Avoid the scams.
Facebook recently stands accused of a scam of failing to deliver on a promise to verify the security of developer applications despite being paid money for this service. How easy is it to spot a scam? There are a few indicators that may help.
A friend of mine replied to an internet advertisement that offered to pay them for listing cars on Ebay on their own account. The advert offered to pay them various fees on completion of each Ebay auction. I spotted several scam indicators and advised them against entering into business with this person.
Too good to be true
If this thought comes to mind then a scam is in motion. Regardless of success £100 plus Ebay listing fee would be paid per item. If successful, 2% of the sale of the car would also be paid. For just listing items on Ebay this is too good to be true.
Why do they need you?
Why can’t they list the items on Ebay on their own account themselves and avoid paying others to do it for them? If there is no obvious answer to such questions, there is a scam going on, or worse an illegal activity.
If it costs you money
The idea of business is you provide a product or service in exchange for money, not pay the other person money. My friend would have to pay Ebay listing fees before being paid.
Lack of information
The other party provides limited, false or unverifiable contact details. Likewise the other party fails to show an interest in knowing about you. The natural inclination of most people is to know about who they are doing business with.
The obvious dangers that my friend wont be paid, is left paying listing fees, and has people coming after them over faulty, illegal or fraudulent listings.
Just as the natural world is full of spider webs, so human society is full of scams. Just as flies are the lunch for spiders, the fool is the food of fraudsters.