Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kooday refund update: I finally got it

This actually happened about a month ago. Out of nowhere, a message appeared in my e-mail box. It was from AlertPay and it was regarding Kooday. Here is what it said:

Your request for a refund has been granted and you may access your account to see the credit. The credit that was applied to your account is the 12.67% of difference between the payments sent to and received from the seller.The credit you received is the 12.67% of same amount you lost when sending money to that specific seller. Please consider yourself fortunate as not all members will be able to get reimbursed due to the nature of such programs.
Please note for future reference when submitting a dispute you are only to submit once ticket per seller/issue. Opening multiple tickets only results in delays and may reflect negatively on your claim.

So how much did I get back you might ask?


That's a pretty small chunk of what I initially invested, but hey, there are people who lost thousands, so I can't really complain.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

HYIP Refund: how I got (some of) my money back from a closed HYIP program.

Wow, this was unexpected.

I checked my e-mail box in the morning today and there was an e-mail from AlertPay (which is a payment processor much like PayPal). At first, I thought it was in relation to my refund request from Kooday. It turned out that it wasn't - it was actually concerning my refund request from UniteTrade which I filed a while ago and completely forgot about.

UniteTrade was a High Yield Investment Program (aka HYIP aka pyramid program aka scam) that I tried participating in just for the experience. It was a pretty popular HYIP program, but just like the rest of these programs, it was short-lived. When it closed down, I decided I'll try to get my money back, so I filed a dispute with AlertPay, which is the payment processor that I used to invest my $5 into UniteTrade. I wasn't really expecting anything to come out of it, so eventually I just forgot about the whole thing.

Well, today (months after I initially filed the dispute) I received an e-mail from AlertPay saying that my account was credited, or in other words, I got a refund. However, it was not a full refund. I only got back 13% of the amount that I initially invested. That's perfectly understandable - HIYPs always grab the money and run in the end, so to recover any money from them should be considered a triumph. There was a line in their e-mail that said exactly that:

"Please consider yourself fortunate as not all members will be able to get reimbursed due to the nature of such programs"

So big props to AlertPay for giving me my HYIP refund.

Stay away from HYIP programs, people. They're all schemes and scams. If you really want to earn money online, just use legit and trusted programs. You can check out my paid survey sites list and GPT sites list for some ideas.

Friday, August 12, 2011

MyTesterJobs: just don't bother with it

I've been looking through my traffic stats and I noticed that a significant amount of people end up on this page because they are looking for MyTesterJobs-related information. Well, this entry is targeted mostly at those of you who are here to see if MyTesterJobs pays people or not.

Is MyTesterJobs a scam? It's hard to tell. I did a Google search for 'mytesterjobs payment proof' and I did not find a single site, blog, or forum that claimed to have received any sort of payment from MyTesterJobs. In fact, the majority of the pages I visited say the same thing I just told you - nobody has seen anyone post an actual MyTesterJobs payment proof.

Does this mean that MyTesterJobs doesn't pay? I don't know. In fact, it seems that nobody does. If a website has been around for more than half a year and not a single payment proof can be found through Google, that should raise a red flag in your head.

But lets assume that MyTesterJobs actually does pay. The minimum payout threshold on that site is $50. An average offer or task or 'tester job' that they give you is only worth a couple of cents. I just checked my account on there prior to writing this post and I still have the same old 3 'jobs' available to me that were there months ago. The biggest paying one is a few cents shy of a quarter. So how long do you think it will take you to reach $50 on MyTesterJobs?

Do yourself a favor and just don't bother with MyTesterJobs. It's not worth it, even if the site is legit. You will never reach the minimum payout threshold.

Instead, you can join one or two GPT sites that pay you to complete offers, take surveys, and do other tasks. Here is an entry I wrote about my favorite 3 GPT sites.

Best GPT sites: a quick overview

There is a number of reputable and time-tested GPT (Get-Paid-To) sites where you Get Paid To complete different tasks like completing surveys, signing up for offers, receiving cash-back from shopping online, and other similar tasks. There are actually tons of these sites on the web, but some are better than others. I myself am a member of a couple of GPT sites, so let me tell you which ones are my favorites:


With CashCrate, you can earn cash or you can earn prizes. CashCrate pays you cash for filling out surveys, signing up for offers, shopping online, watching videos, and getting referrals. You can also earn points by doing other activities, like playing games on their site, and these points can be converted into gift cards and actual items (iPods, digital cameras, etc.).

Payout minimum is $20 and they pay by check via mail.

Treasure Trooper

Treasure Trooper is just like CashCrate, but it has a really cool treasure hunting theme a la Indiana Jones. That's what makes the site really engaging and fun. Sometimes it almost feels like a game, really. Along with cash, you can earn points in the form of silver coins, gold coins, pearls, golden keys, and fun things like that. These points can be exchanged in Mabutu's Trading Hut (I told you they have a theme going..) for gift cards, actual items, or other items that play into the treasure hunting theme (map fragments, secrets, etc.). So yeah, Treasure Trooper is pretty damn fun.

The payout minimum is $20 and they pay to PayPal.


DollarForest is just like CashCrate and Treasure Trooper. They also give you a $1 bonus just for signing up. The best thing about DollarForest is that the minimum payout amount is at only $2. They pay via PayPal.

Well, there you go. I may add a few other sites to this list as time goes on, but these GPT sites here are my favorite ones. Check them out and pick the one that you think is best for you.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Time to change my approach

I did some thinking last night on whether I should keep writing this blog or not.. It never really took off, plus lately I've been busy with a bunch of other projects, so I pretty much have had no motivation to keep writing updates here. Only very few people ever read them anyway..

Well, I've decided to keep it going. I decided to make this blog more honest. Not that I've been lying or tricking people, no. By 'honest', I mean I will no longer hold back my concerns and skepticism about certain programs. This way, my entries will not seem promotional like some of the past ones do.

I believe this is the result of my experience with Kooday. While I truly thought that Kooday was going to be a legit, successful program, I've always had a thought in the back of my mind that maybe Kooday is just a big, elaborate scam, which is what it turned out to be in the end, it seems.. But I never mentioned these concerns in my Kooday entries on here. To be honest, I guess I didn't do it because I did not want to scare away my potential referrals. And I had a lot of people join Kooday through my referral links. Thankfully, though, none of them ever invested any money into it. Good for them.

So from now on, more honesty and less hype. Useful content is what people look for when they want to learn to earn money online, so that's what I will provide. I will post updates whenever I have time, so check back every now and then!