In this age of Internet communication, the opportunities abound everywhere for the financial-freedom seeking individual. One could find a job overseas without leaving the comforts of home. Others could sell their products or services abroad. Businessmen could transact and negotiate dealings in the comforts of their own offices or home via a chat room or video feed. Yes, the Internet has indeed made lives easier and businesses had seriously taken the Internet as the modern communication channel of advertising. Small and medium scale business greatly benefits from it since it’s cheaper compared to traditional advertising such as print, TV and radio.
Unfortunately, this modern communication tool proves to be too good for its own worth. Online evil-doers (ergo, scammers) find ways to rip-off people online. There are too many online scams to go around and they can look pretty legitimate that still, a lot of people are fooled. The website looks professional, the rewards are very promising and they have the best advantage over anything else… cyberspace provides a perfect opportunity to have no face-to-face communication. Once these scammers get what they want, they can disappear from the face of the earth.
For a businessman, who may be looking for a potential business partner or affiliate in cyberspace, it may prove to be a dilemma to find a trusting source of information. Looking for a better business bureau online could be a struggle because scam sites can look so genuine you would be fooled into thinking you arrived at the right place. The businessman wouldn’t realize it but he might have given confidential information he wasn’t supposed to give and all his work would be for nothing.
Looking for a better business bureau online can be hard work. Who said maintaining a business is easy anyways. Finding the right associate and the right information can cost time and money. But in these times of financial crisis wherein a lot of individuals would do anything to earn easy money, taking the necessary precautions is but a small thing to do to protect something we have worked hard for.
Here are ways to discern a scam site (or even a fake bureau listing).
1. Take note if they have a logo. Logos tell branding and professionalism. If the business listing doesn’t have a logo, look somewhere else.
2. Do make a separate research on the actual business listing. Look for testimonials, reviews, and anecdotes from all over the web via search engine results. If many negative results came out, then it’s better to move to the next business list.
3. If positive testimonials are found for a specific online business or listing, make the added effort to directly contact the person and ask anything regarding the information you found.