Clout Pay: the cat’s out of the bag, and it seems it’s a scam after all
As a person who automatically shuts down any ad offers promising easy money, I was appalled by the website cloutpay.co from the very first sight. I guess you don’t even have to test their registration and services real-time (like many reviewers actually did) to know what you’re dealing with.
Warning! Clout Pay has changed the name to Paid4Clout and its URL to paid4clout.com. However, its fraudulent nature remained unchanged.
Is Clout Pay legit?
Here are some reasons I wouldn’t recommend even trying Clout Pay out.
- Too loud claims. The so-called “#1 influencer network” promises easy money in amounts that are just too good to be true. $25 for your free sign-up and $10-15 for every referral unconditionally is too generous even for eccentric billionaires. In addition, the network appeals to the names of globally known reputed businesses such as Forbes, Fox News, McDonalds, etc. Naturally, if you google the term Clout Pay in connection with any of those names, you’ll find nothing. I honestly tried.
- Fake recommendations. You may see some written and video feedback praising the service. One of them features a teenager claiming to earn more than his parents by leveraging social network connections. Just wondering, how many followers and friends could he actually have while not being a celebrity of any kind? We could assume his parents have really low-paid jobs, but I still question the guy’s ability to invite hundreds of new users on a monthly basis.
In one of the YouTube recommendations, the girl made a slip of the tongue calling the service “Clout Bucks”. This one also claims to be #1 influencer network, being, in fact, a well-known fraudulent website. The two services probably have the same creators.
- No verifiable information. The network claims to have existed since 2015, but the oldest mentions of it on the Internet only date back to about a month ago. Their so-called 24-hour customer support doesn’t even have a contact number, only an email. Their contact page displays an error, so neither the address nor names of any employees are available.
- Absence of ads. Money is said to be generated from ad-spend revenue for sponsorship products. However, the website doesn’t have a single ad, not even a pop-up one. It clearly gets their revenue from somewhere else, like phishing personal data from naïve users.
- Social media comments. There are numerous complaints from Facebook users who gave it a try and were frustrated. Some people couldn’t complete the network’s tasks (which must bring even more money) such as surveys or checking product offers. Others completed the tasks and have been waiting for their rewards in vain. Many users don’t see their referrals in their account dashboard. Not to mention various bloggers who reviewed the service and openly warn it’s a scam.
- No SSL. To top it all, the dashboard area page does not have a secure socket layers (SSL) sign. The green lock next to the URL symbolizes that information goes through securely protected channels, but cloutpay.co doesn’t belong to this category. Are you really ready to enter your PayPal or check-mailing details to an insecure website?
So, what is Clout Pay?
Basically, it is one of many online phishing schemes aimed at stealing one’s personal information. Whether it’s your bank details or just your names and contacts, there are people out there ready to pay for sensitive data.
They may send you spam messages, notifications of fake rewards, and make all those annoying marketing calls. In the worst cases, they could get access to your full bank credentials and steal your money at once. Therefore, think twice when you see another incredible offer of money given out for clicks and links. It’s a modern version of the Field of Miracles story. Do you remember how that ended up for Pinocchio?