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There are dozens and dozens of online money making opportunities, but for every one of these that represents a legitimate business venture, there are probably 10 that are nothing but moneymaking scams.  It can be really difficult to spot a genuine money making opportunity, and tell it from a how to make money quickly scheme.  Even when you are in the real world, it can be hard to see through a clever sales pitch, but when you are on the Internet, it can be even more difficult.

It can be easy for a website to set itself up to look like a legitimate money making business venture, when in fact it is nothing but a clever scam. This is unfortunate.  All of us want to know how to make extra money quickly.  The good news is that, although there is no real way to tell for sure whether something is a money making opportunity or simply a business scam, there are some things to look for that will give you a good idea of which it is most of the time.

The very best way for you to tell genuine money making opportunities from false ones is to meticulously follow the rules of common sense.  The most important of all of these rules is that, if it sounds like it is too good to be true, it probably is.  This is true in all areas of your life.  It is twice as valid where your financial future is concerned.  Anyone who advertises a money making opportunity as “foolproof”, or guaranteed to succeed, is probably lying to you.  This is especially true if the money making opportunity is supposed to be unusually lucrative.  I had an uncle who was conned by a supposedly money making opportunity.  He was told that, by investing $10,000 in an alternative fuel industry, he was guaranteed to be riding the wave of the future.  That wave, needless to say, did not go very far, and crashed rather severely.  He lost almost everything that he had in the whole entire world.  

The best way to tell a good money making opportunity from a bad one is to talk to some kind of expert.  If you are able to talk to a financial consultant, you should do so before investing any money.  Then again, sometimes you might want to take a money making opportunity just for the risk of it, as well as the adventure.  If this is what you are doing, you should make sure that you are never investing more than you can safely afford to lose.  This rule holds for all forms of investing.

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