Starting today, I’m starting a new segment on this site called Friday Q&A. Every Friday, I’ll answer a question (or several) submitted by a reader and answer them right here.
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This week’s Friday Q&A question comes from E. Smart of Nigeria. He asked:
Hello Jay, thanks for the info on Make Money with Meghan. ls megastoon.com real or fake? They were to pay me $640 on 29/11 but till now, l have not heard from them. Please, check and reply me. Thanks.
Is Megastoon.com Real or Fake?
When I went to Megastoon.com, my first impression wasn’t good. The site looked very amateurish in design and there were lots of bad grammar and spelling mistakes. This is not a good sign at all as any legitimate company would make sure that they have their homepage professionally and aesthetically designed considering the nature of their offer.
There were other things that jumped out at me, like the guarantee. The site says that $1500 in your first 7 days just doing some 15 – 30 minute tasks which to me sounded very unrealistic.
Next, I tried to register but the registration page was not secure meaning anyone could see your information which includes your password and email address so I didn’t bother to do that. Again it looks like someone just threw together a site one late night in their bedroom.
I investigated further and found that Megastoon.com was registered to a guy named Kenneth Anderberg and the site was hosted through some servers located in France.
The copyright information at the bottom of the site says 2013 – 2015 but the site was only registered for one year and the domain expires in April of 2014 (next 4 months). This is a common practice with these type of scammers as they would put up a site, catch a bunch of people then let the site expire only to create another one.
The promise of good pay is a lure for persons to create an account and do the tasks which will inevitably go unpaid.
Upon further investigation into Megastoon.com’s reputation, I found that one guy complained to Scambook.com stating that he had accumulated $1440 by doing tasks on the site but was never paid. A search on Google revealed that other persons had similar problems with getting paid.
Interestingly, it looks like this isn’t the first time Kenneth Anderberg has done this type of scam site. He has another site called PaidBounty.com which had 9 complaints for the same thing on Scambook.com. Paidbounty.com looked even more amateurishly designed but you can definitely see the similarities to Megastoon.
So in review, here’s why Megastoon is fake and most likely means you won’t get paid:
- amateurish design suggests thrown together site
- numerous grammar and spelling errors on homepage
- unsecure registration page
- domain expires soon
- unrealistic guarantee
- complaints about non-payment of earnings exists
- Kenneth Anderberg has similar sites with similar complaints
Why All The Trouble?
So why would someone run a scam like this?
It turns out that I have had a recent experience with a site like Megastoon.com. My cousin sent me the link to a site and was raving about how he had already made over $300 referring friends. I checked it out, signed up and told him that he wasn’t going to get paid.
The site was called TheWorkPaid.net and I remember it had an FAQ item similar to the one on Megastoon.
This can’t be real. Are you giving free money?
No, we are not giving away free money. We are paying you in order to generate traffic to our website. We will get paid from our advertisers for the traffic we bring to them.
Here’s how it works:
The owner is an affiliate of offers that will pay him to get people to fill out a form or do a simple survey. The advertisers for these offers will pay anywhere from 0.50 cents to $50 (or in Euro currency since he’s from France) depending on how much info is needed on the form or how much the advertiser will get later on down the line.
So the owner throws up a quick site and promises to pay persons (in the case of Megastoon) a signup bonus of $15 plus $2 to refer others to the site. The referred persons will do the same thing. The tasks mentioned inside the site are the advertiser offers. Once an offer is filled out, the owner for the site will get paid but unfortunately, the person who did the “task” will not.
Owner collects his earnings from the advertisers, never pays and repeats the process with more scam sites.
Do Your Due Diligence
Finding the info I needed on Megastoon wasn’t too hard. Some of the info I found may not be obvious to the casual internet surfer but you can always search for reviews on these types of sites.
It’s important to always do your research before you commit yourself to these opportunities. In the end, no one wants to get ripped off. Even if you didn’t spend any money, there is still a time investment.
Megastoon turned out to be a fake site and if you’re reading this then hopefully you’re reading this as a result of doing your due diligence before registering for the site.
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