Beware of the crooks. During difficult economic times the crooks come out in droves. They use fear and uncertainty as tools to get people to sign up for dubious “opportunities” such as entering into Ponzi schemes and other pyramid ploys which do not work and never have.
Fear and uncertainty should not cause you to become less discerning about all those opportunities being thrown at you all the time. You should increase your discernment meter and scrutinize everything carefully. Be particularly cautious about the following:
–Any offer which promises quick riches, quick money, and instant income.
–Any offer which promises money for little or no effort on your part.
–Offers of things that are “new” and “revolutionary”. There will be new and revolutionary things on the market and a few will be legitimate; many will be thievery.
–Offers that ask you to commit serious money up front or in regular installments.
–Offers that ask you to open your bank account or provide any confidential financial information.
–Offers that promise to reveal a “secret” that no one else knows about.
In fact any offer that promises just about anything that sounds too good to be true should be rejected because it is too good to be true – it is a scam. The unfortunate truth is that there are a significant number of people out there who are committed to separating you from your money for various unethical purposes or through unethical means and unless you are very careful they may succeed.
Be cautious. Do your homework. Investigate. Legitimate business people, on the internet or off, should have favorable Better Business Bureau ratings and should willingly answer your reasonable questions about their business and provide references. If they will not a red flag should appear in your mind – or perhaps a flashing red light and loud siren.
This is a time of fantastic opportunities in many areas. It is also a time when people will steal from others using fear as their tool. Discern what you read. Don’t be taken in. Exercise caution and due diligence and you will avoid these thieves.
Wishing you well.
(c) Daniel R. Murphy
Daniel R. Murphy
Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.