I’m pretty much a sucker for free money any day of the week, but when a site asks me for things like my SSN it usually sends me packing. I’ve tried a few sites for the free money thing, namely sendearnings.com, which turned out to be a sham. Not a sham because they don’t pay, but really because you have to make $30 before they’ll send you a check, which one learns quickly, would take forever regardless of the $5 sign-up bonus. Every “paid email” shells out about a penny, and many of the paid surveys allow you to spend 15 minutes taking the whole thing and then tell you you’re the wrong demographic at the very end. Infuriating.
So with this in mind, I hear about Revolution Money Exchange, a service targeting facebook users, etc that want to send money to each other. This service is shelling out $25 to everyone that signs up, with an additional $10 going to every referral. This certainly seemed too good to be true, so I did a little research. I find out there are supposedly some big hitters on the board and that this is really a front to try to garner potential users for the Revolution Card. With this in mind I begin the sign-up process, but stop dead in my tracks when I see a “Social Security Number” box. Time for more research before I put that kind of information anywhere. The San Francisco Business Times put my mind to ease the most with this article, but articles like this certainly helped.
I would suggest reading those links for your own edification, but long story short, the site is actually legit and its credit card seems really interesting and innovative. I’m not going to lie, I wanted this to be real and useful so bad because I seriously hate PayPal after they jacked $430 from me without warning. Regardless, I have an account, so if you’d be so kind as to post your email in the comments I’ll send you a referral email so we both win! I’m waiting for my bank account to clear, but I’ll post as soon as that happens.