No, seriously, it's worse than before. People of the worst kind are taking unfair advantage of people affected by the pandemic. Some are even getting scammy in the wake of our current social culture...but that's a different discussion. Freelancers, especially newbies, should be aware of predators looking to exploit you because of your need to work.
How did I come to this conclusion? Suddenly, there are more "experts" that can help you do the following:
- Earn money today
- Earn money with no experience
- Earn $1000s this week
While this may be a slight exaggeration, I think you get what I'm saying here...especially on Facebook. I've seen more ads claiming that people can make fast cash with little to no effort. All I can say is do your homework and take note of some suggestive phrases scammers use when they're trying to sell you something. Courtesy of Lipstick Alley
- They want you to pre-order a product they haven't created yet.
- Sell e-books and YouTube courses with regurgitated or plagiarized info.
- "I have 20 copies left available and they're going fast"... followed by a fake countdown to induce scarcity, "15 copies left, 10 copies left..."
- "I only have space for 4 more people before my prices go up..."
- They make videos about how they got their new apartment or house which is actually a rented Airbnb.
- They've been forex or options trading for "X" amount of years and want to teach you how to do the same.
- You go to their website and STILL can't tell what the hell they do. No portfolio, no testimonials, no social proof whatsoever.