Work from home, secret shopping, pay per click, internet newsletters, “credit card required”—All the typical, sure five ways of getting yourself into a bind of spam or worse, identity theft. The worst part about these types of ads is seeding out which are legitimate ways to help you on your path, and which are just scams to profit someone else. Both entail flashy advertising to captivate readers, and both require private information. So how do you know which is which? It can be an enormous waste of time if you put your faith in the wrong one, and it can be quite costly if all the advertisements you fall for contain the “credit card required” field.

First, there should be information available on external websites about the advertisements. Most people who get caught in a scam, or suffer dramatic losses, have something to say about it to spread the word to others. It will only take a few minutes of your time to run a quick search through any search engine, a small price to pay for what could be saving you money and time. Second, avoid get rich quick schemes. Even if these methods have once worked for a distant relative or a friend’s friend, most of the time these require much more effort than necessary and very little to no pay off. These types of schemes normally only have one person who benefits from them, and that person is someone that you are helping benefit and not yourself.

Additionally, if the web site or page you are brought to consists of multiple pop ups or many ads by search engines; this page is possibly only in service for the advertisements themselves, and not to actually offer you a position or opportunity. Web sites receive money from these types of advertisements, money that would not be necessarily needed if they had a true “get rich online” model for you to follow. Pages like this can often contain viruses and malware that can harm your computer, as well as extract personal information from it, and should be avoided. Also keep in mind to avoid outrageous claims, if the images look obviously photo shopped or false, or what is required on your part. Many scams include cashing fake checks which can get you in trouble with the law, or even the tiniest of scams that involve “no actions” on your part, only your email address… which will later be sold for profit to add your email to a list of spam.

Finally, pay attention to where you received this information from. Did a neighbor or friend give it to you? Or did you find it browsing the internet at three in the morning? Lack of sleep can alter your better judgment, and it’s while you are in the midst of going click-crazy to find something to entertain you through the night, or through your insomnia, that you will come across all the wrong types of pages. If you come across a suspected spam website, think about what website you were on when you clicked on the link to get there, and determine if it was a very reputable site or if you just clicked on the wrong link.

Besides this list of ways you can make cash online without being spammed or part of a scam, remain otherwise skeptical of what you see online. Some websites are out there to help you and spread the word of success, while others’ only intent is to benefit themselves. Knowing the difference between the two can spare you a lot of time and energy.

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