Did you check your mailbox this morning? There’s a good chance that you saw some random flyers, a random letter from a bank telling you to apply for a credit card, and more bills than you would really like to have. That’s pretty typical. What if you could get a few envelopes filled with cash too?
That’s effectively the promise of SurfMoney, a system that describes itself as “the most lucrative money making opportunity on the Internet.” Does it really live up to the claim? And what’s with all the cash videos? All that and more in today’s review.
Your Own Personal Cash Machine
We’ve seen a lot of products and systems on the web that promise you all kinds of riches. They say that you can work from the comfort of your home. They say that it’s a turnkey business that anyone can run. SurfMoney does that too, but its system is meant to be completely automated “and real.”
The first thing that hits you when you visit the SurfMoney website is a brief video. In that video, we watch a guy count the cash that he has received through SurfMoney. There are literally thousands of dollars in cash on that table. Other videos on the site do the same thing… and they’re all rather low quality videos.
This is meant to add credibility to the SurfMoney system, showing that regular people really are profiting from it. The trouble is that it really tells you nothing about how SurfMoney works and how these people got the money in the first place. To do that, you need the 30-minute workshop. And to access the workshop, you need to pick up the phone.
The Initial Phone Call
When you try to access the workshop, you’re shown a password-protected page. To get the password, you need to call the phone number on the main SurfMoney page. Interestingly, the call is automated. You get a recorded message that’s over seven minutes in length; it is only after about six minutes that are you told the password to get into the workshop page. (I’ll save you the time; the password is “freedom” without the quotes.)
The recorded message is effectively a rewording of the initial sales page. I found this step to be more annoying that anything, especially if there are people who want to sign up from overseas.
So, what’s the workshop? There are “3 steps to success” on that page. The first is the workshop itself. You can listen to it by calling a phone number and getting the recording. Alternatively, the audio can be streamed from the workshop webpage too. The second step is to watch a couple of videos embedded on that page. And third, you call “Gail” to “get answers to your questions” before finally joining SurfMoney.
So, How Does It Actually Work?
I had my apprehensions and they effectively came true. SurfMoney is a system where every member gets their own subdomain off the main SurfMoney website and this subdomain is automatically populated with the same information as everyone else. After you sign up, the first referral you send goes toward the SurfMoney people to “qualify” your account.
From then on, your referrals effectively pay you and this carries down the line for people they refer too. There are different “levels” where people can sign up and you only get the cash up to the level that you selected. Here’s a chart explaining the system.
In the FAQ and other documentation, SurfMoney is quick to point out that this isn’t a pyramid scheme, but it is rather “referral marketing.” I say it’s a matter of semantics, but the goal here is to sign up people who give you money so that they, in turn, can sign up other people who will give them money.
A Money-Making Scheme or Scam?
I’m always skeptical about money-making schemes where they really don’t tell you anything about how it works until you’ve already moved several layers into their pitch. SurfMoney isn’t new and neither is the fundamental concept that is at its foundation. Yes, it’s turnkey and yes, there are likely several folks who have made good money from it. Whether or not SurfMoney can legitimately work for you depends on if you’re willing to work it.