If you’re here to know whether “Earn and Go” is legit or not, then the simple answer is no.
The site is 100% a scam. End of story.
In fact, it is such a scam that I couldn’t find their site. The only things remaining are a measly Facebook page with a paltry 75 likes.
And, a Twitter account with 60 followers.
To make matters worse, the last post on the Facebook page was from the 17th of April, 2020.
And, the last Tweet was from the 15th of March, 2020.
It’s like walking into a wrecked house with black soot on the walls, and the only thing left standing is a small coffee table in the corner with a small picture frame on it. You just know something horrible happened in there.
Then, Why Am I Bothering to Write About Earn and Go?
Because there are plenty of other scam sites just like it out there.
For example, on Earn and Go’s Facebook page, there’s a link to a site called “Crashcrates,” which operates in the same exact way.
In fact, I am willing to bet anyone out there that “Crashcrates” just copied and pasted their Terms and Services from “Earn and Go” without changing much, and that’s assuming that the two sites are run by different people.
So, why beat a dead horse?
Because I don’t want you to get kicked by a live one.
With that said, let’s take a closer look at how “Earn and Go” operated.
Earn and Go’s Official Story
Before we start poking holes in “Earn and Go,” it’s worth talking about their official story.
This used to be their homepage:
They used to claim to be the “#1 Earning Network,” whatever that meant.
Their spiel was that you could earn money on the side whether you were at home, at school, or at work. The only place they didn’t mention was Narnia, but I’m pretty sure they had that covered too.
They also targeted individuals with Instagram accounts, telling them that these accounts could be used to make money.
How They Claimed to Make Money
Their “business model” (and let’s be clear, they had no business model) went as follows…
“Earn and Go” called themselves affiliate marketers.
They claimed to partner with advertisers who wanted to get exposure to a wide audience.
“Earn and Go” would bring in this wide audience by enticing people like you and me to sign up and refer other people, hence making us “influencers.”
And, on the other hand, the advertisers paid for this exposure, and you and I allegedly got a share of this ad revenue.
This was all explained on their “About Us” page:
How Much Money Could You Potentially Make?
If you signed up with them, you got a $50 signing bonus.
After that, they gave you a referral link to share with your friends. Every click on that link earned you $2. And, if you got some poor soul to actually sign up via your link, you made $10.
Other ways you could make more money was by completing different tasks, including completing surveys, playing games, and uploading videos.
Before moving on, you need to understand that these are crazy numbers for pay per click affiliate marketing.
After all, you have to ask yourself: if you’re getting paid $2 for every click on your link, then how much is “Earn and Go” getting paid for that same click?
Whatever that number is, it has to be high enough so that “Earn and Go” can make a profit after subtracting all of its costs.
Most pay per click programs earn pennies per click. The legit ones anyway.
Other Interesting Facts about “Earn and Go”
The site’s “About Us” page was peppered with other interesting aspects.
For instance, they claimed that they began back in 2015 and that they were based out of South London.
They also had a page called “Payment Proof,” which was bursting at the seams with screenshots of people having received payments from “Earn and Go.”
Strangely enough, all the payment amounts were for very weird fractions.
I mean for a company that pays $50, $10, and $2, you’d expect the outgoing payments to be whole sums of money. For example, I thought I’d see people making $880 or $540. You know, whole sums.
Instead, the payment proof page is filled with people making $588.15 and $865.13.
Now, I’m willing to forgive any odd-numbered payments even though all their payments are in even numbers, i.e. that $865 looks suspect but I will let it slide.
What I want to know is what does someone have to do to make those extra 13 cents?
Finally, on their “Contact Us” page, they gave the following email address in case you ever wanted to reach them: email@example.com.
They also had the following physical address:
“Koningin Beatrixstraat 46, De Lier, Zuid-Holland 2678 EE, Netherlands”
Breaking Down the Story
Having gone over the broad strokes, let’s break this story down and highlight every red flag that comes along the way.
1. The Payments Are Too High
When we were all kids, the first lesson we learned was that if anything looks too good to be true, it probably was.
After all, strangers in vans rarely give out candy out of the goodness of their own hearts.
The same goes for this.
2. They Claim to Have Started Back in 2015
This is problematic for a couple of reasons.
First off, if you were to perform a WHOIS search for the domain name “earnandgo.co,” you will find that the site was created on the 18th of October in 2019.
So, how did they start in 2015 if their site was only created in late 2019?
Were they affiliate marketers outside of the internet somehow? Maybe they passed around referral links on little slips of paper?
The second problem is that their Facebook page was created on the 17th of April, 2020.
Does that mean they waited five years to start a Facebook page?
3. They Have a “Payment Proof” Page
For the fans of Game of Thrones out there, there is a scene where Geoffrey, the brat king, feels that a council is getting out of hand, so he screams, “I am the king,” hoping to reign everyone under control.
However, Geoffrey’s grandfather, Tywin, responds with an iconic line:
“Any man who must say ‘I am the king’ is no true king.”
Similarly, any website that has to provide proof of payment is no true website.
Alright, that was a bit over the top. But, showing proof of payment is suspect. After all, if they were legitimate, then there would be no need for proof in the first place.
Websites like Paypal and Upwork have never needed to provide proof of payment.
4. Their Email Address is Bogus
If you were to use any online email verifier, you would not be able to verify their official contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Think about that for a second.
Hypothetically, if I told you that I did not know whether Facebook’s official email for receiving complaints (they don’t have one by the way, which I found very interesting) is unverifiable, you’d justifiably have questions.
5. Their Physical Address is More Confusing Than Their Email Address
Remember, their “About Us” page said that they were based in South London.
But, their “Contact Us” page gave us an address in Holland.
So, which is it?
Are you guys based in the U.K or in the Netherlands?
6. Their “Terms and Conditions” Are a Joke
I know, I know.
No one reads these things anyway.
Even I’m guilty of occasionally hitting that agree button without reading a single word.
For all I know, Apple might have had me agree to give away my firstborn when they turn 18 a la Witcher style, and I’m still none the wiser.
Nevertheless, in this particular case, it might be worth looking at a particular clause in “Earn and Go’s” terms and conditions:
It turns out that anyone under the age of 99 is not allowed to use their site in the first place!
Don’t get me wrong. It’s nice to know that I have a backup plan in case my retirement plan falls through. But, until my age hits triple digits, I think I’m going to look elsewhere for money.
It also makes you think about all those proofs of payments. Retirement homes are probably drowning in all of those 13 and 15 cent centennials they are raking in from sending referral links to one another.
So, What’s the Real Story Here?
Simply put, “Earn and Go” wasn’t in the affiliate marketing business.
It was in the data harvesting business.
It wanted to collect your data and then sell it to advertisers, which can be very lucrative for the site.
Anyone who signed up to their services as “influencers” got the shaft and had their personal information sold.
To make matters worse, when dealing with malicious individuals online, you are always putting yourself at risk.
For example, they might send you a file with a virus, or they might figure out your home address, your phone number, or your credit card number.
This puts you at needless risk.
And, to top it all off, no one got paid. Simply put, “Earn and Go” could have claimed that people were using its site illegally as the Terms and Conditions specified that you had to be over 99 years of age to use their services.
“Earn and Go” is a Cautionary Tale
We started off by asking if “Earn and Go” was legit or not, to which the answer was a clear no.
I even likened the current state of “Earn and Go” to a burned-down house.
But, that wasn’t always the case. When “Earn and Go” started, it had all the hallmarks of a beautiful villa, which is why it was able to pull people in.
How Did “Earn and Go” Pulled People In?
For starters, the site popped up during difficult times.
2020 was a horrible year for many of us. People lost their jobs, and we were all locked in our homes, waiting for things to calm down a bit.
Then, along came a site that promised easy money with little to no effort.
Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity?
“Earn and Go” even went the extra mile by supplying fake testimonials.
If you search for “#earnandgo” on Twitter, you are bound to find several individuals swearing that the site is legit and that they made good money from it.
Additionally, there was a time when “Earn and Go” had more than 3,000 followers on Twitter.
The Ugly Truth
However, if you search again for “#earnandgo” and look at the latest Tweets instead of the top ones, you get a very different picture.
Almost everyone is talking about how much money they are owed by the site and how the site has yet to pay them a single cent.
What’s more, not only has the site’s official page refused to respond to any of these people, but it has also gone the extra mile of blocking them from their page.
And, Up Comes the Ugly Sister: Crashcrates
Today, you have “crashcrates.co,” another site that does the exact same thing as “Earn and Go.”
“Crashcrates” has a payment proofs page. (red flag #1)
Their Terms and Conditions specify that you must be 99 years or older to use their site. (red flag #2)
Their “About Us” page is almost identical to that of “Earn and Go.” (red flag #3)
According to the “Contact Us” page, their physical address is exactly the same as that of “Earn and Go.” (red flag #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9)
Need I go on?
At this point, there are so many red flags surrounding “Crashcrates” that the company itself is turning into a shade of maroon.
Do you really need me to tell you whether “Crashcrates” is legit or not?
The Takeaway Lesson
If you’re going to take away one thing from this post, let it be this:
If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
There are no beautiful women in your area dying to meet you.
There’s no way to make $3,650 an hour without working hard for it.
And, no site will pay you an exorbitant amount just to float a link around the internet.
That said, if you do find a site that promises you the moon and the stars, at least take the time to check their story for inconsistencies. Perhaps, read their Terms and Conditions just to make sure you won’t get caught off guard by the fine print.
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