It's time once again for a discussion on "high-paying" jobs offered on the internet. In this episode we have a work online website called Realwritingjobs.com. We're going to try and find out in this review if Realwritingjobs.com is a scam or legit.
I got into the Realwritingjobs.com website and from the looks of it, it has the average spiel of most make money online programs that do not materialize. The pitch of "urgency" in the front page surely would make first timers in the make money online field buy immediately. It also has a golden seal on the lower-left portion of the page which most users will associate with the word "official" or "legitimate" since most trusted sites—like PayPal—carry a similar seal. This is a very typical way of convincing potential customers to trust their brand. (Click image to enlarge)
Now, I signed up for the service using a fake name and email address e.g. John Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org and what popped out later raised another red flag on my work online scam list—a pay-to-be-paid system. It was asking for a $2.95 membership fee for the first 10 days. And—bear with me here—after 10 days you will be automatically charged an obscene $47.00 per month until you cancel. Just check out the tick box on the image below: (Click image to enlarge)
Now, this is nothing new. This is actually a sly strategy being employed even by the most legitimate of companies. No matter how conspicuous a TOS (Terms of Service) is, even if it's placed right under the sign-up box, no one's going to read it. Let's face it: Nobody reads these things, except people with just enough knowledge to pass by. Ticking that single tick-box right there effectively relieves Realwritingjobs.com from all liabilities that could arise from scam complaints of a $47.00 auto-charge in your credit card or on your PayPal account. They'll just slap this on your face and then you'll all be no chase.
Another thing to point out is the claims of some websites that the $47.00 charged on your financial medium is a one-time payment that would make you a permanent member of Realwritingjobs.com. That is definitely not true, as least at present As you can see, the website itself openly declares that it will charge you that amount every month until you cancel.
Now, I've read other Realwritingjobs.com scam reviews and user comments, and based from all those I have read, I can conclude that:
1) Realwritingjobs.com effectively became a money-milking machine when it changed its one-time payment scheme of $47.00 from 2009 to a recurring monthly payment of the same amount today. It seems that they want to take advantage of those people careless enough not to read their terms and unsubscribe to their services.
2) Realwritingjobs.com will just stonewall you when you file for a refund. Forget their "money back guarantee." They will use delaying tactics and might totally ignore you for that one last cash-in they will get from your financial medium. Worst of all, lots of former members of this site claimed that they didn't get a refund after days of asking, which is very alarming. Some also claimed that their PayPal accounts got deducted for $80.00+ by this website without having any idea of what they were charged for.
3) Realwritingjobs.com is just an aggregator of online jobs, jobs that you can readily find in the internet without paying for anything. One such website where you can find work online jobs for free—and may I say where Real Writing Jobs is getting their job listings from—is oDesk.com.
Sadly, even after all this, I can't call Realwritingjobs.com a total scam even if it feels like a total scam (a 50% scam maybe). I'm no legal expert but in my opinion, their scheme, no matter how sly and dirty, is a legitimate business model aimed at careless people who are quickly attracted to promises of wealth and fortune. They have properly set up disclaimers to protect their interest and like I said above you'll not be able to chase them for your loss even if you wanted to. And even if you can, you stand very little chance because they are located in India.
In fairness to them, they have quite a bundle of freebies to help you earn more once you join in. That said, it doesn't even out the fact that you're paying for crappy and duplicated service that is free elsewhere. Plus, you won't even earn enough here to cover the $47.00 they're charging you every month.
Summing it all up, stay away from Realwritingjobs.com or other websites employing this model for that matter. Lots of people have already been tricked by the promises of this Indian website. Nonetheless, it's not your typical scam. Also remember this rule of thumb: YOU SHOULDN'T BE PAYING TO WORK FOR JOBS FOR. JOBS SHOULD BE PAYING YOU.
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'Till my next installment.