I was browsing the threads of GetPaidForum and found out an interesting post about PTR or Paid To Read scams. For those of you who are not quite familiar with Paid to Read programs, well, it is what it say. You are getting paid a little amount in exchange for receiving(and responding) to advertising messages sent to you via email. Some of them really works, while most are just scams. So if you are a member of such programs you should be cautious lest all your efforts would go to waste. Anyway, this should help you identify the real ones from the bogus PTR schemes.

Here you find the Black List of PTR. I strongly advise against registrating with these services. All these sites are either not paying member and/or even call in money, have an extremely bad support (if at all) or being outright scams by cheating search engines with IFrames or use an illegal version of Cash Crusader script. Scammer gladly hush up their fraud by alleged owner changes due to which the user accounts must be put back or it is stated that the new operator does not care about the site and therefore no payouts can be made. In this way the legal responsibility of the webmaster is transferred to a fictitious other person.
The information gathered on this list was produced by members of these sites to be included on the list as
1. Not paying
2. Problems with the site and/or webmaster.

How to recognize Scam Sites?
- There are many sites out there which promise emails worth the likes of $5, $50 or $100 and upwards. DO NOT join any of these sites. These are ridiculous attempts to take your money and you will never see a penny. EXCEPTIONS are so called "Redemption Only" sites where you can redeem your money for advertising only.

- Check the advertising price to see if sites selling ads underprice. If for example, the site has 100 members and an email to all costs only $2 for a $10 link, you can clearly see that the site is underselling advertising. 100 members x $10 per member = $1,000. Therefore, the actual cost of the advertisement without taking into account the referral commission, comes to $1,000. If a site sells this link for only $2, the site is sustaining a loss of $988 per advertisement sold. This is only an example but please note that there are sites selling $10, $20 and even links worth hundreds of dollars for just $2 - $3. Basic mathematical skills will show you that such sites are totally unsustainable and therefore, short lived. If you wish to calculate how much the ad should cost, use the Sustainable Calculator.
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