Clout Bucks is another site that claims to "pay you for nothing" - credits $25 to your account just for signing up with it, $30 for completing a task, and so on. But no matter how much you earn, it will never let you cash it out. Unfortunately that's not the only problem - my CloutBucks review will explain how this site tries to access your personal information and potentially harm your computer.
Clout Bucks Review
Data harvesting / phishing scam
Clout Bucks, Pty Ltd.
Clout Bucks is one of many sites that claim to be a "social influencer platform". These sites encourage users to join by offering money, and encourage them to share on social media by offering more money.
They particularly target regular social network users to satisfy their hunger for recognition; the more you share, the more you get paid.
They claim to pay you $25 just for joining, pay you $2 each time you share the link on your social account, and $10 each time your follower joins via your link. They also claim to pay $30 each time you complete a "task", which is typically to answer a fake survey.
The home page says "Earn $500 Today!" It is possible for you to earn that kind of amount in one day - on paper. In your Clout Bucks account.
What they do is simply, never pay you. Your account balance will grow continuously as you keep sharing and do the tasks. But you'll never be able to cash it out. Your payment request will be simply ignored, your complaints will be ignored. When there are enough people complaining across social media and things seem to become uncontrollable, they'll take the site down and disappear.
There's Only One Thing They're After
You might think, surely that's illegal! Yes it is, and they don't care. The company names are fake, everything is fake, and they can disappear anytime they want.
There's only one thing they're after. Users' sensitive data. By signing up using them, you'll be giving your name and email address to them. Friends and followers that you refer to will sign up and give their name and address. All that information is likely to be sold to third party advertising companies.
Upon signing up, they'll urge you to enter your payment method - PayPal, Cash App, Bitcoin or Mailed Check "so that they can pay you". The truth is, whatever the information you give will be used fraudulently.
If you are a desktop user, your security software may warn you of the phishing threat.
Phishing usually refers to an email message that pretends to be from an authority site. You are tricked into visiting a fake site and voluntarily giving out your sensitive information.
For example an email "from PayPal" asking you to update your account information; it may look real, but the sender's address is something like firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com (instead of firstname.lastname@example.org). If you click the link, you'll be taken to a bogus site where you are asked to enter your login ID and password first. So the risk is that you may give out your security data to a scammer unknowingly.
Clout Bucks is similar. All the "tasks" listed there look attractive - shopping vouchers with a large amount, game consoles or smartphone to win, PLUS a $30 payment to you upon completion.
The catch is - the catch is everything. If you believe all this, you'll be giving out your personal data - effectively saying "please hack me"!
When you click to choose a task, you'll be directed to a third party site where you are required to enter your personal data before anything starts. If you don't enter your address, they can't send your winning prize, so you may be happy to give out whatever requested - phone number, street address, etc. All of which will be passed on to third-party advertising spammers.
Your task is typically to ask survey questions, which are endless. During the survey, another (fake) prize draw invitation might pop up, which may also be attractive, so you enter your personal detail all over again, which will be sold to some more spammers. Of course you will never win any of the prizes because they're fake. The $30 will be added to your Clout Bucks account, but this "easy money" is not real. You can never cash it.
You can see the testimonials are made up - the domain "cloutbucks.com" was only registered in May 2019, but two of the testimonials are from 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Think about it - if there'd been such an easy way to make money by doing virtually nothing (merely sharing on social media and answering surveys) and had been going on for the past 3 years - it would have been absolutely viral, don't you think? Real people would have left much more realistic comments. Not one from 3 years ago, another one from 2 years ago.
Not The First, Won't Be The Last
Clout Bucks is not the first of its kind. There have been many other data harvesting sites out there, such as Kids Earn Cash, Notion Cash, Money Rewards, Viral Pay, Referral Pay, etc. You'll notice that they all have almost the same layout and most of them claim that you can make "$500 today".
If you search by name on Twitter, you'll find quite a few complaints from the users. Clout Bucks certainly won't be the last of its kind either. There will be some more for sure.
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There Is No Free Money
So all of this is fake, you're not receiving any money from Clout Bucks. If you still don't believe it, think about it this way...
Whether you work online or offline, betting or gambling, or charity, or free services such as social media... There is a business that makes money, right? If you think about where the money comes from - who's paying for it - then it might make sense to you a little more.
Social Media Networks
You can use them for free. The networks make money from advertising, and they use that money to provide a free platform to users. For example, Facebook made $55 billion from advertising income in 2018. They have enough money to pay for the running costs. But do they ever give you cash? Never.
You know, you might win, and if you win, someone else will lose. Gambling companies takes a % of handling fees from you. Because that's their business. Do they ever give you cash for nothing? No, but they might give you some cash to use upon joining for the first time. You can't just take the money and walk away without betting. So it's just equivalent to a cashback, or discount.
Registered charity groups use the money for good causes, they don't give out cash to random people (stating the obvious!) And where does the money come from? They work hard to raise the fund, asking corporates to become their sponsors and individuals to make donations.
How do they make money? By selling goods/services. Do they ever give out cash to customers? Almost never. They give some cash back - they always make sure that the cash they give (lose) will be spent on their products/services (gain) later on.
How do affiliate marketers (like me) make money? To help people by recommending online products/services, and receive commissions from the retailers. Do these retailers give me any money? Never, unless I help them make sales and receive money from their customers. And lastly - do I (affiliate marketer) give anyone money randomly?
No, because that wouldn't be unethical. When I donate, I donate to a recognized, registered charity, to make sure it's used for a good cause.
I hope you agree with all I just said and by now, you know Clout Bucks or any companies never give out cash to anybody for doing something that's hardly making them money (such as sharing the link on social media).
Clout Bucks Pros and Cons
No pros. Really not. Don't believe any of it.
Clout Bucks Review: Conclusion
Clout Bucks is a data phishing scam. I don't recommend you to sign up and give your real identity. Otherwise most likely, your email will be sold and you'll start receiving unsolicited emails.