Swagbucks is a scam,please don't join Swagbucks before you read this post.

India
February 25, 2013 6:41am CST
Hello every online money makers,today i would like to notify and make you aware the reality of swagbucks. 1)swagbucks is found to be suspecting!Why because today,I login to my swagbucks account,and i tried to cashout $10,but it say I will recieve a verification mail to my postal adress I have in my swagbucks account...what the scammmm. Why don't the send me the verification PIN via email or Mobile no through SMS. This issue with swagbuckssssss found to be suspecting(scam),why because the postal mail is only for US,as it stated clearly..but can't say exactly because i never made any cashout from swagbucks. I've enough swagbucks now,and am afraid to lose those hard earned SB. Please if you have experiend such issues then kindly let me know. My PayPal account is verified and SB should directly send money to my PayPal email adress,but they are following a very long process. This type of process is same to ''Microworkers'',which i never got my payments,because i never recieved the verification code to my postal adress,and it's already 2months. So in my opinion swagbucks is a scam.I don't know how you get paid from SB or have you ever experienced such issues with SB. I would like to hear from SB member if possible. Thanks in advance.
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23 responses
• United States
25 Feb 13
I've been a member of Swagbucks for years and have received dozens of payments from them. They certainly are not a scam. I'm sorry that you're upset that they are requiring you to verify your address before you can receive your first PayPal payment. However, that is a policy that they have decided to enact because they have had problems with people attempting to cheat them by opening multiple accounts. I'm sure you can understand that it's a necessary measure for them to take, as many unethical users would have no qualms about referring themselves to Swagbucks to increase their earnings. They don't send verification codes through email because there are so many free email providers that can be used by anyone. They do offer mobile verification by SMS, but only to users in the United States. I imagine it's just not cost effective for them to send codes internationally by SMS. Any user from one of the other countries Swagbucks supports has to request their verification code by postal mail, and that includes India. Unfortunately, postal mail between the United States and your country can be incredibly slow. It could take as long as two or three months for it to reach you. However, there are several Indian myLotters who have posted about receiving their verification codes without any issue aside from the amount of time it takes to get them. You seriously need to develop some patience. Crying scam on a site that has a great history of reliability simply because you think their policies are unfair is only going to reflect badly on you. As far as the Microworkers thing goes, why don't you try contacting the site and asking if they can confirm when they sent you the verification code because you haven't received it yet? They should be able to tell you that, and if it's well out of the timeframe it should have arrived in they might send you a new code so you can finish the verification process.
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• United States
26 Feb 13
I must say I was worried but this one post kept me from worrying about the legitimacy of swagbucks. I know now that it takes effort to get far in sites like that (and this) it made me want to go back and read up on what I was signing up for before I began to complain. I am just starting out on swagbucks myself and if I see where people have been dealing with them for years, I can stick around longer to try and reach payout...
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• India
26 Feb 13
@Renkin,I see that you're from US,and am not crying scam because if i knew that swagbucks is similar to microworkers which we need to submit the verification Pin send to us by them,the i would nenver had have joined the side. I don't trust those sides which sends verification Pin to us because I know and am sure I will never recieve the Pin and this people are just luring me. I just losed my time,and I already earned 2000 and above SB which is around $10. Time to give up.
• United States
26 Feb 13
@MissBlack - If you search here, you'll find that most Swagbucks users on myLot have had excellent experiences with the site. Jhon's upset that he has to verify his account before he can receive a PayPal payment from Swagbucks, but if he's patient and waits for the postcard with his verification code to come he will get paid. @Jhon - If you give up now, you're really going to have wasted all that time and effort. I know you're convinced that they're scamming you somehow, but do me one favor: don't close your Swagbucks account. The verification postcard will come if you ask them to send it. I can't say when it will get there, but you will get it, and when you do you'll be able to get your payment. If you don't believe me, take a look at what MIMO_Rulz_111 said about verifying his account at http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2727852.aspx You don't have to work on Swagbucks if you think it's a scam, but don't shoot yourself in the foot by closing your account in addition to quitting. You've done the hard work already. Don't throw it all away!
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@CatGods (4601)
• United States
25 Feb 13
I am sorry you are having problems and I see that you are from India. I know that recently swagbucks has opened up to India so there still maybe some technical issues that need to be worked out. As in most cases, I believe you are jumping to conclusions to quickly. Swagbucks had been around for a great many years and I have made a considerable amount of money from them. They have never been a scam and are not turning scam. Check your impatiences.
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• India
27 Feb 13
Thanks for the response catGods,and you're correct.Swagbucks was open to Indians recently,and I contacted swagbucks Admin ''Allison'' regarding VP issues delivery to my postal adress,and they asked me to wait for some days to recieve the VP to me,and iI hope I will get the VP soon.
@tash01 (2035)
• Jamaica
26 Feb 13
I know a lot of people,who have get their payment and is. Still working on that site.however am. Not. A. member,becaause that ssite is for us. That site has been paying ttheir members,so check out the site before youu startt to judge them.
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@pupa09 (17)
• India
26 Feb 13
Swag bucks is a scam site. I also earn some money from that site and i can't get my money back. I think this sure is only for US residents. Anyway try to achieve your earnings through mylot....
• India
26 Feb 13
The side is not only for US but for Indians too. I don't know how others got paid but for me it's vague.
@wongchoiyee (4939)
• Malaysia
25 Feb 13
I think swagbucks only for US residents, I have never join a site which pays other country than mine, it is wasting time and effort. Hope you will make your decision soon.
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@tash01 (2035)
• Jamaica
26 Feb 13
Swaggabucks is just for people,who live in the us. It does not accept my country. am from jamaica,and i can't,i know. who have been paid by that site,as far has i know that site iss paying. Legit and paying,am not a member but i have heard good thingss about that site.
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• India
27 Feb 13
Both of you are wrong.Swagbucks is not only for the people residing in US but for Indians too. Only limited countries are open to swagbucks,and i don't think your country is in the accepted list of SB.
@Dominique25 (9476)
• United States
26 Feb 13
Swagbucks is a legitimate sight. I cash out there whenever I have the opportunity. I'm from the US though. If they don't pay other certain countries then that doesn't mean they are a scam. It is a good thing to read about their rules. Sorry to hear though that you will not be able to get your earnings.
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• India
27 Feb 13
You're right,if they dosen't pay other countries,that dosen't matter they're scam,and I agree with you if swagbucks if from India. Recently it was available for Indians too.
• United States
26 Feb 13
I've been a member of Swagbucks for a few years now, and I've redeemed my Swagbucks for prizes on several occasions. Swagbucks definitely isn't a scam site. My experience with them thus far as been totally pain free. Sorry to hear about your experience, but I like Swagbucks a lot.
• India
27 Feb 13
My experience with SB is'nt bad yet now,because I've'nt recieve the Pin and cashout yet.So I can say and take desicions at earlier stage but will wait for some months.
@skjee10 (439)
• India
25 Feb 13
Hi ! admin or john,i am already made comments on your post on swagbuck's,facebook page.Don't jump into a conclusion so soon,swagbucks has a very high reputation about legitimacy and it has paying its members for a long time.Don't be disheartened and have some patience,i hope your misunderstanding will be resolve soon.Happy mylotting.
• India
27 Feb 13
Hi Skjee,this is ''Jhon Scramosh'' from FB. Yeah I agree that SB have a very high reputation on online earning website but am really very worried about getting my VP to my postal adress which is very very vague. I am upset because,I've enough SB but unfortunately can't cashout immediately from SB,and I can't wait to too long. It might take more than two months.
@silverfox09 (4728)
• United States
25 Feb 13
I know real people that lived in the US got pay from them so I dont think they are a scam . I am a member but I have never cash out because of my non-US address . I am just saving until I am in the stats .
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• India
27 Feb 13
Yeah one can earn a very good amount from swagbucks but can't say why they are sending me a VP to my vague postal adress.
@dorannmwin (36609)
• United States
7 Mar 13
Swagbucks is most definitely not a scam. I've been a member with swagbucks for over three years now and there has never been a time that I've not received the payment that I was supposed to be getting. I know that they will do this postal verification for an account and it has also been something that some long time members have had to go through. The good thing is that the postal verification is something that you only have to do one time and then your account is verified for life. You should never say that a site is a scam unless you are absolutely sure that this is the case.
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@mariaperalta (19227)
• Mexico
25 Feb 13
Many have been paid by them.. So Im sure they are not a scam. They have rules like every site has and should have.
• India
26 Feb 13
Those are lucky fellows. But my confusion is why they are sending me US post mail.
• Mexico
26 Feb 13
Not sure, i just wish the site was good in mexico. But so far its not. Have a great tuesday there.
• India
27 Feb 13
The side is extremly good to earn playing games,and it dosen't matter whether you win or lose but you get swagbucks and that's what I like swagbucks,but VP problem.
@akp100 (11957)
• India
26 Feb 13
Hello They aren't scam. Well, I just requested my first payout and I guess I will get it soon. and few of my friends already got their 2 or 3 payment from this site so don't worry.About verification, let them do. You will surely get it after verifying. But yes this is confusing as they can do the same via mail. But my friend didn't have to verify sucy mail address, he directly got email and got the payment in a week...
• India
26 Feb 13
Anand, good to know that you requested your payment. I think you selected the email verification option rather than the pin option. You will get your payment within two weeks. I got 2 of my payments from swag bucks and they are not scams.
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@akp100 (11957)
• India
26 Feb 13
Yeah.. I did select the email thing.. Yes I guess I will get it within 2 weeks.. Congratulation for your second payment you are doing good on this site. I know they are not scam, I joined under you on this site after all investigation.
• India
27 Feb 13
Thank You both of you for the good reviews. I am happy that you people got paid from swagbucks and I hope I too will recieve my payments from SB soon.
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• United States
27 Feb 13
I have gotten paid several times through Swagbucks with no issue. I have always got paid through Paypal or Amazon. I have never had to have a vertification code.
• United States
27 Feb 13
This is a new security measure that Swagbucks is taking. There must be a good reason for it. I am also in Texas and have been with Swagbucks about two years or more. I have cashed out many times but I had to verify the last time that I requested payment. I did it through text messaging. I have since been paid. It might be that you will have to verify the next time that you cash out or it might be that Swagbucks is picking veteran members at random to verify. As I have said above, there must be a good reason that Swagbucks is doing this. Swagbucks is new in India and when someone in India cashes out the first time, they have to request a pin number before they receive their reward. The pin number is only being sent by U.S.mail and it is taking a long time, like 4 to 6 weeks.
• India
28 Feb 13
Thanks for the information. Since am residing in India,i guess i might recieve the Pin in not less than 5months.
@TLilly12 (1230)
• United States
26 Feb 13
Swagbucks is not a scam, I have cashed out for $25 dollars on 2-21-2013, and by the way swagbucks doesn't pay $10 payment any more, they only pay $25, $50,$100 payment only to people in the US only, if you don't live in the US, you are wasting you time, trying to earn from swagbucks.
• United States
27 Feb 13
I'm sorry but that's not true. Swagbucks lets members from several countries other than the United States join. I think the current ones are Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. The Indian version of Swagbucks still lets users get $5 and $10 PayPal payments. I'm not sure why you say that people who don't live in the US are wasting their time with Swagbucks... I've met lots of Swagbucks users from other countries here that do really well there.
• India
28 Feb 13
Hi FrugalMommy,you're right.SB also available to Indians to. @Tlilly,you're wrong,swagbucks was recently available to Indians and so am working on it,and only problem is VP dilevery.
• United States
26 Feb 13
I joined them this morning and don't think I like what I saw there. I coudl not figure out how to earn cash money. hope you get some answers soon.
• India
26 Feb 13
It says you win swagbucks for searching the web,completing free or trail offers,which allow you to sign up with your valid credit card. 700Swagbucks is $5 PayPal cash for Indians and 500SB is $5amazon gift card for US. It says you earn swagbucks for playing games,taking surveys,inserting swagcodes in the ''Gimme''.
• India
29 Apr 13
Why you all are posting fake info?!! I am Indian I tried to verify my swagbucks account and I did! After a month or two I got a card containing a PIN, I inserted the pin and cheers :D, in three months I got total $10 Ultimate Game Card. If you give fake address it will give nothing :@ . And dont cheat that legit site. SwagBucks is the best.
@dawnald (84060)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Feb 13
I have never had a problem with Swagbucks. I get a verification e-mail, but I can also go to the site, put in my password and verify things online. Usually I go for the AMazon gift cards, but I've done paypal too, never a problem.
• India
28 Feb 13
Hi Aunty I am happy to hear that you never have had Verification problem. I too like the side but they don't send Indian members a verification Pin to our email adress or by sms.They send VP to our postal address and that's the only bad issues.
@bunnybon7 (26032)
• Holiday, Florida
26 Feb 13
its not a scam. ive been there for 2 yrs or so and have never had a problem. but i do live in the USA. its where they are based. so as others have said, its likely because you live in india and/or have a miscommunication there.
• India
27 Feb 13
Thanks for the positive comment and yeah since am residing in India,i guess it might take some months to cashout my earnings from SB.
• India
26 Feb 13
i never cash out this ,i try then i see.
• India
27 Feb 13
Hi Mr.Breaker,it's a side where you collect points and redeem it for amozon or paypal cash.
@bjc66bjc (6746)
• United States
26 Feb 13
I am to late getting this post, however it really dosen't matter because I just unscribed earlier today,,not because I found them to be a scam but to be honest, I had not idea what they were about,,,so I said let me let this go and I did...
• India
27 Feb 13
You collect points called Swagbucks,and after you have 500SB,then redeem it for $5 amazon gift card,or 700SB for $5 paypal cash. You collect swagbucks by playing or entering SB game tournaments.
@singlemommy (2953)
• United States
26 Feb 13
I have been paid several times by Swagbucks. In fact, last month I cashed out $25 to my paypal account. I had been saving for a long time. I use Swagbucks as often as I have time to do and I think considering how much effort I have put into it, I've done really well. I know many people who have alot of time on their hands and make really good at it.
• India
26 Feb 13
Yeah i agree because you're from US and I am not. I am just confuse why they are sending me US post mail. I live in India and they should aware of this,and why they are'nt sending India post mail to me,and which means i will never recieve a US post mail to India.
@Nursefrai06 (2498)
• Penrith, Australia
26 Feb 13
You said before that you've earned lots from swag bucks and now it a scam? You even wanted me as referral. LOL. is this serious?
• India
26 Feb 13
Yeah,but is not available for your country,but recently India,and i just can't say why they are sending me US post mail instead of India post mail or Verification Pin via sms this time.