Here Are 2 Common Internet Scams and How To Avoid Them

By: drankins
As the internet continues to grow and offer new and exciting opportunities to make money there is an ever increasing presence of internet scams popping up all over the place. These scams prey on good people who many times are desperately in need of money and are willing to believe almost anything.

The reason for this is they want to believe in something that will make their lives better. Another comon method of internet scammers is to email you and try and get personal information from you. Let's take a look at 2 common ways you can be scammed both online and offline.

1. MLM scams. This is an industry that has been and continues to be full of scammers. That does not mean the whole industry is nothing but a bunch of scammers, but you need to be careful about what you join and how much you pay to get started with your own mlm business. Just because your best friend or Uncle Joe says this is going to be great does not mean it really is.

Before joining a mlm company you want to do your due diligence. This means doing a thorough background check on them. How long have they been in business. Call your local Better Business Bureau. Talk to people who work for them. Even better go to the local yellow pages of several cities and find the phone numbers of distributors in that city. Call them and ask for the good, the bad and the ugly of this company.

The longer a mlm company has been in business the more stable they are. On the internet anyone can build a website in 1 day and be in business. Be cautious about joining anything new especially if they want a lot of your money up front.

2. The most common internet scam today is a new version of the IRS Audit Scam. It works like this.

You receive an official-looking email, that lead you to believe it is from the IRS. The email states that the IRS is auditing you and that you must complete and return the attached questionnaire. If you do not respond within 48 hours, the message says, you will face penalties and interest. It asks for personal information including your social security number and bank accounts.

Another version of the IRS audit scam send you an email with a link in it. This link leads to a fake IRS website where you are asked to enter your personal information.

If you get an email with the words "IRS-Audit" you may as well delete it. Because people see the word audit they get scared and lose their sensibility. This is true for many internet scams. Trust your judgement before giving out any personal information or before joining any money making program that asks for money from you up front.

If you think you are being scammed one website that offer information and tips on many different types of scam is: scambusters.org
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