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5 Warning Signs of a Scam Business
by Sandra Stammberger © Copyright.

For years now the rush has been on to mine the Internet and find
"gold." Just like miners in the old U.S. west, people flock to the Web
hoping to strike it rich. Is it possible? Sure it is! However, those
miners of old had to watch out for "fool's gold." You - in the days of
the Internet - have to watch out for scam businesses.

Most scam business offers have five things in common. Before you decide
to invest your hard-earned money in an Internet business, be sure to
compare the offer to this list. The following warning signs might very
well help you avoid a financial disaster!

1) No Contact Information or Limited Contact Information - Most scam
artists don't want you to be able to locate them easily. After all, if
you could find them easily, so could the authorities. That's why they
often only give an email address (usually from a free provider like
Yahoo or Hotmail) and/or a post office box. On the other hand,
reputable companies DO want you to be able to contact them quickly
and easily. They'll offer several ways... telephone, physical address,
email, fax, etc.

2) No Verifiable References or Testimonials - Notice I said,
"verifiable." Anyone can make up references or testimonials that would
make you think a business opportunity is wonderful. But can you verify
them? Do they list Web site addresses or email addresses for the people
who supposedly gave the testimonials? Is there a way to contact the
satisfied customers? If not... if you only see a reference ending with
"John D. - California" - beware.

3) Phony Association Information - Many times, we take for granted the
fact that someone offering a business opportunity is a legitimate
company just because a Better Business Bureau or iCop logo is posted on
the company's Web site. Not true! These logos can be simply copied and
pasted onto the scam artist's site. There is a way to verify whether
the company is a legitimate member. Click the logo. If it goes to a
profile of the company (on the BBB or iCop site), you'll know this
company is an authentic member of the association.

4) "Make Thousands With No Work On Your Part" - This is the biggest lie
on the Internet today. Everyone loves the idea of making thousands of
dollars while they sleep. Is it possible? Yes! That part isn't a lie.
The statement that it will take no work on your part is the lie. Even
if the company gives you a free Web site, free products to sell for
100% profit, and a free shopping cart, you still have to work - and
work hard! How will people find your new Web site? You'll have to
market it. That takes a LOT of work in and of itself. Beware when
people tell you that their business opportunities take no effort from

5) Rushing You To Make A Decision - I'm not talking about the product
sites that offer special discounts if you buy before a specific date.
I'm talking about the business opportunity companies that - instead of
answering your questions - pressure you to go ahead and buy in. I
advise you not to trust anyone who is unwilling to give you the
information you need to make a qualified decision. I can almost promise
a scam is involved if that is the case.

The bottom line is this: Any company offering legitimate business
opportunities will want to talk with you, will want to give you all the
information you need, will not give a false appearance of credibility,
will help you work through the financial aspects of joining the
company, and will have verifiable references that you can contact.
Beware of anyone who does not offer these things. By keeping your eyes
open for the five warning signs listed above, you can save a lot of
trouble and money.

Sandra Stammberger works with legitimate businesses to help them
promote their biz op to thousands of interested individuals. If
you have an upstanding company who is looking to recruit new
signups - guaranteed - visit http://www.guaranteed-signups.net

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