How the Scams Work
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Who wouldn’t get excited and click on job postings with titles like those? I first encountered some of these scams when I was job searching after I graduated from college.
They get your hopes up with really catchy headlines, but you should quickly act wise to the fact that these weren’t real jobs.
1. Phony Marketing
This is a commonly used scam. It’s the marketing of phony courses and training.
Everyone wants to get that extra edge over their competitors in business, marketing, advertising, writing, telemarketing, etc.That’s why these phony marketers set up courses which are usually offered through eBooks, DVDs, CDC, webinars, seminars and even live demonstrations.
Typically, these course providers make tall claims that once you complete their awesomely amazing super course, you’re gonna be on your way to becoming filthy rich.
Some are gonna play it smoothly, sending you irrelevant, useless eBooks or items such as pens, calendars, T-shirts, and other junk in exchange for money.
However, when the info or item is actually delivered, it’s usually a rehash of something already available online.
Most people never get their money back.
They end up with nothing, like those lost, starving souls in 1940s European movies.
That’s why it’s important to research thoroughly so that you don’t become just another number on the international hit list!
2. “Get Rich Quick” Schemes
Another common affiliate marketing scam is a “get rich quick scheme” that offers you visions of earning big bucks without putting in much effort.
There are hundreds of such ads all over the Internet.
The usual modus operandi is that these brutal scammers ask you to enroll with their company for a few hundred dollars.
They’ll convince you that you’re gonna learn the tricks that’ll enable you to make thousands of dollars like a fat cat living in Orange County, California.
Once you send your $200 (or whatever the amount they require), the only thing you’ll end up with is a dent on your back account.
Believe it, People!
No matter how desperate or poor you happen to be, all quick rich schemes are cons until proven otherwise.
Do you really believe that someone who makes $5,000 working for a few hours on a Saturday would tell you his or her secret?
If you ever hear that someone has a ‘secret’ on how to make money, it’s a scam.
3. Fake Product or Service
Generally speaking, in affiliate marketing, marketers make money by promoting products and services from other companies.
Sometimes, though, scammers make up fake services or products by using the name of a famous company.
This is one scam that’s often difficult to spot.
Because scammers can be very thorough and usually go to great lengths to create a portfolio of services, products, and customers that appear to be hyper legit.
They even use fancy infographics and promote their business by using paid phony spokespeople who act as their referees.
A large number of these so-called marketers follow the pyramid scheme. Initially, they’re gonna ask you to pay a small amount of cash to join the program with the promise that within a week or two, you’ll receive a high rate of return on your investment.
This is just a ploy to lure you into the trap!
In this entire scheme, the only beneficiaries are the scammers and this can go on until the entire thing falls apart.
On many occasions, these scammers get away with your money and disappear before people even figure out what’s going on.
Beware! You don’t wanna fall down from a pyramid scheme! People say it really hurts!
4. Paid Memberships/Programs
Another very common affiliate marketing scam is asking people to join a program or pay for membership.
In reality, the majority of bona fide affiliate programs are free to join and there’s no fee, just like on Mobidea.
The very fact that somebody asks you to pay to join an affiliate marketing program should raise a red flag.
Most of these pay-to-join programs are nothing more than another pyramid scheme.
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If you’re seriously looking for an affiliate marketing program, you should research for a while and make sure the people associated with the network are legitimate and have actual clients.
Don’t sign any papers or cheques before ensuring you’re dealing with authentic companies!
Nothing is more painful than joining a scammy affiliate network and realizing that, instead of making money, you’re digging your own cold grave!
5.The Interview Process
You’ll probably show up for your in-person interview in your Sunday best. There’s a good chance that it will be your first job interview ever. You’ll be nervous, but excited. Then you’ll realize that this isn’t an interview at all. You’ll be expected to get into a car with a current employee (usually the car doesn’t look fit for the road), and you’ll drive to a neighborhood that could be as far away as a couple hours’ drive.
Your “interviewer” will tell you to take one side of the street while he or she takes the other side, and you’ll start selling coupons door to door.
The coupons often have something to do with major sports teams or entertainment venues. That’s why they advertise the jobs with the words “sports and entertainment marketing.”
If you ask to be taken back to the office, you’ll have a mixed chance of having the person actually agree to return you to the office. If you go through with the “interview” you could end up in some scary situations.
Be Safe & Avoid such scams……