Watch Out For That Scam

Written by James Junior

The IFCC (Internet Fraud Complaint Center) received over 200,000 complaint submissions for 2004, an increase of 66.6% from 2003. The total dollar loss from all referred cases exceeded 68 million dollars, an average loss of $894 per complaint. There are many types of internet frauds that exist including auction, email, foreign investment letters and online dating. Here are some ways to identify a possible scam or fraud that you may have encountered while surfingrepparttar internet.


Auction sites are one ofrepparttar 148147 best places to purchase and sell items. They are also one ofrepparttar 148148 easiest places to become an internet fraud victim. Auction fraud represented 71% ofrepparttar 148149 total referred fraud complaints. Howrepparttar 148150 scam works is that you winrepparttar 148151 auction, but never receiverepparttar 148152 item. Most ofrepparttar 148153 timerepparttar 148154 auction site cannot assist you in recoveringrepparttar 148155 money stolen. They will removerepparttar 148156 memberís account and disqualifyrepparttar 148157 memberís email address from their site but are not able to do much else. It is in your best interest to research each seller before making any purchases. Auction sites have a rating system for their members and I would advise you to check this and their profile for certain clues. The first is to check how many sales have been completed andrepparttar 148158 response fromrepparttar 148159 buyers. I would suggest no less than a hundred transactions for moderately priced items (less than a hundred dollars). A scammer will become a member and sell fifty items for a dollar or less usually in a week or two to build up his member rating. Then they will post twenty auctions ending within a day of each other for items that retail for over a hundred dollars but they are selling them for an unprofitable amount. Again, research a sellerís auction history before placing your bid. Also, if Western Union or similar is stated to berepparttar 148160 only form of payment, move right on torepparttar 148161 next auction.

Fraudulent Email

Email is a great form of communication and also an easy target for schemers. Electronic mail isrepparttar 148162 primary mechanism by which a perpetrator makes contact representing 63% compared to just 7% by phone. Fraud victims will receive an email with a link stating that their account information needs to be updated. Upon clicking onrepparttar 148163 link you are taken to a page that looks almost identical torepparttar 148164 member page and asks you to enter in your name, address, social security number, checking account routing number and/or credit card number. When you hitrepparttar 148165 submit button, your information is instantly shuttled to someone waiting to separate you from your money. Before submitting your information, verify that you are truly onrepparttar 148166 site thatrepparttar 148167 link states it is taking you.

Why eBooks Are The Most Overlooked Path To Online Prosperity

Written by Jim Edwards

-By Jim Edwards and David Garfinkel


The ebook revolution is here! The Internet now makes it possible to come up with an idea, turn it into an ebook, distribute it overrepparttar Internet, and start making money - all in 30 days or less. Inrepparttar 148146 offline world, 30 days wouldn't typically even be long enough to start getting rejection letters back from publishers. We say this with confidence because we have both gone from book idea to book sales in a matter of weeks - not once, but many times. Between us, we have 10 ebooks currently selling onrepparttar 148147 Net. Several of our books have brought us five figures in income. Jim holdsrepparttar 148148 record between us with one release that made an astounding $43,000 in 30 days.

Here are two discouraging myths you should be aware of:

Myth #1 - It takes a lot of money to promote an ebook. Fact: It doesn't. Despite what anyone says torepparttar 148149 contrary, online information publishing is stillrepparttar 148150 fastest, cheapest and easiest way forrepparttar 148151 "little" guy to earn a nice living online with virtually no risk and very little money (less than $100).

Myth #2: You have to be a writer to make money with ebooks. Fact: You don't have to be a "writer" in order to create a best selling ebook - and it often helps if you're not!

Maybe you've heard that ebooks don't sell. That's not entirely a myth; in a way, that's true. What sells in bookstores will generally not sell well onrepparttar 148152 Internet. Although author J.K. Rowling has sold more than 100 million copies of her "Harry Potter" books worldwide, it's unlikely she would do well selling her stories in ebook form.

But ebooks sell like hotcakes when they contain PRACTICAL information in ready-to-use form. Not pages of pages of long, flowing prose like you find at Borders and Barnes and Noble. Onrepparttar 148153 Net, people buy step-by-step, cut-to-the-chase information they can use to solve problems in their everyday lives.

eBooks on how to negotiaterepparttar 148154 best price on a car, how to sell your home without paying a real estate agent, how to build muscle mass quickly, and other narrowly focused topics that solve a problem, are selling VERY well - at this very moment!

Why is this so? Becauserepparttar 148155 main reason people are online inrepparttar 148156 first place is to find information - 9 times out of 10, according to a landmark survey.

So if you can interest people in extending their search past looking for free information into purchasing an information-rich, well-organized, ready-made SOLUTION to a pressing problem, you can sell ebooks... You can sell a LOT of them.

Jim has sold more than 5,000 ebooks inrepparttar 148157 last 10 months. David's publishers have asked him not to reveal how many ebooks he's sold, but just type his first and last name into Google and you'll find more than 20,000 Web pages where his name appears. The vast majority of those pages have something to do with one of his ebooks.

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