How do you expect to make a decent online living with all the scams out there?

Canada
October 3, 2010 6:11pm CST
I've been thinking about this more and more lately, remembering all the scam sites I was unfortunate enough to be a member of in the past. When I think about it, I've been scammed out of over $1k over the years, and that really adds up over time. Now I don't bother with many sites, knowing that many of them eventually turn into scams, it's always going to happen, so why join them all right? I don't join new sites on a whim, there's no point, that's something I used to do in the past, but just can't anymore. Even doing research doesn't always help me decide whether to join a site or not. So far I've been lucky, I've joined sites that have stuck around, but that's only because I use sites that have been around for a while, nothing new, except for CG, which is run by a reliable site. Otherwise, new sites are off the list for me unless they have a proven track record for at least 6 months. That being said, I wonder about all the other sites that make you pay in order to earn money. You really have to wonder about how legit they are, if you have to invest in order to see any sort of return. I don't think it's right, unless it's a program that's been around for a long time. I don't know why some people join the scam sites, some knowing that they'll be screwed out of their hard earned, or not so hard earned money sooner or later. Sure, join a whole bunch of sites hoping that at least one of them is legit, but don't you do research first? Does anyone do research before joining new sites? Do you not wonder who runs them, if they run other scam sites or legit sites? You should wonder, you should think about this, you don't know if your personal information will be safe with a new site, the owner could use your email address for spam purposes, I've seen it happen, it's even happened to me. If a site owner doesn't reveal anything about themselves to users, then you should be wary before joining. Owners who block their information on registration sites usually have something to hide, and that should be a red flag to anyone. Not everyone thinks about that though, even though it's a good idea. Find out what you can about an owner. If their information is on their website registrar, then there's a good chance that they wont be going anywhere with your money, but that's not always the case. So, keeping this in mind, how do you find a decent way to earn a living online? Trusting your gut instinct is usually the best way to go. You never know what will happen with any given site.
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7 responses
• Canada
4 Oct 10
You don't.. Personally I could never go threw all the trouble of trying to make a living online. It's harder work than an actual job. You have to find the legit sites to start off with, then some go scam. And if they don't you're just not earning enough from them to make a living anyway. If you are, then you probably spend more time online earning, than you would have to at an offline job. Plus I don't really like all the emails I get from all these online earning sites, I actually had to create a new email to filter out all the spam I was getting.
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• Ireland
4 Oct 10
im delighted to hear you got ripped off, thanks for telling us
• Canada
4 Oct 10
You're just mad because your referral link got deleted and you lost a point. Don't spam here ok? And don't hijack topics just to talk BS. Got it? This is a discussion, not somewhere for you to try to get referrals for scam sites, and I can bet that the site you spammed will go down as a scam before the year is out.
• Ireland
4 Oct 10
yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn, just thought i was giving you advice, thought i was offering you something decent, plenty of other people took me up on it and they're all very happy, plus I didn't realize you were going to report me for god sake, I thought only children did things like that. ah well, best of luck, don't forget to tell us about the next time you get ripped off as I'm extremely sure it will happen to you again and it really is funny to read. p.s. i don't even know what points are dear so why would it bother me. wow, you really are such an angry little girl, very funny, very very funny, dont hijak my discussion to talk bs, didnt your parents ever teach you to share, grow up.
• Canada
4 Oct 10
You clearly don't know how to read rules, so maybe you're the one who needs to grow up. Seriously, you're the one acting like a child. And I highly doubt I was the only one who reported your violation of the rules, I'm sure it takes more than one report to have a response deleted. Enjoy your scam site and just wait and see that I'm right, because I'm sure I am.
@magtibaygom (4865)
• Philippines
3 Oct 10
Of all the scam programs online, the most joined program is High Yield Investment Program or HYIP. People know it is a scam, about 98% of people who join HYIP know it is 99% scam, but still they join! Some join out of greed, while some get smarter over time.. they join with the plan of cashing out early ahead of site closure. Some beat the time frame while still others are caught losing just few seconds after the site closed! I am still thinking whether I should join the fun game of beating the time, of beating the deadline in HYIP. Let's say, you expect an HYIP site to close in 2 months, I am figuring out whether I can join the site and cash out in just exactly after 1 month. Just like in stocks, you invest when the market is bullish, and sell off before the market get bearish. Possible in HYIP?
• Canada
4 Oct 10
I've never joined them, and don't think I ever would. I'm aware of how unsafe they are, and it's just not worth the risk. I am interested in knowing some of the sites you're a member of, not that I'll be joining them, but who knows. It's more out of interest to see what's out there today.
@nicregi (1936)
• Malaysia
4 Oct 10
I feel...sometime I know they could very well be scam but due to greed, we are willing to take the risk. Sounds stupid (including me) but I guess that is what human all about :) We could easily be 'directed' to the wrong path due to money...at least some of us!
@few00cent (2143)
• India
4 Oct 10
you are right..I have been cheated with many site too but finally I learned my lesson and now I always spectate site before I enroll..I always calculate my earning without referrals..reading there FAQ section..minimum payout and payment terms and TOS..this stuff helps me a lot to make the decision to join or not to join the site.
@jamed28 (1909)
• Philippines
4 Oct 10
Learn how to identify scam sites. You cannot control the Internet as well as the people who are uploading scam sites online.
@artguy (1476)
• United States
4 Oct 10
I'm doing affiliate marketing. With affiliate marketing you have a little more control over your money making and don't really have to worry about scams. You setup your campaigns and let them work for you.When you join a site they have complete control over you and can disappear anytime.
@nicregi (1936)
• Malaysia
4 Oct 10
Hi kris. What you said..i got to agree with you. I myself have been in this business for sometime now. At times, the site is soooo promising but just something telling me that the site is just a scam. I will just leave it and never look back. I feel when we are doing online earning, we will always have a chance to get scam...at least once. Therefore, we have to be strong and hope for the best!