Can You Detect an Affiliate Job Scam?

 (I'm training my kids up NOT to be schmucks.)

Craiglist has jobs. This I don't deny. But the hack jobs are becoming more irritating than normal, due in part to pathetic affiliate marketers trying to score my sign-ups for some quick cash. And they have gotten better at what they do (unfortunately.) What's the scheme? Read up and be amazed:

Step One: Poor schmuck freelance author/writer/blogger reads detailed and seemingly legit opportunity for articles or blog posts. No obscene promises are made, and an email goes out with hopes of a reply.

Step Two: Poor schmuck freelance author/writer/blogger gets response back with a personal introduction and interest in their work!

Step Three: Email contains a link to the subject of the first article (with promise to pay X amount upon delivery of article.) Poor schmuck freelance author/writer/blogger is instructed to check out the site and feel free to register on the site so that they are able to get a "feel" of the article subject.

Step Four: Upon clicking link, poor schmuck freelance author/writer/blogger is bombarded with auto insurance quote request, interracial dating site registration page, or debt consolidation solicitation (all with colorful pop-ups and pop-unders.)

Step Five: Poor schmuck freelance author/writer/blogger takes charge of their career, deletes the email, their browsing history, and cache. They begin a virus scan and spyware termination before shedding the title of poor schmuck freelance author/writer/blogger -- renames himself as simply Freelance author/writer/blogger and hopes no one finds out how ridiculously bad they wanted to get a decent job. Begins again with Step One.

Hmm...
with affiliate marketing companies paying out a minimum of $30 per sign up, these knock-jobs could afford to pay me for my stupid article (albeit at Nigerian scam wages), toss it in the trash, and still make a tidy profit.

(Sigh.)

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