MyLot Tasks Scam

@owlwings (39218)
Cambridge, England
November 3, 2009 3:11pm CST
According to a recent Alert, there have been Tasks posted which require a person to send money to the Task owner (I believe with the promise of a payment of double or more the amount paid). The Alert advises anyone who has been caught by this scam to contact PayPal but it says nothing whatsoever about MyLot's responsibility (or otherwise) as the body allowing the posting of such tasks. How far do you think that MyLot have a responsibility to monitor and approve all tasks posted? It is certainly possible to report a task as being against the Task Guidelines but how many do this, I wonder? I have noticed that some that I have reported as being very much 'outside the pale' have still been up days later!
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20 responses
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
4 Nov 09
Mylot should certainly vet the tasks. Not only do they have a moral responsibility to the members to protect us as far as possible from scams, they also have much superior technology to anything we can aspire to, so they should be physically more competent to highlight and deter the scammers. Of course, the ultimate responsibility is our own, and we should not allow greed to blind our judgement. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is.
@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
19 Nov 09
i could not understand these:- 1) how is it possible for a tasker to create a task if he/she has not deposit the money into mylot in the first place? 2) if a tasker has already deposited the money & created a task, why mylot refused to pay when the task was already being approved by the tasker?
@owlwings (39218)
• Cambridge, England
19 Nov 09
If the task were against the Guidelines, then it would be deleted and the person who set the task is liable to lose the money they had deposited. MyLot could not, of course, release money to those people who had accepted the task (and even had been approved) because it should not have existed in the first place. The real loser, in that case, would be the task setter. All that anyone who had accepted the task (and had been approved) would really lose would be their time.
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@owlwings (39218)
• Cambridge, England
19 Nov 09
If someone had sent money (which was a condition of these tasks) that is really nothing to do with MyLot. If you did not do any tasks like this, then you should not worry.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
20 Nov 09
actually i completed those tasks for four times ($5 each). when i read the alert message from mylot, i immediately open disputes to paypal for those transactions. i received the refunds for all my $20 today (luckily) after 10 days of investigation from paypal.
@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Nov 09
I, too, was wondering whether myLot had any responsibility for the tasks that are posted here. And I definitely noticed that the alert didn't mention anything other than to put it upon you to contact paypal.
@owlwings (39218)
• Cambridge, England
3 Nov 09
I sincerely hope that what occasioned the alert has also made MyLot aware of the responsibility that people ought to expect of them in allowing such tasks to be posted. While I agree that MyLot's actual legal responsibility is (and should be) limited to the payment for the task (in the case of these tasks, I think it was a very small amount like one cent), they have a moral responsibility to see that the tasks posted are bona fide and generally in accord with the Terms and Guidelines of the site. These tasks were very clearly not, I believe.
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• Philippines
4 Nov 09
Well, this is what i was talking about from a discussion that was started days ago. You have to learn how to be suspicious if there are tasks of such scheme as this. this is a tell-tale sign of a scam. members should have been more inquisitive.
@sabirin (95)
• Singapore
4 Nov 09
i think this thing is legit
@owlwings (39218)
• Cambridge, England
4 Nov 09
Do you mean that you think that it's legitimate that someone should post a task asking people to pay $5 in order to be paid $10?
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• India
4 Nov 09
we trust my lot so mylot should keep to up its trust.it should approve the task.n not allow such scam to spoil mylot name
@liquorice (3901)
4 Nov 09
Hmm, that thought also struck me when I read the alert. They are very much letting PayPal sort the problem out. I would have thought that myLot would also want to do something themselves to prevent this kind of thing from happening again in the future, especially as by the time it's in PayPal's hands the person being scammed has already parted with their money! It's a shame that the complaints that you've made haven't made any difference, that doesn't seem right, and defies the point of having the reporting feature available.
@May2k8 (3961)
• Indonesia
4 Nov 09
Thank you for posting this, but how could we must pay for tasks if we are using our email. I am afraid to do because chances are if the task creator know the email used in paypal I get spam from accept these tasks, so it's better to avoid the types of tasks as warned.
@sumanadep (1230)
• India
4 Nov 09
Mylot has such a reputation that mylotters believe the task will be a genuine one.Although it should be mylotters responsibility to bring to the notice of mylot about such tasks but I believe mylot should take complete responsibility of the tasks created here....they should check the authenticity of every task here..
@Rizt1982 (45)
• Indonesia
4 Nov 09
wow.. hmmm this a difficult situation. myLot must be carefully and always monitoring the task.
@Lupin3d (225)
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
I think, the reason being, that mylot is not accepting responsibility with tasks-scam is because mylot gives unrestricted provisions for its user to use "tasks". Anyone could simply say that he'll give you $100.00 if you contributed $20.00 first and mylot will not ban that. That being said, it is everybody's responsibility to be wary and careful with dealing with anything. If we are doing something to earn money, then it is only logical that WE DO NOT GIVE OUT MONEY. It is very important that we do not give out money for security and financial reasons. It's like, you came to the office to work and earn and then it turned out that for you to get your hard earn money you have to pay for it.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
4 Nov 09
Good for you for bringing this up owlings because I was wondering the exact same thing the second I read that alert..... As far as I'm concerned, if mylot are going to consistently push their members to embrace tasks, then they have a responsibility to ensure that the tasks provided are legitimate in the very first instance. Full stop! Yes, it is up to us to also be collectively vigilant and assist in keeping this site as "clean" as possible, but the initial effort HAS to be from their side when it comes to something like this. And aside from these points, if they do expect us to be the ones monitoring things like this, then they should act quickly when a task violation is reported. To be somewhat indifferent on both fronts is disappointing to say the least.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
I also have a feeling that the admin is washing their hands on the matter. I have been scammed at the task section, reported the matter three times, but still can see that mylot member posting tasks. He even uses another name, and is behind this so-called money-back scam with paypal. I have nothing against people wanting to earn money online, but I don't approve of people scamming other people so that they can earn. But then again, their moral values may differ from mine so what I say about this matter does not bother them at all.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
4 Nov 09
It seems as if this is a case of buyer beware. Yes, MYlot should have removed the offending posts, but I don't see how anyone can be expected to monitor every post. Nor do I understand how anyone could be so gullible as to send money to someone upon a promise to double it within a short time. On second thought, I can think of two people who might have done just that: me, at age 17 and fresh off the farm, and my mother at age 92 with a touch of Alzheimer's disease.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
4 Nov 09
I knew there was a reason why I've never responded to a single task. I've found none yet that were worth the time or effort or "sign-up" time and trouble for the low, low pay. Scams? Yes, that would be MyLot's job to filter, and once they know, I'm sure they'll be on top of it. I reported a blog promoting domestic violence, twice, and IT is still up. Such is life. :(
@littleowl (7157)
4 Nov 09
Hello Owlwings, being honest I don't do many tasks so really haven't noticed this scam, but saying that I believe that myLot should be responsible for every task there is especially to stop all the scams, like they scrutinise our posts and delete them as and when they see fit, so should they check out the tasks and make sure they are safe for everyone who does them also they should delete any task they see as unfit to be there too...after all it was their thought to let us do them in the first place..LoLo
@solared (1210)
• United States
3 Nov 09
They shouldn't allow tasks that say you to pay someone first, I think thats pretty simple.
• Australia
3 Nov 09
Hello there! I certainly agree with you on that! Mylot is a website and it's nice that they gave us a warning and how to stop this, but they should always help by stopping this situation in the first place. Mylot has to accept tasks before they are publicly viewed, so they should deny those tasks. Actually, I am not sure if they do check the tasks before they get published, cause I've never made a task here, but on other sites that's what they do, cause if they don't, as far as I'm concerned, you might aswell just be writing out a whole lot of junk with stuff that don't even make sense or write out abusive language. So yes, I think that mylot should check all tasks before they get published, and they should have known it was a scam before they even published it, like seriously, who's gonna double pay you back the money you gave them? No one! They won't even give back the money they need to, you will get nothing! Another thing that has been brought to my attention is that people are creating tasks and getting people to do there tasks, which of course if fair. However it's not fair when the creator of the task does not accept the task, and just leaves it in pending work, as the work for them was done, and the person that did it for them was not paid. Absolutely not fair. That's why I am careful what tasks I do, I don't do tasks from any member under 200 posts unless I know them, cause they wouldn't cheat and risk there whole mylot account.
• Canada
3 Nov 09
I think myLot has indemnified themselves quite clearly in their Terms of Use Agreement regarding the tasks. It states, among other things, that: "myLot is not involved in the transactions between Taskers and Workers. As a result, myLot has no control over the quality, safety or legality of the services or the ability of the Workers to provide the services to the Tasker’s satisfaction. myLot is not responsible for the actions of any myLot member. myLot does not conduct any screening or other verification with respect to myLot members, nor do we provide any recommendations." When they say they aren't responsible for the actions of any myLot member, that clearly means on either side of the tasks, since a person has to be a member to have access to that area. As anywhere else online, we are expected to be responsible for our own actions and decisions. You ask if people would report guideline violations in the tasks... I know I would. I also realize, though, that I am limited to escalating something for their consideration and I have no impact on their final decision about what stays and what goes... but I do feel I'm doing my part, as they've requested.
• United States
3 Nov 09
I saw a discussion about those types of tasks while reading it I had to think to my self 'what type of dumbarse is stupid enough to fall for that load of caca?'
@getbrowser (1715)
• China
3 Nov 09
Yeah, I have receieved such an alert so far. At first, I am feeling lucky because I have never done such a task before. Secondly, I think all friends here should say thanks to the staffs of myLot, although they really have the responsibility to monitor and approve all tasks posted. Thirdly, this scam task tells us that you will lose a lot if you try to covet a little. Good luck! Happy myLotting!