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What is a scam? Wikipedia defines a scam as:

A confidence trick or confidence game (also known as a bunko, con, flim flam, gaffle, grift, hustle, scam, scheme, swindle or bamboozle) is an attempt to defraud a person or group by gaining their confidence. Scams appear to us in many forms and there are varying degrees of scamming. But the goal of the scammer is always constant. To gain your confidence so you will pay them for their product or service.

Misleading:
One such scam would lead you to believe that for a relatively large sum of money, say between $10,000 and $75,000 they provide you with the training, tools, network, coaching, technology, and information that would place you well on your way to becoming “ahead of the learning curve” in the field of recruiting. After all, that is precisely what educational institutions do for students.  They teach them their profession and then help them along their career path.  A Scam will promise to help you get established in a profession or career, but mislead you into thinking that they have been successful with a majority of the members that have paid them “membership” fees of anywhere from $19,900 to upwards of $75,000. They have the unmitigated audacity to offer a “Scholarship” to Military Veterans as if this is anything even remotely resembling tuition.

Embellishment:
Some previous misleading statements use the “According to the Fordyce letter, a respected industry publication, the average healthcare recruiter made $217,000 in 2005” leading you to believe that if the “AVERAGE” made this amount, certainly with the training and other deliverables promised you should produce above average results or at *least* average results.

Training Material
Too many scammers out there prepare training material, Ebooks, and cd’s full of information that is already free on the Internet and then charge hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands.

Overstating the value of a deliverable
It is always appealing to begin working in an area where you’ll have contact with other like-minded individuals and the ability to share information.  While this might sound appealing you must consider that the majority of people that are using a particular network might be comprised of one of two types. These types are the “newbies” that are as wet behind the ears as you are and provide no value to the conversation or they are “trollers” looking to exploit as many of the newbies as possible.  Who cares if you have a few hundred newbies each trying to scratch out a living following a flawed business model as long as a few of them, despite the inevitability of their eventual failure, provide enough grist for your machine to make a few bucks while they last. The fact of the matter is that they need to trot out the same “success stories” year after year because they have such an utterly dismal record of helping their members become successful.  They don’t bother to keep track of members success or failure because to do so shows what a miserable failure they are at facilitating success          Next Page...

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