Buxify.co is another scam site, claims to be #1 influencer network and to pay the users a large amount of money for barely doing nothing. It also claims to have over 225,000 members and paid out $68 million so far - none of it is true. The website was only first created in October 2019, initially named it "Buckify" by the looks of it and made up fake payment proofs with that name, then changed the site name to Buxify. The following Buxify review will explain how this site unethically deceits users to make affiliate commissions by selling personal data.
Data harvesting scam
What Is Buxify (Buckify)?
Buxify calls itself an influencer network. But if you have been on social media for a while and know what an influencer means, you know Buxify is clearly not such a network because the site has no quality that sells.
Buxify is partnered with fake advertising agents. Their notorious aim is to get as many people to sign up and complete as many "tasks" including fake surveys and prize competitions. Users are required to give out all their personal information (full name, email, street address, phone number, gender and date of birth) every time they complete a task. With this way;
- The fake ad agents will sell personal data to multiple other advertisers, and
- Buxify will receive a small commission (usually $1-$2) each time a user completes a "task".
Now Buxify claims to pay users $50 each time they complete a task. Of course, the claim is totally false. The whole system is too good to be true; Buxify only receives $1-$2 from the ad agency. How can it pay $50? It's impossible.
What Buxify will do is tremendously simple - it just won't pay. When a user sends a withdrawal request, Buxify will simply ignore it. It won't respond to any of the users' emails, but will block their access instead and eventually shut down the site.
What Are The False Promises?
- Signup bonus - Upon joining Buxify, you'll already see a $50 bonus added to your account.
- Referral commission - You'll be provided with your unique referral link. Every time you place the link on your social post, $2 will be added. And each time someone (i.e. your social follower) clicks the link and join Buxify, your account will receive $15.
- Task Wall - Here, you'll see a list of "tasks". But they're all fake prize competitions, such as "win $1,000 Walmart gift card" "win a brand new iPhone", etc. Your tasks are to answer ridiculously simple questions and give out your personal detail. As I mentioned already, this is the core part of the data harvesting scam. These fake ad agencies use your detail to send out unsolicited (spam) messages.
- Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat - $50 will be added to your Buxify account if you place your referral link to Buxify on your Instagram bio, create a YouTube video to promote Buxify, or promote the link on Snapchat each time.
It is clear that the scammer is targeting naïve new users who believe that there may be such a magical way to make money online. To make it look authentic to them, when a new user signs up, the first thing it asks is how they want to get paid - via PayPal, CashApp, by Bitcoin or by check. But there is no such a payment arrangement.
Same Platform, Same Scam Technique
Now Buxify does not have the terms or privacy pages and does not even say who owns it (usually says something like, "we are Buxify Pty Ltd., based in Melbourne, Australia.") Perhaps they've finally realized there's no point in trying to make it look real. People who fall for such unrealistic get-rich-quick scams won't be interested in legal pages or who owns the site, anyway. Waste of time faking something unnecessary.
Fake "Payment Proofs"
Buxify has two separate "payment proof" pages - one page shows payment notification messages from Buckify, the other page shows exactly the same payment notification messages but from Buxify. It's clear that they're not genuine but tampered. The scammer would have made these up using graphic software.
Also, these fake payment notifications are dated in August. But Buxify is a brand new site, only first registered in October 2019. There is no way it can have any substantial number of members, let alone make any payments where there is no proof of the resources.
Can We Sue Buxify?
If you've already spent days seriously trying to "earn" money with Buxify, you may feel disappointed or perhaps angry now that you know you're not getting a cent out of this fake membership. But I wouldn't waste any more time trying to get legal advice, and I'll tell you why.
Technically, Buxify is not a scammer. It's not a criminal - it hasn't stolen money from you. The worst it's done to you is to lie; they say "We'll pay you" but they won't pay, that's all it is. Imagine an 8-year old kid says to you "Follow me on Twitter, and I'll give you $50." You follow him and of course, he's not gonna pay you $50. You see where I'm going? Would you sue this boy? You wouldn't. Not only because he's just a kid, but because following someone on Twitter is not a "job that's worth $50".
What you've done with Buxify is sharing a link here & there, and answer some silly questions. It's barely a job. You don't deserve to get paid. If you were to sue Buxify, that would be the verdict - the judges would order Buxify to pay you what's worth. Barely a few cents.
What's more serious is the risk of your personal data spreading across the internet. Most of the advertisers found in "Task Wall" are in breach of data protection, they use fake "winning prizes" for bait and get you to fill in your name, address and phone number. You would think that they meed the full detail in case you win the prize so that they can post it to you. There are no such prizes - gift cards for a high value, game consoles and brand new phones/tablets - none of them exists.
Instead, they'll sell your detail to third-party spam companies, then those companies sell it to someone else and so on. How do you know that none of them is a hacker?
When they have your full personal detail including the date of birth, there's so much they can do - get you into debt (pretend to be you and borrow a large sum of money), access your bank account, or get involved with even more serious crimes using your name, etc.
If you've already signed up with these fake prize competitions as part of your "tasks", let's just hope that the worst that happens to you will be to start receiving unsolicited messages and calls and nothing else. Never give out your full detail to any companies that you've never heard of - whenever you're in doubt, always google it.
Make Money with Online Surveys? Forget It!
There are many legit reward programs such as Swagbucks and Clixsense, their "survey walls" offer you some money for answering surveys. They're totally legitimate but there are mainly 2 critical reasons why you shouldn't be expecting much from them;
- They don't pay much - $0.20 - $0.70 per survey if you're lucky. The money's just a small tip, not wages. They're not designed to pay because surveys are run by research companies who are looking for genuine answers from as many people. They don't want the same person to keep participating in for the sake of making money.
- Answering surveys is not a sustainable job. It's repetitive, it's frankly stupid, and you're not learning anything productive from it.
If you search for "ways to make money online", surveys-for-cash always seems to pop up as one of the suggestions, but for the reasons above, it's never really a convincing way to make money.
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