Make Money Online Scams Exposed: How to Know You’re Being Lied To

Any of you who have read my posts know that I have to be brutally honest with people. When it comes to make money online scams exposed, there are several red flags you MUST be aware of:

  • Earnings screenshots
  • One on one personal coaching
  • Fake testimonials

Below are the Warning Signs of a Scam

Earnings screenshots: this is one of the biggest indicators that the online “expert” is a fake. You cannot verify if the money was actually earned or copied and pasted to his website.

Even if the earnings screenshots are not faked it is common for some scammers and less than honest marketers to show screenshots that do not apply to what they are selling.

For example, they may show you how much they have earned from a Clickbank affiliate product that’s related to dog training when in actuality those earnings are from something not even remotely related to dog training.

This type of deception seems to be very common among the internet marketing scene nowadays: Get the best screenshot you can find showing really great earnings and use the screenshot for your product.

If you see an income screenshot – IGNORE IT! Just flat out ignore it. A earnings screenshot proves nothing, other than the person trying to sell you knows that income screenshots and videos make you more likely to part ways with your hard-earned money.

So, in my honest opinion, it’s no one’s business what you make and if you can’t sell a product without a screenshot, whether it’s fake or if it’s real, then you shouldn’t be in the “make money online” niche, or perhaps any niche at all. Your sales copy is probably so weak that the fake earnings screenshot is the only thing holding it up!

Please understand, there are a lot of legit business making outstanding money online. If you’re looking to learn the right and honest way of making money online, do the necessary research and find the right program that can teach you, a program like Wealthy Affiliate.

One on one personal coaching: I was personally duped by this one myself. Once the “online guru” you wanted one on one sessions with has your money, you rarely, if ever, get what you thought you paid for. You wanted real, actual “one on one” coaching with the ACTUAL “guru”, the guy on the long form sales letter – that guy!

Truth be told, you never hear from the dude again; you actually get passed off to some “assistant”. And IF you manage to hear from the “online guru”, it’s a brief statement or two and then – you guessed it – it’s back to his assistant.

I actually tried this years ago with a well- known “online marketing coach” at the tune of a couple thousand hard-earned dollars. What I originally signed up for was to learn affiliate marketing, instead he changed the format of his plattform to teach people how to sell solo ads.

I didn’t want to sell solo ads! THAT’S NOT WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR! By the way, I never did learn affiliate marketing from this guy, nor did I become a solo-ads salesman.

One solution I have found to this “coaching” fiasco that works is association with an online community along with genuine accountability. When you add those two factors together it brings real, lasting, positive results on a consistent basis.

Wealthy Affiliate has just an online community that you can tap into whenever you’re stuck, confused or just need motivation. It’s worked for me and I certainly invite you to come and be a part of a community of people who really want you to succeed.

Fake Testimonials: I’ve had personal experience with this because the “online guru” I mentioned earlier actually gave me instructions how to get believable, fake testimonials. He told me to go to his members only Facebook page and post that I am with (cannot give real name) mentoring group and I need 10 testimonials.

I did exactly what he told me and in no time, I got 10 believable fake testimonials from people I’ve never met before. What’s worse, the testimonials were for an eBook I wrote THAT NONE OF THEM HAD EVER READ!

When you looked at the final result of the e book – the way it was formatted and how professional it looked – you would’ve thought these people in the testimonials actually benefited from my work. But the testimonials were not honest. It was all untrue.

Unless you know what the heck you’re doing, you online efforts will never see the light of day. The brutality of the online marketing world is nothing less than shocking.

These types of shenanigans happen far too often than people realize. When money, money and more money is the only thing that matters, you’ll do anything to make a buck.

These snake oil salesmen know that there will always be a ready pool of hapless, clueless, “newbies” they can pick off and separate them from their hard-earned money.

Look at the example above. This testimonial is fake crap that was used to sell a program called “Free Ad Cash System”. Do you realize what you are seeing?

This dude paid for some unethical guy on Fiverr to record a believable fake testimonial to sell this garbage! That’s right-you can hire people on Fiverr to record FAKE testimonials! This kind of garbage happens over and over and over again…

Don’t be a victim. Unless you know what the heck you’re doing, you online efforts will never see the light of day. The brutality of the online marketing world can be a stumbling block for those who don’t know what to look for.

So regarding make money online scams exposed, ask yourself who are the marketers doing the exposing? Who are the ones willing to talk about it, and who are the ones that ignore it?

If there are marketers avoiding this issue, and are unwilling to talk frankly about it, then look out! They’re coming after your wallet next…

Please don’t get me wrong: there’s excellent money to be made in internet marketing, both now and in years to come, otherwise I wouldn’t make the effort to promote Wealthy Affiliate. But in order not to get taken advantage of, YOU MUST KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING! (unless you’re an old surfer dude named Frank from La Jolla who pretty much has this make money online thing down to a science)

Avoid Getting Scammed with Wealthy Affiliate

The Wealthy Affiliate community is a major reason why I recommend WA above any other similar online program. program out there. The Wealthy Affiliate community are very helpful and kind and truly want to see you succeed.

From what I have personally experienced no question goes unanswered and in most cases there are multiple responses very quickly from WA members trying to help out each other. The atmosphere is very positive and every area of the platform is dedicated to your success!

Wealthy Affiliate will save you a tremendous amount of time and money and will help avoid making some unwise decisions by venturing out on your own to learn affiliate marketing. The choice is yours my friend; it is up to you to decide if you want to invest your time to see if Wealthy Affiliate can help you achieve your financial goals.

Talk Soon,

Howard

PS: Dude, check it out…NO MORE fake earnings screenshots, false promises of one-on-one coaching and lying testimonials. You can join Wealthy Affiliate FREE for 7 days to try it out, for cryin’ out loud! With a 7-day free trial to “kick the tires”, what on earth do you have to lose?

PSS: Dude, the free starter membership shows you how to decide what your new website should be about, how to write effective content to post to your new site, how to find the right keywords, how to use keywords effectively, how to get people to see your content, how to get your websites in the best SEO shape possible, and how to ultimately profit from it. That’s just a SMALL sampling of what Wealthy Affiliate has to offer! Come On!..Get Wit It!

 

 

6 thoughts on “Make Money Online Scams Exposed: How to Know You’re Being Lied To”

  1. Hi Spinney,
    Thanks for writing this post regarding scams. I do respect your point of views and I do believe about your opinions in making money online as well as elaborating about the importance of coaching. However, I just would like to note that providing screenshots will also prove and give evidences about earnings. Actually, I am using screenshot in to show readers about some of my earnings related to drop shipping (not to boast but just to show proof). Have a great day. Regards, BA

    • Hey BA,

      Thank you for the reply!

      Look…I can appreciate that screenshots CAN give evidences of earnings. The reality in the internet marking world is that most times earnings screenshots of PayPal accounts, Clickbank earnings, bank statements and so on, can and have been faked to give the marketer credibility. If you see a dude making money, YOU want to make what dude is making!

      Below are some links to some very interesting information on earnings screenshots.

      The Great Earnings Screenshot Scam

      Warrior Forum Posts on Earnings Screenshots

      Talk Soon,

      Howard

  2. I have been duped by a lot of scams and I can tell you that I fell exactly for those (fake) big number from those screenshots.

    I have learned a lot from your post and will be sharing this with my family so they know exactly how to spot a scam online and to avoid losing their money unnecessarily while the the scammer keeps getting rich.

    • Hey Reyhana,

      Thank you for your kind words. Many people don’t realize that there are warning signs you can spot to tell is a so-called “opportunity” is a SCAM. I’m very happy you have benefited from this article and I want to thank you for your kind comments. Please share this information with as many people as you’d like.

      Talk Soon, 

      Howard

  3. I have seen so many of these 3 things recently in my search for making money online. The fake screen shots and the testimonials. Everyone seems to have them.

    I did not know that you could get testimonials so easy or that you can pay people for them.

    Wealthy Affiliate sounds like an interesting option. You say I can join for free but can you be upfront and tell me what upsells I will find once I have joined ?

    Karen

    • Hello Karen,

      The best part about Wealthy Affiliate is there are NO up-sells. Really. I pay $49 a month for my premium membership, which includes all of the “bells and whistles” needed to learn affiliate marketing. When you sign up, you aren’t taken to a bunch of sales funnels telling you that if you want to be successful online get this up-sell, or buy that up-sell…None of that garbage.

      I hope you think seriously about joining. One of the best decisions I’ve made.

      Talk Soon,

      Howard

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