As with any reward program online, when signing up you need to be concerned about how legit the program you’re getting into is and what exactly you are signing up for. There have been complaints about free shipping fraud, whereby often you find a person that is dissatisfied with this rewards program or that offer that didn’t deliver on it’s promises. And while the possibility that this person has run up against a true ripoff is very real, it is, however, unlikely.
There are several reasons why this is so. For one thing, anyone who uses the Internet any reasonable amount can tell the difference, nearly instantly, between a website, company, offer, advertisement, or what have you, for something that is legitimate and those that are not. Think about it. In the time it took you to find this article you probably encountered at least a couple ads or offers, and very possibly more if you’ve been online for any length of time. Your email inbox is probably overflowing with spam as we speak. And yet you are not currently the victim of any elaborate cons. We live in a world of advertising, and without thinking we’ve learned to filter out 99% of the garbage and have tunnel vision for only the things that are legitimate, useful, and that we’re interested in. For a con artist to “get you”, he or she has to be really good, really clever. And most people scamming on the Internet simply aren’t. The principal idea here is very simple. Trust your intuition, always read the things you are agreeing to, and give everything the smell test: if it smells funky, it probably is.