I have asked you to become an on-line entrepreneur, to start you own internet business, but how do you do this safely and without being scammed? When you go on the internet to find opportunities, you will see they are numerous and all over the place, but which one is genuine and not out there to get your money in return for nothing? In this article and its follow-ups by post I will review a lot of these programs for you, issue warnings and mention the good ones (yes they are there!).
One of the best I have encountered is the Wealthy Affiliate program, of which I am part myself since 2004 and which enables you to built your own website, then quality content, then traffic, then income and all in an honest way and for the long term. If you want to be sure, you are not scammed out of your money, chose this program to be part of.
So what is awaiting you out there?
First a little statistics on the history of cyber crime.
Cyber criminals have developed increasingly advanced techniques over the years. The 2013 Norton Cyber crime report delivers figures that demonstrate how cyber crime is affecting the security of internet users. For the report, 13,022 adults aged 18 to 64 were interviewed from all over the world between the months of July and August of 2013. The following statistics demonstrate the evolution of on-line fraud:
- Although the number of adults who have fallen victim to consumer cyber crime has decreased, the average cost per victim has gone up by 50 percent.
- Attacks are getting more sophisticated, with fraudsters using tactics like spear-phishing and programs like ransom ware.
- 49 percent of consumers use their personal mobile devices for work and for play, leading to new security risks for mobile and e-commerce businesses.
- 48 percent of tablet and smartphone users don’t take the most basic security steps such as installing security software or using passwords.
- The direct cost of global on-line fraud in the United States is $113 billion.
- The average cost per victim is up more than 50 percent in the U.S., from $197 in 2012 to $298 in 2013.
Makes you want to think things over first, before you act or commit to anything. Here are some more, mainly from the US as computer sales per person are higher than in any other countries.
Top 5 internet scams with the most complaints:
- 14.4% – Identity theft
- 13.2% – FBI-related scams
- 9.8% – Miscellaneous fraud
- 9.1% – Advance fee fraud
- 8.6% – Spam
The 3 most common locations for internet scams to originate are:
- 65.9% – United States
- 10.4% – United Kingdom
- 3.1% – China
How to avoid being scammed?
In general, any scheme that offers you getting rich quick could be titled as a scam, because there is no such thing as that in the real world. Never mind the movies/books.
Back to WA, which does not promise you wealth overnight. Instead it promises hard work, dedication, persistence and long term business success. See my personal take here.
I will later on and in posts go into more details as to recognizing scams and or avoiding them altogether. I have already requested where to find the best scam reviews here.
It is a jungle out there, be it on the work floor or on the internet. A very good start to avoiding scams is to be aware of the fact that there are so many, all of which want just one thing: your money in their pocket. People will do anything and will go at length to relieve you of your hard earned money.
I would welcome any experiences and contributions you have, in which case you can use the comment box below. I will get back to you within 24 hours.