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Yesterday, I posted a review of a site called Cash Junky which promised to pay you $50 signup bonus and $15 for every friend you referred.
While doing my research on that site, I found out about another similar site called Royalty Bucks.
The sites aren’t just similar – they’re practically the same site, hosted on a different domain under a different name.
Basically, everything I said about Cash Junky in that review applies to Royalty Bucks and I concluded that Cash Junky was a scam.
In this Royalty Bucks review, I’m not going to write the same review I wrote about CashJunky. Instead I’m just going to give the main points I wrote about that site that proves it is a scam.
Here are 10 reasons why you should stay away from Royalty Bucks and other programs just like it.
1. How Many #1 Influencer Networks Can There Be?
Royalty Bucks, like CashJunky and Cashcrates and Plenty Bread and… a whole bunch of others, claim to be the #1 influencer network online. They all have the same story and operate in exactly the same manner.
There are dozens of clones of the same site possibly operated by the same person or a group of people making the same empty promises and claiming to be #1. There can only be one #1 of anything and by some standard.
Royalty Bucks doesn’t make this claim on it’s homepage but many of the ones that came before it like Cashcrates did. I’ve seen people who are trying to refer these sites in an effort to make money include the “#1 influencer network” line in their ads.
2. You Must Be 99 Years Old To Participate
This is probably the clearest evidence that something shady is going on here.
“If you are under the age of 99, you are not allowed to use the Royalty Bucks sites and features nor our services.”
This is a legal piece of text which Royalty Bucks owners can use to claim the right to not have to pay out any money that you may have earned.
3. Where Are They Located Exactly?
Royalty Bucks has an FAQ where they answer some frequently asked questions about their site.
One of the questions was about their location. Their answer was:
Our address can be found on the contact us page. We’re a company located out of the Netherlands.from Royalty Bucks FAQ
I couldn’t find a contact page for Royalty Bucks which is another red flag that could mean they don’t want to be contacted.
However, on their About page, there is a photo of a check and a letter from Royalty Bucks that is addressed from the Netherlands.
Right above that though, there is a bit of confusion.
Headquartered in El Segundo, California, RoyaltyBucks is a subsidiary brand of RoyaltyBucks, PTY. a leading Internet and media company that operates multiple customer engagement brands.from Royalty Bucks About page
Apparently now they’re located in California.
The entire About page text, not surprisingly, is a direct copy of the CashJunky About page. Can they both be in El Segundo, California?
How can a “leading Internet and media company” not know where they’re from?
4. Never Mentioned by BuzzFeed. Or Forbes.
When lesser known companies want people to trust their product or service, they let people know where they’ve received press coverage.
Maybe Oprah mentioned them on her show. Or they’ve been interviewed on Forbes. Or TechCrunch did an article on their product.
This gives them credibility and readers feel a lot safer giving that product a chance.
Royalty Bucks includes an “as seen on” section on their homepage to make people think that they’ve had press coverage on some big sites like BuzzFeed, Save the Student, ABC, The Huffington Post and The Penny Hoarder.
If Royalty Bucks had been mentioned by Save The Student or The Penny Hoarder, I would probably be writing an entirely different article.
But I checked out all 5 websites to see what they said about Royalty Bucks and none of them even mentioned the website.
I also checked Forbes and Yahoo but they weren’t mentioned there either. Some people referring Royalty Bucks include these sites to try to convince others that Royalty Bucks is indeed a legit site receiving major press coverage.
Royalty Bucks is lying about where they’re getting press from. They aren’t getting any but most people will not try to confirm this.
5. Who Owns Royalty Bucks Is a Mystery
Scammers rarely show their faces. If you wanted to know who owned Royalty Bucks, you should be able to go to their About page and at least get some info on who they really are.
Want to know who’s writing this review? I include my name on each article I write and I also have an about page which has my photo and an explanation of who I am and how I can help you.
So who owns Royalty Bucks?
There is nothing on their about page that says who they really are. No transparency. No face. No contact page. No physical verifiable address.
Their about page just has some vague story they want you to believe.
In face, their about page is an exact copy of CashJunky’s about page. But are exactly the same with only the name changed. How is that possible?
If anything goes wrong, you do not know who is responsible and you cannot report anyone. Do you see whats going on here already?
6. Where Does The Money Come From?
Royalty Bucks promises some really generous payouts.
Real companies that sell real products and offer real services can afford to pay $50. Even companies that offer $50 on a CPA payout know they’ll make the money down the line on every customer they sign up.
But Royalty Bucks promises a $50 bonus on signup, plus $2 per click, plus $15 to the referring user. Then without any paid membership levels, they’ll pay $50 for surveys, $25 if you read a review, 10% of what your referrals make and a bunch of other easy money tasks.
Why not pay a $5 bonus on signup, 5 cents per click, $5 for referring your friends, $2 per survey and $1 for reading reviews?
They have no intention of paying so they can offer whatever they want. It looks more attractive to say they’re paying $50 than $5.
Royalty Bucks make their money when people do the surveys on the task wall. When you put your credit card info in to complete a free trial offer, they get whatever the agreed commission is from the advertiser – about $5 – $50 depending on the offer and how much information needs to be given.
They aren’t making enough to pay all the money people think they’re making doing simple tasks. But it’s a nice incentive to get you to play along.
I just don’t understand why more people don’t question this more. There are no paid membership levels on Royalty Bucks so how can they offer $67 every time someone signs up to their site?
7. They Send You To Review Sites They Own
Review sites are a great source of information on any product or service when you’re trying to figure out if the product or service is worth your time or money.
Inside Royalty Bucks, there is a review wall where you can earn $25 for each review you read about Royalty Bucks.
It would be great if they could add mine but they never will. Unsurprisingly, all of the reviews they send you to are favorable and endorse Royalty Bucks.
By doing some research, looking at the domain names and where they were hosted, I figured out that the review sites belonged to the scammers because they were hosted on the same server as the scammers sites. Not just one of them – all of them.
If the reviews are in the control of the scammers then you’re not going to get the truth you seek. They control the reviews so that you’d be immune to the truth.
They even include articles that warn you about reading blogs like mine. One of the review blogs have an article entitled “Beware of Tricksters” which label blogs like mine as scams.
Here’s an excerpt:
I know times are hard right now and we all are looking for ways to earn money but there are some ways that are just ethically wrong, like lying to the people. I won’t say names but there are lots of blogs that tend to stretch the truth for their own personal gain. Keeping others from making well earned money and promoting their own selfish agenda.from Fraudobserver.co
My “selfish agenda” is to help you avoid scams like Royalty Bucks and point you in the right direction.
When the scammers control the review sites though they’d want you to think they’re on your side even though you’ll eventually figure it out when you request payment.
8. They’re Only a Few Months Old
How long does it take to become the #1 influencer network?
How long has Royalty Bucks been in operation that they were able to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars to users?
How long have they been operating for big media sites like BuzzFeed and Forbes to take notice?
You would think maybe at least a couple of years right?
The Royalty Bucks domain name just like the CashJunky domain name has only been in existence since October 2020 and both sites launched in early November 2020. This is about 3 months.
3 whole months! So this is some more proof that they’re lying about everything.
9. Fake Payment Proofs
How do we know that Royalty Bucks is paying it’s users?
Just look at the payment proof collage they posted on the site, right?
Well, this must mean that people are getting their money. Except, people aren’t getting paid and this collage is the work of an expert graphic designer.
I compared the Royalty Bucks payment proofs collage with the one from CashJunky and both are the same except they switched around some of the photos and made them both unique by adding different elements and emojis.
But look closer and you’ll see both have the same photos in the collage. It’s easier to spot when you look at the ones with similar numbers.
- The $208 payment both say “I told y’all this site not fake…”.
- The $816 payment both say “I just made my rent…”.
- The $988 payment has a message written in the same font that I can’t make out clearly.
I could go on. On each photo they just use the applicable logo.
This to me is proof that no one is getting paid because then you would just use the real payment proof that paid Royalty Bucks users are sending in.
10. No One is Getting Paid
Depends on who you asked though. My friend who wanted me to join CashJunky said that her friend got paid. She just joined though so she hasn’t been paid as yet.
Royalty Bucks as I’ve proven over and over is the same as CashJunky.
Before long, there are going to be questions of ‘when am I going to get paid?’ Then there will be angry complaints of “I haven’t gotten any money from Royalty Bucks’.
It happened with Cashcrates and countless others running the same scam before. It’s the same story with Royalty Bucks.
There are even more things wrong with Royalty Bucks and the numerous clones using this scam model.
I only pointed out these 10 reasons because how many does it take to really convince anyone?
Royalty Bucks, CashCrates, CashJunky, Students Earn Cash, Plenty Bread and all the other so called “#1 Influencer Networks” are all scams promising easy money but will never pay out. Stay clear.
How To Make Money Online the Legit Way
There are plenty of legit ways to make money online without getting scam. The ones that really do pay any substantial amount of money take time, effort and sometimes a little investment – just like any real business would.
You could choose from dropshipping, ecommerce, selling on Amazon, selling on Etsy, blogging, freelance writing or even just doing surveys.
The business model that pays me is called affiliate marketing and this is where I would get paid to promote someone else’s product for a commission.
If you’ve ever searched the internet for reviews before you purchased a product maybe on Amazon, then you’ve probably encountered an affiliate who helped you make your purchase decision.
Learning affiliate marketing is easy and fortunately you don’t have to incur student loan debt just to gain this valuable piece of knowledge.
You can get started with the free lessons from this site which I was also a student of. I’m still a member because they site also has all the tools and resources needed to run an affiliate marketing business even after you’ve completed the training.
There are also lots of stuff you will still learn that will help your business grow so you will still get a lot of value from being a member.
Want to tell me about your experience with Royalty Bucks? Have questions about what I posted here? Let’s here your feedback in the comment section below.