Internet Users Hbk - Chapter 2 Our ISA Groupís Definition of a Scam/Fraud
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One of the reasons for our definition is that even with the vast resources available to us online, the definition of what is a scam, used interchangeable with the word Fraud, is extremely limited, while Scams themselves are rampant.
Second anything that does not seem to work for someone is often also called a scam. See my argument When is a Scam NOT a Scam?
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(Scam) Internet fraud refers to the use of Internet services to present fraudulent solicitations to prospective victims, to conduct fraudulent transactions, or to transmit the proceeds of fraud to financial institutions or to others connected with the scheme.
This definition is followed by a broad range of individual scams and frauds examples which are also found in our Chapter 6, “Various types and Examples of Scams or Frauds”
The Internet Scams Anonymous (ISA) Groups expect online businesses to do business as a business. However, we have to except that not all online businesses were founded by business minded professionals. If they are not accessible or their support systems are lacking; then they are not doing business, and are either poor businessmen or are just scamming us.
These Guidelines Help Provide a Working Basis For Our Interpretation Of A Scam
I find that too many Newbies have turned to the internet, perhaps as a last resort to solve their financial problems or crisis. They become prime targets for the first email that hits their inbox that offers them a solution - most are Scams that drives them further into debt.
See how easy, you are out of work or have excessive debt. “Too bad, but I can help, how about a data entry job or real my emails?” Sounds great, but see my post “Would You Believe $273,750-Per Year Just to Read Email”
See the next chapter for “How to do Your Own Online Due Diligence” How to
In social networking, we can watch the members flock to a new site, start creating group after group for the same program to get their personal link out there, praising its virtues, and repeating the hype. In most cases, they get caught up in the emotional flow and promote the site without any form of due diligence.
Sure, I will join a new site, on occasion, as I still research sites for scams and new techniques, but most often I don’t commit or make payment until it has been around for a while. While I may mass market the new site with an impersonal link; I don’t make it one-on-one it with friends, make groups, etc., at least not until I have seen it work and have gotten paid.
Doing a routine Due Diligence for a new site will not work because of the lack of history, however, a WhoIs Ownership search will often help. As said elsewhere, hidden ownership turns me off on new sites. Too often the big dogs and have forgotten their roots and go into hiding rather than embracing business as usual and communicating and treating the last customer as they did the first. Of course others hide, because they should hide.
For those that do provide ownership data; do your own research on the owners. If a red flag(s) turns up; then I recommend a pass on the program.
While on the subject; if this sites are making so much money - why don’t they have international toll-free numbers, and a 24/7 availability? Check out all the big boys, Microsoft, Adobe, and others that have forgot their greatest assets, we the customer. Are we not an international community? We do not need your 9-5 mentality, because we are online 24/7 somewhere in the world.
One of my larger social network affiliations not only has a 9-5 mentality, but also shuts down their ticket system after working hours. They won’t even take your problem or complaint on a ticket and promise a response with 24-48 hours. Makes me wonder just where are their priorities?
More often, than not, these same Affiliates have neither done their due diligence nor have they ever been paid. These same affiliates tend to jump on every new program that comes along and start promoting it. Good, I am repeating myself! Hmm, I do that too as a trial balloon, on free to join sites.
Oh yes, the forums. You have tried them, haven’t you? Some are great; some are just fronts for their scams with no real information or help changing hands. Forums are now being used to give some form of credibility to the site and program. Even some of the big payout PTC/PTR’s also offer a forum, but your due diligence will show red flags all over the net.
If the program is not a scam, then why do the owners not monitor and provide for the success of their affiliates? Maybe the business owners are just not business minded. How many offline companies, unless they are using independent contractors, have an extensive training and follow-up program to help assure the success of their affiliates? After all, aren’t they trying to protect their brand?
So perhaps, they are not always a scam, just poor businessmen. Even with the best of times, partnerships break up, outsourced hosting fail, spam complaints, outsourced payment gateways fail, and business problems come with the territory on or offline.
TIP: Remember also, everything on the net can be duplicated, copied and/or falsified, do not just rely on the so-called payment proofs, testimonials, etc. alone as your gage to a successful program.
Even with a great program, success is up to you, one man’s scam may be another man’s bonanza. See When is a Scam NOT a Scam?
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