Don’t be fooled by people who appear to want to help you, when their only solution or proposal requires you to give THEM money to solve your problem ALL the time.
These opportunists, scammers, will appear to be genuine and build a network of connections around you to swindle your hard-earned cash. The third-party solution providers are always introduced by and are provided with glowing recommendations by these scammers.
Over time, you realize they have provided you with no solutions, but appear with more stories and promises which requires you to make another payment. Over time you may even find yourself trusting them whole-heartedly and not believing they could do anything to hurt you.
Remember, people who are hired should produce the results or a deliverable before they are paid. At the very least, it is ok to pay a deposit, but you should not be expected to pay in full for services that has not yet been provided. If you are required make payments for things you did not solicit, it is likely a scam.
Desperate people looking for solutions are usually not thinking straight, they may be flustered, anxious and overwhelmed. If you are in this situation, it is always best to step back, breathe, relax and think. Don’t make decisions when you are under pressure, you may also want to find a trusted advisor to run things by. Take note, that your trusted advisor should not benefit from the decisions you make and should have your best interest at heart.