Hi, I’m glad you found my Money Genie Review.
If you’ve been looking for ways to make money online, you know there's a lot of scams out there. Is Money Genie one of them?
And who doesn't need a little more money these days, right? It's not easy finding legit ways to earn an income online and if you've got bills piling up or debts to pay, opportunities like this are hard to ignore.
You may have gotten invites to sign up to Money Genie, or maybe saw one of their posts on social media. And if you did, I’m sure joining them sounds really good because they’re promising easy money, right?
I know it’s hard to resist these types of offers… we all need money and if there’s a genie that can grant us that, it’s really very tempting. Still, I encourage you to read this review first.
Here are the topics I’m going to discuss:
- What is Money Genie?
- Is Money Genie a Scam?
- How Does Money Genie Work?
- Money Genie Reviews and Complaints
- What I Like About Money Genie
- What I Don’t Like
- Where Do You Go From Here?
Please note, I am not a member or an affiliate for Money Genie. This review has been researched with information and/or testimonials that are available online in the public domain. Any recommendations and/or conclusions are strictly opinions and may not apply to, or agree with, all persons or situations. See full disclaimer for more info
What Is Money Genie?
According to Money Genie, they’re the #1 Social Media Affiliate Network (at least, that’s what they say).
As an Influencer, you can join their site and use your social media accounts to earn money. Money Genie’s tasks are really simple – in fact, they’ll give you $35 just for signing up (again, that’s what they’re saying).
It’s hard not to think of Money Genie as a get-rich-quick scheme because apparently, it's easy to make a lot of money when you join their platform. Aside from the $35 sign up reward, they’ll also pay you for easy tasks like these:
- $1 – for each click on your referral link.
- $5 – for every referral that signs up.
- $10 – for downloading apps.
- $15 – for answering surveys.
- $50 – for creating YouTube videos.
If you think it sounds too good to be true, you’re right… please continue reading...
Is Money Genie a Scam?
As mentioned earlier, the web is full of scams. Everything from miracle weight loss cures to dating sites and of course, get-rich-quick schemes. There are scammers everywhere preying on people's deepest desires and insecurities.
Is Money Genie just another one?
They claim to be legit, but I have another opinion and to be honest, I've seen a lot of platforms like Money Genie that are downright scams. I'm extremely skeptical.
Before we make any unfair accusations though, and call Money Genie is a scam, let's look at the following red flags…
Red Flag #1 – Who’s Behind Money Genie?
Money Genie is one of those programs that’s not backed up by its creator/s. Its founders are unknown and I really can’t find verifiable information about their history.
I consider this a red flag because typical scammers hide their identities. A lot of scam sites that have been exposed don’t have any founders or creators and they're not tied to any person or group of people that are willing to put their name on it.
Can you imagine big companies like Apple, Microsoft and Facebook not having a CEO or board of directors?
I mean, even your favorite local restaurant and the tire shop down the street have owners.
Money Genie is a site that claims to be the #1 social media affiliate network. That's a serious claim and in the world of social media, being the #1 anything is worth millions if not billions of dollars. And yet... no one knows who started or owns Money Genie.
Red Flag #2 – They Lied About Their Age
According to Money Genie’s official website, they’ve been in the business for 5 years. They even have “proof” of their milestones in 2013.
This isn't exactly "proof" as you'll see below.
The truth is, Money Genie is less than two months old (at the time of this review). Their site was only registered in October of 2019.
In short, they’re lying about their age – that’s a really big red flag!
In fact, there's a bunch of red flags here, and I'm going to go through each one. If the first two are bad enough though and you know Money Genie is not something you're interested in, legit sites that pay down-to-earth type money may be what you want.
What I mean by "down-to-earth" money is realistic money.
For example, legit online survey sites like surveyjunkie.com and swagbucks.com are great if you'd like to earn a few extra "end-of-the-month" bucks to cover a bill or pay for a dinner... but they won't make you rich or replace your full-time job like Money Genie claims to do.
The legit one can also be a stepping stone though, to something more serious like an online business.
Having said that, although you can make a lot of money with an online business, it's not what you'd consider easy. Simple maybe... but NOT easy.
Still, you may be at home because of difficulties with your health for example, or young ones to look after and an online business might be what you want.
With all the junk and false promises out there though, knowing how and where to get started legitimately is what you need in order to get what you want.
Red Flag #3 – Questionable Social Media Presence
Okay... more red flags...
Remember, Money Genie is supposed to be the #1 social media affiliate network. So naturally, you'd expect them to have a reputable online presence, right?
Here’s the deal…
Their Facebook page shows they only have one friend. And their FB About Page is completely blank.
Maybe Facebook isn't their thing.
Well, Twitter's not their thing either then, because Money Genie’s Twitter account only shows 20 tweets at the time of this writing.
When you look at their Instagram account, you'll see that Money Genie only has 20 posts.
On Pinterest they have zero followers.
Based on their online presence, it’s hard to believe they’re the #1 social media affiliate network today. Their followers are not enough for big time advertisers to even care about them, let alone trust them.
The above stats also seem unimaginable for what is supposed to be a 5-year old "Influencer Site". Oh wait, I did tell you they lied about their age, right?
Based on a site that was only registered a couple months ago, their stats are actually believable. It’s all falling into place now. A place of lies and deception.
Red Flag #4 – Questionable Copyright Information
I noticed on their official site they've supposedly existed since the year 2000.
That would make them 19 years old (going on 20) at the time of writing this Money Genie review. So let me get this straight... they are now a 20-year old #1 Social Media Influencer site and they have one Facebook friend and 0 Pinterest followers?
And I'm guessing that until recently, you've never heard of Money Genie, right?
Of course, they lied about their age, so maybe they're just confused about their copyright dates. That’s the thing about lying, it snowballs into a bigger and bigger lie.
Red Flag #5 – Fake Testimonials
Now we're getting into the fun stuff (and I don't mean fun in a good way)...
It would be fun if it wasn't so cruel. Sites like Money Genie give people real hope. A way out of what feels like impossible financial troubles.
And then when you pull back the curtains and find these red flags, hope starts slipping way. It's anything but fun.
Here we have fake testimonials.
You’ll find a testimonial from “Caroline” on Money Genie’s Instagram and YouTube channel. However, that’s not her real name. In real life, she’s a Fiverr actress/video spokesperson. She was hired by Money Genie to make a fake testimonial.
The top screenshot is her speaking about Money Genie. The bottom screenshot is her promoting her spokesperson services on Fiverr.
You’ll also find testimonials on Money Genie’s Homepage from 2 popular influencers. These are real people actually – Ana Cheri and Desi Banks.
However... I had a look at Ana Cheri and Desi Banks’ YouTube channels... Ana has 87.5K YouTube subscribers at the time of writing this Money Genie review. Desi, has 740K subscribers.
Now here's the thing...
With Money Genie paying out $5 per referral that’s some serious $$$ potential that these two YouTube Influencers could make. So it’s weird that neither one of them has ever mentioned Money Genie on their YouTube channels or provided a link…
As you can see in the screenshot below, when doing a search there are no mentions of their name and Money Genie's name together on YouTube.
It’s the same thing with their Instagram accounts. Ana Cheri has 12.5M followers and Desi Banks has 3.7M followers. We’re talking about millions of followers here now and again, these two Social Media Influencers have made zero mention of Money Genie in their Instagram accounts.
The truth is, nothing else comes up when you Google their "Name" + "Money Genie' except for the Money Genie site itself (which we already know we can’t trust). So I’m sure these people have no idea they’re being referenced on this site.
Obviously, fake testimonials are huge red flags because why would anyone use fake testimonials if they’re legit, right? They would be using real testimonials from real people IF they were real.
So in my opinion, Money Genie is not real.
Red Flag #6 – Fake Affiliate Managers/Support Team
Two lovely ladies (Olivia P. and Ashley D.) are said to work for Money Genie as Affiliate/Account Managers. The red flag here is that like their testimonials, their affiliate managers are also fake.
I really don’t know what their real names are, but I know they’re not what Money Genie makes them appear to be. They’re actually t-shirt models and Money Genie is using a t-shirt mock-up generator to produce these affiliate support images.
Notice their background and posing… it’s only their shirt designs that have changed. Money Genie simply placed their logo on their shirts (without the girls knowing it, I’m sure). This is not the first time I’ve seen scam sites do this – it’s just one of their many lies.
Red Flag #7 – Fake Contact Information
Based on Money Genie’s contact information, you can reach out to their account/affiliate managers for support. But how can you reach out to Olivia P. and Ashley D. when they’re nonexistent/fake?
You know, scam sites usually put fake information on their websites to make them look legit. What they’re doing in this particular case is they’re making you think their site is legit because they have a customer support team you can count on at any time.
But their customer support team are t-shirt models who have most likely never heard of Money Genie...
These are lies on top of lies and at this point, it's pretty hard not to conclude that Money Genie is a scam.
But let's continue anyway...
Red Flag #8 – Only 4 Blog Posts
If you check Money Genie’s Blog page, you’ll see it only has 4 (short) blog posts. Again, this is hard to believe for a social media network/site that’s been around for 5 years (or more). It’s only believable for a site that’s barely 2 months old.
I hate to be repetitive, but I just want to remind you again of how they lied about their age.
Red Flag #9 – Suspicious Blog Posts Comments
This red flag is in relation to the previous one.
Interestingly, all of Money Genie's blog posts were published on the same day – December 9th.
This is unusual and suspicious because there’s also quite a few comments on these 4 blog posts, where were also written on the same day (December 9th). At the time of this Money Genie review, there were no other comments made on any other day.
What are the chances?
It’s unnatural to only have blog post comments on one day for a site that's supposedly 5-years old. In fact, it’s unusual for a young website as well.
But either way... something shady is going on here…
Red Flag #10 – Fake Payment Proof
Money Genie has a Payment Proof page and it has a lot of screenshots showing proof of payments. And although I can’t verify the authenticity of everything, a few stood out.
I found that there were payment proofs that were dated May 13, 2019, July 22, 2019, August 23, 2019, and September 11. 2019. But remember, Money Genie only started its operation on October 23, 2019.
If Money Genie had actually been around for as many years as they claim, I'd have no reason to question these (well, if they hadn't lied about so many other things either).
But when you consider all the other red flags like fake testimonials and false claims about being the number one social media affiliate network when your site only has one Facebook friend... it's hard to take these payment proofs seriously.
I mean, if you were making thousands of dollars every month with Money Genie, you'd probably add them as a friend right?
Apparently the people who received these checks don't think they're worthy of a follow. Or more likely, the checks are fake and there are no people to follow them. At least not yet.
Red Flag #11 – A Clone of Tap2Earn?
Upon checking Money Genie’s fake proof of payments, I noticed something interesting.
They used a payment proof for another make-money program called Tap2Earn.
This is a huge red flag because Tap2Earn has already been exposed as a scam. In fact, Tap2Earn is part of a network of scams that also includes sites like RainMoney, Cash4Clicks, Kashtree and Social Bounty.
And considering Money Genie's similarities to this network of scams, it's a pretty safe assumption Money Genie is coming from the same group of people which makes Money Genie just another in a long line of seemingly never ending to-good-to-be-true scams.
The first thing to know about legit sites though, is that they don't pay unrealistic amounts. If a site says you can make hundreds of dollars a day and you can do it fast, cheap and easy... you can be sure it's a scam.
If there were a fast, cheap and easy way to make money online, we'd all be doing it. But we're not because fast, cheap and easy doesn't exist.
For something more significant, the big-bucks so to speak... an online business may be what you're looking for.
Making money from home might be something you need because of medical issues, children to look after, or maybe you're just tired of working for a boss.
If that’s the case, knowing how (and where) to get started is what you need in order to get what you want.
How Does Money Genie Work?
According to Money Genie, their program is "supposed" to work this way:
- You sign up to their platform.
- You make referrals (because they want others like you) and do simple tasks for money.
- Get paid.
I really wish it was that easy to make money online with these types of programs. I'd do it too.
However, how they’re supposed to work is VERY DIFFERENT from how they really work…
How Money Genie REALLY Works
- They’ll steal your information (email, password, and even credit card information if you do any of their so-called tasks that request it).
- They won’t pay you.
- They’ll disappear when exposed (as a scam) and then appear again as a rebranded site.
Here’s how they use your information:
- They’ll sell your email to third-party entities (and who knows who they are and what they’ll do to your email).
- They can try your email and password combination to hack into your accounts.
- Tasks that ask for credit card information and phone numbers are obviously an extreme risk.
Also, when one of your tasks include downloading apps, you’ll be at risk of getting viruses and malware. So be very VERY careful about giving away your personal information, especially if a site is untrustworthy as we know Money Genie is (full of lies).
Money Genie Reviews and Complaints
As I said, Money Genie is still quite young at the time of this review. It’s not surprising there are no complaints about them yet.
This is the same pattern that has played out with all of their other scams.
I’m sure Money Genie's members are still working hard on doing their tasks and referring other members... and have not yet cashed out because they have only recently joined. All members are new because Money Genie is new (depsite what they claim).
The complaints begin to surface when people realize they're not getting paid.
With these types of scams, you won’t find out that you’re not really making money until you've already invested a ton of time and effort. It seems like you’re earning money as you perform tasks because they’ll credit your Money Genie account, but like everything else about them, that account is fake.
You’ll see money accumulating there but Money Genie doesn't have the money to back it up. And even if they did, they still won't pay.
It’s only when you try to withdraw your funds that they either block you or suspend your account.
Below, I’m going to show you screenshots of some of the complaints on Tap2Earn (their sister scam/clone site mentioned in Red Flag #11).
Just so you know, Tap2Earn also use t-shirt models as their fake account managers/support team. Tap2Earn also has fake testimonials and fake payment proofs on their site the same as Money Genie and call themselves the #1 Influencer Network.
It's the same scam played out over and over and like all the others, it’s easy to predict that we’ll be seeing these types of complaints about Money Genie sooner or later…
What I Like About Money Genie
To be honest, there’s nothing I like about Money Genie. It's a scam.
What I Don't Like
- Deceptive claims and blatant lies
- Fake testimonials
- Fake payment proof
- They ask you for an email, password and credit card (for some tasks) which can be used for fraudulent purchases and identity theft.
- A waste of your time because you won't get paid.
- Money Genie builds up hope, claiming you'll make lots of quick and easy money, and then crushes your hopes when they won't pay you.
Where Do You Go From Here?
I really wish I could tell you Money Genie was legit, but I can't. I've seen this many times.
The people behind Money Genie have been doing this (scamming people) for such a long time and they know how to make things look legit. That’s why it’s important to look at the red flags when considering these types of make-money-online opportunities.
I'm not writing this to convince you though, only showing you what Money Genie is not showing you. I know some people will proceed with them anyway.
If you do though, please do so with caution. Do not use the same email and password combination you use for any other site (especially any site that has your fincancial credentials or credit card on file).
And don't do any tasks that ask for your credit card information.
Scams like Money Genie have a way of holding on to you and making you stay in their platform (because they need your referrals) by keeping your "earnings" tied up for one or two months. At some point though, it becomes clear what they're doing.
But as bad as these types of scams are (and as many as there are), one of the worst consequences is that they turn people away from the internet completely. It's not just your confidence in Money Genie that's destroyed, it's your confidence in all online opportunities that get's destroyed.
And when that happens your financial challenges get even bigger, and seemingly more impossible to overcome because everything is a scam, right?
I get it, and I've been there too. I know what it's like to be skeptical and assume everyone is out to rip you off. And it's good to be that way.
What's NOT good though is giving up completely.
You might be a single parent, struggling in retirement or a student in school. You may have health challenges that make regular work difficult.
Maybe you just hate what you're currently doing and don't want to do it anymore.
For the right person, an online business is one option.
With all the scams and schemes out there though, knowing how and where to get started the right way is what you need in order to get what you want.
Established sites like Survey Junkie and Swag Bucks for example don't pay the big-dollar amounts that scams like Money Genie claim to pay (but don't)... the money you do earn from these legit sites though, is real. They will pay you.
They won't make you rich of course, but if you've never made money online before, they can be a good first step to making a few bucks online.
I hope my Money Genie review has been helpful and if you have any comments, questions, or experience with Money Genie, please share in the comments section below.