Swagbucks Review (Scam or Legit)

November 19, 2009 By: admin

After requests from various visitors, I decided to write a detailed review about Swagbucks.com. I faithfully tried my best to gather all the possible information about Swagbucks but I still cannot claim 100% accuracy of this review. First of all, I would like to mention that Swagbucks currently only registers visitors from USA, United Kingdom or Canada so if you are not from these 3 countries, please don’t waste your time on this topic. Swagbucks is a search based work online and earn type program. The basic idea is to search and earn points. A point is actually called a Swag bucks. It acts like their currency which is redeemable. You can use it to get prizes from a list available. Every prize has a price in SB (Swag Bucks), if you have sufficient SBs for an item, you can purchase it. So you don’t directly earn the money but you actually earn redeemable points. Swagbucks don’t have a membership fee so don’t worry about your money, even if it happens to be a scam, all you can lose is your time spent on it. I haven’t been reported any verified scam report about Swagbucks yet but I am still receiving reviews. For example, users say that the redeem prices are too high. Some members say that most of the redeemable things are actually useless posters and ever useful item has too high redeemed price. Some account locking reports are received but I think it is ignorable that’s because most of the users try to abuse every work online program.
Here are the Registration details for Swagbucks.com:
Yosef gorowitz P.O. Box 2748
Redoado Beach, CA 90278 US
Phone: +1.8777482714
Registrar Name….: Register.com
Registrar Whois…: whois.register.com
Registrar Homepage: www.register.com
Created on…………..: 2007-10-29
Expires on…………..: 2010-10-29
It looks like the website owner resides in US so most likely it is not going to be a scam unless the address is fake. But US users can easily verify their legit entity. Swagbucks also has a blog where you can find their codes to increase your points. I usually try every work online program before posting a review on work online forum but Swagbucks refused to register me due to the fact that I am not from USA, United Kingdom or Canada. I will highly appreciate if you can post a review about Swagbucks in the comments section. Even if you don’t want to register on Swagbucks, revisit this page after a few days and you will find a lot of reviews from our visitors in the comments section.
Conclusion: For the time being, I haven’t received any Scam reports about the Swagbucks so you can give it a try. You are only required to search once or twice in a day which will take a couple of minutes so I think the risk it not too much however take a look on the comments section which will be updated continuously, may be you can find a scam report there by the time you visit.

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187 Responses to “Swagbucks Review (Scam or Legit)”

Comment from catherine
Time June 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm

It is not a scam but the number of swagbucks required to get an i phone or a t.v. arenear impossible. but if you aim at low priced prizes you can gaim alot. In a month I’ve pocketed two amazon gift cardsm one for $10, and the other $5 and I’m going for a third

Comment from jay
Time June 25, 2011 at 9:29 am

Swagbucks is not a scam from my experiences to date. But, whenever i try to do a trusted survey i never qualify. This gets very frustrating at times.

Comment from Selina
Time June 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I have been using SwagBucks for 10 months, and I can promise it is not a scam! I have earned over $75 in gift cards to Amazon.com. I only buy the $5 gift cards, because they seem to be the best value (450 SB for the $5 gift card).

But beyond just earning the gift codes, I have actually spent them at Amazon.com – proving without a doubt that you earn real gift codes, that can actually be redeemed.

Aside from online gift cards/codes, there is a lot of useless junk, yes. Playing cards, posters, random junk that your kids might like, etc.

And other than the 6 points you can earn daily (just by having the toolbar installed, voting in the poll, etc.) you earn random SB for searching, and there are also Surveys, Online Tasks, and Special Offers you can do to earn extra points. They also have a Trade-In program. I earned 667 swagbucks for mailing in 4 of my old books. There are lots of ways to earn the the SB, and if you’re dedicated to earning big – you totally can!

Comment from phyls esp
Time July 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Dear Sir:

Below is a copy of the email you sent my grandson….who does not know how to scam you or your Swagbucks…..and who has gotten many others to join your web site. It is a crying shame that you have taken his hard earned points away, points he earned from watching your stupid, inane videos and going thru all those horrid questionnaires and surveys!

Here is a young man, a new American Citizen, having mastered the English language in a year…..! He works at one office, does the SWAG, he babysits at another home and does the SWAG when kids are sleeping, and he has a home that has another computer, where he does SWAGs…..is this going against your SWAGS company? I too did SWAGS at the office, and later at my home…..but not anymore….you did the young man wrong, and I am going to tell all my referrals to SWAG to be careful, they could get treated like Bill!

And you pull this dirty stunt on him! Give him back his bucks please.

Sincerely, Phyls

PS…and he continues to work the Swags, as he wants an ipod, psp etc……so are you going to take his bucks away again when he reaches the 10,000 bucks again?

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Adrian .
To: “bilguun_shijirbaatar@yahoo.com”
Sent: Thursday, July 7, 2011 12:52 PM
Subject: Swag Bucks – I want my account activated [ ref:00D8dLPC.5008FmVzo:ref ]

Dear Billy Shijirbaatar,

After re-reviewing your account, it has been determined that you were deactivated because you either are operating multiple accounts and/or have multiple referred accounts stemming from one household. This action violates our terms and conditions.

Due to past experiences, we only allow one account per person and per household to protect our Swagbucks Community and Swagbucks.com itself from cheaters and potential fraud activity.

Comment from phyls esp
Time July 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

swag bucks is a scam if they do not reinstate Billy’s bucks….over 10,000 were taken from him

Comment from cutathingha
Time July 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Should I cash out my swagbucks everytime I reach 450? Or should i hold on to them and cash out later?

Comment from tamado
Time July 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I love swagbucks. This site is NOT going to make you rich. It will just provide some extra money on top of your day job. Just search on their site and you will win at least 30 points a day (900points/month). A $5 Amazon gift card is 450 points ($5 paypal is 700 points). Just by searching you can make an extra $10/month.

You can also earn more points by doing surveys, offers, and watching videos if your not content with $10/month….I usually end up getting 4 $5 Amazon gift cards a month for a total of $20/month.

Sign up under me and send me an email for tips and tricks that I’ve learned.

There’s really nothing to lose because if your already searching on google…you might as well sign up for swagbucks and search there for some extra cash.


Comment from Bob
Time August 2, 2011 at 2:18 am

I have been doing Swagbucks for just 7 weeks and already have in my Amazon account (it can’t be taken away from me) $125 and I have another $30 on the way. It isn’t just searching….not by any means is it just searching. It is mostly surveys and Internet tasks….although there are quite a few other ways to earn points, too. Most of your points will be from surveys.

Comment from davemo
Time August 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I have been a member of Swagbucks since the first part of July 2010. Since I joined, I have made over 190.00 in amazon gift cards. They are definitely legitimate. As far as viruses or malware, if you do the special offers, be aware that it is NOT Swagbucks that is putting the links out there.. It is the special offers companies (Gambit, RadiumOne, SuperRewards, etc). I just dont do the special offers at all.

You get swagbucks for searching (usually 2-3 times a day, you get your ‘dailies’ which are 6 swagbucks that you get every day for doing a poll, clicking on the survey link and a few other things, you can get referrals that will pay up to 1000 of each referral’s search wins to your account as well, you can do special offers, surveys, tasks, watch videos, and more.

Swagbucks is awesome..
if you want to join, my referral link is “http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/davemo”
Thanks a bunch!!

Comment from T
Time August 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm

This is a scam worthless search engine Google is way more better.

Comment from Kirk
Time August 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

The only thing about swagbucks is that the process of it is too slow for me and ipods and stuff are too high, so i’m beter off buying it with money. But i did get a itunes gift card and a amazon gift card, so its pretty cool.

Comment from p0e
Time August 14, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Swagbucks sounds cool. But $10/month is way too slow. I joined prizerebel on Aug 11, and made 10 points in 2 days (had 0 referrals). That’s enough to redeem for a $10 Amazon Gift card. It takes 2~3 days for the gift card code to come through. But in that time you could make another $10. http://www.prizerebel.com/index.php?r=3472108

Comment from domestikg
Time August 26, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Joined up on Swagbucks after a friend recommended it, and it’s a pleasant surprise to see how quickly the SB total adds up. My friend has redeemed points several times for Amazn gift cards, no problem.

Comment from Charles
Time September 6, 2011 at 5:33 am

I have to agree with the other comments, swagbucks is amazing! I started less than two months ago and have already redeemed 40 amazon dollars. If you put in a little extra time, their trusted surveys are easy and give you a ton of extra bucks! I can rack up about 150 bucks a day between searching, codes, and the occasional survey. Also, there are tournaments which let you compete other swagbucks users in games for the oppurtunity to win big prizes. Join!
If you guys could please use my referral link, it will help me and give you some extra starting bucks

Comment from Dawn
Time September 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I’ve don’e really well with Swagbucks. I usually redeem my points for Amazon gift cards, but occasionally for paypal cash. I started in February, and I’ve made almost $200. My only complaint is that you can only claim the same prize up to 5 times per month, and since I sometimes do really well with their online surveys, I have to either wait until next month or redeem points for something that wasn’t what I originally wanted.

Their customer service is really helpful though. I lost some points on a survey that didn’t redirect, and they gave me the points right away, no question.

Comment from Buffalo
Time October 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

I’ve only been using Swagbucks for about 2 months now and I’ve already recieved 2 gift cards for Amazon, just for searching while at work. You can’t beat getting free stuff for practically doing nothing! You don’t have to fill out the surveys, I never do, you can also get swagbucks just for watching clips of videos. If you want to join, my referral link is “http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/BuffaloLove716” Good luck!

Comment from matt
Time December 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm

IDK but it seems like the sweepstakes part of the site is rigged to have certain people win I have never won any of the sweepstakes being a member for years now. yet I see the same people winning again and again. I only “assume” that they might be swag buck employs.

Comment from ChrisP
Time May 7, 2012 at 12:23 am

Been with swagbucks for about 6 months.I started out slow and learned it on my own time.Now i can make up to 500 sb a week and i also use them mostly on Amazon Gift Cards.Im working on my 8th amazon gift card and im thinking of getting mom something really nice for mothers day.

Comment from Jay
Time July 17, 2012 at 2:10 am

Swagbucks is such a scam. Just because they pay out doesn’t mean they’re not raking, and I mean RAKING in the profits while we putter along with their few and far between swagbuck payouts. 4 days, about 200 searches later, still not a single swagbuck. My time is worth money to them and I.m getting jack shit in return. I am a scammer and I can definitely say THIS IS A SCAM.

Comment from Brandon
Time July 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Matt and to the rest of you who think like he does, you are idiots. Do you have any fucking clue how many people are using swagbucks each day? Think about that number, its in the 7 digit range. You might NEVER get picked for a random drawing, its not rigged just because you are too fucking stupid to understand math.

Comment from Ariel
Time July 25, 2012 at 9:30 am

I can truly say that SwagBucks isn’t perfect by all means, but is the first legit website I have seen. At first I thought it was another waste of time/scam. I expected it really. Some days I get to take surveys and some I can’t. But yo have to share. If prices are too high in the Swagstore. Everyone has to make a living. It’s not that bad.
So far they have me hooked on this crazy game! Mighty Fin, pretty aggrevaited because I can’t get through the level again, but it’s a good break from the adverage games too.

Comment from Brittainy S
Time August 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I have been using swagbucks for 2 years and have redeemed over 60 dollars worth of Amazon gift cards. all I did was replace my search engine with a swagbucks engine and use it to search. It literally takes up no extra time until I go to redeem my bucks for a gift card. Then it take a few minutes and I am done.

Comment from PegD
Time September 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Swagbucks is a huge scam. I followed them for a couple of years, followed the rules, earned bucks and cashed out. When I started maxing out on SBTV every day they accused me of cheating and deactived my account. Beware, if you start getting captchas, larger search wins, if they say they need to verify your account, they’re about to deactivate you.

Comment from websitesediting
Time October 12, 2012 at 3:38 am

Those that say Swagbucks is a huge scam/con, etc, are ones that have broken the rules and been deactivated.

I broke the rules, used reloadevery in Firefox to max out SBTV, and admitted it, even before they deactivated my account, finally chosing this to justify what I suspect was a petty act by some Level 1 support person that I had criticised for their poor customer service. But that is not the point of this post, and another matter for retaliation later…

I now have a new swagbucks account and earn £5 a month Amazon vouchers from it, instead of £25 like when I was using the reloadevery/Firefox method of watching SBYV.

All you have to do is promise to behave, and pass the scrutiny checks on your new probationary account, and when you earn enough for a reward, you get it.

Unless you are breaking the rules again.

Just use the contact form and in the drop-down option, select COMPLIANCE, and tell them of their error. They are the ones that delete your account.

If they deleted it in genuine error (not some made up specious malarky about your dog pressed the reload button every 1 minute exactly for 10 hours, etc…) then tell them, they have reinstated accounts in the past according to some Facebook comments from people that were innocent of any alleged rule breaking.

And I still say Reloadevery is a valid legal script, which it is, and use of it is no different from other tools that speed up and make easier tedious manual actions that have the same effect.

But then Swagbucks owns the site, and makes the rules, so if you cannot or will not follow the rules, then don’t join (again).

Just stop calling it a scam, it does others a disservice that might otherwise make them huundreds of dollars a year.

I wish I had found swagbucks a couple of years earlier than when I did. Maybe I glossed over it because of the few cheats that call everything a scam when they get caught.

Comment from Jake
Time October 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I used swagbucks then I went to get a giftcard with my bucks and they said I violated a term or something. When I contacted them they said that I violated some term but they wouldn’t tell me which one. They asked me to verify my account and then permanently deactivated my account.

It took me over 2 months to save for one gift card and they didn’t even give me the stupid $5 gift card.

If I had violated a term I didn’t know about it and they should have told me. Swagbucks only works for some people.

I did some research and have seen countless other cases like mine. Here is what I found out… if ANYONE else is using swagbucks in your house they can deactivate your account. Apparently it’s only one account per household. Even if you have 4 roommates that aren’t your family.

This sucks for anyone who has roommates. He who signed up first wins. The others just get deactivated.

Comment from SharonTN
Time November 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Swagbucks is not a scam. HOWEVER, and that is a big HOWEVER, SOME of the advertisers can be scammers. It is sort of like someone went to your newspaper office and said I want to place an ad in your paper. I will pay you X for running the ad, and for every person who buys what I am offering, I will give you these tokens to give them. You set up a store with some stuff they can buy with those tokens if they want to.
So if the advertiser is a scammer, does that make the newspaper a scam? Of course not. It does mean the newspaper should be more careful in screening their advertisers, but a scammer is so tricky and sneaky these days that they can easily fool any newspaper (or online advertising site) into running their ads.
I solve the problem by almost never responding to any ads on any of the point earning sites unless it is from a very well known company and it’s something I really do want.
As for earning points, I do the daily poll, the NOSO, and play 10 games. Playing 10 games (the same or different ones) gets you 2 points after each 2 games for a total of 10 points. The trick is to go “Back to Games” (top right of the page) after each game is over and then choose the game again. I’ll also watch videos, but not the TV ones. The TV videos are generally OK, but I too have had my anti-virus suddenly sound the alarm on a TV video. I do searches every day. Generally you win 2 or 3 or rarely 4 times a day, never one right after another. If you do a search and win some points, wait several hours before trying again. And if you try several times without getting points, just stop and wait a few hours before trying again. Also go beyond the first page through to the 5th or 6th page when the results come up. Often the win will happen on one of the later pages. I generally earn enough this way to get 2 to 3 $5 Amazon certificates each month, and I do not have anyone signed up under me.

Comment from Cocoon
Time November 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

It is a scam. They will give you a few swagbucks a day so that you won’t think it is scam. I was their member once until they start screwing people and not crediting completed surveys. You might think if you take a screen shot you will prove that you finished the survey but they won’t take that as a prove and won’t credit you. And when you ask “why?” they wont even answer you!
And they dare to correct!!! your manners and tell people on their facebook page to say ” please ” What losers! I was a member until they did not credited my 10 plus surveys. And i have been their member 2 years and in two year i could only take $25 gift card and thats it! They wont allow you to make any more then that! So this is scam. Don’t waste your time. After 2 years I finaly opened my eyes! You have more chances of winning a jack pot then making swagbucks 🙂 Good luck

Comment from chris
Time December 19, 2012 at 2:54 am

I have used swagbucks for a year now and manage to earn(not win) about £30 of vouchers or paypal every month.
You have to take some time over it,no one is going to give you something for nothing.
Being from the UK means we don’t use the print out discount vouchers,the walls are different and there is no mobile phone SBTVvideo app .
I think it is a lot of work but you get out what you put in.
Its never going to earn like a job does but it isn’t meant to.

Comment from Rhyan
Time February 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Well if you get viruses why don’t you have a good anti virus software installed. I have had 2 programs form Swagbucks just stop downloading because they were infected and my software caught it. I am always looking to stay safe. and Swagbucks does have a little line on some sites that say they are trusted. I only download from trusted Swagbuck sites. You don’t earn much but I am already searching and I have gotten almost 1000 Swag bucks in a week. I don’t have any referrals. It depends I guess on what you are doing online and why you are doing this. I am not out to make a paycheck just get a few extras from time to time.

Comment from shawn
Time February 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Me and my gf use this on both our phones our laptop and desktop we earn between $20-$50 in amazon money every week. Just use there search engine watch a couple videos and take a couple surveys. You can also look up some codes to use.

Comment from Bee
Time April 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Swag Bucks is no scam. Every swag buck you earn is work a penny, but it’s easy to earn. I can usually get a $5 amazon gift card at least once or twice a week. I’ve been a member for 2 and a half months and have earned $100 in amazon gift cards along with a few other things (necklace, bracelet, t-shirt) that I actually ordered from the swag store, but are definitely overpriced considering possibilities of things you can get on amazon. It’s definitely no scam and the best way I’ve found for earning money online doing virtually nothing, yet.

Comment from Orcalobster
Time April 21, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Swagbucks is a total rip off. They wrongfully deactivate accounts rather than pay out. Because their point are cumulative, I would save my swagbucks so I could cash out at a higher value for less. For example, if a $10 Paypal payout was 1300 Swagbucks, a$20 one was less than 2600 so you get more for less; because of this system I would save my points and cash out at the highest level of Paypal that they offered, which was $100 for 12,546 ( I think – it’s been a long time so I don’t quite remember.) I was able to do this about 3 or 4 times and then when I was only about ten days away from making the total again they deactivated my account. They claimed that I’d been cheating to watch SBTV with an autobot or some such nonsense. It was completely untrue, and I told them several times. Then they said that their so-called system “detected” an autorefresher. When they said this, I knew they were lying because I don’t have and have never had an automated program to view the videos. They just did this so they didn’t have to pay out again and they stole my ten thousand plus points. See, if they do this to people consistently then they can offer people “bonuses” at no expense to them because they’ve wrongfully robbed people of their points. Isn’t is odd how anyone mysteriously deactivated seems to have a large number of points or is so close to cashing out at a certain level? I think they monitor user activity and then deactivate people who cost them too much. The problem is that everyone thinks Swagbucks is such a &^^$^&$%^ great site until YOU are the one victimized. You can complain but nothing happens and other people refuse to believe you over their precious Swagbucks. I know because I tried to warn people about them on the Swagbucks Facebook page and was greeted with a litany of abuse and practically called a liar. I wonder how many of those disbelievers are now deactivated themselves.

Comment from Tom
Time April 24, 2013 at 11:06 am

Swagbucks is legit for awhile, but after either cashing out too much or they come up with a new anti cheating claim, you are done. I was told I was suspected of viewing SBTV with irregularities. I still don’t know what that means. When I sent emails for an explaination I got the same cutout response. I was not guilty to my knowledge of any violations, but I disable all my addons but shockwave and asked to reset my account. I never got a response back. I would recommend immediately cashing out when you hit the minimum gift card amount. If you want to try out swagbucks, but don’t invest alot of time in it.

Comment from Amanda
Time April 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I have been a member for about 6 years. I have gotten several Amazon gift cards. So I am living proof that it’s not a scam! However since most people don’t get the swagbucks given to them without any effort on their part. I actually signed my hubby up and he uses it. As a bonus I get swagbucks off of him 🙂 I earn most of mine by completing the free offers or printing and redeeming the coupons. If you use the “shop” tab and shop from those stores you get an amount in swagbucks for every dollar you spend. I think ebay is actually on the list. I use alloy.com for my clothes anyway, so why not get a few swagbucks toward my goal?! You don’t get swagbucks for every game or every search and that’s why most give up. They actually do make you work for them. However, one day I typed something in the search bar and got 50 swagbucks right then for that search 🙂 So yes it’s legit and the free stuff I’ve gotten off of amazon.com is proof of that!

Comment from Sheena
Time May 17, 2013 at 9:48 am

not a scam i love swagbucks….. im working on my 5th prize…

Comment from Joel
Time April 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I have been using Swag bucks for 3 months now and I love it. It is a great way to earn money. I was turning my swag points in for amazon gift cards but I recently switched to pay pal gift cards. I think this is much better because pay pal can be used everywhere even amazon plus if I want I can always just deposit the money right into my bank account. As I said I love swagbucks and if anyone wants to try it and become a swaggernut you can use my link swagbucks.com/refer/randaltor

Comment from Aliyah
Time June 24, 2014 at 8:46 am

It’s legit . I’ve been here less than a month and have already cashed out but don’t download the toolbar as it will cause many viruses I heard and don’t pay for the offers they give because you’ll just be getting back your money when you cash out. It’s still a good site and has various ways to earn points

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