How to spot online SCAM sites by the Red Flag signs


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Tired of getting SCAMMED by untrustworthy sites stealing your money? Learn How to spot the Red Flag Warning Signs on online investment sites.

Being a new investor and trying your luck finding good and legit online investment sites can be a difficult task with almost 100% certainty that you at some point will lose your deposit or part of it to a SCAM site.

A trained eye like myself with 12 years of experience can easily spot the bad sites just by a quick look reading the RED FLAGS. If you know what to look for, everything gets so much easier.

99% of online investment sites are nothing but SCAMS

You can be very sure that 99% of whatever you find is nothing but an HYIP/Ponzi SCAM trying to trick you to believe they are real. Most of them are very easy to pick out whereof 3% are tricky and know how to fool most of us. In that case, we just dig deeper doing full due diligence, and investigate the company, addresses, and people behind it.

Red Flags to look for

The site Script.

How to spot online SCAM sites by the Red Flag signs

Most of the sites buy a standard HYIP and investment script on a license as it already has tons of functions needed to manage users, affiliate, ordering, cash out, history, and management.

They are cheap and easy to set up, and it’s prices start from 25$ and goes up to a few thousand. Needless to say that even in this category, the admin is at risk of getting scammed himself. If he doesn’t know how to pick a good quality script without backdoors, faulty code, etc, he will be the one to face a scam. But that is the story for another time.

Using such scripts is a BIG RED FLAG as it was bought only for convenience. It means that the website owner’s sole purpose is to scam the gullible investors. A legit and real company would build their code from scratch, as per their exact needs, providing stability and security to its users. If a legit site still chooses to use such a script, they are not worth working with, as they put their users and the whole project in danger. That’s why I would still consider these sites as bad apples and scams.

Site Template – Spot the Difference in Quality

Buying a standard template for a cost of $10 to a few hundred USD is not a sign of a trustworthy investment website. Using such a cheap solution is a BIG RED FLAG, and this indicates that the admin intends to scam. A real and legit site builds its code or at least uses good coding customization and optimize the JS and CSS code to maximize speed, performance, and navigation. You can easily confirm this by viewing the source code of the website in your browser.

The site Design

Mostly, all scam sites try extra hard to convince you that they are legit. It’s funny as real sites do not have to do so. So here we get many RED FLAGS easy to find.

Showing Company registration pdf/link.

This part has almost become a joke. Most of the HYIP sites, by default, have to show that they bought a cheap 19£ UK company registration online. It is a complete waste of time and money. Using a UK registration on a dummy address only proves they are SCAM. It is a BIG RED FLAG!

If a real company is registered in the UK (what they most likely are not), they will at least provide some kind of address that can be verified as being used or the identity of the people behind the company that can be verified. Failing to provide real company, real address, or real people data and you can be sure the site is 100% scam.

Showing DDoS protection, Trust-seal, and similar.

This is a typical practice for scamsters to show much possible information that can convince unknowingly newbies that they can be trusted. This is a BIG RED FLAG. Of course, the opposite is the case.

How to spot online SCAM sites by the Red Flag signs

Real and legit sites do not need to prove a point and never do so since they already set aside large budgets for the server system, networking, code, and design. Does this make sense?

Showing History stats of payments deposit/cashout.

Same as above, scamsters need more to convince you they are real. That’s why many HYIP sites choose to show live/fake data on front pages. Again, a BIG RED FLAG!

Showing how many members and the total amount of payments disbursed

In some cases, a new site shows you that they have 10k members and xxxxxx USD deposit. Well, you can quickly verify their claim by checking the site data on It will get you information on what do the stats say, and where does the traffic come from? Almost always, the Alexa ranking is too low for the scam sites. 

If Alexa shows that most of the traffic is coming from advertising networks as and faucet sites, then the claims made by the websites are lies. It’s a BIG RED FLAG for both points. FYI, the above sample data of 10k members would have shown a real Alexa ranking between 60k to 100k.

Showing photos of people, office, or other.

Some scam site owners are stupid. They forget to hide the origin of a photo that they claim is the CEO of the company. With a few Google searches, you can find the actual source of the image. If they have used someone’s image from a third-party website, it means that the investment site is fake. BIG RED FLAG and BUSTED!

The same goes for cloud-mining sites. They show some random images and claim that these are from their mining facility. A few sites, indeed, are good at faking both video and images. I, myself, have ended up spending 1-2 hours to keep searching for similarities in other images, old websites using way back search-engine sites, etc.

Many scammy investment sites also add office images.  You can reverse search these images to find the actual source of the photos. You are likely to find them online, from other sources, photoshopped with a logo of some other company.

Showing contact information, support.

A site has to be easy to get in touch with. Unfortunately, even the legit sites are pretty bad at this part. But if provided, we need to check the addresses, phone and verify those details. If only a contact email form or chat-box is available, then this is a BIG RED FLAG. Why are you hiding, man?

Site Text

Website copy reveals a lot. It is an indicator of how much budget and time has been put into the project. Is there enough text? Is the text informative and answers your questions? Is the text placed well and easy to find/navigate? If the answers to these questions are no, then the website is nothing but a scam.

Most scam sites lack creativity when it comes to text, especially the “About Us” section. Too often, they find some text online and edit small parts of it and dump it on the page. Mostly, some nonsense 50 words about how well they perform and have 8 years of experience, d-da-da, Duh! Again, a BIG RED FLAG.

The same goes for the FAQ page the scam sites lack writing skills and end up copying others, using similar procedures with few variations. Some of the parts that you should look out for are: 

  • #1. Can I trust you?
  • #2. Is your site legit?
  • #3. How can I deposit?
  • #4. How can I cashout?
  • #5. How fast can I get my cashout?
  • #6. Is there any guarantee for my deposit?

Usually, these questions are there along with the 10-15 questions/answers on the FAQ list. Again a RED FLAG! We are not saying that legit sites do not have a FAQ section. They sure have it, but it isn’t like what I just mentioned.

The site Hosting

Using shared hosting or VPS is bad practice and is a BIG RED FLAG. Unfortunately most sites today use Cloud-flare that hide this part but there are still ways to look behind and spot the scammers. First, you need to look at the browser SSL. Do they use a dedicated SSL certificate or the standard Cloud-flare SSL certificate? A real and legit site will always use the paid Cloud-flare subscription, allowing them to use an SSL certificate with their company name and domain name.

Next, we need to verify that the site uses a dedicated server solution or not. This can be done by checking the email header on the site’s system email that comes from registration confirmation or other similar emails. Only the sites with large resources have the know-how to hide this part. Large companies always hide this part for security reasons. The scam sites usually can not afford to buy a dedicated server solution with a separate mail-server.


This subject is of course much larger, but I trust this article will give you some idea, as to what to look out for. As you might have noticed by now, all typical SCAM sites use a similar approach. You can spot any scam sites if you know the signals that you should check first. For legit sites, you now know, that they should have none of these RED SIGNALS. If they do have a few, such as the text part or other less important parts, then you will have to verify the real identity of the company. Their address, too,  must be authentic and verifiable.

In any case, it’s our job to review investment websites for you, and we do our best to provide you with a trusted list of websites for safe investment.

If you want more information on any specific process that we have covered in this article, you are welcome to ask questions below in the comment box.

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