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Is SoJob.in Fake or Real?
Why is SoJob Fake?
SoJob is a website that claims to be a digital marketing platform through which users can earn by posting on social media. The website uses the INR currency which suggests that it is based in India. The website is very basic and looks unappealing. There is no information given about the company and the people operating the website. The content of the website is also poorly-written and does not seem professional. Apart from the browser-based platform, SoJob also has an Android app.
As soon as I signed up on the website, the website said that ₹20 has been deposited in my account. When I tried to withdraw the amount, it said that I have to complete some tasks, which were not real ads but self-promotion for SoJob.
A domain name lookup of the website shows it was registered in 5th June 2020 in Madhya Pradesh, India. The registrant’s name has not been provided.
While signing up, I noticed that there is a field for ‘Invitation Code’. This is because SoJob has a ‘referral’ program where users are awarded bonuses when their referrals purchase packages on the platform. This kind of structure is similar to a pyramid scheme.
SoJob claims that users do not need to pay before earning on the platform. The free plan is called the Bronze plan. Under this plan, users can earn only ₹20 per day, cannot withdraw earnings and are not eligible for any referral benefits.
To earn more than ₹20 a day, withdraw earnings and be eligible for referral benefits, users have to purchase the Silver package that costs ₹999. This makes it quite clear that SoJob might be a Ponzi scheme. The ‘advertising platform’ is just a pretence to sell the packages.
SoJob has no social media presence and no contact details have been provided on the website. There is not even an email ID given so that users can contact the company.
There are no users reviews available for the browser platform of SoJob, however, there are plenty of reviews on the Google Play Store. Despite being just over two months old, SoJob has 1,802 reviews with a rating of 4.5/5. The credibility of these reviews is low as users have a vested interest in portraying a good image of SoJob to gain referrals.
As per some of the reviewers, these reviews are fake as users are required to write reviews by the app. After filtering just the 1-star reviews, it was revealed that users cannot earn more than ₹20 total (not just per day) under the free Bronze plan. To earn more than ₹20, it is mandatory to purchase the Silver plan. This makes it crystal clear that SoJob is a pyramid scheme.
It seems quite clear that SoJob is a scam. There is no evidence that SoJob is a real advertising platform, as all the ‘ads’ provided are just self-promotion for SoJob. Even though SoJob claims that an investment is not required to earn, users cannot earn more than ₹20 on the platform without purchasing the Silver plan costing ₹999. In fact, even withdrawing your earnings is not possible unless users purchase the Silver plan.
SoJob has no social media presence and there is no information provided about the company. There are no contact details provided on the website either. Therefore, it is unknown who is running the platform.
Sojob has a referral program which rewards users when their referrals purchase SoJob’s plans. Even though the platform is just over two months old, SoJob has more than 1,800 positive reviews on Google Play Store. The credibility of the reviews is low as users are incentivised to write good reviews to gain referral benefits. Reviewers have also stated that the app requires users to write reviews on the Google Play Store.
Users have to purchase the Silver plan themselves to be eligible for referral bonuses. Therefore, it seems that the only money coming into the platform is from users themselves, which makes SoJob a pyramid scheme. It is advisable to not invest in SoJob, as it does not seem to be a genuine advertising platform.
Remember: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
If you have been a victim of an employment scam, you can take the following steps:
- Lodge a complaint at the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal
- Lodge a complaint with PayTM on Twitter, Customer Care or through the app, UPI app such as Google Pay or the Bank with which the company has an account.
- Report the website to Google using the Suspicious Site Reporter extension for Chrome
- Give a low rating to the website on Web of Trust. You can also install their extension for the same.
- File a complaint with the Indian Consumer Complaints Forum
- Write a review on websites such as MouthShut, ScamAdvisor and TrustPilot.
- Block all numbers of the scammers on TrueCaller, mentioning the words Fake, Fraud or Scam in the name.
- If the company has a listing on Google My Business or Google Maps, file a complaint using the Business Redressal Complaint Form. Also, leave a negative review explaining what kind of experience you had.
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