How to Spot Online Scams?
There are alot of online scams these days, and you better be prepared for another one.
I know that, because I`ve fallen to dozens of them, and it really hurt my wallet.So, I`ll try to
prepare you for the next guy coming after your wallet.
Here`s an effective guide to spot a scam:
1. If it seems to be "too good to be true"- it probably is. No one will offer you anything for free,
and it took me alot of years to realize that. The internet is full of "misters with candies", who
just stalk to take your money. Avoid "too good to be true" offers.
2. If you really find what you were looking for, and you`re not sure if it`s a scam, try to Google
the keywords of a product to find out first. For example, if you`ve found a great Spyware removal
tool called "ultra spyware remover" , but it just seems to be too good, Google "ultra spyware remover
review", or even better "ultra spyware remover scam". Supprisingly, there is a whole bunch of honest
people out there, who really review products, and don`t try to sell them.
3. Don`t pull your wallet the exact moment you`ve read a sales letter or a sales pitch. For years,
I wanted to buy the product immediately after I read it. You have to realize that the guys who
write sales letters are pros, trained to make you buy the product. Don`t fall for the stories of
"how I made 3 000 just by pushing a button" or even better, a guy showing you his brand
new car that he earned "just by pushing a button". Always find the info on the product from other
people by a method of Google searching:
"is a PRODUCT scam"
If the product gets positive reviews by a majority, it`s ok, and you can buy it.
4. Many copywriters won`t be pleased with the stuff that I`m going to reveal to you now, but hey, to me,
a customer satisfactions goes first. Many sales pitches will try to hypnotize you by following rules:
-a great headline that will force you to read on. Yeah, many businesses crack only on headlines. If they
are bad, a potential customer will just leave. If they are good, a potential customer will read on. Keep that in
mind if you decide for a "too good to be true" offer.
- copywriters use powerful techniques like turning features into benefits, so you bite some more. Keep in
mind that they will turn product features into a "hard to believe" benefits for you. When you buy the product,
you will see that those features don`t produce such huge benefits to you after all.
-maketers will always try to bribe you with free "over delivery". For example, if you buy the product, you will
probably get dozens of free "quality" ebooks on "how to..". Don`t fall for that one. The free material you get
is probably crappy, and you can find it for free anyway. Consider that on your next shopping.
By the way, if you are interested in becoming a successful copywriter yourself, you might want to check out on The Copywriting University. They offer a great service for your money, and yes, it`s scam free :)
5. Finally subscribe to scambusters.org. It`s really a legitimate website when it comes to spotting scams.
I highly recommend it.
Don`t pull your wallet the next moment. Search the internet for independant reviews of the product. Consider
that the guys who write sales letters are pros, and they really manage to emotionally lite you up to buy with simple
techniques like writing appealing headlines, turning features into benefits and overdelivering you crappy products.
So, stay on your guard.
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