InfoscamsWritten by Scott Shaper
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What about all people testifying about big money they made? They are most likely paid actors, notice nobody gives a phone number to call, or an address to write. And what about those big check stubs they have in their possession. Well I can print those up on my computer too, doesn't mean I have money. Also, ever notice how check stubs are all same? I guess everyone has same bank.
What about infomercials that invite you a free workshop? You are invited to attend their free workshop where you will learn how to make money with their system. Ok, once again let's do math. Somebody, with a money making system that has made them lots of money; are going to advertise for thirty minutes on various television networks, then rent out a banquet room at a major hotel that can seat over 100, purchase various printed material for guests to read and take notes on, put on a four hour workshop, all for free. Yea right, once again front end, back end sales. You see front end is free money making workshop which, attracts suckers. Now they have a target audience, a bunch of people who are going to sit down and attentively watch a four hour commercial. This commercial called "the workshop" will be very entertaining, and very well orchestrated at selling. By time most of these people leave free workshop they will be handing over there hard earned money purchasing all sorts of kits, which will teach them this remarkable money making system. And these kits will not be just twenty or so dollars; oh no, they will be hundreds dollars. This is once again back end sale where these people make their money. They spend it up front to get you into door and before you know it they got you purchasing their products for hundreds of dollars.
What about people who testify how great workshops are when they are leaving banquet room, like shown on commercial. Well they are either paid actors, or suckers who just parted with a few hundred dollars of there money and actually think they have something of value. If it was that easy everyone would be doing it and market would be so saturated that nobody would make a dime.
When you come across one of these infomercials, change channel before you get sucked into scam. If you feel need to watch one take down product they are selling and name of person selling it. Then go to your favorite search engine, enter their name, or product, and see what comes up. In all cases where I have done this I find all sorts of information from people who have been suckered by this person or product and how stupid they feel for every getting involved with it. In some cases I have read where some of these infomercial people have been imprisoned for various frauds. If you are really concerned e mail me about it. I will be happy to investigate it for you and post my findings on my website. I already have listed numerous scams both in my book "Crime Awareness 101," and on my scams and more scams page located in my Members Area. Don't be another sucker you work too hard for you money just to give it to a scammer.
Scott Shaper is a former police officer of over 14 years. He is also the author of the popular book "Crime Awareness 101", and the operator of the webstite www.crimeawareness101.com
'Free' and 'Low Cost' PC Offers – The CatchWritten by Richard A. Chapo
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If you decide to cancel your Internet service for any reason, chances are you'll have to pay back some or all of rebate you received; you also may have to pay a cancellation fee of $50 or more.
If you don't live in a major metropolitan area, you may have to pay long distance telephone charges to access Internet. Or you also may be able to use a "toll-free" (800, 888 or 877) number supplied by Internet Service Provider (ISP), but you may be charged five or six dollars an hour to use their "toll-free" number. Whether you choose to use ISP's telephone number or pay long-distance charges, your phone calls to access Internet could add up to more than you'll save through rebate.
If PC offer requires you to sign-up for Internet service, ask retailer and ISP for Internet access phone numbers closest to you. Then check with your local phone company to determine whether you have to pay long distance rates to use those phone numbers. You may want to consider another offer if "deal" you're considering requires you to call long distance or pay a fee to access Internet.
It's possible that cost of a monitor or other crucial system components may not be included in PC offer you're considering. The advertisements for offer may not be clear about what's included. If you have to buy a monitor, for example, plan on spending at least an additional $150.
When considering a "free" or "low cost" PC offer, ask retailer about up-front costs, rebates, essential components, Internet access costs, long-term commitments, cancellation policies, local or long distance phone access and any other important issues. Details will help you determine if you can afford “free” PC.
Richard A. Chapo is a business lawyer with SanDiegoBusinessLawFirm.com - This article is for information purposes only. Read more business law articles to help your business.