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Anyone for a quick SCAM?
Member Name: wampyrii
Date: 11/05/01, updated on 11/05/01 (813 review reads)
Disadvantages: scam, scam, scam
First of all, lets get one thing completely clear.
TREELOOT IS A SCAM AND YOU'D BE A FOOL TO GO ANYWHERE NEAR IT!
However, you'll want to know a little more about it anyway, because no doubt you wouldn't want to take just my word for it.
So here goes...
Treeloot.com is a hugely popular American site - hugely popular because despite how ridiculous it is, it is also extremely addictive, although your chances of winning are extremely remote if not non-existent.
The idea behind Treeloot is this:
You are presented with a large tree - the money tree, about which is hidden loads of different cash amounts. You get 15 minutes to click randomly about the tree in the hope of winning a prize. You know you are going to 'win' something because on the startpage they tell you that if you do not win within 5 minutes, they will give you $100! Sounds great. Well, everyone wins on their first click, because the 'game' is set up so that it does this. You win $20 and an extra 5 minutes on the tree! Great! Well, no actually because its $20 worth of banana bucks which basically equates to naff all. You can exchange these at the end of you pointless clicking session for a 'prize' - which I'll tell you about later. So you carry on clicking, feeling special, because you got 20 minutes to click on the tree with whilst everyone else only got 15...of course they did...
Clickety click click...
Every time you click a new location on the tree you are taken to another screen to tell you whether you found any 'money' or not. This screen has various different cartoon pictures of monkies on it and a message of encouragement for you to carry on clicking because you were so close, or, you only need a few more clicks to reach the hidden sub-game. It also has a compass needle which tells you which direction to head in to find the hidden 'real' cash amount of $25,000 etc. You clic
k continue to go back to the tree...
Every now and then(about every 5 clicks) a pop-up window will appear informing you of some great offers from other scam companies. Free magazines, a free watch worth $60...the sort of rubbish you get spammed with daily. If you took up the offer of the 'free' $20 earlier you will already be expecting an inbox full of junkmail...and it will come in bucketloads. Each of these requires your address details, so should you even be tempted to play ths nonsense just click the close button to get rid of these 'offers'. And then get back to the clicking...
To keep you 'interest' from time to time, you will become eligible to partake in one of treeloot's subgames. Oooohh! Such excitement as 'fight the monkey' or get three free clicks on a mini tree...which I do not understand because all the other clicks on the big tree are free lol.
Basically its complete cr*p. If you get to the end of your 20 minutes(because its never 15) then you'll be presented with a registration form. Here, you must fill in your address details, bit of consumer surveying and email address before you can cash in those bananabucks. They need to ask these question apparently so that they can tailor the prizes to your needs...nothing to do with sending you more junkmail of course...
Get through this stage, having supplied them with a load of rubbish, and you come across another screen before you get to the cash out point. Suppliment you hard earned winnings by recieving an extra $500 by signing up for ALL the offers below...more junkmail. Strangely, the three on-screen ones are unchecked, whilst everything languishing below this is checked and ready for you to accidentally accept if you are not wary of it. Not nice. Uncheck these and click continue and get met with a surprised message urging you to take up the 'fantastic' offers - which you can then dump before eventually reaching the red
The redemption page is actually another heap of scams. But here, you can exchange your winnings for scams! Amazing! Now lets see...I can have 12 Cds for $11.98, for $10 in bananabucks...or a 6 month magazine subscription absolutely 'free' for $25 in bananabucks...$5 off a $10 purchase at Half.com...Hang on. Aren't these all the offers I used to get in my inbox everyday when I first started using the net. The ones that come pouring in from scam companies all over the place when you find yourself dumped on some mailing list somewhere? Free six month subscription to our magazine...but we need your credit card details first...I don't think so!
In fact the only, non-scam thing available from this site is a stuffed monkey which has treeloot.com stamped on it. Well ain't that nice.
Take my advice and steer well clear of this site. There is nothing of interest to you, or anybody else here. If you want the 'prizes' they offer for your wasted time, then let your name fall onto some mailing list somewhere and you'll soon get them in you inbox. Just keep away from Treeloot.