Avoiding frauds anywhere,
especially the Internet, requires the use of common sense and
research. A person who wishes to save time and money must not only
pause to think about the validity of the schemes, but that person
would also be wise to find some resources to verify the validity
of the schemes. Research will tell how trustworthy a company and
its product may be. Research will also help individuals counteract
the temptation of buying into potentially fraudulent claims and
To begin research investigating
the claims and promises of get rich quick schemes, a person could
begin with the Better Business Bureau. This organization
specializes in helping individuals research businesses so that
they may discern the trustworthiness of a company. Its URL is
For further research on Internet
scams, organizations such as MLM Watch (http://www.mlmwatch.org)
may prove more useful. MLM Watch provides criticisms of well-known
get rich quick schemes. The articles on the site are credited to
reputable and significant individuals on both sides of the
There are three other major
Internet frauds, all of them closely related to get rich quick
schemes, but they can be resisted in the same ways. First is the
category of health-related frauds, which promise that a product
can aid a person's health to an unusual degree. Second is the
category of focused get rich schemes, which are aimed at stay at
home mothers, religious individuals, disabled persons, and so on.
Third is the category of businesses with unusually low prices. No
matter what form the business takes, please keep in mind that
careful thought and research are wise tools for any person.
In addition to this, always be
aware of what businesses endorse a scheme, or what a scheme
endorses. When suspicion arises, a person should follow the
hyperlinks on website to see what exists on the linked page. If
any doubt exists over whether there is an endorsement of a get
rich quick scheme, it is wise to research the organizations and
businesses in question.
In conclusion, it is common to
find dubious businesses on the Internet, but it is not inevitable
that a person must give in to these schemes. Doing research to
investigating the validity of a claims made by a business will not
only uncover the trustworthiness of a scheme, but also save an
individual from losing time and money.
How do you know if the website you are
visiting is trustworthy?
TrustGauge.com offers free advice about how to stay secure on the
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Is it easy to contact the company?
Does the online merchant disclose specific contact information
about the business, including a street address, telephone number,
fax number and name of an individual to contact?
How do you verify
contact information at a website?
Are there privacy and security statements?
the policy advise customers of choices regarding the business'
collection, use and disclosure of personal information?
What should I look
for in a privacy statement when dealing with companies online?
Are terms of the sale clearly disclosed?
Are the terms and conditions of the sale clearly stated, including
product availability/shipping information, prices and customer
costs, return or refund policy, and warranties and guarantees?
Does the merchant provide an opportunity to review and approve the
transaction, prior to its completion? Is the consumer provided the
option to receive a confirmation of the transaction after it's
How do I know who I can trust?
Does the site promise customer satisfaction?
Does the merchant have a satisfactory record with the BBB? Does
the merchant seek to ensure their customers are satisfied by
answering questions and offering to resolve customer complaints
and disputes in a timely and responsive manner? Does the online
merchant offer either an unconditional money-back guarantee or
third-party dispute resolution?
What recourse do I have in term of poor customer