Why Are There So Many Scams on the Internet?


I have to be honest.  When I first started this blog about making money on the Internet and saving money, I really thought I would be doing an equal mix of positive and negative product reviews.  I mean, I knew there would be some bad products out there, but I really thought there were a sufficient number of good products out there that I would be doing a 50-50 mix of positive and negative reviews.

Boy, was I wrong!

What I discovered, once I really got into it, is that most of what is out there is crap.  I was going to write “literal crap,” but I have a thing for being careful with my words, and I don’t want you to think that when you order these lousy products that you get actual feces, which is what I would be saying if I said “literal crap.”

But they’re pretty bad.  And whether they all fall into the “scam” category is up for interpretation, but I think most people would agree that some of them certainly do.

Back when I first added a sign-up form to this site, I was offering a free report on how to use Twitter to make money. It was an OK report, but it wasn’t the quality that I wanted to offer.  In fact, I have a blog post about Twitter which I believe is way more helpful than that report.  That’s why I chose to change my offer to an introductory email course on making money online, which you can sign up for using the form in the right-hand sidebar.

Why do I bring that up?  Because I searched high and low for a report that I could offer my subscribers for free, and that was the best I could find out there.  Everything else I saw was literal… I mean figurative crap.

Why is that?  Why are there so many scams on the Internet?


Reason #1: Producing Electronic Products Is Easy

Shady Website

Most products that promise to help you make money online are electronic products.   The most common formats are:

  • Ebook
  • Website
  • Software
  • Videos
  • Email Course

Most of these can be produced with simply a computer and an Internet connection.  And it’s pretty easy to produce most of these products… easy, that is, if you don’t care about quality.  It’s a lot easier to throw together a low quality ebook that doesn’t have much useful information than it is to produce an ebook of several hundred pages that is well researched and high value.  It’s a lot easier and cheaper to throw together a low-quality website that charges membership and provides little value than it is to spend millions of dollars and putting together an awesome website that provides a ton of value, like you can find at Wealthy Affiliate.

Given the ease of producing these products, it’s not surprising that a lot of them will pop up.


Reason #2: Selling Lousy Products Is Profitable

MoneyGiven the fact that you can produce one of these scammy products with little to no effort or money, you can make a lot of money selling them.

Many times, the products will sell at such a low price that the people buying them think, “What the heck!  It’s only a few bucks.” Since it cost them little to nothing to produce, and they may be able to get thousands of people willing to buy them, there’s little to no risk.  Add to that the fact that there’s no shortage of affiliate marketers willing to promote anything and everything, and you have the perfect formula for a scam.

Other products are extremely high-priced, and they offer huge, mostly unrealistic promises.  They promise that you can get rich quick just by copying some “done for you” system.

I try to thoroughly research all the products I review here and provide an honest assessment.  If you go to a marketer’s website and he gives glowing reviews to everything, that should send a red flag.  He doesn’t care what you buy, as long as you buy after you click on the link from his website.  If you encounter a website like that, run for the hills.


Reason #3: Money Tends to Short Circuit Our Emotions and Bypass Our Brains

Love of MoneyThere are a lot of things we know.

We know:

  • You can’t get something for nothing.
  • There’s no such thing as a legitimate get-rich quick scheme.
  • It takes hard work to build any business, including an online business.

There are probably others you can come up with, but the bottom line is that we know all these things, but deep down, we all wish they weren’t true.  So when a product comes along that tells you that you can get rich with no work at all, we want to believe them.  We really, really, really want to believe them.  Then we start to rationalize: What if there is a way to get rich quick with little to no work and I just never found it until now.  So we fork over our hard-earned money and boom!  We’ve just been scammed.

Don’t let this happen to you.

The bottom line is: You need to approach these so-called opportunities with an inquisitive, skeptical mind.  Don’t let your emotions drive your decisions.  Find out if there’s a guarantee.  A free trial is better.  Do your research.  Read my reviews or find someone else you find more interesting.  Learn to recognize when you’re reading a review that is simply a shameless promotion of the product. If all you’re seeing are glowing reviews of a product with no details of how they work, wait awhile until you can find someone who tried the product and can give you more detail.


If there is a product you would like to see reviewed here, leave me a Comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out for you.  I can’t promise that I will review everything, but I will look into it and give you a response about what I think.

Have a great day!




2 thoughts on “Why Are There So Many Scams on the Internet?

  1. Andy,

    All great info here. Scams are all over the net. Folks are flocking to the “get rich quick” idea and getting taken.
    You are so right about making digital products being easy. The good quality ones are harder to find…Folks go for the quick buck and do not see the warning signs of a scam. your comment about not letting your emotions drive your decisions is spot on, folks need to do the homework then make an informed decision.

    Great Post thanks for the information

    1. Thanks for the comment, Todd.

      It makes me so annoyed that there are so many people willing to take advantage of others, especially in the “how to make money” niche. It’s like they’re taking advantage of people who can’t afford it. If I can help a few people avoid these scams, I know I’ll have done what I intended to do.

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