If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Yet, day after day, people fall for scams ranging from “lose weight now” to “make $96/hr at home!” Jason Akatiff, owner of Ads4Dough, an affiliate networks, warns people to stay away from what looks like a scam.
June 8, 2012
The Federal Trade Commission in the US strives to protect US citizens from scammers who want to take their money and run. The FTC’s new website, OnGuardOnline.gov, lists the most popular scams. Some of the scams trick people into thinking they can earn massive amounts of money with very little time and effort. Other scams promise dramatic weight loss, tell the person they have won a fake lottery, or offer phony credit repair services.
People can protect themselves against these scams. Jason Akatiff, owner of Ads4dough, notes that the key to avoiding scams lies in the fine print. Affiliate networks like Ads4Dough should pay their workers, not the other way around. Ads4Dough, for example, states clearly when it will pay its marketers, a sure sign it is not a scam. The company also clearly states how it will pay marketers.
One sure sign of a scam is a company that expects a person to pay them up front. A lot of work-at-home scams involve assembling something, such as CD cases. The person is expected to first purchase the CD cases, then sell them back to the company. Oftentimes, the company refuses to purchase the cases back, claiming that they are not the right quality.
Jason Akatiff is the owner of the affiliate network Ads4Dough.com, which he purchased in 2008. Ads4Dough is an affiliate network unlike no other. It works to prevent fraud for advertisers by carefully screening each affiliate. Akatiff has made his fortune online and hopes others can do the same.