Can Something Be a Scam Even If It’s Free?

There’s a common misconception going around that if something is free then there’s no way it can be a scam.

I mean, if it’s free to join and never asks for any money, it can’t be a scam, right? Because it’s not getting anything from you?


This is wrong on so many levels and I’m going to explain why.

What Is a Scam?

According to the dictionary, a scam is a dishonest scheme.

In layman terms that means they’re not being completely honest on what they’re offering.

Another fine example is that they’re exaggerating earning potential, misleading people or making things seem like something they’re not.

And that pretty much sums up the “internet marketing guru” world in a nutshell.


There are so many scams going around. Some ask for money, some ask for lots of money and some don’t ask for any money.

And a lot of the time you will see people that love the system defending it and saying things like:

“How can it be a scam if it’s free”

“I don’t see how they’re scamming when they don’t ask for money”

“It’s free to join so there’s no risk. It can’t be a scam if they’re not getting anything from you”

And these just go on and on.

And I shake my head because something can definitely be a scam if it’s free.

Here’s why.

Why A Free System Can Still Be a Scam

So what makes a scam? A dishonest scheme!

That’s the first giveaway.

What are they robbing you of if they’re not taking any money from you?


And what is our most valuable asset?


We have to be very careful who we’re giving our time to because it is limited and more important than money since we get money back but not time.

So now that we’re giving our time to scammers, how does this help them?

What do they get out of us? A lot actually.

Ad revenue, leads, valuable data, etc.

All of these are invaluable tools to the scammer and they can use all of this to make lots of money.

Even though it might not seem like they’re scamming because it’s free to join, they are doing it for something and that something is usually data, leads (emails) and ad revenue.

An Example of a Free to Join Scam

I have been on a bit of an exposing streak, finding app scams and I am literally surprised by the amount of ignorance of people in this world.

I just reviewed about 4 “play to win” apps and they were all scams.

According to some of the users, “It’s not a scam because it’s free to join and you HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE”.

Ummm, my friend, you’re losing your time and they’re making money from you in ad revenue.

They lie, they don’t pay and they give you false hope. They’re scamming because they’re a dishonest scheme.

And if you’re too ignorant to see that happening in front of your eyes, or you would rather defend the app then open your eyes to what’s really going on, then maybe you deserve to be scammed.


Something can still be a scam if it’s free, so get that in your head right now.

Scammers are incredibly smart, they know how to manipulate people and get what they want.

Whether that be a sale, leads or data to sell to other people, they will get the money out of you one way or another.

They’re not doing something out of the kindness of their own heart and that’s why you need to stop thinking that just because something is free, that it can’t be a scam.

Well that concludes this article and I hope you learned a thing or two, or at the very least opened your eyes to the amount of scams out there.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled and let me know in the comments below if you’ve spotted a scam. I’d love to do a review on it!

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