been a lot of online scams and unfortunately, I’ve experienced them. It’s really devastating to have to spend money you put all your hard work into, and then turn into nothing. 

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I hope we can stay vigilant with these kinds of schemes.

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