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Avoiding Internet Scams

Posted by Online Marketing on Thursday, May 17, 2012

By Madison Million

The Internet has been rapidly growing since it first became commercialized in the 1990's. Many companies are embracing the Internet, as it can provide a cheap and easy way to operate their business. As we transition from traditional brick and mortar businesses to e-businesses, or even national businesses that we can only judge from a website, the consumer and provider relationship must change as well. Unfortunately, while the Internet has innumerable benefits, it also has some downsides. One of these is that the Internet does not always differentiate between reality and a mirage. Many consumers have heard horror stories of others being scammed or tricked over the Internet, and some may have even been victims themselves.

29 Prime does not solely operate on the Internet, but many of our clients only get to see our website or online reviews. We realize that many consumers are afraid of Internet scams, so we have outlined some tips to help our clients recognize scams before it is too late, so that they can be their most profitable.

10 Tips for Avoiding Scams-

1. Be wary of companies that only accept payment through PayPal or cash.

2. Ask for proof! Can the company show you examples of projects they have worked on in the past? (This is also a good way to check the quality of their work.)

3. Be wary of companies that only accept payment through cash or PayPal. Paying with credit cards does give you a bit of a safety net so that you can get your money back if necessary.

4. Check out their website! Do they have legitimate contact information? Check for information that would hold them accountable.

5.Sales professionals are just that- SALES professionals. They may not always completely understand the back end of the business, but if you get to speak to someone higher up can they accurately answer your questions? If not, they may not be able to do more than you could do for yourself.

6. Do your own research. Do other reputable sources mention them? Have newspapers published articles about the company?

7. Analyze the professionalism the provider shows. Does their correspondence have misspelled words, A LOT OF CAPITALS, and excessive punctuation???? If so, they probably don't run a legitimate and professional business.

8. Ask for references. Reputable companies will want you to talk to other pleased companies or will have additional information to send you. If a company does not offer more than a basic website, it should be apparent that they don't have a great product or service to offer either.

9. Know that no one can offer you the top spot on search engine results, although it is possible to offer more general placement- like being on the front page. If you are being offered something that seems too good to be true, it probably is.

10.Of course, always use common sense and follow your gut!

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