The idea for this article came to me this morning when I received two emails from separate people telling me that certain sites were scams. One site I am a member of and have been paid by them. The email gave information such as the site owners name, which was incorrect. I often wonder whether these people run rival sites and want to encourage people away from their competitors sites.
I feel that it is important to define what scam means. Many people seem to think that it is a site that has banned them or not paid them. However, I think it is a site which has not paid you, although you have followed the terms and conditions. It is very important to make sure that you stick to the site rules, you may not think that they are fair but if you do not stick to them and they then do not pay you, they cannot be classed as a scam.
I have only been scammed by one site. That site no longer exists and it was a pay to click site and I worked hard to reach the minimum payout of $10. By the time I reached this they had changed their terms and conditions (without letting their members know) that you could no longer withdraw cash but only spend your earnings on advertising on the site. Obviously a site is well within their rights to change their terms and conditions but I feel that they should keep their members informed of this.
So if you are thinking of joining a site how can you tell if it is a scam? I think it just takes a bit of common sense. If it is claiming it will pay you massive amounts such as $100 for each email read then it is certain that they will not be able to afford to pay out this much money. However, even sites which claim you could make thousands of pounds in a few hours are probably not lying. If you invested ten times more than that in advertising, chances are that you could make as much money as the claimed. Just be sensible and think about what they are saying.
The best thing to do, is to find evidence, from people you trust, that they have been paid. Then join the site and try it. Do not pay them any money until you are absolutely happy that you will be able to get a good return on it. Remember that it is an investment and there is no guarantee that you will get your money back. If you are not prepared to take that risk then hold on to your money.