No matter what industry you are in, someone is out there to scam you. If you own a store, you always have to worry about staff taking money from the register. In internet marketing we have to worry about marketers sending bad leads, and networks shaving. Even in every day life, people are looking to use you, just to get ahead. It’s everywhere… but eventually, people get caught, hurting both the businesses they work with and themselves.
I recently made a blogger job posting and hired a few new writers. One of the writers was simply taking content from other sites, posting it to another blog, then calling it his own. The blogger job description laid out the terms very clear; “all work has to be original content”. So I contacted the guy, he simply replied back, “Those were copied, so please erase them.“. The results was he was fired without pay, and all of the copied content had to be removed.
My site wasn’t the only one he was writing for, and in the end he lost a few hundred dollars a month writing for both sites. However, if he had provided quality work, there was a lot of potential for longer term jobs and better opportunities, but instead his focus was to make a quick buck with little to no effort. Which in the end, was a waste of his time and mine.
This is just one example of how easy it is to scam and try to make a quick buck online, but a great majority of scams never even get noticed, but they also usually don’t last long. From simple things like fill out lead gen with fake info, to stealing and selling private information, scams and fraud is everywhere.
The bottom line is… it may be easier to fool around and keep trying to scam people over to make a quick buck, but a legitimate service and business model will win in the long run.