How to Spot Internet Scams – My Step by Step Guide

There are absolutely loads of internet scams everywhere you look, they claim to show you how to make money and they use all sorts of media to reach out to you. I will teach you how to spot internet scams so that you can protect yourself against them.

How to spot internet scams my step by step guide

Once you get the idea of how they market themselves through what I am going to share with you, you will actually see they stand out more then you thought. As they all pretty much you the same idea.

First, let’s think about why we look for these so called get rich quick schemes. We do it because we all reach a point in our lives where we decide enough is enough. Either because your job is getting you down or you are facing financial difficulties and you need to know how to make money from home.  I’d say 90% of the country faces this at one time or another mainly because 10% of the population controls 90% of the wealth and 90% of the population control 10% of the wealth. This has always been the case as the rich get richer and we all just get by best we can. Well, that’s when we decide there must be a better way, we decide we need more money and now rather than later.

Let’s Get Something Cleared Up First


 If something looks too good To be true! It usually Is!… Always trust your gut instincts.

Our gut instincts help and guide us along the way and you can never go far wrong. Just don’t like the excitement and desperation mix together and cloud your judgement. When you are like this you are basically deciding to go with your head or your gut! Your gut tends to tell you what’s right and wrong and helps guide you from past experiences. Your head can sometimes get in the way either too excited or over thinking.

Time to search Google


We always start by sitting there one day, picking up the laptop and we end up asking google how to make money online, or how to make money from home. We never search get rich quick schemes because that isn’t really what we are after we just want to make money. We are searching for ideas we haven’t thought of, ideas that people have spent time already studying and mastering. After all, if someone else has done it so can we.

Searching on Google on your laptop

When searching how to make money online the results you will tend to see are things like:

These are all great ways to learn how to make money online but they don’t make the big bucks. Your talking £10 to £20 for some of them a time which is ok if you can do loads of them. I will cover these off in more detail later on because they are all worth discussing.

The thing to remember about these they are fine to top up your cash but all your doing is trading time for money, just like a job and there is only so much time available.

But they aren’t the only things you will find, you will also see search results like these:

  • Earn £500 a day from home
  • Earn an extra £400 per month
  • make thousands a week
  • earn thousands from sitting at home
  • just one click earn hundreds

All these sound more attractive but as you see more and more offers your head and guts start working against each other. The sound of all this extra money is very exciting and we know how much we would love to have it.

So we get excited and start clicking on them, we then get signed up hoping they are legit!

So Scam or Legit?


Lets find out if it is a scam or legit?These sites will mostly look really professional, well they would do, they wouldn’t set a scam up with a cheap looking website as no one would go any further. So they have to make it really professional with loads of vibrant fonts and images.

They are trying to make it exciting and will try their best to get you to sign up as quickly as possible as they know you are currently battling with your head and gut instincts. So they know they need to enforce the head decision by really dangling the carrot and trying to offset the balance.

This is when we start looking deeper into the site. Is it or isn’t it legit?

 

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Limited Time or Slots Available


Limited time to get you to sign upLimited time is a very common technique used on scamming sites so I look for this first, they use it to make you sign up quickly before you have the time to rationally think it through. You will usually see a timer for a short period of time between 5 and 20 minutes and this will be extremely visible. They will also keep referring to this if they have a promotional video playing. The aim is to get you excited and make you think ‘I might miss out!’.

The other technique is to tell you they can only accept a limited amount of people, like 20 people. They then tell you some rubbish about it’s the maximum amount of people they can coach at a time, allowing them to give those 20 people the quality coaching needed to be successful.

Sometimes they will tell you that you have been specially selected or invited to their VIP members group and then start telling you that you need to sign up quick before you run out of time as they can only take a limited amount of people and you might not get a chance again.

All these are scamming techniques to get you to sign up before you can properly think about it and realise it’s a scam.

Remember legitimate businesses don’t need to rush you into a decision as they have trust in their own product so don’t need to use these techniques!

Testimonials


Testimonials of scams and businessesYou will see testimonials from apparently people like yourselves that have taken the plunge and come out with thousands. They look really well written and very real looking photos of so called genuine people.

Funny thing is that if you was to search images on stock photo sites, these are sites that sell you photos and images for companies and websites. You’ll come across, that exact photo! Sometimes they don’t even try too hard and they just grab them off google images.

A great technique to debunk these testimonials is to right click on the photos and you will see a drop down box that says search google for this image. If you get search results that show the images belonging to a different name than the site you know it’s a scam. You will also get results like links to stock photo sites where you buy images, this is a popular choice for scamming sites. They buy the image and then make up the testimonial and the name.

If you come across video testimonials remember one thing most people don’t like to filmed and are really self-conscious so if they do a real testimonial they will seem uncomfortable. Yet most video testimonials are really confident people well spoken and comfortable on camera because they are actors! All scammers use actors to promote their products and services. The question you then ask is if this was legit why are they faking the testimonials unless, oh yes, its a scam! That’s the point when you need to close the window and look away.

Start your search again and carry on your researching!

Read Online Reviews


Another great way to find out if a site is legit or not is to read reviews. Take the name of the site or community and type it into Google again. For example, one I came across like Brit Method, who I will discuss more later, this time type ‘is Brit Method a Scam’ and suddenly more sites start popping up. You will see searches like:

  • Brit Method Scam Exposed
  • Brit method – Scam
  • Brit Method Legit?
  • Brit Method Truth revealed!

This is where people like myself are there to help you. Chances are we have already spotted it and done what we can to find out for you if it’s a scam or not. You see we have been we are now and we haven’t learnt to spot them and protect like minded people like ourselves from being caught out and lose money.

Think of us as wardens of the internet protecting everyone genuinely looking for ways to make money from being done over. You see unfortunately, there are people out there who want to get rich quick by stealing money from other people. So as long as they keep trying we will keep sniffing them out and protect everyone from them.

The Lengths The Scammer Will Go


Brit Method Fake Site

As I said before they get really well-made sites but they won’t make just the one. These guys go all out. They will use different media and every step of the way they will use every way they possibly can to lie and cheat their way to get it.

Brit Method for example even posted images of Richard Branson saying that he had leaked the best-kept secret to making money that only the wealthy were using. One heck of a lie but how many people might have seen that and thought that if Richard Branson thought it was good it must be real.

They even made sites that look like popular newspaper screenshots, where they show reviews about a mum working from home that came across a great scheme and made thousands per week which changed her life! The lengths they will go hold no bounds.

Canuck Method

The Aussie Method Scam

When learning to spot internet scams you will learn that scammers will even make multiple sites for different countries so that they can scam people from all around the world. Some quick tell tale signs are:

  • They will use sites that look too similar in build but different company names.
  • They will sometimes cut corners and not even both typing different information. I found one with a typo and found five sites that looked all different so you would think it’s a different scheme but the text was identical on every site even down to the typo. Rookie mistake! but thankfully they made it.
  • So look for grammar mistakes and typing errors.

Conclusion


There are so many scams out there and more are appearing every day. You need to make sure you do plenty of research before you take the plunge and only do so if you are completely happy with doing it. If you have any reservations do some more research.

So be very careful else you could easily spend years searching and getting caught out while still looking for next making money business, I know I did.

My Top Tip: Never sign up for anything without researching first by using these techniques.

They will save you time and effort and most of all stress and worry!

If you’re tired of searching and open to the idea of joining a legit business where you can learn how to easily build a website that you can earn money from then check out my post:   #1 recommendation for making money online.

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Graham Hodsdon About me

Graham Hodsdon

Hi, I’m Graham I am the founder and creator of grahamhodsdon.com. I hope you found my post, How to Spot Internet Scams, useful or if you have something to add to help others detect scams please share a comment below. Also if you have seen a business offer you would like me to investigate to find out if it is a scam or not add this to your comment and I will write a review on them. Thanks for reading.

26 Comments

  1. I’ve noticed how scams seem to be getting out of control, especially through channels like Facebook, etc.

    Just recently, I received an email from a friend recommending “The Brit Method” (another work from home scam). However, her email account had got hacked, so I let her off the hook, lol.

    Thanks for your guidance when it comes to scams. Google is an awesome resource for looking up reviews and also member complaints. But Google still allows online scams to be listed in its search engine results. So we’ve still got to be cautious.

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of tacky opportunities that pay peanuts and there are a lot of scams promoting hype. It’s just a case of doing our research first.

    Neil

    • Hi Neil, thanks for commenting. I’ve actually just been writing a review on Brit method, funny how you mentioned Facebook as that was where I came across it. They had placed an advert on Facebook using Richard Branson’s photo, apparently saying that he had leaked a great new way to make money that all the wealthy people are using. It’s amazing the lies and depths of deception these guys use to lure people in. I’ve personally found 5 different websites promoting the Brit Method who are basically them in disguise. This has now lead me to do more research on the companies promoting them.

      Your right though Google and Facebook allow these scams to be listed so we do need to be very cautious. Everyone just needs to make sure they look for multiple review sites to advise them to stay away or not. I say multiple because in my research I’ve found review sites that recommend scams who are really the scammers using another tactic to draw people in. So look for multiple reviews to get a good balanced opinion.

      If anyone would like to read more about Brit method to understand why to stay away from them follow this link – http://avoidonlinescamsandstaysafe.com/brit-method….

  2. Hey Graham,

    Thanks for the great post. yes it seems scas are on the increase. More and more people are learning the tips and tricks on internet marketing and using them for financial gain rather than helping others.

    I agree with all your comments. Check reviews and research behind the person reviewing. What are their motives and as you said yourself would Richard Branson give his name to an online money making venture? haha of course not.

    Keep up the great work, Kev

    • Thanks Kev, yeah with scammers learning more ways to trick people on the internet we need to be ever more vigilant. After all there are no easy way outs, else we would all be doing it. We need to stay grounded and use our gut instinct rather than eagerness for that get rich quick scheme. Research and check reviews of businesses before we sign up to anything.

  3. There are scams everywhere, and there are few of us who have not been caught up in one to some extent, they are, as you say, so convincing until you dig down beneath the surface, and their aim is to appeal to desperate people. Scammers are despicable.
    That is why sites like yours are so important to help to protect unwary people, and to give them the information they need in order to be able to recognise scams and thus avoid them.
    Very many thanks, and keep up the good work:)

    • Hi Chrissie, thank you for sharing your thoughts. This is one of the reasons I decided to make avoiding scams my niche for this website. I have come across so many scams in the past I began to see a pattern. It’s a horrible feeling being desperate enough to make the mistake to get caught up in the scams out there. They are so devious and don’t care about the damage they do to people. My goal is to try and stay one step ahead and hopefully warn as many people as possible about these scams so they don’t get caught out. thanks again.

  4. I’m glad I came across this post whilst navigating through your site. We need to expose scammers and their likes. There’s a saying once bitten, twice shy but I’m afraid I was bitten more than once!! Now, I spend time googling names of people/companies who are trying to sell me something or get me to sign up to something online – you have mentioned this so I know I’m on the right track. As another commenter has mentioned research, research, research is what we need to be doing before we unknowingly sign up to these scams. This post is a definite bookmark for me. Thanks much!!!

    • Hi Jackie, thanks for bookmarking and I’m so glad you found my post useful. It is so frustrating when you can see so many scams out there. When searching just the first few pages of each google search they are everywhere. Research is definitely the way to weed them out. They never cover all their tracks and sometimes just reading their own disclaimers is enough as they tell you there usually that the whole site is fictitious and for entertaining purposes only. Thanks again.

  5. OMG! Can you GREAT POST? Hell YES!
    I am so grateful for people like you, Graham, who take the time to INFORM and EDUCATE people who find themselves sometimes, too caught up in the emotion of the moment. You are ‘spot on’ when you talk about the head and the heart/gut leading our decision-making process. And you are so right when scammers know this and ‘feed on our innocence’!
    You have listed some great pointers for anyone to be aware of these scammers. A great way to have our ‘red flag notification’ ON and AWARE!
    Thank you for this post. For me, it is a confirmation that there are still good people world out there in our world today – ONLINE and OFFLINE!

    • Hi Michelle thanks for the great feedback, I’m glad you liked it. I am very passionate about finding these scams and exposing them to protect as many people as I can. I know all too well how you can get so hopeful about an opportunity when you desperate for the extra cash.

  6. Great advise!! Years ago I fell for one of these SCAMS and it cost me quite a bit of time and money. Their claims didn’t seem to be as over-the-top as some of the more obvious scams out there, so I took a chance. You are right! Do your homework!!. Don’t jump into something because of a flashy marketing campaign . You said it perfectly, ” If it looks too good to be true, it probably s!” Thank you for your hard work. Hopefully it will prevent people from becoming victims to these types of scams.

    • Thanks I’m glad you liked my post. I am very passionate about preventing other people from getting caught out. I hope I can reach out to as many people as possible. Research is definitely the key to preventing scammers from luring you in. Sometimes just simply searching for reviews on businesses is a great way to spot them. This then takes you to sites like mine. If others follow my tips they will reduce the chance of this happening. People just need to learn there is no quick wins and no easy way outs. We just need to work hard at something to succeed and be financially free.

  7. Hi Graham, Great information. I have never heard of the Brit Method before but I will be on the lookout for it. I have like many others been scammed, as there are so many of them about. The lengths some of these individuals go to is amazing. They will stop at nothing to get your hard earned money.

    Thank you for bringing awareness to this

    Sean

    • Hi Sean thanks I’m glad you liked my post. When I first started researching Brit Method it enlightened me to a new style scam and I’m amazed how many others use this similar style. I am currently exposing more of these scams. To prevent others from getting caught out. Thanks again.

  8. The most money what I lost, was a face to face real world scam.Like there are people like you going there the same time as you and you would think they truly will do what they say… I was so wrong. Luckly, on the internet I still didn’t walked in any trap. And for you to know, that it ‘s really not a scam is to ask the members of that website(in real wolrd real people that did they, not the people who try to sell the thing what they want) . Now if you can’t contact on that website others, than the last hope is other peoples reviews. Not the positive ones. The negative ones. I met one with so many positive reviews, but I just had to find one, to know that it is not good at all.

    • Hi this is so true. Sometimes when I am researching companies you find a lot of sites recommending them but you also begin to see some patterns. Like they are all recommending the same sites. This at first might seen legit but once you find some negative reviews and you find one of them to be a scam you usually find the other companies they are recommending are also scams. This is simply because the recommending site is dodgy too. Its just a case of remembering to do plenty of research before you part with your cash.

  9. Very nice to know how to look for scams. Yes there are a lot out there and I’m sick of ending up with the same scam after scam. I guess it’s too easy to scam people online. I feel bad for myself and others that’s been scammed before. How many legit programs are really out there anyway?

    Glad to see your post and know what to look for next time! Thanks!
    Grace

    • Hi Grace, yeah there are loads of scams simply because the scammers are very determined to con as many people as possible as they want their money before they get shut down. Don’t feel bad though these scammers are professionals they know how to do it. Unfortunately sometimes it takes the first few to get caught out before we see that they are scams. This is why my site is so important, I am as determined to find them and expose them as they are to scam people. I hope each time to expose them before they can do too much damage.

  10. As you point out, it’s not always easy to spot the internet scams. They also keep up their work on finding new ways of doing their scam. It’s a great list of advice you give here, but still it can be hard to discover. Partly, as you mention, their sites looks very professional sometimes.

    The problem with the scams, makes it also a problem for the real deals out there. People don’t trust anything, believing that everything on internet is a scam. Which, of course, is completely wrong. There are tons of pages with great offers, that suffer from the efforts of the scammers.

    Legal sites also seems to end up in the background of the scammers’ sites. This due to the fact that they believe in people searching for the real deal won’t go for the scam or know how to discover the scams. That is one of the reasons sites like yours are very important. It’s almost like we should wish that every site had a section on what to avoid, so people without experience could learn as they search for anything online. Thank you for dealing your experience. It helps a lot of people. Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks for your support. You are so right most front page searches have scams all over them. Worst of all they also tend to be then adverts too. So they always get to the top of the first page. It’s so important to make sure you always research everything and search for reviews from websites like mine. This way you get more of an insight into the potential scam or not. I make sure that the businesses I research I look into as much detail as possible and also search multiple sites and follow leads to ensure I give the best advice I can. Hope you enjoy reading more of my posts.

  11. It is so sad that there are so many scams out there. Some days, I feel like it is amazing that people even trust anything they read on the internet.

    Thank you for sharing these tips for spotting scams. Your very last tip about watching out for grammar and spelling mistakes is a good one. I apply that to potential scams that come via email. I suppose it only makes sense that it would apply to a website also. Great tip about checking out online reviews. I suppose it makes since if people have had bad experience, they will share it on the internet.

    Personally, I’m glad that you are doing the work of helping people by bringing this to out attention. As I’ve browsed your website, you keep reminding us to trust our gut instinct. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Thank you….. I can’t afford to lose any money on a scam.

    Best wishes

    • Hi Sandra thanks your support. It is difficult with so many scams out there these days. One of the main reasons I started this site. Most of the time with scams as long as people take the time to decide and read as many reviews as possible your gut instinct should always guide you through the right choice. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I strongly feel that these internet scams are getting harder and harder to spot these days – some of them even last a few months before showing their true faces!
    What do you feel about this? Do you feel they are getting more and more clever by the day?
    I also think that a lot of them are paying affiliates to post good reviews of their product online…

    • Hi, you are so right about this. The scammers are trying more and more new ways all the time. We just need to be very careful and do our research 1st. Searching for reviews is a great way and yes unfortunately as you say they do pay people to write good reviews so don’t always go by what you first read. The best advice I can give people is keep looking for negative reviews these will be the most genuine. Some might be general moans but if its a scam you’ll find someone who has been done over badly.That’s the great thing about the internet people find a way to voice their opinion.

  13. I think you summed it up very nicely when you say that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Scammers are successful for two main reasons: fear and greed. Financial straits (fear) can definitely make people more vulnerable. I came dangerously close to being scammed earlier this year and luckily did the google search as you recommend here. It was a real wake-up call since I have never been fooled before but was coming from a state of fear at the time.

    • Hi Lynn thanks for reading. These scammers pray on individuals when they are most vulnerable and as much as we all try to make sure we don’t get scammed, we all at some time or another get the urge to try something just in case it might be legit. So glad you did the Google search as this is a must for anyone looking into something new. I would always recommend checking multiple sites to get the best overall opinion. As sometimes you will find sites pretending to do a review but actually trying to get you to sign up to the scam.

      Thanks again Lynn, I wish you all the best for your future 🙂

      Graham

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