News General Review – Quick Cash or Scam?
Looking for some quick cash? I hear from lots of people who are, and that’s why sites like News General attract a lot of attention. News General claims that it’s a source that works with news agencies to get people to read their articles. In order to draw more attention to these articles, News General says the agencies are willing to pay people to read them, and they, in turn, share that money with you.
According to the News General site, you can earn upwards of $175 per day reading news articles. That sounds pretty promising, especially since it only takes about ten minutes to read $175 worth of articles. Of course, these things often sound too good to be true. Is News General a scam? Read on for the full News General review.
News General Overview
News General is owned by the same company that owns dozens, or maybe even hundreds of Websites devoted to news and surveys. They’ll pay you $5 for every article you read, and you can read up to 35 articles per day. To get started with News General, you just have to sign up, which just takes a minute or two. You only need to add an email address and a password, and you don’t have to confirm either one. Just enter them once and you’re in.
To get started, just click on the “read news” link at the top of the page. You’ll see a list of news articles, and each article will note the time that it was posted and the amount of money that you’ll be paid when you read it. When I signed up and last checked, each article paid $5. To read an article, just click on the headline and you’ll be taken to a new page where you can read the “full” article. I put “full” in quotes, because the full article often consists of nothing more than the headline. There’s no other text, and no link to the full article. The headline is it.
Once you’ve read that, you need to click the “OK” button. Then a simple math problem appears, such as “25+10=” You just fill in the answer, and once you do, you’ll see $5 added to your News General account balance. Then you can read another article, and you can repeat this process over and over – up to 35 times per day. Since reading 35 articles will likely take you 10-15 minutes, tops, you’ll see that the money adds up in a hurry.
According to News General, you can earn even more by sharing the affiliate link they provide to you with friends and relatives. If they sign up using your link, you’ll receive $150 for each signup, plus 15% of their earnings when they read news. If you get just one other person to read 35 articles per day, you’ll earn $35 from them, in addition to the $175 you earned for reading articles yourself. If you share the link a lot, you can easily add $2000 or more per week to your account.
To get paid, News General says they need either your PayPal, Payza or Skrill account credentials. They say that you need at least $2300 in your account to get paid, and that it will take 14 working days to get paid once you ask for a payout.
That all sounds terrific. It’s easy money, you have ways of earning even more, and they can pay you right to your PayPal account. What’s not to like?
What’s not to like, unfortunately, is the fact that News General will not pay you. You can run up $2300 in your account, or $10,000 or $100,000. It doesn’t matter. When you ask to get paid, nothing will happen.
The company that owns News General says they’ve been online since 2014, but the site was actually registered in late 2015. They’re registered in Russia, and the company also owns dozens, or perhaps hundreds of similar sites, with some in English and many in other languages. They’re running a worldwide enterprise here, but all of their sites have one thing in common – they don’t pay anyone for reading news.
And why would they? News Agencies don’t need to pay people to read their news. The news is their product. It’s what they sell to make money. They’re not going to give it away, and they’re certainly not going to pay you to take it. Not only that, but the “articles” aren’t even articles at all. They’re just headlines, and occasionally one other short sentence. There’s no news there, and no link to the Website of any news agency to read the full article even if you wanted to. There’s certainly no reason to think that anyone would pay money to get someone to look at only a headline, and no reason that a news agency would pay a third party to get someone to do that.
What’s really going on with News General? I can take a few guesses. The best guess is that they’re harvesting email addresses. You need to provide one to sign up and if you use a different one for PayPal, you’ll need to provide that, too. Given that these sites are registered in Russia, it’s not unreasonable to assume that they are building a huge mailing list so that they can send people lots of spam. If they’re not doing it themselves, it’s possible that they’re selling the list to people who are sending out spam.
It’s also possible that they’re trying to hack PayPal accounts. Lots of people have poor passwords, and if you get a few thousand PayPal email addresses, chances are good that they’ll be able to successfully hack a few of them.
What they’re not doing is paying people.
News General Conclusion
Can you make money reading news articles at News General? No, you can’t. You won’t get paid, and you won’t even learn anything, as the news articles don’t contain enough information to be useful. News General is just wasting your time and stealing your email address, and if you share the affiliate link that News General provides with your friends and relatives, they’ll have their email addresses, too.
There are ways to make money online that work better than News General. I’d try one of them instead.
News General is not recommended.