Be Careful When Choosing Paid Blogging Companies

I must say, in some ways this one doesn’t surprise me – a paid blogging company that turned out to be a scam. The scam artists are always willing to take up the latest way to legitimately earn money and turn it to their advantage, after all.

It appears that a company called Bloggerwave is one such scam. They paid the owner of Top 10 Tech with a fraudulent PayPal account.

Many people who had watched Bloggerwave from the start weren’t too surprised. Bloggerwave had essentially copied PayPerPost’s text for their home page. Obviously that would be a very bad sign.

This kind of scam has two dangers for the unaware. The first is the obvious loss of income for the blog post you wrote. However, there are more dangers to consider.

Think about the personal information you may have provided. In this particular case, Bloggerwave did not require a Social Security Number. In some ways that could be seen as a warning flag, as a legitimate company would need it for tax reasons, but at the same time not asking means that at least people don’t have to worry about these scammers having their SSN. You should only ever share your SSN if you are confident that you are dealing with a legitimate company.

Now think about the password you provided. Many people use the same passwords over and over and over. If you signed up for Bloggerwave and PayPal with the same email address, I can see a potential problem. Very easy for them to try these passwords to see what they get.

This kind of thing is a very good reminder for anyone trying to earn any kind of a living online. If a company is doing something questionable, don’t do business with them. Do everything you can to verify the legitimacy of a company before doing business with them whenever possible. It is very easy to be scammed when you are trying to earn a living at home.

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10 Responses

  1. ZanyNenk says:

    Thank you for the info. This must be the third response (that I encounter) on bloggerwave marking them as scam. Unfortunately I still see plenty of paid posts about the site and Masterseek, two of the mere three tasks they offer for two months now, since their inception. Though the variety of tasks doesn’t matter if they are a thought out scam, right from the start. It only proves the fraud.

  2. Laurie says:

    Good Warning, Stephanie. It’s sad that there are people like this out there.

  3. Stephanie says:

    It won’t surprise me to see more people blogging about them. Using a fraudulent PayPal account is quite devious, as it takes a little more time for the problem to show, so people get excited that they got paid, posting positive things at that point.

  4. Tim says:

    I haven’t been paid either. Blogged at length about it, linked above. All we can do at this point is get the word out. Wish I knew more about how to get their USP to shut them down, but I’m a lost-babe-in-the-woods when it comes to that stuff.

  5. lauritsen says:

    Just to fill you in. The account: have been activated.
    We received the following email from Paypal, dated may, 24. 2007:

    Dear Ulrik Svane,

    Thank you for contacting PayPal in relation to the limitation that was
    placed on your account, my name is Gemma.

    Firstly I would like to apologise for the inconvenience that this
    limitation has caused you Mr.Svane and we greatly appreciate your

    After reviewing your account it shows that the restriction was reviewed
    and your account has been restored.

    I do sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please let me
    know if you need further assistance.

    Resolution Services Department
    PayPal, an eBay Company

    Copyright © 1999-2007 PayPal. All rights reserved. PayPal (Europe) Ltd.
    is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the
    United Kingdom as an electronic money institution. PayPal FSA Register
    Number: 226056. PayPal (Europe) Limited is registered in England & Wales
    with registration number 4056498 and registered office at Hotham House,
    1 Heron Square, Richmond Upon Thames, Surrey TW9 1EJ.

    End of email.

    Furthermore everybody where paypal have reverted the payment have received their payment by now. And that is FROM THE SAME PAYPAL ACCOUNT: – this should prove me point.

    All this is due to a mistake from paypal. I we at bloggerwave hope that you will all continue working with us.

    I hope you will respond to this message…..

  6. BSN says:

    Ulrik – why aren’t you returning e-mails? You never even ATTEMPTED to pay me, and never responded to any of my emails.

  7. Stephanie says:

    Bloggerwave, thanks for the update. Everyone else, you can read more from the person who originally had the problem at his site here and here. I think he does a great job covering the situation.

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