Do You Avoid Scams?

I was talking to a friend of mine last night in Australia and he was telling me how he once fell for an online scam where he thought he was getting a list of companies that would pay him to do surveys for them. Of course he got nothing of the sort. He was out $40, and had no recourse in getting his money back because the people went through some hidden source in setting up their shopping cart.

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I told him that often in my adult life I’ve been tempted to do something that just didn’t quite sound right, and in every instance except one I didn’t follow through.

The first time I did follow through was right out of college, where a friend and I paid some guy $20 to become wholesale marketers, and realized within hours that it wasn’t the job for us. For our troubles, we got to each keep one thing the company was selling, with my “gift” being a backgammon set that I still love to this day, so I feel as though I got my money’s worth out of it.

Also back in the day, I was trying to be a big time songwriter. I’d spend hours writing songs, some I thought were pretty good, some I knew were just for me. I did research at the library for publishers I could send some of my music to, and I did; lots of rejections. I even entered song contests, and had one of my songs finish in the top 600 out of 35,000 songs; I felt pretty good about that.

I also got contacted by a lot of people who said they wanted to record a song of mine and put it on a record to market to publishers and radio stations, which sounded pretty good. However, they all wanted me to pay for it and for someone else to record my music; that didn’t sound right. The books I was using for research said if someone asks you to pay for something instead of them offering you money, it was probably a scam. The pull was strong, I have to admit, but in the end I didn’t go that route; whew!

Most of us are inundated with the latest and greatest thing daily, and some of it sounds quite intriguing. A few weeks ago a friend of mine kind of ambushed me into a phone conversation with this other guy to start marketing online travel services, and it was “only” going to cost me $500 to join in. I was disappointed because I didn’t see it coming. Then he asked me if I’d watch a couple of videos and if he could call me back. The Spidey senses kicked in, I said no, and never talked to my “friend” again.

I don’t go for glitzy presentations, video or written. If I get through the first 3 paragraphs of something, or into the second minute, and haven’t been told what the product or pitch is, I leave.

There are lots of people marketing MLM products and services. Most of them aren’t making any money from it. They purchase the stuff, try to push it as hard as they can, usually to their family and friends first, then they get beaten down by the resistance and bail out. It’s not that the products or the services are always scams, but the prospects they dole out to you as far as telling you how much money you can make marketing it is unrealistic.

Internet marketing isn’t easy; I’ll tell you that up front. Heck, regular marketing isn’t easy. Even if you’re an exclusive, where no one else does exactly what you do, there’s a world of competition out there doing something similar enough to make it hard for you to break through. Any time someone else comes along and says you’re going to make a world of easy money if you just do this, or pay for that,… take a second minute to think it over with your non-greedy mind.

This doesn’t mean I’m not still going to pitch a product or two at you; I am marketing on the internet after all. What it means is that I’m not going to try to sell you a quick money making thing or something I don’t believe in… well, hopefully I won’t! 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Do You Avoid Scams?”

  1. Yep, the same thing happened to me 😉 sounds very much like that company that wanted to publish your song. Whats funny is that I always thought that these people were supposed to pay the composer, writer or poet when it came to publishing their work.

  2. They are, Sire, and I’m glad I listened to my instinct and didn’t fall for any of it. But when you’re hungry, it sure sounds compelling.

      1. PTC means paid to click sites which mainly pay you viewing ads.Scams scammers everywhere!!

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