Scam: A fraudulent business scheme or con; an attempt to to intentionally mislead a person or persons usually with the goal of financial or other gain.
Background story — I first found out about urTurn through HongKiat.com, and decided to use it almost immediately to see whether I can make money. Here’s the concept — you do certain actions in Facebook like adding friends, posting a message, inviting people into Facebook, etc., which enables you to collect points. These points can then be advertised in urTurn’s Marketplace for people to buy, and to buy those points they will need to first send payment you by PayPal.
Here’s where my problem surfaced — I decided to sell my 450 points in the marketplace for USD0.01 per point. This means that I should get USD4.50 if the whole 450 points are sold, right?
WRONG! Clearly from the two e-mail screenshots you see below, there was no way for me to verify and accept the transaction on my part before the urTurn Marketplace sells it to the buyer.
And you know how much I was actually paid? ONE MEASLY CENT! YES, YOU READ CORRECTLY! USD0.01! Minus the PayPal fee? Well, you can see from my PayPal screenshot below just how much I actually got.
I have sent five emails since two weeks ago, three to email@example.com and two through their Marketplace system. None got any response. urTurn Marketplace is also down since a week ago, hopefully indefinitely, which is why I can’t supply you with screenshots of the site that says exactly that I would get USD4.50 for selling all my 450 points.
Some people at TechCrunch also reported on urTurn as a scam. And I agree with them. If you are using urTurn to claim a prize or get anything back in return, don’t bother. Just remove that app from your Facebook, it’s just not worth your bandwidth and screen space.
urTurn, you give Facebook a bad name.