Be Cautious Before Trusting

Beware the ever-enticing free money offer! A new website, “” is claiming to pay you for posting their link to your social media sites.  Every time someone clicks that link from your page, you earn $1.50. Seems like fast, easy cash, right? Indeed, but it also seems too-good-to-be-true.

youthearning com 300x189 Be Cautious Before Trusting YouthEarning.comBBB investigators are looking into the matter further, but here is what we know at this time (which causes concern):

  • The website was just created in May 2013
  • The URL is registered through by someone in Panama
  • The registrant’s identity is hidden
  • There is no address or phone number on the site
  • You can only communicate with them via email at
  • The website is replete with grammatical errors
  • The dollar amounts aren’t listed in USA format

There is no concrete evidence that this website is a scam, but BBB advises you to proceed with caution.  When it comes to suspicious links and easy money offers, BBB recommends the following tips:

If it seems too-good-to-be-true, it probably is. Don’t set yourself up for “clickjacking” by going to the website in the first place. Stay away from teasers for sensational videos (Click here to see shocking footage!) and offers that are too good to be real (Free Hawaiian vacations!).

Update your web browsedfadfa 300x130 Be Cautious Before Trusting YouthEarning.comr. The newest versions of browsers have security updates that warn you of suspicious websites.

Log out of websites. Many clickjacking scams take advantage of web users’ habit of staying logged into sites like Facebook or Amazon. This makes it easier for scammers to “like” or even purchase something in your name.

Don’t believe what you see. It’s easy to steal the colors, logos and header of any other established organization. Just because a site looks real, it does not mean it is.

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About Katie Burgoyne

I am the Communications Intern for the Council of Better Business Bureaus in Arlington, VA. I hail from Northern VA and am currently a senior at Villanova University majoring in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations.