The People Behind Internet Scams

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Have you ever wondered what kind of person would purposely scam innocent people out of their money on the Internet? These people thrive on the invisibility of the Internet. They have the ability to hide their tracks easily, disappear quickly and easily, and are rarely caught by authorities. There are two types.

The first is ambitious and proud about what they are doing. These are the ones who are intelligent and expert swindlers. They are excited by their “genius” and feel that the work of creating a scam is reason enough for the money they make from it. They look at all possible angles to avoid being obviously illegal. Right there is a clue that they know what they are doing is wrong and yet pursue it with justifications. They believe if someone buys into the scam, or as they prefer, “money system”, they have no reason to complain. They convince themselves the opportunity is there, even when they know only one percent or less of the people putting in money will actually make any money. These people thrive on the faceless, impersonal Internet. They do not know the people they are scamming and don’t care to know them. It makes it much easier to take someone’s money if you don’t see the real person suffering a loss.

The above type naturally creates a sub-type scam artist. This is a person who has bought into a money system and in order to make at least enough to cover their “investment” into the business must advertise the business and get more people involved. These people often end up paying out much more money in advertising than they first gave to the business and very few recoup their money at all. It has been said that only about 1% of people who put money into a money system get any money from it.

The second type of scam artist is much more vicious and more personal. They do try to get personal information from their victims. They may contact them to earn trust. These people rely on establishing some contact in order to get their victim to complete a bank transaction. They usual have a money order or cheques (fake) in which they want the person to deposit and then request a portion back. The cheque then bounces and the person has lost their own money, in some cases quite a lot. Whether desperate or just purely anti social, these kind of people are totally aware of what they are doing and have no conscience about about what they are doing.

In order to avoid Internet scams, always follow these rules:

Never answer emails that declare you have won a prize, lottery or inheritance.

Never click a link in an email that claims you must update your information or provide personal account numbers. Your bank, Paypal, email and other sites never ask you to give this information through a link in an email. If you click the link, they may have a very good fake site that you think is the real thing. They take your information and take your money.

Check out any Internet business before putting your money into it, especially if the business claims you will make an huge income in a very short period of time. It is easy to find information by just doing a simple search on scams and the business name.

Do not take jobs via email invitation that require you to work as “Bookkeeper” or in “Accounts Receivable” and request you deposit cheques for them and send them back the funds. This is a scam, no legitimate business invites strangers to make deposits for them.

Do not answer emails from desperate millionaires that will give you a percentage of the money if you will complete a money transfer for them. They do not have money and they want to take your money.

There are ways to honestly make money online and for those methods, work and patience are required. Writing, blogging, mystery shopping from legitimate companies, and taking surveys are better options for making money when you have the right resources. Don’t give in to the get rich quick systems that are in abundance on the Internet.

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