Trading stocks online is quite profitable for anyone if they know what to look for. It’s important that every person who’s decided to go the online route will be giving enough attention to the little details and subtleties that go into stock trading. Because the potential for scams is quite larger, you may not be able to immediately jump into trading as safely as possible.

There have been instances wherein people who have prematurely jumped into online stock trading without asking around about the pros and cons of the business have succumbed unknowingly to different scams. They might have spotted the stock of a thinly-traded corporation and along with a bogus website’s tip or maybe a forum member’s egging the person eventually leads the person to buy a lot of the stock.

Then after the hype is through, the scammers eventually sell their stock and they get rich afterwards while the poor unfortunate soul that they leave behind becomes a few hundred dollars poorer.

In order to not get scammed online, you should assume that the things that you see on the Internet, especially those which are related to online stock are not always true. A good rule of thumb is that you should assume an offer is a scam until you can prove through your own research that it is a legitimate offer and transaction. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for disaster and a hard-earned lesson.

There are sites which have paid promoters who tell you in the forums that you’re able to profit a lot of money of you trade stocks with them or if you buy a specific stock. Be wary of these so-called traders because they do not have your best interests in mind.

Another good thing you can do whenever you’re dealing with stocks is to research where these stocks are traded. Most of the smallest and most thinly-traded stocks typically do not reach the listing requirements of the Nasdaq Stock Market or a national exchange such as the New York Stock Exchange. These thinly-traded stocks trade "over-the-counter" and are seen to be quoted on OTC systems.

Those stocks which are traded in these types of systems are found to be the most risky and most susceptible to manipulation. So be sure that you’re always on the lookout for what you’re actually trading or you just might end up helping a swindler get rich while you, on the other hand, get poorer.