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Posted By: Neoripley In Response To: Are any claims real? (Claudia)
Thursday, 24 March 2005, at 7:26 a.m.
In Response To: Are any claims real? (Claudia)
I'm gonna try answer your question in some detail. I'm no 'expert' and am speaking from limited experience, but what I have to say can hopefully save you time. The answer to your question is 'Yes' and 'No'.
Firstly, bear in mind that what brought you this this site is probably the same reason that brought many of us here. Anyone looking to start up an internet business of any kind from home, has to clear a path through a jungle of nasty scratchies, creepy crawlies and things that howl in the dark, to arrive at the mountain side that offers a clear view over this vast landscape that is the World Wide Web. You need that PERSPECTIVE.
I would say about 80% of offers are scams to some degree or another! This could be an exaggeration and I hope it is, but sometimes it seems that way. Your question isn't easy to answer in a short space. Books have been written on this subject (by real experts and scammers alike). You have several options and this all depends on you - what you want to do, your interests, etc.
The only real 'opportunities' available are those you create for YOURSELF. You will find that most legitimate products and information out there are merely tools to help you realise the profitibility of your own INTERESTS, and will teach you to apply these in a business context. Whatever that is. The Internet caters for any field of interest you can think of to some degree or another. The valuable 'tools' you can purchase along the way can help you achieve the autonomy and self-determination you desire. But they do not GIVE you this.
On the other hand, scams come in all shapes and sizes, making wild claims and promises of riches. None of these are real opportunities - they are selling dreams. Scam artists prey on the financially desperate (which is real sick), opportunity seekers and also those that are looking for 'something for nothing'. ALWAYS READ THE DISCLAIMER. Look around these sites for a small link (normally at the bottom of the page) for the Disclaimer/Legal Disclaimer. This is the real truth of the offer. Forget the sales pitch and focus on this for a couple minutes, then compare the two. If it doesn't appear that their sales pitch is one big lie, then by all means proceed. At least you know what you're getting into.
In short (well, shortish) if you feel, once you have BOUGHT your way into something, that you have to RELY on it to DELIVER a promised opportunity, it was probably a scam. Legitimate offers will help empower you, through their system/products and your own efforts, to achieve the financial freedom you seek. They will not enslave you to their system or leave you 'hanging', once they've failed to deliver on their promises.
So, if you feel that you have to 'go out on a limb' or 'take a leap of faith' by having to rely on anyone to 'deliver' your success, it is probably a scam. If they do not explain their offer properly in their promo, but keep it shrouded in mystery and 'secrets' - it is probably a scam. If their Legal Disclaimer differs hugely from their sales pitch, it is most definately a scam.
If it empowers you with confidence to go out and achieve through your own efforts, by offering good products and/or information - then it is most probably legit.
IT IS A LOT EASIER TO SPEND MONEY THAN TO MAKE MONEY WITH MOST SYSTEMS ON THE NET! Sad, but true.
Some good sites to check out (even if just to get to get some good advice and a feel of what legitimate opportunities/or products look like):
- just copy and paste these into your browser.
Also, join forums - like this one! - and READ, READ, READ
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