Like so many other people, I was looking for a way to make some extra money online; I stumbled on a PTC website. It offered a big payout just to click on the links of their advertisers for a required amount of time. All I had to do was wait for the timer to end and then click on a number to confirm that I had spent the required amount of time viewing the site. Wow I just made some easy money! After seeing this, I signed up on more sites similar to this one, but I was only wanted to join ones that paid Big Money, anything from $5 per click to $150 per click. Before I knew it, I had signed up with about 10 different sites! To my knowledge, I was about to make a fortune. I was clicking on about 50 to 75 different links a day! To make even more money, these PTC sites offered me an upgrade. With this I could receive my payout on a weekly basis instead of waiting 30 to 60 days, and earn bonuses for referrals. With referral bonuses, I could get paid up to half of their earnings. They also offered bonuses like laptops, I Phones or even maybe a chance at winning a name brand computer just for upgrading. So I decided to upgrade on three of the sites I was clicking for. The cost was about anywhere from $169 to $200. After watching my earnings increase and not getting paid within the time they was stated on the site, I decided to contact them through their contact page and ask them why haven 鈥檛 I been paid yet? I tried to contact them several times. I was getting mad because my earnings were now in the thousands. Well after so many emails (some threatening them that I would report them), I still got no response. I was livid. Guess I should have known that I was being scammed. I mean not one of the sites I had joined had paid me, not one cent! They all owed me so much money, I could have retired! So what are PTC sites? 鈥?Websites you are paid to click (PTC) on advertiser 鈥檚 links. Advertisers pay to advertise on their websites. The members (us) are paid to click on their links or banners. The ads come up and a timer which is usually found above the ads, counts down the seconds. When the specified time is reached usually 5 to 120 seconds, the member then clicks on a number or something insuring that they have met the time required for that ad then they are allowed to continue on and click on the next link. How do you know which PTC sites are scams? 鈥?First of all, they are usually free to join. PTC sites need members to click on the advertisers sites. That 鈥檚 where most of there money comes from. They are obligated to the advertiser to get people to view there websites for a certain amount of time. They offer a high payout usually 1 to $150 or more per click. If you think about it, If they are paying say $10 per click and allow you to click on 5 to 7 a day, that means you make anywhere from $50 to $70 a day. That does not include what they promise you from upgrading your account. You could get have several referrals beneath you which means you also get half of what they make too. 鈥?Try clicking on the link with the advertisers timing window that says 鈥渞 eport abuse 鈥? this link will take you nowhere. 鈥?Try contacting the owner or admin through there email. You will get no response. If you do, it is probably just an auto responder email. To make sure, try sending a second or third email and see what type of response you get. Chances are it is a replication of the previous one. 鈥?They will try to entice you on paying for an upgrade. Upgrades offer free products, more referrals, and a quicker payout. Make sure you receive a payout with the time they state. Don 鈥檛 allow them to make you wait more then 2 weeks, if you do, you may not be able to get a refund. 鈥?Most PTC scam sites want you to pay through 鈥淟 iberty Reserve, e-Gold, and Moneybookers they try to stay away from Paypal because Paypal has a 45 day refund policy and they are put on alert as a fraudulent site or one that has a lot of dissatisfied customers. 鈥?Take notice if there are continuously advertising their own website that means that are trying to draw in more people to scam. This was part of an ad that came from one from a PTC scam sites: 鈥淭 he process is amazingly simple. Once you create a free account (only 1 account / member), you can start clicking on links we provide. You will view the advertised website for at least 30 seconds. Your earnings will automatically be deposited into your account! Once you reach $50 000, you can withdraw your earnings by Check, LibertyReserve, e-Gold, AlertPay and MoneyBookers 鈥? Think about it, who is going to pay you $50, 000 straight up?? I got up to over $100,000 on some sites and I can still login to these sites and it still shows the so called amount that they still owe me and I will probably never get. This is another message that is sent to members from 鈥渁 dmin 鈥?on several of the PTC sites. Beware of this message also. 鈥淗 i we are receiving a lot of emails "Hi i reach a payout but my button doesn't work etc." That button is available only for Premium Members. If you reach a payout our script will record your username and date (day when you reach payout) to our database and then you need to wait 30 business days for payment. If you want payout instantly your earnings DONT wait 30 bussines days for payout - JOIN to Premium Members and withdraw your earnings instantly within few seconds!鈥? They usually provide a button for Premium Members (members who have upgraded) but that is also a joke. You might get a button but that button means NOTHING. You can click on the button many times but you still don 鈥檛 get a payout! Most sites have a Proof of Payment page It shows a screen print of so called members that have been paid. Now I don 鈥檛 know where they get these names but I would want to be able to email or somehow talk to these individuals. How can you prevent from getting scammed by these sites? 鈥?My advice is not to join them. You 鈥檙 e just wasting your time. But if you think you 鈥檝 e found a legitimate site, check them out first before you join. There are websites that provide list of known PTC sites that have scammed thousands of people. 鈥?Make sure you keep screen prints and some kind of evidence of the scam site. 鈥?Paypal also has a database to check on fraudulent sites you can check out before you join or pay anything. What Can I do if I have been scammed by one of these PTC sites? 鈥?You can report them on a site is called Internet Crime Complaint Center you can fill out a form and report the site. Don 鈥檛 expect to get an immediate response because they receive hundreds of reports like yours everyday but at least they will have your report.