Who is making money on Internet scams

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I’ve done a fair amount of scam bashing. Ironically enough, it’s easy to overlook the fact that these scam sites are making money every time someone goes to their websites. What you may lose in the frustration of tripping over another one of these scams is that there is money being made by someone. Just not the people who are cursed enough to sign up for them.

How they make money

Keep in mind there are programs that pay per view for advertisements. What happens is these scam artists who are promoting these bogus programs work on a simple theory: The more attention they can draw to themselves, the more money they are earning. What’s worse, they encourage their affiliates to “spread the word” and that’s where the real money is made.

The real ugly truth

The hidden ugly truth behind these sites is that there is a web of deception. Nearly all of these sites sell your email address to other similar scams. You see anytime you fill out a form, an inquiry or anything else using your email online, you are going to start getting emails from other places that you’ve never heard of before. Do you doubt this? Do yourself a favor, set up a bogus email account on any site that offers free email. Fill out anything online on any site that offers any type of information about working at home. Then, sit back and wait.

Selling and reselling

Many of these sites have privacy policies but there is no way for you to enforce them breaking their word. The reason for that is if you read them carefully, you’ll quickly discover that there is no contact information on them. Therefore, once your email is in that system, you have no way to fight back against improper use. Years ago, I had “disposable” emails associated with my Yahoo! account. I used to specify what “sites” I used specific emails on. Inevitably, I would have to “kill” off one of these emails because I was getting killed with spam.

I have an “old” Gmail account. Every day I log into that account. On average, I receive more than 500 emails on that account every single day. Each and every one of them is spam

Use Common Sense: Protect Yourself

One of the many challenges associated with work at home scams is that it’s very easy to get conned. After all, many of us are seeking ways to improve our financial status. Most of us would like to believe there is a genuine way to improve our financial standing, but the fact is that any improvement is going to be time consuming and is going to require a lot of hard work.

Whenever you are in doubt about any website, use an email address that you can “close down” if you need to do so. Protect your identity so that you do not lose more than your good name if someone actually is phishing for information from you. Above all, if you are paying with PayPal, credit card or any other form of payment online, make sure you have verified that the site is legitimate.

About Doreen Martel

Well-rounded freelance writer who contributes to various blogs, paid to write sites and revenue sharing sites. Doreen is legally blind and has worked at home for more than 10 years. She uses the lessons learned from this experience to enhance her writing and share information with others.

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3 Responses to Who is making money on Internet scams

  1. November 15, 2012 at 8:32 am

    What kills me are all the ones who are only making list building money. They are making money on *other people’s* laziness. I have never once bought an email address. Frankly, I would never consider it. It is the equivalent of that carpet cleaning company who calls in the middle of dinner wanting you to engage their service…without knowing you have hardwood floors and ceramic tile. *sigh*

    • November 15, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Red the way I see it is that it’s getting worse and not better. I actually got a private invitation to a “job” today that was scary in the extreme. This guys “selling” insurance policies :) …. someone will not only take this “job” but they are looking for 100,000 people to sign up. Unfortunately, they’ll probably find them too