Yes indeed, you too can become vastly wealthy while doing absolutely nothing aside from sitting in front of your computer everyday! Imagine having your very own jet ski and beach front vacation home, all because you took advantage of this suspiciously too-good-to-be-true offer! I promise you it's LITERALLY not a scam!
First, you need to sign up for my emails. That way your inbox will be completely inundated with my spam (cough-cough) I mean super amazing special offers. Second, you'll need to sell these super awesome ebooks on how to make $3,000/month blogging. In order to do that, you'll need to put up roughly $500 to purchase them, but imagine all the profit you'll make if (cough-cough) I mean WHEN you sell them all! Third you'll need to advertise on social media. In order to do that you need to do two things: 1: Flood your friend's timeline with this stuff, because your friends are worth money after all. 2: If that doesn't work, I'll advertise for you for the super low cost of $2,500/month. Trust me, it'll pay off so well in the end. Finally, make sure you get someone else in on this. That way you can be your own boss!
Has this sort of thing ever happened to you? If so, you're not alone. Thousands of people get scammed every year around the country. It's no longer just the Nigerian prince or the relative in trouble. It's the appeal to the notion of making a whole lot of money with minimal work.
I myself was dangerously close to falling victim to the most famous Amway scam. A young family at my church became very friendly toward me. We hung out several times and the guy seemed genuinely interested in helping me out financially because I was having hard times back then. He owned a local business, so I figured he was just going to give me a job at his place. Instead he came over one night and told me about Amway. The entire time leading up to this point he had been asking me about my dreams and my situation, and like a fool I spilled my heart out to him. During his presentation, he used all the buzzwords that were intended to draw me in, but I could tell he didn't know what they meant. The family seemed nice enough, but something was off. He told me my friends are worth money, that I would have to put up $200 to get started and the only way to turn a profit was to recruit someone under me. I spoke to my family and close friends about all these things and they all warned me to stay away from that. I'm glad I did because as soon as I said no to them, they were never seen again. Clearly, they were only interested in scamming people at church.
The two biggest pyramid scams out there I've dealt with since then are Amway and Primerica. Both involve recruiting friends to work under you so you can make a profit off their work. There are many others that are lesser known, but the idea involves selling their idea.
If you discover something and it has any of these identifying marks about it, stay away!
-They openly tell you it's not a scam.
-It's too good to be true, some will even point it out.
-If they tell you your friends are worth money.
-If you have to put up any money first.
-They might use specific buzzwords, which means they're listening to what you're saying and repeating it back to sound like they get it. Usually, they don't get it. They're just manipulating you.
-They ask personal questions about money and dreams.
-They appeal to the idea of you getting to be in on the ground floor of something that'll change the world.
I'm sure there are many others, but you get the point. If you find yourself caught in the middle of one of these scams, it may be difficult to get out of them without loss. Most of these are perfectly legal because they sell real products, but they're sneaky in how they apply it. Therefore, the authorities can't do anything most of the time. The best you can do sometimes is to just leave and cut your losses. If you're harassed by them, you may be able to contact authorities. Either way, prevention is the best measure.
It's unfortunate that we can't trust people these days, but don't forget that justice will always be done by the one who is in charge. Pray for anyone who's a victim or a scammer. Show them love, it's what Christ did.
"Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one." Colossians 4:6