Future Con Artists on the Internet: Tricks they will use to take your advertising dollars

Written by George Kosch

Let's imagine a scenario where you just purchased some traffic for your website from a company that looked and was recommended by some of your peers. You send them your ad and join their list. They tell you that they have over 50,000 people on their list and no need to worry because when you see all those leads and traffic using your stats software you are going to be impressed. The company will even post your classified ad to a thousand sites, give you access to some free e-books and keep you on their list for free updates for life. If you are not happy you can even have a full refund. This sounds good, nothing can go wrong. Or can it?

You check your email boxrepparttar next day and find over 200 leads waiting for you along with stats that blow your mind: 2000 hits. Not bad. You quickly enterrepparttar 127580 emails into your stationary or sales manager software and get those letters out to those leads. You directrepparttar 127581 same company to send another ad out to their list and get people to sign up for your newsletter. You supplyrepparttar 127582 url to signup and go to bed since this is too easy. The money's just about to start rolling in any minute now...

Next day is even better, you check your list and 140 people joined up for your newsletter. Your classifieds must be pulling along with allrepparttar 127583 other ads since you are getting hits everyday now that you never had before.

You could have paid anywhere from $200 to $500 for this service. Problem is,repparttar 127584 service could be worth about 1 cent. But how you ask? Simple...

The Con Artist's Clever Model

Let's pretend we are programmers and that we are trying to figure out a way to sucker people. Being very clever we have come up with an idea.

1. We will create a computer program that will book 2000 random free email sites from places like Hotmail, Home.net, GeoCities.com, Eudoramail.com and about 20 others. There are hundreds to choose from but for this first draft atrepparttar 127585 con job we will just use a few.

2. Another part ofrepparttar 127586 program will log intorepparttar 127587 free accounts at least once a week to keep them fresh. This works just like programs that automatically submit urls to search engines then check your position in them. All automatic and very easy to manage, trust me.

How to Spot a Scam a Mile Off

Written by Elena Fawkner

Receivedrepparttar following forwarded email from a subscriber this morning:

"I am an Executive Director withrepparttar 127579 Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and a member ofrepparttar 127580 Contract Advisory Committee (CAC). I am seeking your assistance to enable me transferrepparttar 127581 sum of $26,500,000 (Twenty Six Million, Five hundred Thousand United States Dollars) into your private/company account."

Carole told me she has received "3 or 4 of these inrepparttar 127582 last week, I think from different people. I deletedrepparttar 127583 others. It makes me nervous. Sounds like a dangerous scam. "

That's exactly what it is, of course. Maybe you're reading this thinking "I can't believe people are still falling forrepparttar 127584 Nigeria scam after all this time". Onrepparttar 127585 other hand, maybe you're reading this thinking, "Wow, I might have responded to that. How am I supposed to know what's a scam and what's real?

The reality is that there are hundreds of thousands of people coming online, forrepparttar 127586 first time, each year. Many of these people have simply not been exposed to scams likerepparttar 127587 ones that are constantly touted onrepparttar 127588 Internet before. Many of these people come online to try and find a way to make money with their computers and/or they're looking for ideas for making money from home.

The fact that they may not recognize scams offrepparttar 127589 bat doesn't mean they're naive or stupid, it just means that they haven't been in an environment where this sort of stuff came their way before now. And don'trepparttar 127590 scammers know it.

Like vultures circling overhead, they await their prey. They know they have only a narrow window of opportunity because it doesn't take newbies long to catch on so they have to be quick about it. And how do they do that? They hang out where newbies hang out so they can get them while they're still young and fresh and vulnerable. They're nothing but predators looking to pick offrepparttar 127591 easiest game. Wouldn't want to have to engage in any real work, after all. In this article we look at several main scams and how to recognize them.

=> Nigerian Advance Fee Scheme

The gist of this worldwide scheme is that small to medium-size businesses receive a letter from someone who purports to be an official ofrepparttar 127592 Nigerian government or major utility or similar who needs to transfer some huge amount of money out ofrepparttar 127593 country. The money typically is an overpayment byrepparttar 127594 government on a procurement contract. The object ofrepparttar 127595 exercise is to get you to provide your bank account details (forrepparttar 127596 purpose of wire transferringrepparttar 127597 money of course). Surprise surprise, there's a transfer all right but not INTO your account!

=> The FTC "Dirty Dozen"

These arerepparttar 127598 top 12 scams that have been identified byrepparttar 127599 (U.S.) Federal Trade Commission asrepparttar 127600 most likely to arrive via email:

1. Business Opportunities - often pyramid schemes (see below) thinly disguised as legitimate opportunities to earn money. What to look for: high returns with little or no effort or cash outlay required.

2. Bulk Email - offers of lists of thousands of email addresses all of whom, of course, are just dying to receive your marketing message. What to look for: "Bulk Email Works! 10,000 addresses for $9.99."

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