Not long after the ink dried on our post about buying and selling likes on Facebook, we received a rather entertaining pitch that raises even more red flags: Get paid to post comments.
The question is, who pays whom in this scheme.
The email offers the bait of $25 an hour for commenting on walls, then links to a website — the link’s toward the bottom of this post — that buries the switch at the bottom of the homepage: Before you can see any of the opportunities, you need to pay $4.95 for a three-day training program. And if you don’t cancel after that initial period, you’re automatically billed $49.95 a month for membership in a site promising listings of social media jobs.
You don’t need to pay a single penny to access listings of social media jobs.
And we suspect that the $25 an hour for commenting on walls is premised on a minimum number of hourly posts that could well be unrealistic — readers, care to guess what the quota is for postings at this rate?
Before any page administrators get the idea of paying for commenters, let us point out that the same kind of warnings apply here that we’ve offered with respect to paid likes: You get what you pay for, and people can tell the difference between real engagement and fakery.
That said, a copy of the email pitch from Paid Social Media Jobs appears below.