I apologize in advance – This was intended to be a series of articles about different games. However, it has turned into a series of a series of articles. As I complete my research, I have found that things are so far stretched out by these companies, that each article has to be multiple chapters, because each part takes a length of time, I have found out, and as you will learn as we proceed through the series. So, what each part will do, will bring you up to date to where I am in each milestone.
As I begin this series, I have to say first, that we need to step back and remember one of the things that mom and/or dad taught us when we were young – If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true. We could reword it the way my dad would have said it too if you like: “If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably BULLSHIT!” That’s the way most in my family are; they tell it like it is, but, I digress, this is not a story about my family, and how outspoken they may or may not be.
No, this is a story about the growing phenomenon or people claiming to get paid to play games all day long. So, my curiosity piqued, I said to myself, “Let’s go check this out and see what’s going on.” As I said in the introductory post of this new category I have created, Scammers have been around for as long as men and women have been able to communicate with one another.
Sadly, even so-called ministers have stepped into the limelight with their so-called “Miracle Mineral Water”. Of course, that particular one can be dated way back to the early 1800’s with the man traveling the country selling bottles of miracle cure, that would cure any ailment, all for just 25 cents. It’s absolutely criminal that any person in a position of trust would try to sell this garbage, to people who are going to believe based solely on his authority of being a minister. We’ll get into that one in another category of this new section later on though.
Let’s get back to the games now.
THE POP DIAMONDS SCAM
So, curiosity piqued, I did a little search on Google, for “games that pay you real money to play.” I came up with many search results but chose the Pop Diamonds to start with. Trust me when I tell you ahead of time, finding others is going to be the easiest part of the search once you have found the first one.
Anyway, I downloaded the game and started playing it. The first thing you’ll notice in most of these games, is the spelling is incredibly bad. They are primarily games created in China, so perhaps that might be understandable to most people, EXCEPT when you consider the amount of money these people are supposed to be paying out, then they could surely afford to hire an interpreter to get the spelling, usage and diction correct. Let’s move on.
So this is a view of what the game might look like after you first sign in:
It looks like any of the other games we have all been playing like Candy Crush or something else like that. You align the colors and clear the rows. In this game it is surprisingly easy to do. As you play and clear each row, you’re going to get a popup, showing an amount of money that you have presumably won. Now, this is where another red flag is going to slap you right in the face. When I started playing this, I was expecting to see perhaps a few pennies as the prize. NOT SO. It was actually a considerable sum. So, these games claim to pay out right away. Knowing that, Clicked on the button. Some will say claim and others will use different wording, but they all mean the same thing.
In this particular photo, you’ll see that it’s telling you to collect your winnings. When you click that button, you have to watch an ad. No big deal, but as I am playing I am shocked at the amount of money that was shown instead of the pennies I was expecting. Keep in mind now, that I know this is bullshit, but I thought, “This would solve a lot of people’s problems if it were true.” The reality is though, that it isn’t true. I also need to add that in various places in these games, they try to get you to buy a premium membership to get rid of the ads. I am not researching it that deeply, but my advice to one and all, is that you do not buy into any of this bullshit, because you’re not going to get any money back out of it. I have spent money in some of the other games around, like Funky Bay to get the jewels to move on through the game, but I am not buying into this crap.
So, as I said, you click in this case the collect button, and you’re going to view an ad. After you finally get the ad closed, (you have to watch it for 30 seconds minimum), then the money will go into the Paypal section, or if it is Amazon, it will go into that section. So, after the first one, I decided to see if it would really let me have the money. I clicked on the Paypal balance and found that I had to accumulate $1000 before I could cash it in. OK. I proceeded to play the game and did so until I accumulated $1000.
Once I accumulated the $1000, I cashed it in. Now I was in a holding period of some sort, that was to be 24 hours. As I looked into it, I realized that below the little card on the screen, it said I could shorten the 24 hour waiting period by 30 minutes for each video I watched. I did exactly that until the 24 hours was reduced to nothing in a couple of hours. I was working of course, and just letting the ads play on my tablet as I wrote.
Anyway, I got the period down to nothing. All that time, it was in “PENDING” status. Well after that was up, it went into a 24 hour “VERIFICATION STATUS”. By this time, I had written the developer of the game an email explaining to him that he was a scammer and a thief, and that I was making it my business to bring his game down, and at the very least, to bring notice to the players of these games that they are wasting their time watching these videos, making him a pile of money as they got nothing. This same situation is similar to the early days of the internet and pay per click advertising where advertisers were getting a lot of traffic, but no value for their advertising dollar because in most cases, the was no return on their investment of the advertising money they were spending. Essentially they are wasting money advertising to people who were never going to end up being customers.
I finally got the “VERIFICATION STATUS” worked down, because by now, I wanted to see what was going to happen next. Well, then it went into a “PROCESSING STATUS”, where presumably, they were working on processing the cash out. That’s the next image below.
This is the image in processing status when it was at 14 hours or so. I had to wait until this timer played down to move on to the next step. When the time ran out, I of course clicked to move. I wanted of course to see what was going to happen next. My suspicion of course, is to see which roadblock was going to be put up next. In this case, and as you will see in the picture below, it went to another very status. This time, the time set itself to 360 hours, which is 15 days. This is no method of shortening this status, which is now, “VERIFY STATUS”. Which brings us to where we are now, and as I write this story, we are at 351 hours to go.
I don’t know what the next status will be yet, and that will all be included in The Pop Diamond Game Scam – Part 2.
John was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and has traveled extensively across the United States and abroad. He presently lives in California with his wife Marlene and their dog Belle. His degree is in business management and communications. He has been writing web-based content for nearly 20 years for a number of different clients including such brands as GMC, loan.com, Cars Direct, Angie’s List, Family Handyman and many others.