While the Internet is a great way to start an online business with minimum cost, those who have just started out would soon realize scams and spams are almost part and parcel of doing business on the net. Of course this is something legitimate business owners would try to avoid but for the vulnerable newbies, getting caught out in scams can be a very costly and unpleasant experience.

This article is not aimed at discouraging people from starting Home based business through the Internet, but to guide the people about the Business opportunities available on the net that are bogus or illegitimate. These are more popularly termed as Scams.

There are numerous opportunities available on the Internet for starting a homebased business successfully. Some of these opportunities are really success oriented. However all these business strategies require hard work and dedication besides thorough knowledge about the market.

Some of these opportunities are quick and easy way of making money. Before getting involved into any business opportunity through the Internet, people must be aware and be very cautious against fraudulent scams.

They should not get carried away by people who try to fool others using fake testimonials, documents, guarantee cards, and offering huge income potentials in a short period of time. At times, these scams are quite easy to spot, but at other times, they can be very convincing and persuasive.

There are many reliable work at home jobs on the Internet, or more commonly known as Online business or Network Marketing. Legitimate online businesses are usually honest in their predictions and expectations of achieving success in any time frame. This is mainly because, like in any business, they really do require a lot of hard work and open-minded communication between the business owner and prospects or customers.

In many ways they more or less similar to your regular 8am – 5pm day job. The employee must first qualify for the job that is offered. He must then develop trust with the employer through dedicated work. Most of these telecommuting jobs are treated as part time opportunities.

Another way of working on the Internet is to work as freelancer or on independent contract. You can work as article writer, consultant, editor, designer and numerous other ways. With all these type of opportunities the risk of getting involved in scams is less.

The Internet business opportunity scams are more common in sales endeavors. The scrupulous people who run the Internet scams are always on the look out for a naive wishful and desperate surfer.

Many homemakers, and elderly people become a prey under these scams. Before getting it to any business option, people must get a thorough knowledge about these scams. They can get all the necessary information from the Better Business Bureau and Federal Trade Commission.

These organizations help you to keep away from the Internet based scams and also help to verify the offers on the net and file complaints if necessary. Another way to avoid scams is to start up the home based business after getting the necessary information from the Small business Administration.

It is essential for people to come forward and report the scams however small be the money involved. Scams have proliferated through Internet because of the access to millions of customers.

The most commonplace for Internet scams is through the auction sites. Fraudulent merchandise sales sites are on the rise. The scammers try to allure customers by offering hard to find goods such as electronic gadgets.

Thousand of shoppers who whisk their money have never received their goods. The people are advised to be skeptical of sites, which offer the goods at incredibly low prices.