Too many people today look at an opportunity online, fall for hyped claims and signup without thinking. You really need to take a step back and examine it before joining. Here are some things to consider.
One of first things you should do is go through site of program you are interested in and determine who is running it, where they are located and what their contact information is. Know who you are dealing with. If you can't find any of that, that should bring up a red flag!
If you were referred to program by someone, email them or call them and find out what they know about program, who runs it, how long they have been involved and are they making money. If they can't give answers, ask them for their sponsor's name and email. Maybe they have information from being able to access program's member pages, from a welcome email they received upon joining or maybe from checks/statements that they might have received. If they don't have any information or are reluctant to tell you, they may be promoting it in dark.
If they have some company information, i.e., telephone number, address or email addresses, contact company and ask questions about how many people they have in program, how long they have been in operation, do they have any business references you could talk to and whatever else you want to ask. If you email them and they don't get back to you timely or at all, pop up another red flag. This may be an indication of type support you are going to get.
If you can't find any information on them through above avenues and you still want to do some research take URL (web site address) i.e., www.theirname.com and go to one of major search engines and enter address (theirname.com) or name of company.
The other day I searched on a company that has been around for a number of years. I entered name of company in quotes at Iwon.com and got a list of almost 25,000 sites. By doing this you can then check out some of sites that you find for contact information or at least find other members who you could contact.
Another place you can go if you can't find any contact information on company is a domain registration site. Take URL of company you are checking and go to: