Do Not Pay a Fee To Work Online

C J Evans By C J Evans, 22nd Mar 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A short article explaining why you should not pay a fee to work online as this will usually lead to losing your money.

How Many Scams?

I thought I'd write this article today as I came across another very carefully constructed scam which I examined in great detail. I work online full time and I am very interested in new work from home ideas. This interest often leads me to more than my fair share in scams so I decided to start warning people about these scams.

The first point is a very important point - DO NOT pay a fee to work online no matter how tempted you are. As I stated above I decided to write this short article as a warning to the newbies out there. Unfortunately the people who create these scams are getting better and better at them and are making more and more money - if the scams didn't work they would not be on the internet.

What I Came Across Today

The scam I came across today was looking for me to pay a fee to work online. It was a few well constructed pages long and it sounded great ( if I'm honest! ). The final page hit me with the biggie - a £25 one time payment to cover all the training costs. Lets be honest, once I have paid the cash and enter the members area there is going to be no real training. I am going to end up with a list of tasks that are near enough impossible to complete and even if I do complete them the payout level will be ridiculously high.

This is how these people make their money - there is nobody regulating them and they are free to do what they want online when they want. Maybe in the near future there will be some sort of online watchdog that can keep these scams off the net but at present there is not.

When I first started out earning online I turned to filling out surveys for market research sites. Whilst not being the most exciting of online jobs it did pay well and pay regularly. Within about two months of using them I received a random email from a new survey site asking me if I wanted to join up. How did they know I was already using survey sites to earn? Who knows - but they found out somehow!

It was only a matter of time before something dodgy was going to happen with the site and within the sign up process they asked me to pay a fee to work online. I cannot stress this enough - legitimate market research firms will never ask you for money - they will only ask for your opinion ( and pay you a small amount for it ).


So there we have it - daily rant over! I feel for every newbie out there as the temptation to pay a fee to work online can be a difficult one to ignore. The current financial climate is strained and people are becoming desperate to earn more. Unfortunately this means more and more people are falling for these scams and agree to pay a fee to work online. There are a lot of safe ways to earn online but you must make sure they are well known and well reviewed before signing up - NEVER pay a fee to work online!

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author avatar Songbird B
23rd Mar 2013 (#)

Great advice C.J, thank you for sharing your insight and experience regarding this, and making us aware of these scams..

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author avatar C J Evans
23rd Mar 2013 (#)

Your welcome, glad you could take something from the article

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author avatar Janelle Coulton
24th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks for that; it's always good when people point out scams because as you say there is no one regulating these crooks, Great article.

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author avatar C J Evans
24th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks Janelle, hopefully some time in the near future there will be tighter regulations

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author avatar Johnny Knox
13th Jun 2013 (#)

thanks for the info. There always crooks out there that seek for a chance to exploit people. One should be very careful in such cases.

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author avatar C J Evans
5th Oct 2013 (#)

No problems Johnny, glad I could be of help

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