How To Avoid Being Scammed /2

Hi everyone; on the last page I talked about the scammers targets and how to avoid being scammed – the fact that the scammer will exploit the human traits of desire, worry, greed, envy, etc. Obviously there are many more, but now let’s talk about exactly how the scammer will work his way into a persons mind. To a fairly experienced person like myself with many years behind me, I like to think I am aware of all the tricks that these people use. Most, if not all of us get scammed, tricked or conned from time to time. It can actually be a good thing strangely enough, providing it is a relatively small amount. The reason for this is, IF you learn a lesson from it, you’ll NEVER get caught out the same or a similar way again. This could save you literally thousands of dollars in the future. This doesn’t just apply to online situations. You have to be very careful offline too. For now, let’s look at some of the tricks a scammer might use.

1) Showing off their wealth. Telling you that they went from sub -$0 to $x,000,000 by doing what they are selling you. Showing you an online video of their big house, car, etc. (which could actually belong to someone else entirely).

2) Use of certain words in their sales pitch: combinations of words like: secret, formula, hidden, exclusive, quick, rich, scoop, once-in-a-lifetime offer, never to be repeated. Limited places available and so on.

Here is an example : “Welcome to ***. I am going to show you how you can take advantage of our secret, absolutely brilliant, foolproof, guaranteed cash formula that could be bringing you incredible wealth within days, so that you can live the lifestyle you want.. (blah blah blah) but HURRY! – this offer can’t be made available to everyone… in fact we only have a limited number of places left so what are you waiting for? Reserve your place NOW and soon you will be earning mega-money!!! This exclusive offer cannot be made for long …. (and so on).The value of this package is thousands, but I am going to make it available to you for (more sales pitch, where you will be told over a few pages that the normal price is $997, but for a limited time we are offering this for half-price of only $497, but TODAY you can get your hands on this for our exclusive never-to-be repeated price of only $197. Don’t miss out! Only a few places available! We cannot afford to repeat this offer!

Followed by easy instructions how to buy. It has to be easy, in order for you to have less time to change your mind. The human brain, especially the male one (I can say this, being a man) cannot process both an easy check-out AND handle the warning signals his brain is desperately trying to send him – at the same time. – So you click ‘buy’ faster than a bullet out of a gun, and you get bullsh*t for the heavily discounted price of $197. So they’ve made $197 out of something that cost them nothing and something which is worth nothing, but hey, don’t forget you could have paid the ‘normal’ price of $997, so you’ve got your bullsh*t with 800 bucks off. As I say, they’re clever people.

I don’t know of anyone who will say that they have never seen one of these, but people still fall for this ‘bull’ every day. And why? Here’s why.

Have you every bought something offline, brought it home, and said to yourself “I don’t know why I bought that” – or ordered it online, and thought the same when you received it? I have, although personally not that often. The reason anyone buys anything for themselves that they end up regretting is that the item is made to look so attractive to the buyer that it bypasses their ‘sensible’ mind. It attacks the human traits of desire, power, self-satisfaction, status etc. and overpowers the mind’s defense mechanism. I will give some real-life examples of this at another time. As I mentioned on another page, many people want it (whatever ‘it’ is) and they want it NOW. Not next week, not next month, or next year, but NOW. To get it NOW you have to BUY IT NOW. Think of eBay auctions with the Buy-It-Now facility. (The sellers would usually rather ‘sell-it-now’ too). If it’s an actual item they’ll usually buy it from the seller who offers the fastest shipping time. If it’s a digital download or access to an online service it can be obtained almost immediately, and with a credit card or a PayPal account, you’re just a few clicks away from getting ‘it’ .

Brainwashing, hypnosis, trickery, whatever you like to call it, the scammer has worked his way into your mind. Who can resist the prospect of virtually instant wealth, available by working from home for an hour a day, earning mega-bucks, with a celebrity lifestyle etc… Most of us can avoid being taken in by these false promises, but some of us won’t. Let’s say 90 per cent won’t fall for these scams, that leaves 10 per cent that WILL. And just ONE per cent, never mind 10 per cent, of a market of millions of people, can make these scammers thousands, if not millions, collectively. Fraud is big business, in all its forms.

I’ve spoken to many experienced internet marketers, and many admit to having been scammed themselves (some often) at some point. Some others are just too embarrassed to admit it. Like I said earlier though, if you learn from your mistakes it can save you a lot of money in future. How many times have you heard an older person say ‘If I only knew then what I know now’ and ‘Experience is a dear teacher’ – these are the observations of people who have been there, done it, and most importantly LEARNED from it.

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Whilst there is no time limit to decide this, you will usually be offered a discount on the Premium Membership if you upgrade within 7 days, but it’s entirely up to you. If, after 6 days (for the discount) or anytime at all later you decide that you want to be both an internet marketer and you want full membership facilities, it is then time to get out your credit or debit card, or PayPal details. The important thing to remember is that you won’t have to look anywhere else for internet marketing training.

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Scammers Targets & How To Avoid Being Scammed

Firstly, the best piece of advice that I can give someone on how to spot an internet marketing scam is to remember the often quoted saying, “If something seems too good to be true, it probably is “

HOWEVER – Note the word “probably” – not the word ‘definitely’ – because, as you’ve probably also heard from time to time, there are exceptions to every rule, and internet marketing is no different to anything else in this regard. But, let’s put this aside for one moment and we’ll come back to it at another time.

Although I may be stating the obvious, common-sense should start the alarm bells ringing in our head when our thought process starts to give us signals that something isn’t right. I call these signals ‘seeds of doubt‘ – and over the years time and time again my seeds of doubt have proved to be right, and, if ignored, the seeds grow bigger each week. I have found that if you don’t take evasive action at the ‘seeds’ stage, you have a much bigger problem on your hands if you let the reason for those ‘seeds’ (your worries and/or concerns) develop.

What you must remember is that most scammers are clever people. They may be sly, cunning, devious, and all sorts of other things but they are actually quite clever, unfortunately. They break people down by a fairly simple form of brainwashing. First of all, most people want more money than they’ve got. Some people need it to cover basic bills and living expenses, some want it to replace something they have with something better, like a newer car and some want it so they can live a very extravagant lifestyle, with fast luxury cars, fancy designer clothes, exotic vacations etc. Let’s group these people into three. Those that have comparatively little money, (Reds), Replacers, improvers and upgraders, (Blues), and the cash splashers, (Greens). The chances are, most people fall into one of these categories.

1) The REDs, the people that are probably living virtually ‘hand-to-mouth’, don’t want money. They need money. Without it they may not be able pay their household bills, their rent or their mortgage, or their transportation costs. A scammer will target these people by offering to take away their worries, concerns, insecurities, sleepless nights, pressure from their spouse, etc. etc.  The human mind does not like WORRY, INSECURITY, STRESS, LACK OF SLEEP etc. so these are the vulnerable points for this group of people.

2) The BLUEs. Items that most people think are necessary do not last forever. At some point they need to be replaced or improved/upgraded. Again it is the difference between ‘need’ and ‘want’ – needing to replace something, and wanting to upgrade something. For example, a TV or a car. Whether you need it or you want to upgrade it, you still need money to do it. The human being usually wants to improve his/her quality and enjoyment of life, sometimes to keep up with the neighbors or in an attempt to go ‘one-up’ on them. So these people are concerned and worried too if they haven’t got the money to replace and/or upgrade. These people can be targeted for their NEED, or their DESIRE to replace, possibly in an attempt to IMPRESS someone. These are all human traits that can be targeted.

3) The GREENs. You only live once, right? Probably. So there are people who want the best that money can buy, but they need plenty of money to do it. Many people want lots of it, don’t actually need much of it, but in their opinion they don’t have enough of it. This is the easiest group for the scammers to target. This group of people are used to paying out money for the things that they want, but don’t actually need, but the problem is, they want more and more, or something better, of what they don’t need. Again, DESIRE is a factor, as is GREED, the need to IMPRESS, and the need to SATISFY a desire to spend, or, as I put it, a DESIRE to ACQUIRE. These people’s urges are so great that their common-sense and negative thoughts about something can easily be over-ridden.

All of these groups need or want to make money. A scammer, con-man, fraudster, etc. etc. will break down a person’s negative thoughts by over-riding them with positive ones. For example ‘Get out of debt’/ ‘Pay off your debts’ ‘Get that car or vacation you’ve always wanted, or that big house you’ve always dreamed of’ etc. with promises of QUICK AND EASY money – because these are other human traits; impatience and laziness. Get rich quick schemes are particularly for ‘the Reds’ who are desperate or ‘the Greens’ who must have that car, or vacation etc., as soon as possible. These people very often have something in common – near-maxed out credit cards. The ‘Blues’ are the group that are most careful with their money, because the fact that they have things that need replacing or upgrading means that they probably have had them for some time and have gotten their full use out of them. This is usually the hardest group for the scammers to target.

So, in summary, a scammer will attempt to give people a solution to their worries and concerns, and exploit their desires and greed etc. with claims of easy money. Most people, it is fair to say, would like easy money, rather than hard earned money. Now, here once more, is a reality check. Neither MMH or Wealthy Affiliate recommend, sell or endorse GRQ’s (Get Rich Quick schemes).  We take the longer route, but the rewards are potentially greater, and certainly much more honest. We believe in building a business of value, integrity and honesty.