How the scam works:
You've been asked before to choose between your partner and your video games--and you've chosen video games at least once. As you're flipping through the paper between marathon gaming sessions, you come across an ad from companies looking for new game testers. Titles like "Video game tester" or "Game testing jobs" will definitely catch your attention.
It would mean you get to do what you love, and get paid for it - unbelievable pay, too. The ads promise the tester between $70-$150/ hour.
You also get to try out games before they are even released - talk about a dream come true! All you need to do is fork over a one-time fee and you'll be gaming for a living--or so you think. When they don't call after mailing in the fee, you know you've been duped.
In a different variation of the scam, the subject is an XBOX Infinity give-away. Criminals set up Facebook pages claiming to be from Microsoft. "Microsoft needs testers for the upcoming Xbox Infinity. You will get to keep the Xbox Infinity after you've tested it.", claims the page. Clicking on the link will not only create a spammy campaign on your friends' walls but you might even get malware in your computer.
How to avoid:
Yes, it's true there are companies out there who do have the budget for game testers. But the pay will be minimal, usually $9 to $10/hour. It also helps to do a bit of research on the company so you know whether it's a dream come true, or just a dream. Always rely on reputable companies that provide these kind of deals. One of the most trustful and lucrative out there is Gaming Jobs Online, which you can access HERE.
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