Nowadays, despite the unstable global economy, more and more people are still able to find ways to get financial freedom by making money through the internet. There are online stores, telecommute jobs or online jobs, money through paid advertisements, money through blogging, the opportunities are just endless.
With the widespread of information that money can be earned online, quite a number of people are serious about getting started on this convenient opportunity but just don’t know where and how to start.
People who are smart enough to check for themselves if making money online is really possible join online communities or check out online video tutorials on how to make money online. But to those who land on sites that promise to teach the tricks of the trade on money-making online business for a fee just don’t seem to get what they expected.
These sites that I’m referring to actually show screenshots of their “earnings” on their sites as proof that they have what it takes to teach people to make the same earnings. Earnings could reach from a couple of thousands a day to hundred thousands of dollars or even one million dollars a month. Earnings are even flashed in big bold red letters and are even backed up by fake testimonials just to lure the site visitor to sign up for the coaching program and get him to provide his personal information and credit card number.
There are different strategies that these “online coaches” use to get their site visitor’s personal and credit card information. Some offer a $1 sign up fee, but since they still require credit card information, the succeeding months will be charged at least $100 each. Moreover, you’ll be surprised to receive emails from people you don’t know or sites you didn’t visit but are similar to the one you signed up for. That’s because your information has already been passed around to other sites that also offer money making strategies.
While this may be a grey area on the ongoing identity theft issue, the fact still remains that your personal information was used in a manner that you didn’t intend to. The mere fact that your personal information can be passed around to different people shows potential for becoming a victim of identity theft.