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Don’t Think With Desperation

Written by Ryan Ambrose  · May 31, 2009

These are not good economic times. Things are getting bad for some people now, which unfortunately means they’re getting desperate. This makes the lives of vermin like scammers far more profitable, because they have no qualms whatsoever about taking advantage of that desperation.

I spent some time bumbling around the Internet, and have run into quite a few scams. There are more of them out there than the obvious 419 scams that keep appearing in your email as spam. You know, the “I’d like to transfer some African king’s wealth to your bank account because he died, even though I don’t actually know you. I just need some bribe money first…”. Some of those scams play to those wanting to make legitimate incomes from home and on their computer because they’ve just been laid off, want to make their own jobs to help insulate themselves from the recession, or just need more money.

I caught most of them before they bit me, but I had to learn about some of them the hard way. Fortunately, there are a few tips I can give you to help you bypass some of my hard knocks.

  • Massive traffic for next to nothing doesn’t really work. Oh, you’ll get the hits they promised you, but nothing more. You won’t have lost much learning this one the hard way, but you won’t have gained much either. So if you see something like “Tens of thousands of hits for peanuts” or some variation, don’t bother.
  • Data Entry, Home Typing, and Envelope Stuffing won’t help you either. I mention them together because they work on the same theory. Someone trying to sell one of these programs to you infers, not directly states, that they’re a job, and you can start once you pay a fee to sign up. Once you do, you find out it’s not a job, but a “business opportunity”. Don’t touch these at all, because they’re a waste.
  • Online businesses are real work. Anyone who says otherwise may be peddling a get-rich-quick scheme that won’t get you jack. So if you see a promise like “Thousands of dollars as you sit in your easy chair”, think twice.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it very well could be. Do your homework first before you spend anything. If there’s no information on it at all, don’t touch it.
  • And last and most importantly, never make expensive decisions with your desperation or any other overpowering emotion like panic. It’s a good way to get burned for a lot of money.

I know it might be rough if you need money now, but jumping on something because you’re thinking with your desperation won’t help you. You’ll just be burned by one scam after another, because there are a lot of them when it comes to making money online.

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My name is Ryan Ambrose, and I’m one of the co-authors of Can I Make Big Money Online.

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2 Responses to “Don’t Think With Desperation”

  1. George Manty on June 3rd, 2009 8:28 am

    Nice points Ryan.

  2. Wilson Pon on June 20th, 2009 11:50 pm

    Nice positive thoughts here, Ryan. As a businessperson, we shouldn’t be too pessimistic about the economic downturn, instead we must stay positive, no matter what’s happened to our business!