Online Scam Sites: What To Look For

Scam alert!
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Many have heard that people can earn money online. The internet is a gold mine..you just have to figure out where to start mining. Of course with lack of knowledge and with the desire to earn some quick cash as easy as possible, many fall prey to sites that offer high payout with little effort. Some even offer a high payout of 2400USD in a month. Before you start clicking your way to being rich, look for telltale signs that the site is a scam.

3 Signs that it is an ONLINE SCAM

High Payout, Unlimited Clicking, Unlimited Referrals.
Usual legit sites offer PTC (paid to click) jobs for as low as .001 cents with a limited number of ads per day. For you to reach the minimum payout, you'd have to log on every day for an hour for at least 60 days to reach the minimum payout unless you upgrade your membership and pay the site. Then and only then will payout be great. I actually don't recommend any of you to fork out cash for anything. Most especially if you are new. Check out if the site pays out first before you consider investing. Anyway, there are sites that offer a big payout of .10cents per click with an unlimited number of clicks per day. Of course, with unlimited clicks and a high payout, an hour on the site would gain you almost $120. Who wouldn't want that? Unfortunately, upon cash out, the site will ask you to obtain a ridiculous number of referrals which, in my opinion, is impossible to get. So they offer you to buy your referrals from them for a small price. You, new to this game, buy the referrals in the hopes to retrieve the payout but nothing happens. You report the problem. Nothing happens. Yes, you've been scammed. Ex. moneypress.com (PTC site) brainbux.com

The site asks for your Paypal/Payza number.
Usually, an email linked to your Paypal/Payza account is asked for sending payments to you and not a number. For those who didn't know this, but yes your Paypal/Payza account has a number and is located in the bottom of your Paypal profile. Sites who ask for your number and not email steal whatever is in your account. They use their "get paid to do this" site as bait, offering a high payout to get your Paypal/Payza information and boom they clear out your account. Ex. insoc.com (read the news and get paid)
They ask for your password or account number.
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Sites that ask for a considerable amount of a membership fee and work as a pyramiding/ networking scheme.
There are sites that at first glance seem like a legitimate PTC/microtask site. Upon registration, which is free, the site redirects you to a membership page that asks you to pay a considerable amount ($20-$25) to upgrade your account to avail for better payout on PTC ads and other small jobs like captcha (which they say is data entry and coding). They also show on the page the referral system and reward system for referrals equating to an even bigger cash payout. If you remain as a free member, even if you do the PTC jobs and microtasks religiously, with the minimum payout being high $50 to be exact, it would take you maybe 2 years to get that amount. Even if you do get a referral, your referral would also have to upgrade his membership to premium level for you to avail for any reward. This is an elaborate pyramiding scheme done online masked with PTC ads and microtasking. Those who have been there the longest have the best rewards while you at the bottom fry in your own oil. And you will never be able to get a refund. Ex. juanads.com, ruaffilliates.com

When people share these sites and are told by others that these sites are scams, they are usually defended by those who refer. Most especially those of the networking kind. Yes, it's legit for them...they are at the top and have been scamming people for a long time. To them, you are just another dumb victim to their sales pitch.

Why are there sites like this and why do they continue to operate?
A lot of online users fall prey to these sites and everytime a person clicks on their site, they receive a substantial amount of money almost $100-$300/day. It's like a whole conspiracy to get people to work for them for free. Some sites are there to gather information: emails, phone numbers and even home addresses. This information they sell to companies for a hefty price or use it for phishing. So don't be surprised when you start receiving mail or calls from so-called reputable companies offering their services only to be scammed once you reveal important information. Other sites are there to steal from your credit card, Paypal account, even your bank account if you enter a site with a malvirus. Yes, they have been there for a long time and they know there's a sucker born every minute. So do your research before you fall into their trap.


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