A perfect scam offer example, how to spot a money-making scam.

Why part zero?

I just got an email this morning with an excellent example of the type of offer you should be very careful accepting. So I put it before all the other posts I have in the queue.

I’m going to break my rule here and use the actual links and the actual name of the offer because I want to show you exactly, step-by-step how to investigate and protect yourself from these types of scams.

Here’s a copy of the email I received touting this offer:

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Dear Fellow Entrepreneur,
Hi and welcome to my site. OK, I’m going to keep this short and sweet – I’m not going to bore you with the usual "rags-to-riches" story because I’m pretty sure you don’t want to hear it.
VISIT THIS LINK: http://t3purl.com/ac18

Daily Cash Jobs is an incredibly simple system – so simple, I bet that even a 12 year old could run this and make money. There is absolutely nothing complicated about it – 4 steps, that’s all.
VISIT THIS LINK: http://t3purl.com/ac18

This is not a 500 page ebook and this is not some complicated money making course. This is a short, straight-to-the-point money making system that works without fail each and every time.
VISIT THIS LINK: http://t3purl.com/ac18

Best Regards,
Evsykov Ecclesia
evsykove@gmail.com

Please Note: Your name was presented to us as someone
looking for Information on starting a "home-based"
business.  To stop from receiving any further emails,
please reply with REMOVE in the subject line.
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OK… lets start by picking this email apart.

First line: “Hi and welcome to my site?” Hummm I thought this was an email 🙂 Maybe the guy thinks I don’t know the difference between an email and a website huh? Strike one.

Ok how about the links. Hummm… t3purl.com a free link shortening service. Nothing wrong with that at first glance, but it does mean that the author of the email wants to hide the affiliate link (nothing wrong with that either), but… it also means that this guy isn’t into this as a long time business. I mean there’s no guarantee that t3purl.com will be around forever right? Strike two.

Sales copy… not bad but it really doesn’t “grab” me. I could be more jaded than most though. 🙂 Strike three.

Email address from gmail. Look, anyone can set up a gmail, yahoo, hotmail, or any other free email account in two minutes. What this normally means is the person making the offer either doesn’t have their own domain or they don’t want their real email address being associated with this offer. Strike four.

Now the kicker. The email opt-out paragraph. “Your name was presented to us as someone looking for Information on starting a "home-based" business.” Really??? Where are the details? I never asked for this email in any way so it is nothing but spam. But I can opt-out right? Hardly, in my experience (10+ years as an email administrator) all you’re doing is verifying that your email address is real and gets opened. Try to opt-out and you can expect many more spams in the future not only from this guy but also from many more as your email address gets passed around the spammer circles. Don’t bother opting out. Strikes five, six, and seven.

Hopefully, by now I’ve given you enough info to be able to delete these things from your inbox without even having to visit the site in the links. But if not, and if you want to learn a little more, keep reading.

OK my curiosity is up. What the heck could be so easy and still make money?

I clicked on the stealthed link and was presented with this webpage.

http://dailycashjobs.org/

Sorry, you’ll have to copy that link into your browser to see the page. I’m not about to hard-link to a spammy site. It’s bad enough that I even have the plain text here. 🙂

So what do we see? First is the headline making promises that could very rarely be achieved with even the most professional (and expensive) systems. “Are you ready to discover how anyone and easily make over $4000 a week online without selling, advertising, referring, or owning a website.” Really? Let me in!!!! NOW!!!!

OK come on now…. don’t fall for this. The only people I know that are making that kind of money online are working hard for it. I don’t want to burst any bubbles but there’s nothing easy about making $4000 a week online. And to do it without selling anything is near impossible.

But let’s give this thing a chance. What is it exactly? Ok let’s go down the page a little more and see if we can find out… hey, here’s something…

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This system is called "Daily Cash Jobs" and it does NOT involve any of the following:
* No building websites
* No selling products – in any way shape or form
* No advertising
* No data entry
* No Adsense
* No mailing lists
* No rebate processing
* No recruiting new members – this is not MLM
* No uplines or downlines
* No currency trading
* No chain letters
* No Gambling or Casino or forex
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Let’s see… what is it? It’s “Daily Cash Jobs”! Ok now I get it. But what is a “Daily Cash Job” exactly? From the list above, I can see that its not a lot of things. But I still don’t have any idea what it is.

They’ve just broken the first rule in evaluating an offer/sales page. They’ve listed everything it isn’t. But you still don’t know what it is. Strikes, eight, nine, and ten through twenty.

They are playing the curiosity card. Don’t fall for it! It’s human nature to be curious. If its not any of these things what is it? I have to KNOW! Now! 🙂

Lets look at this from a different angle. If the program had true value they’d tell you what it is and let you make up your mind from there. NEVER buy anything that tells you only what it isn’t on the sales page, NEVER EVER!

But let’s go ahead and cure our curiosity. What could possibly put $4000 into our bank account every week but yet only cost $10? Let’s go ahead and throw in a few strikes here as well for assuming that we’re so stupid that we would believe something that could make us rich would cost $10. You get what you pay for, if it sounds to good to be true, and all that.

But it’s easy to expose these types of scams. Here comes Google to the rescue. Lets do a quick search. Open Google and type “dailycashjobs.com scam” into the search box.

dailycashscam

Nice…. Results 110 of about 47,200 for dailycashjobs.com scam. (0.24 seconds)

So lets take a look at the first one…

Someone there actually didn’t read this post and bought the program. OK to be fair, this post didn’t exists yet. 🙂 But regardless, here’s what this gentleman had to say…

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I just came across something called Daily Cash Jobs – they want you to pay $10 for access to information on how to generate huge income, without doing affiliate marketing, completing offers, clicking on ads, etc. Sounded interesting so I thought, hey, it’s only $10, let’s see what this is all about. Well, they sent me a PDF file with 4 ways to make money including online gambling, HYIPs, and autosurfing. After checking them out, they were basically all scams. Well, maybe not the gambling stuff but I’m not comfortable doing that. So, stay away from Daily Cash Jobs and don’t waste your money!
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Now we’re getting somewhere. It’s a pdf with four ways to make money including gambling? Wait, wasn’t gambling one of the things it said it wasn’t in the list above? Wow, so right off the bat they are also lying to us! Plus they promote HYIPS, which are illegal, period. Autosurfing is not worth doing, at least if you’re looking for real money online. So what did this purchaser get? Nothing! What did the scammer get? His hard-earned $10.

I have been doing this for some time and I don’t normally need to go through all these steps but wanted to share them with you in hopes of helping you avoid types of scams. You can use the same steps to discover honest money-making opportunities on the Internet. Do your research BEFORE you pull out that credit card. Save your money for the programs that give you what you need to make real income online.

Until next time, to your success!
Kind regards,
Ken

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5 Responses to “Online Moneymaking Scams – Part 0”

  1. Krish on January 20th, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Hi,

    I got similar mail for USD 12 and i searched google about this company and thanks for the information. Better we black list such mails to save time. however this blog is a good place for people to visit and share their issues. Good Job… Keep it up and save world from these scammers.

  2. Blog Meister on January 20th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Glad I could help Krish!

    As long as there are people looking to make money, there will be people trying to scam them. Sad but so very true. I hope to have some links up soon to serious and honest money-making opportunities. Problem is, they are few and far between. 🙁

    Kind regards,
    Ken

  3. Rick Roberts on March 3rd, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Very good article Ken. I got one of these emails today and was curious if anyone had posted any feedback on what was being sold at the site. Your very indepth expose should help 1000’s to save their money and time if the will do the research before purchasing like I did.

    Rick

  4. Blog Meister on March 3rd, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Rick,
    Glad to help. I really am sick and tired of all these scams. I sincerely hope that many people will find the whole series on money-making scams valuable. I really hate to see people wasting money, and equally important, time, on these scams. You can always make more money, you can never get back the wasted time. 🙁

    Appreciate the feedback.

    Kind regards,
    Ken

  5. Adam on June 21st, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I love it when people put their stealth links in my emails. I have never clicked on one, but I love that they keep trying. Email marketing is tough, but it is rather impossible when the person you are sending the email to doesn’t even want you to send them anything.

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