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Lot of good advice.

Posted By: Larry Foster <>
Thursday, 24 March 2005, at 8:07 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Are any claims real? (Neoripley)

This is in addition to what I posted below.

> Hi 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.

> 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

> Good luck

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