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How To Avoid Scams Online and Offline

Most people get scammed at some point in their ventures to achieve success online.  

In fact, I've been scammed out of thousands of hard-earned money as well, from online predators who preyed/preys on people like me, who's looking to learn how to earn extra to improve my and my family's lives.

They are scum, and many of such people exist in the world, and ESPECIALLY online.

90% of all people that buy a product related to Internet marketing at some point feel as though they have been cheated or ripped off. That does not give the industry as a whole and that doesn’t sit easy with me.

And that is why I am putting up a section on NigelChua.com dedicated to help you avoid scum scammers - there is nothing worse than working hard for you money only to have some “slickster” marketer or schemer to make you part ways with that money with nothing in return.

There are a few obvious ways to determine if a product is a scam and I base all of my product reviews on my site on these principles.

Top 8 Ways to Tell Avoid Scams Online

(1) A Video “Only” Sales Page.  

If you go to a website and you see a video and THAT IS IT, run for the hills.  

The only product owners that do this are ones that “force” you to sit through their long sales pitches and that lack enough substance to provide you with any helpful or informative content on their site.  

If it is a video only, it is a very good sign that the product is going to be a scam.

(2) No Way to Contact on their Website.  

I am sorry, but if a company cannot offer you an easy way to get in touch with you on their website/sales page, then they should not get your business.  

This will be a sign of things to come, trust me.  

And if you do contact their support and you don’t get a response, you are better off not making a purchase (this can be a quick test you do to see if the product is legit).

(3) If the product does not offer support.  

One thing that I like to do with any product online is to test their support.  If a product is legit and they truly care about their customers, they will provide timely “external” support and field any questions that a prospective customer may have.  

If you send an email to a company and you don’t get a response within 48 hours (the quicker the better), then I recommend that you avoid that program as it is a sign of things to come!

(4) A 60 Day Guarantee.  

If the sales page of a product constantly emphasizes the fact that there is a guarantee, chances are it might be a scam.  

In particular if it is a 60 day guarantee, which typically means that it is a clickbank product that typically means that the product is likely a low quality one.

(5) Constant Upsells.  

If the product makes you buy, then tries to make you buy again…it is likely just the start.  One of the most common scams online are “low ticket” initial sales (ie. $7 products).  

As soon as you make your purchase, you then get inundated with upsells, downsells and sideways sells and before you know it you have been offered $100’s (sometimes $1,000’s) of addition products you need to buy to complete the program.  

This is why I tend to recommend products that you can “try before you buy” (like Wealthy Affiliate).

(6) Outrageous Claims of Success.  

Success overnight is not possible and any product that claims $1,000’s of income in the first month is an absolute scam.

(7) It is promoted by another GURU.  

Yes, if a product is being flogged by a guru that does not own it, guess what, it is probably a scam.  

The reason they are promoting it is not because they believe in the product, rather they have made an agreement that “if you promote my product, I will promote yours”.

(8) Fake or Scammy Pictures.  

If the product sales page has a big mansion, a fancy lambourghini, or someone sitting on the beach with a laptop in their hand, chances are the product is a complete scam.  

Companies that need to showboat like this are typically lacking in the credibility and actual product quality department  (ever heard of “short man syndrome” lol).  

Avoid at all measures.

Where to next?

  1. Back to NigelChua Home Page

  2. Contact me by email at (even just to say hi) nigel@nigelchua.com

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