Tuesday 03 September, 2013

7 Signs of a Scam Website

The internet is full of BS, garbage and sleazebags trying to separate you from your money. But there are clear warning signs that a particular site is suspicious. You need to recognize these 7 signs in order to be an educated consumer, but it also helps if you’re an online entrepreneur. Avoiding these signs can help you gain the trust of your website visitors.

Big Bold Red Lettering

Bold red lettering in a huge font was a mainstay of yesterday’s sales pages. Unfortunately, some marketers still use them today. Watch out for long titles in red that makes wild claims and mention specific dollar amounts. For most internet users today, this type of title screams scam, so it should be avoided.

Gushy Testimonials with Headshots

Testimonials are good because they provide social proof, but in the past marketers have overused them. A site full of testimonials complete with smiling headshot can look suspicious, especially if the links lead to other scammy-looking websites. Testimonials can be full of fake doctors and people who were hired on Fiverr.com, so be wary of them.

This Easy Solution Can Work For YOU Too

Beware of any outrageous claims made by a website. There is no way that someone has discovered an easy trick that will make you millions, help you effortlessly lose weight, love yourself more, and so on. And if they did, they wouldn’t be sharing it with you for a paltry sum of money.

What They Don’t Want You to Know

If you have an all-natural miracle supplement that prevents heart disease, cancer and wrinkles and weight gain, why doesn’t anyone in the entire medical community know about it? Because it’s been suppressed, of course!

Whenever a site makes claims that this is top-secret info the authorities don’t want you to know, it’s fake. Whenever a site asks you if you want to know why the (insert industry here) establishment hates this guy or gal, pass on it. They’re not bucking the system but stealing your money with false claims.

The Wisdom of the Ancients

Ancient knowledge that’s been passed down for centuries is one of the oldest tricks in the book. This is often used to back up products with no substantiated results in scientific studies.

The thing about ancient knowledge is that it was usually wrong. We’re talking about an age before science and technology and simply put, human beings back then didn’t know more than we do now. Remember how the world didn’t end on December 21, 2012? Keep that in mind the next time you see claims of ancient wisdom. Look for modern science to back it up instead.

Sources, Please

Whenever you see articles that present factual information, they should have sources cited or links to sources. This is so that you can check out their source and see if it’s credible. When a site mentions facts but doesn’t back them up, consider it the author’s opinion.

Click Here to Buy

Finally, a hint that a site may be bogus (although not necessarily a guarantee that it is) is that it offers a simple solution to a problem and all you have to do is enter your credit card to get it. What this means is that it’s likely that the news article on a medical or technological breakthrough is really nothing more than a sales pitch.

Bob Steele

Bob Steele

Bob Steele is an entrepreneur, software developer, marketer, and author living in the Denver metropolitan area. He’s an avid outdoorsman who loves skiing, hiking, fishing, boating, and just plain having fun. His interests include games, space, technology, physics, cooking (well eating actually), economics, business, internationalism, and team sports. With over thirty years of professional consulting experience, Bob has been exposed to many diverse business models and has gained a sensible approach to life. Bob’s company, WaveCentric is focused on commerce, marketing, and entertainment related products.

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