There are millions of internet-related scams and frauds, and there are also legitimate ways to earn money using the internet. View the list associated with this article for more info on a few honest, legal ways to earn money using the Web.
Among the scams to avoid while using the internet to make money, one of the most annoying is this: Fraudsters who send a bad check or bad wire transfer to an honest individual and then have that individual forward some of the money to a third party, before he realizes it's fake. This scheme is common and easy to avoid: Anytime someone floats an idea that involves you forwarding money to someone else, just say no. The scam is known as the Nigeria Scam because versions of it came from Nigeria in recent years.
A version of the scam is circulating now. It's an email offering money to individuals willing to have their cars covered with advertising. Legitimate companies do pay people good money to drive around in cars with ads, and Malley's Candy in Cleveland is an excellent example of that: People signed up in 2012 to buy a new Volkswagen Beetle and keep it covered with pink ads for Malley's for one year. When the year is up, the car owner has the ads removed and still owns a late model VW.
This month's scam offered a local Clevelander $300 per week, via email, to have his car coated in removable ads for Monster energy drink. That's a pretty high dollar amount, more than the Malley's deal pays. Unfortunately, the Monster offer turned out to be a scam. The tipoff: The car owner was to receive money and then forward some of it to a third party, ostensibly a graphic artist. The fact that the dollar amount was so high was another clue that something was amiss.
The reason the Nigeria Scam works is the fact that most U.S. banks treat deposits as good when received from customers in good standing. So when a fraudster gives you a cashier's check and you take it to your bank, your account shows that you have the money a day or two later, even if the check is a fake. In time, your bank realizes they'll never receive money for that check and then the bank takes the money from that deposit back out of your account. Any money you've passed on to someone else becomes your problem at that point.
Here are three honest and legal ways to earn from the Web. View the list photos attached to this article for more detail on each.
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Selling goods on Ebay.com and similar sites. Easy to do if you have something people want to buy, can stay on top of your sales and plan ahead to get everything mailed.
Consulting online. More difficult and has the potential for the highest payout.
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