Understanding the principles of business is covered in any reputable business course - from traditional colleges to online universities. In any case, the first principle of business lets us know that, "business is business." The main focus when developing a business, or trying to complete some sort of business offer should be making money. Regardless! Now, if we were to really think about it, honestly making money is the best approach to take. However, this can take time. Incredible amounts of time, and often large amounts of money. Even still, the purpose of this piece is not to give you the knowledge on how to give an honest sales pitch, but instead, it's to let you know when someone is giving you a fake one.
Now, let’s jump right in. The first steps of any fraudulent salesmen to take is to get you to buy into their ideas; whatever they may be. This can be done over the phone, as well as on the internet, or you may have already been partially persuaded through an ad on T.V, or on your computer. The best approach to that situation (after you have made the decision to learn more about the offer) is to analyze, and listen to pitcher (the rep. that will be explaining the offer), talk a little bit about his “opportunity”. More often than not, hints to the detail of what may be a scam will often be placed within an ad, or explanation. If you don't listen then you may find yourself on the good end of a bad deal, or on the bad end of a good deal. Either way, it's an important first step. So take it seriously.
There are typically two main signs to look for. The first is the quality of the ad. This is important because most of the time you may be informed that the service or product in question, "is the best that can be offered." While it may seem just a bit stereotypical, it's important to note that in many situations if the quality of an ad, or the appearance of the salesmen is less than high, or less than standard, then you may want to take little note of that offer.
While that may be a bit judgmental to one person, it's very true. If a businessman is too cheap to purchase only the best for their business, then it means that he has little confidence in his offer, and only expect a quick outcome. And in the long run, you may just find yourself on the bad end of a customer service representative. The main point to take away from this first example is that if the appearance or quality of presentation by a marketer or otherwise is off, and then you may not want to consider that offer.
To continue on, be aware of certain tactics of persuasion. If a marketer is pushy, or otherwise in a hurry, don't take the offer seriously. In this case the transaction will certainly be misinterpreted. If contracts are involved (which, they always should be), then the marketer may be attempting to get the client to sign a faulty contract. Or one that may incite post-transaction problems.
Keeping an eye out for certain patterns of persuasion and otherwise pushy or even overly-fantastic promises will undoubtedly increase your chances for scoping out a fraudulent business offer without fail. You can prevent being taken in by taking some online business courses that will help you recognize valid offers and ones that are patently fraudulent. An important reminder would be to always stay vigilant of contract issues. They often show up in the form of masked benefits, or confusing word patterns. On a final note, also be aware of "overly-fantastic promises." If anything sounds too good to be true, it probably is.