Are we so gullible.

@srijshm (1165)
India
January 12, 2009 11:18am CST
The rut started with one dollar PTC, Today we have 2 dollars & even 10pound PTC, There are sites that promise 12% returns every day, Some display boldly " get free 200$" & then send use useless e-books & claim that they are worth more than 200 $. The latest trend is for sites to offer free shares from 1000 to 2500 free shares. Surprise of surprises there are thousands of people joining these sites everyday only to be scammed the next day. why are we so gullible? why is everyone behind esy e-money???
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12 responses
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
12 Jan 09
well easy money attracts everyone and we as a rule get blinded by easy money time and again and most of us would never learn anything or probably our greed wont let us learn anything. When it is a promise of easy money everything looks rosy just like a man never learns from his first marriage and keeps repeating marriage after marriage thinking it would be different this time.
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@srijshm (1165)
• India
12 Jan 09
well said. What intrigues me is that all webmasters cliam that they are making millions per month & still come to net to source affiliates for them. The most misused word in the net is 100% guarantee.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
12 Jan 09
it is easy to cheat and far more easier to be cheated...
@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
12 Jan 09
A lot of peopel are lured by those big amopunts and believ them because they do not fully understand how theose sites work Additionnally many members never read the Terms ( TOS) 3which is often a big mistake whit all those new sites emerging promising $1 and more but when you read the terms it is not real money but a "share" in the site revenue .. so basically they will pay you a % of the site income .. and if there isno income .. well they dont pay you and it is in accordance to their Terms so noone can say they r a scam! How clever is that Anyway just be careful and always read the terms and stay away from preformatted terms that are too vague and shows the little effort the admin put into his site
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@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
13 Jan 09
yes it's true, however it is like when you sign a contract, you always need to read the fine prints
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
13 Jan 09
I feel so sorry for people who are wasting their time in such programs. I have seen my fair share of those sites over the years. I work with all paying sites now.
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@srijshm (1165)
• India
13 Jan 09
Your tips on finding these paying sites will be appreciated. Thanks for dropping by.
• United States
12 Jan 09
We are that gullible. For every 10 people who are willing to take advantage of the sad state of our economy, there are 1000 who are willing to be taken advantage of, believing that they might have found the way out of the debt hole we all reside in. It is an unfortunate, devious circle that started with one or two, and turned into many who are willing to sacrifice their dignity to make money off of others times of financial need. The first rule that everyone should apply to these types of sites is trust no one. The second rule is spend no money. Unfortunately, even if you follow a webmaster who has proven time and again that you can make money with one of his programs, eventually, he or she will try to pull a fast one. Such is the lure of fast money...
@srijshm (1165)
• India
12 Jan 09
how true, i have know sites that were in the top five of BBB.org but went scam. Even before i browse a site, i look for the age of the site in whois.com. I add my golden rule to the 2 that you have given: "never touch a site that is not 5 years old". Thanks for the response.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
12 Jan 09
what is whois.com ?
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@srijshm (1165)
• India
12 Jan 09
dear agrim. Through this site we can find out when a domain is registered, the address of the website owner.For how many more years the web is registered etc.
@suman2008 (671)
• India
14 Jan 09
Everybody wants to earn big to fulfill their cherished dreams.Sometimes they are trapped and sometimes they get lucky.Some people do that job out of ignorant. and others do out of lust. But your discussion might help people who do not want to get trapped. I consider this a very good discussion.
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@srijshm (1165)
• India
14 Jan 09
Yes! some people can get lucky with legit sites but you cannot earn with luck. Most serious networkers, would have been scammed atleast once before getting smarter. afterall experience is a great teacher. Thanks for the response.
@gbolly54 (662)
• Nigeria
13 Jan 09
To some, greed. To certain others, poverty. To others, innocent attempt at making some extra income from the net, which they have been made to believe is awash with money-making opportunities. I fell into the third group, and I had my nose burnt in the process. Most online biz opportunities rely on active downline/referral system to succeed. Most of the time, there is either a paucity of downlines or a truckload of inactive ones. The sites promising great incentives are also of two broad categories - those who started out as genuine programs but faced unplanned problems later, and those who started out as scams. For the first category, the problem of inactive referrals, or a lack of them at all, will destabilize the plan and render their promises unfulfillable. The second category is a planned scam, and all the incentives offered are meant as baits only. Unfortunately, it may be difficult in some cases to distinguish between the two categories. The simple rule is: if it's too good to be true, beware! Any program, the mode of operation of which is not clearly stated or is not understandable or is not viewed to be sustainable, should be avoided.
@srijshm (1165)
• India
13 Jan 09
I like your phrase " innocent attempt at making some extra income". Out of my innocence i was fooled once. I Guess we are no longer innocent. Companies will not pay you well if you cannot promote their business. If we were all good at marketing products, then why will we need to look for on-line income?? Thanks for the response.
@daylstone (126)
• Philippines
13 Jan 09
Scammers has been around for a while... the oldest I believe was Ponzi.. the ponzi scheme was named after him... The scheme is focused onluring people who are "gullible" enough to be fooled... I thinkit is human nature to get out of poverty and move up... so in search of that kind of lifestyles people get fooled... In conclusion... hehee..it's all because of greed... Because of greed people are fooled... because of greedpeople loose their money.... because of greed the scammers are born...
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@srijshm (1165)
• India
13 Jan 09
Good observations. What amazes me is that, i still see promotions for ponzi site. How come these scammers are not blacklisted. Is there anything we can do to blacklist them ???
• China
13 Jan 09
Yes,you are right.I agree with you.Internet is good,but something in it is not true.We can't blieve all.
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@srijshm (1165)
• India
13 Jan 09
And we should not believe also. never join a site usless thoroughly researhing it in various forums.Thanks for the response
• United States
13 Jan 09
In truth we all should know by now there is no easy way to make money, everything you do is about diligent hard work.
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@srijshm (1165)
• India
13 Jan 09
You have hit the bulls eye with your statement. But the harsh reality is that many of these scam sites do not even pay you after putting in the work. 365jobs4u is one such site that is just not happy with your money but makes you bleed with work for 45 days. The payment never comes.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
12 Jan 09
i think it is because of the financial crisis... money is very tight nowadays and everybody just want an easy money... but i always tell myself that there is no easy money in this world and i have to work hard to earn every single penny of my money... as a saying says, "there is no such thing called a free lunch"... so i will never fall for these scams as i am not interested in free and easy money... take care and have a nice day...
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@srijshm (1165)
• India
13 Jan 09
Absolutely right,earning is never easy. But i have worked hard and got scamed even after that. Worked for a work-from-home company. typed for 4-5 hours a day for 45 days, they took my work & never paid me. How about that. I guess i was the most gullible of the lot!!!
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@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
12 Jan 09
We live in a greedy society. Everyone wants quick money but no one wants to work for it. I want lots of money but I know I will have to work for it. The thing I need now is some free time. If my husband wouldn't get so upset with me I would get by on about two hours of sleep each night and the rest of my time would be spent finding ways to make money. I'm not greedy I just want to pay off my bills and do some remodeling to my home. I am impatient though because I want it all and I want it all right NOW.
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@srijshm (1165)
• India
12 Jan 09
I agree that that the world is like a buffet, you need to pay first before you can enjoy the goodies. Most of us can pay only with our hard work. A personal suggestion, if yopu can deatil all your findings ( after those extensive searches)through a blog, that should make should make for interesting reading.
• India
13 Jan 09
Hi, There are alot of ways to earn online,its true that there are more scams then getting paid online work. I am freelancer and working from home and earning monthly 1000$-2000$. Here are some useful link to get started for earning at home:, http://www.getafreelancer.com/affiliates/ovxsolutions/ Some people are selling Craigslist.org Phone verified accounts: http://www.ovxsolutions.com/PVA.htm you can resell them in USA, and many more............................
@srijshm (1165)
• India
13 Jan 09
Hey ayaz, iam really glad if you are making 1000$ to 2000$. But i have my own doubts. I know they are legitimate sites but there is no way every one can have sufficient jobs there. Firstly you need to bid for jobs. secondly the jobs are mostly technical in nature. Thirdly the jobs only goes to the lowest bidder who can complete the work in least amount of time. You way be a computer savvy person is case you have bagged so many contracts.
• India
14 Jan 09
Hi, yes,you are right that there are alot of technical jobs,but there are also data entry jobs and virtual assistant jobs, First you have to start at low prices and as you got feedbacks you will then get high prices for your projects, thanks
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@srijshm (1165)
• India
14 Jan 09
ayaz, thanks for being helpful.