How to Avoid Getting Scammed When Making Money Online

Money Down DrainDo people really make money online without getting scammed? Are there legitimate ways to make money online to sustain your lifestyle? The answer is YES. In fact, many of the best ways to make money online do not even require you to set your site. This makes it quite easy for those who are just starting out in the online business world. Content creators, affiliate marketers, bloggers make legit money without scams. All you need is some time, writing skills, a site (for bloggers), a product (to sell or market), and laptop and internet connectivity.

This guide focuses on how to avoid internet scams in the money making online realm. It guides those looking to make money online, in a legitimate way, without falling into the trap of scammers.

How to determine is a Site is Scam or Fake

Many sites present you with lucrative opportunities to register and work for them, under the pretext of making hundreds of dollars per month. Be it an affiliate site, a marketing site or a freelancing site, you should be cautious before committing to sign it and starting working with them. The Internet Network Information Center (Internic) holds a database of all domain name registrants. If you suspect a site to be scam, you can determine its ownership and operations through Internic.

Below are other easy steps in determining whether a site is scam, fake or fraudulent;

(i) The Domain name

Many fraudulent sites use domain name similar to a reputable brand name. EXAMPLE -There are a lot of fraudulent sites “relating” to Calvin Klein, Buffalo, Nike and other big brands. They may have domain names such as – “www.truenike” but not the real Nike brand we are used to.

(ii) No Contact Information

If a website doesn’t have the “Contact Us” section or simply provides a form for visitors to fill, without any other support, then this is a red flag and a strong indicator it might be fake. Any legit site offering products and services will have a physical location where customers can make physical follow-ups in case of complains.

(iii) Check on Grammar and Spelling Mistakes

If a fake site is pretending to operate as, say American or Canadian its business dealings, they will make use of English language in their communication. However, the grammar used might be quite horrible full of spelling mistakes. If you find such, avoid such site like Ebola!

(iv). Check the WHOIS

Perform a quick domain “WHOIS” lookup, through the LINK – [whois.com/whois/] to get details of the site owner, the location, site creation details, products and services, postal code, contact address and other details. This will enable you to know the country the site has been registered from.

(v) Test the given Contact Information

If a site has provided contact information, pick the number provide and call to make inquiries. Write them an email and evaluate their response. Check if the contact details are working. In case you only get automated voice service, or a number out of service, its time you exercise caution.

(vi) Check on the Security of Login and Payment Gateways.

Many fake sites won’t bother to buy SSL – Secure Sockets Certificate. The SSL certificate is used in securing the transfer of the sensitive data you transmit, whether opening a new account or performing online payments. A scam site won’t bother to have the SSL certificate.

(vii) Evaluate the Shipping and Return Policy Details.

If a sells a product over the Internet, is should have the shipping details and return policy listed on the site. If it’s a legit company, they will tell you where and how to return any defective product. If they do not have a return address or else of they have a vague shipping address, avoid the site.

Falling a scam victim is not a pleasant experience. You can check other people’s reviews concerning a site that you intend to use to make online money. In the search engine, type the website’s domain name then “reviews.” Here, you will get search results of other people’s experiences and views about the site.

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