What are Pay to Click Scams?
There are many forms of Pay-to-Click (PTC ) scams. Examples of PCT scams are where you get paid to:
- Click on ads
- Watch a Youtube videos
- Like a page of Facebook
- Retweet a tweet
- Pin something on Pinterest
- Write a review
All these kinds of activities have two things in common: One, they ask you to endorse something which you are not really buying or supporting. Secondly, the work is often demeaning, extremely repetitious and low paying.
Why are Pay to Click Scams Bad?
There are several reasons why you do not want to get involved in Pay to Click sams:
- You are supporting crime: Companies who are offering pay to click schemes are in most cases cheating advertisers. Advertisers are paying advertising networks for clicks, view, retweets, etcetera, of people who are genuinely interested in their products and/or services. PTC companies are cheating advertising networks by making them believe they are realizing clicks. You are faking interest which may not be illegal in your country but can at least be considered unethical.
- You probably do not get paid: As these Pay to Click networks are making their money illegally, they are often taken down by the advertisers or advertising networks. These companies usually quickly discover that they are being cheated and stop paying the scammer. The PTC company then will also not pay you.
When not to trust a PTC Site
Our general advice is to never trust a PTC site. Please use our general Scam checklist to see if the website is a scam or not. There are also some extra warning signs:
- Easy money is offered: Earning money can never be easy. If it would be easy, why would not everybody just do it. Do not trust websites offering high fees for simple tasks such as clicking on ads.
- Requiring upfront payment: An additional red flag is if the website asks to you subscribe to get higher rewards for your effort or charges an application fee just to join the "great" program. These websites are nearly 100% scammers.
- Never invest: Websites asking to invest in their site are very likely HYIP or Ponzi schemes. They use the money to pay other investors instead of investing the money into real assets. In the end there is no money too pay and you lose everything you have invested.
- Payment proof: Do not trust payment proofs being displayed. These are nearly always fake. If you still want to continue, privately contact a few references and see if they actually exist and have received any funds. You can also check the forum or community pages of the site to see if there are any real people behind it.
- Withdrawal problems: If you have trouble withdrawing your money or are required to reinvest your money, it is time to stop. The site will never payout.
As stated before, we think that nearly all PTC sites are scams. If you like to work from home, there are several legit websites where you can find meaningful and often better-paid work. Please read our article Work from Home Scams which include a list of trusted websites and make sure you are not cheated.
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