"Rebate Processing" Scams
One common money making opportunity you see online are rebate processing jobs, also often called data entry jobs. These offers target beginners who do not know anything about making money online and are looking for some kind of opportunity.
These too-good-to-be-true offers claim that corporations are looking for people to process rebates for them. They state that to get started, you'll have to pay a fee in order to get proper training and activate an account.
These companies charge you anywhere from $49 to all the way up to $300 in order for you to start working on these rebates. What makes these offers enticing is that they claim you will earn up to $10-20 for processing a rebate. Most people start thinking that they'll get paid $10-20 for a data entry job that takes only a few minutes to complete.
The truth is that these offers are scams. Some companies make their offer sound legitimate by mentioning companies like HP and Home Depot but when you actually pay their fee, you're given information on affiliate marketing, blogging, or email marketing.
Only then do you find out that you are supposed to make money by promoting affiliate products and offering a percentage of your commission as a "rebate" to your customers.
So if you sell a $50 Clickbank product and the commission rate is 50%, you would make $25. By offering a rebate to your customer of $10 in your ads, you would theoretically keep the $15 difference as your profit.
This is obviously nonsense and even if you were to do this it would be very difficult. You'd have to wait until you get your commissions paid, make sure the customer doesn't request a refund, and you'll probably even lose money overall after you deduct your advertising expenses. The whole "rebate" thing is just to make it sound like an easy job.
Many consumers have been fooled by these misleading programs and try to get a refund after being suckered in to one of these offers. However, most of these companies will not answer emails, provide customer service, or honor your refund request.
There are a legitimate rebate processing and data entry jobs but for the most part, they are hard to find. Finding a real company to work with is made even harder by the fact that so many fake rebate processing offers are advertised online.
Your best bet is to simply avoid these kinds of offers altogether. These companies try to lure you in with the promise of easy earnings and do their best to make their "opportunity" sound real. But even the BBB and scam watching sites warn of these offers as many consumers report being scammed.