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You need to know how to spot one, what to look for and what to avoid!

Follow these simple tips, listen to that little voice within, do a little research and you'll be fine.

There are many great programs out there that ARE legitimate. Here are some things to avoid....

First of all, don't believe anything that promises to make you rich overnight. I'm not saying it can't happen, but odds are it won't.

Also, some phrases to watch out for:

"You don't have to DO anything, just join and we'll build it for you."

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"Get paid for doing nothing. Just sign up."

"One time only offer."

"#1 Ground Floor Opportunity"

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Anything that simply requests money, with no exchange of goods or services. And, I mean valid goods or services. Not a report on how to stuff envelopes for money or a listing of businesses that will pay you to work from home.

How To Check Out A Company

These are some steps you can take to research a company with whom you are considering getting involved.

Protect Yourself From Scams - Do a Little Homework!

Written by Joe Reinbold

SCAM - - a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation...

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We recently did some research on a program that we were interested in and found thatrepparttar 127579 entire operation was quite questionable. While we couldn't prove that it was outright fraudulent at this point, we saw enough risks to say no, we are going to put up any money. We also advisedrepparttar 127580 90+ people who joined based on our referral and most have told us that they are passing it up too.

Sometimes all it takes is to do a little checking on your own behalf. Sure it takes time but if you invest a little of that time up front you may save a lot of future headaches. Sometimes when you do a couple of checks you may find that a lot ofrepparttar 127581 work has already been done for you and is posted on sites that are available for your review.

The following are some sites and suggestions you might consider in checking that program out that you are considering. These are by no means all that are out there. You can go to one ofrepparttar 127582 major search engines and search on scams and find many more resources.

Victims Against Scams

International Council of Online Professionals

In an effort to keep fraudsters from slipping throughrepparttar 127583 cracks,repparttar 127584 US government has created The Sentinel. It's an online database of all sorts of information regarding Internet scams and fraud.

The Better Business Bureau Online

Internet ScamBusters

The National Fraud Information Center

The Federal Trade Commission

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