Reporting about scams or doubtful sites is not something I’m often doing. The reason behind this behavior is that I prefer to focus on the positive things and let everyone doing its judgment.
In fact, my last report dates from nearly two years ago when I reported about Probux.com being a scam (400+ comments!).
Today, I’m writing about Smybux because the Smybux Reviews I came across were quite generic and failed to quote the owner history.
Which makes me believe my findings may be useful and save you some money (see why below).
Smybux Admin: who is behind this opportunity?
At the time I’m writing this Smybux Review, once a visitor land on the Smybux homepage he will find a Youtube video from the supposed administrator — “Bradley“.
In the short video, Bradley presents himself as the creator of Smybux.com, a Paid-To-Click website powered by a company registered in the United States (no company name quoted).
“I want you to know me personally because I love my work” — Bradley
Let’s skip the typical “Fiverr spokesman” look (unless someone finds it? Let me know in comments!), and the hesitation while quoting his website name (it could be the stress, c’mon!).
Time to move on to the facts! ;-)
If you dig into the WHOIS record for the server, you will find out that Smybux is using a WHOIS privacy service to hide the registrant details.
This is 100% fine and not a scam “red flag”, in my opinion. Indeed, enabling the privacy service on your web hosting can help to:
- Reduce spam and prevent email harvesting
- Prevent identity theft
- Avoid telesales calls and junk postal mail
- Protect against fraud and data mining
BUT… on the internet, everything is recorded!
In an archive version from 3 December 2016, we can find the registrant information:
Michael Duarte, from Germany — registrant email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bradley’s little secret: who is the (real) Smybux Owner?
A further investigation toward the full names and email, allow us to link it to the following company name: ADPRIST INTERNATIONAL SERVICES LLC.
This company is responsible for the failure of (at least) three Paid-To-Click websites in the last few months: AdPrist.com (domain suspended), AdTasty.com (stopped payments on 12/19/16), and AdKrim.com (domain suspended).
Of course, there are a lot of “administrators” who failed in past, but learned from their mistakes and gained the experience required to set up a solid business plan.
But in this case, I would NOT recommend to join and use Smybux because the claims are deceptive and fake. Moreover, the previous websites he owned seem to have been closed quite fast and on purpose.
Smybux Review – What is Smybux?
The homepage consists of a landing page with a slogan quoting the possibility to earn $50 a day.
When you scroll down, you get more details about the (fake) owner, see the website statistics and the different payment processors available.
You can register for a free account and access features such as “View Ads” (a total of $0.055 advertising was available for the free member, at the time we checked).
As for most of the bux sites, rented and direct referrals are available to boost your earning under the membership limits (200 RR, 200 DR as a free member).
A $100 referral contest seems to be running on a monthly basis.
Other than that, the features are quite limited. We may quote the “login ads” feature and the availability of a forum where registered members can discuss.
(Though, this place was left alone and not providing any support when the owner left from his previous paid-to-click websites).
The currently accepted processors are PayPal, AdvCash, Payeer, PerfectMoney, Payza, and SolidTrustPay. But reading the forum; it seems a few may not be fully functional as of now.
The members who are willing to recruit or rent over 200 referrals have the possibility to purchase a yearly membership. The premium membership cost $90, and the ultimate upgrade is priced at $800 (unlimited direct referrals).
More details can be found by clicking the “Compare Profits” button bellow the membership table.
The minimum withdrawal is set at $4 for all memberships (and grow by $1 increment until $10 for the “Standard” members). The cashout are told to be processed instantly.
On the side note, several people posted payment proofs on the forum; so it seems it’s paying at the moment.
Smybux Opinion – Is it Legit?
While Smybux appears to pay promptly at the time I write this review, I would NOT recommend spending your money on that Paid-To-Click.
An administrator can decide to hide his identity or have failed in past, but still, do an excellent job.
BUT… in this case, a fake full name and video is being used which I consider as quite deceptive.
Moreover, the abandoned sites linked to Michael Duarte does not appear to be paid-to-click websites which ran out of money or closed due to external circumstances; but more, some fast “hit and run” made on purpose.
Do you agree? What are your thoughts? Let me know below! :-)