Avoiding scams is not as hard as you might think.. First let's discuss the definition of a scam.

Scam: a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation <an insurance scam> /Merriam-Webster. A true scam is designed to take money from an individual and give little or nothing in return.

So, as long as the second party receives something it's not a scam. Maybe not, but it is still wrong. I have 2 main rules that govern my life. Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you and What goes around comes around.

I would have a very hard time taking peoples money and giving them little or nothing in return. That is not the case for many. Rather than try to explain how to identify a scam, I will show you examples from real website advertisments.

I used a program called Jing. It is a free program that allows you to capture and manipulate computer screen images among other things. I have placed a red box around the area I want to focus on.

When you view internet ads for money or credits you get to see the best of the best and the worst of the worst. I am goin to share some of the worst and one of the best. First, let me say I found all these examples viewing only 18 ads. Click the hyperlink at the beginning of each module to view the example.

Nonsensical titles- These are ads who's title make no sense at all. It is so packed with keywords it loses all meaning. I also like the absence of a photo. I wouldn't want to be identified with this site either.

Bad Math- This one brags about payout, but if you take time to do the math you see the payout is $11 a month. Nothing to brag about. This one probably should have stuck with the generic Avatar.

Rankings- I see this all the time, ads claiming a #1 rating by some unknown ranking site. This one is great because the rating comes from themselves. Active Safelist was rated #1 by Safelist Rankings. 10 bucks says they are one in the same.

Just Silly- Some ads are just silly. This one claims even a homeless person can make money using their system. They even give the homeless person a place to enter their e-mail address.

The Devil in the details- this one gives you all the details. The problem is one of the details says the have 229 members and have paid out nothing to them. You can probably expect the same.

Money for nothing- If you have lived in America for very long you know there is no such thing. My favorite line is “All with-out telling, selling or explaining anything to anyone!”.

How will anybody know you are selling anything, if you don't tell anybody? Even after you pay them $70, I'll bet they don't know how to do it either.

No spam please- One thing you probably should have, if you don't already, is an email address just for your online business. Gmail and Yahoo will issue multiple email addresses for free.

Get one, because no matter what they say, you will get spammed. I am pretty sure if a site makes it a point to say they won't spam you, they probably will.

Sadly, this is just the tip of the iceberg and they keep coming up with new things everyday. Next I will share a site that is not a scam.

Although it is a hard way to make a lot of money, ClickSense delivers exactly what they sell. All the details are clearly defined and do not change from month to month.

You watch a 30 second ad and you get paid for viewing (normally a penny) that ad. They also have hot buttons on their page that lead where it says they will lead, not to some other site.

The next shot shows the details of how the program works. I know for a fact all the statements are true. They even provide numbers that back up what they say. If you divide the amount paid out ($1,233,136.20) by the number of members (1,140,196) you get an average pay-out of $1.08 per member. Don't be fooled by big numbers. If you want to know the answer, do the math.

This is inline with what really happens when you join. Since I joined I have made $1.44.

One of the goals of this site is to help you identify the scams and find the real opportunities to develop income online with your home based business. I hope this helps.

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