Detecting Online Scams

How to Avoid Online Opportunity Scams?

9 out of 10 people who've ever tried a "Make Money Online Opportunity" will never earn a dime.

They paid hundreds or thousands of dollars and didn't get anything in return.

The internet is a breeding ground for ruthless online marketers who use deceitful methods to squeeze every penny out of you.

How to Detect Online Opportunity Scams

So, you have to be careful when trusting anyone online, especially when someone guarantees you that you can earn a lot of money.

Do not let greed cloud your judgment.

So to help you sniff out the scams, I've prepared a list of telltale signs...

#1 A "Holy Grail" system - Little to no effort, but High-Profit Potential

Whenever you hear someone screaming these phrases "Easy Money", "Done-For-You", "Earn X Amount of Money in X Amount of Time" or the likes...

Be very cautious!

The fact is, the "Holy Grail" does not exist! There is no easy way to earn money online, and no "automated systems" can help you print money like an ATM.

Success derives from your hard work, dedication, determination, and perseverance.

#2 Keeping You In The Dark

If you ever see a presentation where they go round and round telling you how quickly and how much you can earn if you trust their "done-for-you system"...

And, they don't provide you with any information unless you pay them some money.

Then, you have to be on high alert!

Most of these opportunity scams are known for their slick marketing tactics to get your credit card information.

And, once the money touches their pocket, you'll realize that you are in for a ride.

Be very careful of these rosy claims, and when in doubt always do your due diligence by checking with good old Google.

And, if you can't find anything, best to avoid, or if you wish that I test it out first, feel free to leave your request in the comment section below.

#3 Constant Upsells and Downsells

In simple words, after you have purchased a product from a vendor, and you thought that you'd have bought the full solution...

The vendor comes with another offer, and then another offer, and then another offer...

I mean this is not a bad thing, considering many brick and mortar businesses, like the dental clinic, uses this marketing technique as well.

For example, when you visit a "free dental checkup," the dentist will identify all the problems with your teeth and your gum, and he will suggest teeth whitening, dentures, and so on... Or, the chiropractor who does a "free spinal scan"... You get what I mean, right?

It's the same thing with online opportunities, but it is slightly irritating to get these offers because sometimes you don't get any value out of these offers.

And, you won't know it until you've bought it.

So, my suggestion, if you've decided to join an opportunity...

Try the front end product before deciding on the upsells. If you can't get anything out of the front end products (be it knowledge or monetary value), there is no point in buying any upsells. Make sense?

#4 Fake Testimonials

Nowadays, credibility can be bought! Just do a search on with the keyword "Video Testimonial," and you will understand.

Often, I see familiar faces on product sales video, and I'll immediately do a quick check on I am not saying that you should do the same thing...

But, you should be wary of claims made in any sales videos. The general guide is, whenever you want to join any opportunities, do more than just trusting the sales videos.

A telltale sign for opportunities that use fake testimonials can usually be found in the fine print of the disclaimer page. Hint, search for keywords such as "actors" or "testimonials".

#5 High-Pressure Sales Tactics

Scarcity creates urgency, and urgency influences an action. It is marketing 101, but it is a common tactic used by scammers.

Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that all opportunities that use this tactic are scams.

I am saying that you should run an opportunity through this very list to see if everything checks out.

This telltale sign alone is not a good enough indicator.

#6 Poor Customer Support

This is probably one of the best telltale sign, and I will tell you why.

Scammers are generally lazy!

Think about it, any legitimate businesses in the world will care about its longevity and reputation.

The opposite is true with scammers. Make sense?

So, if you want an inside scoop of an opportunity, try shooting an email to the support team. You can usually find the email at the bottom of the product page.

See how long does it take for them to respond, and if they do, follow up with more questions. A legitimate business opportunity will reply you with a satisfactory answer, while a scam will either badger you with product offers or they just don't respond.

#7 No Refund Policy

I'll be straight forward with this...

Any online opportunities that do not provide refunds are simply scams. I haven't seen one legitimate business opportunity that does not have a refund policy.

Now here's the thing, some scammers are really clever...

They will provide you with a refund, but there are conditions... A good example below:

Detecting Online Opportunity Scams - No Refund Policy (1)

See how clever these scammers are? These conditions are almost impossible to be met. So, before you join any opportunities, read their refund policy carefully.

If you want to be sure that you can receive your refund, make sure that it is a no condition refund policy, and I would also test their support team.

There is no point in getting a refund when you can't even get a response from the support team.

#8 Hiding Behind a Fake Persona

This is very common in the Bitcoin trading scams.

The worst thing that could happen is when you lose all of your capital, and you don't know who is responsible for it.

If you can't identify any key individuals for an online opportunity, my advise is to stay away from it.

Individuals can hide behind a company name or a brand, and when things go south, they will close the company, and be gone with the wind.

By the time you take action to sue the company or report to the police, it will be too late.

#9 Flaunt Shiny Objects

Posh cars, mansions, beach houses, Rolex...

I can't find one person who doesn't like these things.

And scammers, they know what exactly to do with them.

"Hey, I've earned $30,000 in 30 days with this easy done-for-you system! Here's my proof..."

Sound familiar?

I am not saying that all online opportunities that flaunt shiny objects are scams. Like #5, it is not a good telltale sign by itself.


Whenever you encounter any online opportunities, the key is to be skeptical and trust the facts. Do not be swayed by slick marketing tactics or be clouded by greed.

When in doubt, do your due diligence, and when things do not check out, or you feel uneasy about the opportunity, stay away!

It will do you no harm if you walk away.

If you want to cut short your search for a legitimate business opportunity, you can visit this page. I have already done the hard work for you, and have verified that these are legitimate.

Also, if you can't find any information about an online opportunity, and you'd like me to investigate...

Feel free to leave a request in the comment section below, or you can chat with me on Facebook Messenger.

24 thoughts on “Detecting Online Scams”

  1. Hi jack,
    Just wondering if you have reviewed” THE ACEINITIATIVE”? could you tell me a little more about these guys and what sort of scam this is? Your help and insight would be appreciated ?

  2. hi, can you do a review about Yeheey Unliclicking, and UnityWealth? I’ve been studying them for some time now for a possible sign-up. But since i have found your blog im not so sure now. I guess I would stick to altcoins for now

    • Hi Stashi,

      Thank you for dropping by!

      Seems that Yeheey Unliclicking is not available anymore. But here is our Bare Naked Scam review for Unity Wealth. Hope this helps.

      ~Jack (Bare Naked Scam)

  3. Fraud Conspiracy Ring; The players:

    Self Proclaimed ‘Resource Allocation Consultant’; JAMES PETERS; EMail:; (443) 500-7195

    MICHAEL HIRSCHTICK, SR of National Credit Rescue (NCR), Email:; (602) 930-3887

    SONJA LEE COPELAND-BRUMFIELD, Vanver Capital Inc;; (310) 745-7908

    ANONYMOUS Collateral Provider; won’t give his name; he’s “too important” but boasts he can ‘deploy millions of dollars worldwide in a few days’.

    The scheme:

    James Peters refers Vanver who will offer a ‘Lease Purchase Contract’ for a $100M blocked funds account at an AAA rated EU bank if you (as applicant) will place $3M into the NCR escrow account at Wells Fargo Bank (WFB). They provide a contract that about $25M will be given to you in 60 days after PPP trading. The ‘collateral provider’ keeps the rest. You must give them a CIS, PP and POF to start.

    Background info reveals:

    James Peters touts he will get paid ‘at closing’ and has ‘closed many deals’ with Vanver. He also says he will send money to a charity in Africa from his commission. He cannot provide any documentation he has ‘ever’ been paid by Vanver for a successful transaction nor donated any money to charity.

    Michael Hirschtick, lives in an apartment (15509 N. Scottsdale Rd, #4011, Scottsdale, AZ 85254). He filed a personal bankruptcy in 2016 (AZ District Court Case# 2:15-bk-02946). WFB will NOT confirm he has an account with them. He is not an attorney with the AZ bar, was disbarred in Illinois and ordered to pay $83k in restitution (IL Supreme Court Order M.R.21668 on 9/18/2007) . He WAS an officer in Vanver Capital when registered in Nevada. Vanver LLC Nevada license was ‘revoked’ in 2015. (vs dissolved or non-renewed)(
    NCR was investigated by WFB in November 2016 for receiving a fraudulent SBLC for $500M (Case FCI 2016110800622).

    Sonja Lee Copeland-Brumfield, AKAs:

    Sonja Smiley
    Sonja L. Smiley
    Sonja Lee Smiley
    Sonja Lee Parker
    Sonja L. Copeland
    Sonja Green
    Sonja L. Green
    Sonja L. Brumfield
    Sonja Lee Copeland-Brumfield

    Sonja was ALSO a member of Vanver LLC in Nevada (along with Hirschtick). Sonja used ID theft for various crimes in New Jersey in May 2008 (Oakbridge NJPD: Case 8016957). Sonja has outstanding liens/judgments/warrants/etc:

    1. AZ court case 0702CV-0403959 in May 2004, civil judgement awarded against her.
    2. IN court case 53C059912CF00793, criminal case for forgery/theft (case was dismissed by county)
    3. CA court case CV03-02741FD, wage garnishment for civil case collection in 2005
    4. AZ court case M-0741-3606564; arrest warrant for traffic violations not paid
    5. VAN RU CREDIT CORPORATION has judgments against Sonja from 2007
    6. Eviction from a home in Phoenix, Case# CC2007156834 in 2007.

    The scam: You are referred to Vanver by Peters who arranges a conference call with you, Peters, Copeland and the ‘collateral provider’. The offer is to wire the funds to NCR, whom will hold the funds until the ‘blocked funds letter’ [BFL] is received by you. No ‘bank’ is identified that will issue this BFL. Once the BFL received NCR sends funds to Vanver. The BFL is “probably” fraudulent but your escrowed funds are ‘gone’. NCR claims no liability as escrow holder. Vanver says the BFL will now be used for ‘trading’ and you’ll get paid in 60 days. After 60 days they will “probably” tell you the trades are delayed, failing, banker problems, etc. You will “probably” never get any money nor your escrow funds back. Summary: An ‘anonymous’ person promises to get you $25M, yet uses people like Peters/Hirschtick/Copeland to sign contracts and escrow money in accounts…! hmmmm….

    Use your own judgment….

  4. Hi, is MOBE a scam? thanks a lot !

    • Hi Lalay,

      In general, I don’t think MOBE is a scam, but it does cost a bomb to be in it.

      This is the review I have on My Top Tier Business (MTTB) which is the sales funnel that leads to MOBE.

      Honestly, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars just to learn internet marketing.

      If you want a structure approach to learn internet marketing, I suggest you check out this page.

      ~Jack (BareNakedScam)

  5. Your website has saved me from some shady businesses and I was hoping for some feedback on Digital Genius Lab. There’s very little info out there on them. I tried your google search tips and come up with close to no info. Have you heard of them?

    • Hi Felix,

      Thank you for your comment!

      I have not heard of the program. Would you be able to provide more information, like the sales page or domain name? It seems that there are several companies using the same name.

      ~Jack (BareNakedScam)

  6. Hello Jack!

    I am a very new fan of your site and I have not missed a day since I started visiting. I find it very helpful and I am also am able to help others that want to know if a site or program is a scam or not by directing them here .

    I am still waiting for your USI-Tech review 🙂

    I would like to ask if you could kindly look into rh-gold dot com (Updated by Jack: Site already down) ??
    I can hardly get info about this site that I can actually understand

    Many thanks and keep up the great work of helping others!

    • Hi Marjourie,

      rh-gold’s website seems to be down. I guess this is the end of the program?

      Anyway, I’ve updated the USI Tech review.

      ~Jack (BareNakedScam)

  7. Could you please take a look at USI Tech – a crypto Currency marketing company promoting huse returns on capital.


    • Hi Debo,

      I’ve done a review here, and I need to update it in 140 days.

      ~Jack (BareNakedScam)

    • Hi Obed,

      Thank you for your heads up! I will take a look into it and write a review on it soon.

      ~Jack (BareNakedScam)

  8. Hi Jack is millionaire website ( legit?

  9. I have been talking to National Wealth Center and have just read your review..I do not like having to bring in people to join..I would prefer my own system..however I do have a sense of urgency to creat an income stream of at least a 1,000 per you feel your suggestion of an affilate program would work for me with the pressure to make money within ashort time frame of about 4 months

    • Hi Jacqueline,

      Thank you for your comment!

      Well, I’ll be very honest here. There are no such way to make quick money online. Those programs that promises you that you can make lots of money in a short period of time are most likely a scam. Online businesses, like any kinds of business, takes to build and grow, and there are no guarantees. So if you are looking to make a quick buck online, I am sorry to say that this opportunity is not for you. You need to get your mindset right before you start your own online business. Feel free to communicate with me here if you want to find out more about Affiliate Marketing.

  10. Have you looked at World Profits. Its been going for 20 years

  11. is google sniper is a scam site or true?


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