Beware Of Internet Scams

There must be hundreds of “make money online” or “get rick quick” programs on the Internet. Some of them would claim that their program will enable you to earn hundreds of dollars in a day. What is their proof? Most of the time, they’ll display some sample cheques that shows how much they claim they have made. Another common method will be to display print screens of monthly earning statements, paypal statements, or monthly bank statements.

Some of these scam artists’ work is amateurish. However, others look too good to be fakes. So how do you distinguish whether it’s real or not? Well, just use your head. Would someone who earns thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars a month, sell you his secret for $9.95 or maybe $50? Don’t be surprised if you find out that their “secret” is…

“Go create a website. Tell everybody you have a secret to earnings thousands of dollars a month. Sell your ‘secret’ for $50. Get 20 buyers and you’ve just made your first thousand!”.

If you are arguing that those monthly earning statements, paypal statements or bank statements look real, beware that those might be photoshoped or edited somehow. Still not convinced that “MOST” of them are fakes?

I read one article from some time ago entitled CRAZY cool javascript : Edit whatever you want on ANY page : Images, Text. With the technique mentioned in the article, you can literally edit anything on most websites. With proper cover-up techniques, you won’t notice any foul play with the print screen. Since I don’t have a paypal account (yet), I’ll show you what I did on my Google Adsense statements.

A BIG NOTE: All the modifications and print screens below are for educational purpose only. No harm intended. It doesn’t represent the website’s true view or opinion.

Google Adsense Earnings (Before)

I know that my Google Adsense revenue is nothing to be proud off. Give me a break, I’ve just started blogging for a month or so. If I’m blessed, it may look something like the one below in a year’s time.

Google Adsense Earnings (After)

Currently, you’ll see this at The Star’s website.

The Star Website (Before)

And if I’m really really blessed, you may just see this article some time in the future.

The Star Website (After)

My grades during university was OK to me. I really wonder how some people could managed to get all As. NERDS! 😯

Examination Results (Before)

Forget about studying hard or smart. This proves that you only need to know some technologies to have great results.

Examination Results (After)

Well, whatever makes me happy.

Conclusion? There’s a big bunch of scams out there. You have to depend on your wits and judgement to identify which are scams, and which are potential opportunities. Instead of wasting your money on scams, may I suggest you donate the money to me. 😆

7 thoughts on “Beware Of Internet Scams

  1. lazyfellow says:

    true, many scams nowadays online and offline. and yet ppl still time and time again fall for them.

  2. TenthOfMarch says:

    It’s true. I think the problem is the lack of exposure over these scams. At times, it could be the victim’s greediness that blinded its rationality. Sometimes it’s really hard to resist these tempting opportunities that seem too hard to ignore.

    Anyway, I hope my post will help deter a few scams by instilling precaution in my readers.

  3. TenthOfMarch says:

    Well, that would be a little paranoid don’t you think? Furthermore, it defeats the whole purpose of this article which was meant to educate the general public, instead of scare them away from the Internet.

    There are genuine opportunities on the Internet. You can make some (or a lot) of money from it. However, there are also fake ones. Like I’ve said, it’s up to you to think rationally and decide if it’s real or just a scam.

    Anyway, my post was about Internet scams, where people cheat the public on the opportunity of making lots of money, not e-commerce. The general trick would be to tell the public that their program can help them earn a lot of money, sometimes in a short period of time. However, you’ll need to pay a certain fees (normally RM10-50 or more) to join their program.

    Their usual tagline would be, “If you never try, you’ll never know”, “Failure is when you fail to try”, “You have nothing to lose” and more. Of course you have nothing to lose, except the ‘sign up fees’ of course. That was what they wanted you to lose of course!

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