The Verge recently did an excellent exposé on the scuzzy world of internet marketing, where snake oil peddlers promise huge profits. All you have to do is hand over your credit card number. Take 15 minutes and watch the video below to see the major players in Scamworld.

Thing is, it’s not just unsophisticated regular folks who get taken for a ride. Lawyers and law firms bite on scams, too. For all our supposed sophistication, lawyers are still susceptible to a good scam.

Don’t make that mistake. When you hear people talking about mastermind sessions or bragging about how many millions they used to make before they started selling “secrets” or promising to give you things “worth thousands of dollars” if you just hand over your contact information, close your browser tab, mark the email spam, or hang up the phone and move on. It’s probably bullshit. People with something valuable to sell don’t need to sugarcoat their products or services.

The only people who get rich quick are scamming someone. Everyone else has to work for it — even Wall Street had to invest a lot of time, effort, and money to rake in enough money to bring down the world economy. It didn’t happen overnight.

If you do decide to take a chance on some too-good-to-be-true offering, you will probably start getting emails trying to upsell or cross-sell you on other scammers’ products. If that happens, you know you are in the clutches of a syndicate. Unsubscribe and hope you aren’t already on a bunch of other scammers’ sales lists.

Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

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