The Top 10 Scams for 2001

Written by Audri and Jim Lanford

Scams onrepparttar Internet are growing -- and withrepparttar 127565 vast selection, it was hard to only choose ten. We've tried to soften this list with a bit of humor. But please don't letrepparttar 127566 humor make these scams seem any less serious than they really are.

Some of these scams are very dangerous.

A word of warning, so to speak. These aren't ranked by dollars lost or people scammed. There's nothing scientific aboutrepparttar 127567 list. It's justrepparttar 127568 ten scams that we findrepparttar 127569 most disturbing.

You'll note that most of these involve spam. There's a reason for that. The mentality of a spammer is exactlyrepparttar 127570 same kind of mindset as a con artist.

As we always say: "If it's spam, it's scam."

Here arerepparttar 127571 top 10 scams of 2001...

10. Herbal Viagra

This is really a whole category of scams, relating torepparttar 127572 sale of medical or "alternative" medical treatments online. Usually using spam to get torepparttar 127573 "customer."

If you're lucky, these products will do nothing at all. Some of them are seriously dangerous by themselves. They promise cures for life threatening illnesses, causing those who buyrepparttar 127574 promise to delay proper medical treatment, sometimes pastrepparttar 127575 point where it would have helped.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before buying into any of these nostrums. It'll save you a lot of headaches and heartache later.

Folks, consider this: If you wouldn't trust a spammer to handle your money, why would you take medical advice from them???

9. Internet Investigator

"Berepparttar 127576 first kid on your block to know allrepparttar 127577 dirty secrets your neighbors are hiding! Find out what your prospective mate has hidden in his past! Findrepparttar 127578 lost city of Atlantis! Find your lost remote!"

This one is more an annoyance than a real problem. It serves as a great example ofrepparttar 127579 pure hype that you should watch out for in online advertising.

Filled with promises of secret knowledge that's not available to anyone else, it delivers nothing more than a list of places you can pay to search for information. It'srepparttar 127580 perfect example of a pitch that's not quite a scam -- but clearly misleads in its promise.

Ask yourself this: If this stuff was as easy asrepparttar 127581 ads make it out to be, wouldn't you see these "secret techniques" in magazines and on TV?

8. Pump and Dump

You've probably gotten these. The subject line or first part ofrepparttar 127582 email says that this is "Highly confidential information."

This scam is based on touting "advance information" on specific stocks in an attempt to drive uprepparttar 127583 price past its true worth, sorepparttar 127584 promoters can sell atrepparttar 127585 higher price.

They pump it up, and then dump it. Hencerepparttar 127586 name.

This is generally illegal. And certainly a bad way to get investment advice...

Ask yourself: If it's so confidential, why are they spamming it to millions of people?

7. Credit Scams

There are all sorts of these that prey onrepparttar 127587 desires of people to repair or establish credit.

The worst arerepparttar 127588 alleged credit repair services. They promise to help you to remove accurate but negative information from your credit record, or to show you how to get a federal Employer ID Number, usually in very questionable fashion.

Not only do these techniques not work, they can get you in deep trouble for committing fraud.

You're not going to fix your credit while you're in jail.

As far as easy credit, guaranteed approval credit cards, and home equity loans that don't require equity in your home... forget it.

This one should be obvious: Cheap money? From a BANK???

So-Called Scumware, And What You Can Do About It

Written by Steve Nash

I wroterepparttar following piece about so-called Scumware some time ago, when many responsible Internet Marketers were rightfully expressing their concerns too. Scumware has not gone away, so I am reprinting it to summarise those concerns and explain what you can do to try and put a stop to it.

(Note: some ofrepparttar 127564 programs/sites listed below may now have cleaned up their act, whilst other programs - not listed - may have taken their place. Do visit at least one ofrepparttar 127565 resources listed atrepparttar 127566 end ofrepparttar 127567 piece to learn more aboutrepparttar 127568 current scumware-situation.)


TopText, Surf+, Gator... so-called Scumware

Phew! These last few weeks have seen a lot of e-mails aboutrepparttar 127569 topic of so-called 'Scumware' - software that allows sites to advertise on *your* site without your say-so, and without any financial benefit to you. Apologies if you've read too much about this already, but for those who have yet to read about 'Scumware' or want to know more about how to stop it, this piece is for you.

Basically, if you own or operate a website, chances are many of your visitors are being "stolen" by your competitors even as I write this! It is possible RIGHT NOW that when a visitor visits your site, they can be shown banners, highlighted keywords, or other forms of paid advertisement, without your knowledge and without any benefit to you.

How is this possible? Throughrepparttar 127570 use of programs that have recently come to be known as "scumware".

Programs such as Gator, TopText and Surf+

These programs use proprietary software to track web surfer's usage patterns AND YOUR site content and serve up ads they have sold to your competitors that display directly over - inrepparttar 127571 form of popups - or even directly ON - inrepparttar 127572 form of keywords hyperlinked torepparttar 127573 other advertiser's sites - your website.

Here are some quotes I've been reading from other concerned website owners and e-mail publishers:

* "hasrepparttar 127574 potential to eat up your profits faster than anything else!" * "this is a blatant violation of copyright, pure unadulterated theft, and downright reprehensible behavior"

* (etc.)

The over-riding message is this:

"Please make sure you read about 'Scumware' and do anything within your power to help stop it."

I am writing this piece to alertrepparttar 127575 readers of [my newsletter] Promote! Promote! Promote!. I have stopped promoting Gator, and will not promote any site that uses this type of predatory advertising.

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