What is InboxPays?

InboxPays is a free-to-join, pay-per-click, paid emails and survey site that gives new members the $5 standard joining bonus, and promises referral bonuses and kickbacks galore for completing their advertisers’ tasks.

They offer a wide variety of tasks from advertisers in an easy-to-navigate site format. You can see some of the categories InboxPays offers in the picture to the right.

Sounds good, right? Sounds like an easy way to earn more money from home, right? This might just be how to make money in online jobs easily, right? Let’s let’s do this thing and go get our $5!

The literal buck stops there.

Misleading advertising

Unfortunately, InboxPays falls short of my reasonable standards for a good passive income source. It’s nowhere near as reputable, profitable, or easy to use as what I believe to be the gold standard of these kinds of sites, which is UniqueRewards (read my review of UniqueRewards here).


High payout threshold: InboxPays allows cashouts only at the $50 threshold, which is really strict and high for these kind of sites, where you make a .13 cents here and .35 cents there.

Completed Offers Requirement: Making matters worse, InboxPays requires $25 of the $50 to be kickbacks from completed offers (so, $25 earned from signing up for “free” trials, downloading software, or actually buying something else through one of their advertisers). The other $25 can be earned from completing the totally free tasks – reading emails, watching videos, etc.

Jerks your chain: InboxPays keeps members interested and pecking away at that lofty $50 goal, because it sends members a zillion emails a day claiming that you will get “.03 cent” for opening and confirming the emails. What this means is that money for completing free tasks accumulates quite quickly.

With InboxPays, you can accumulate a lot of free money just by reading emails. That’s all well and good, but meaningless unless you ALSO complete the paid offers, because you won’t be paid out unless you’ve earned at least $25 in kickbacks from completing the paid offers.

Ok, so say you’re the type of person who’s fine with completing the paid offers, and you’re on top of discontinuing all your “free” trials before they become paid headaches. (I’m not, because I don’t like giving out my credit card for something I know I won’t use).

But say you are down with that, and that’s totally fine. Say you’re on top of it, and willing to sign up for free trials and other advertiser memberships requiring a credit card capture for the free period, because you’re organized enough to know when to cancel them. Say you’ve done all that. Unfortunately with InboxPays, that’s when the troubles REALLY start!

Massive Scam Alert

One troubling and recurring theme came up during my extensive research into Inboxpays reviews.

People said their InboxPays accounts were mysteriously suspended, the closer they got to earning the $50 cashout minimum.

Exhibit A

Some members describe in these reviews how they tried to figure out WTF was going on, and called InboxPays customer support, and tried over and over to to submit support tickets, but to no avail.

A few of these negative review-leaving users did report getting their payout after multiple attempts to reach InboxPays customer service. But that’s a whole lotta hassle for $50. I don’t have time for that, and I doubt you do, either.

Exhibit B
My Verdict?

Stay away from InboxPays. It’s a scam. Most, but not all, sites like this are shady to some degree, and difficult to use in some cases especially with so many different advertisers, not always easy to get payouts from, but InboxPays takes the cake in its unique strategy to stiff its members.

Because of the simple fact that they refuse to pay their members, and freeze their accounts before they can collect a payout, it doesn’t MATTER how much the click-to-read emails pay, or how generous their kickbacks are: the screen says one thing, but reality says another: $0.

If you want to generate passive income through websites like InboxPays, I hear you. I do it, too. It’s a small but predictable income boost when you need it, and it’s great supplemental income for those of us working from home. I don’t take issue with the concept at all, it’s just important not to step into the trap of a scam.

So, InboxPays is not one of the good ones. Please do your research, and choose membership with businesses that have been around for a long time, with a proven track record of paying out their members.

On these criteria, for good free passive income opportunities, I highly recommend both UniqueRewards and Ebates, and I’ve reviewed both of them in detail on this blog.

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Any weird experiences with InboxPays? Or any other sites like this? Leave a comment or a question and let me know, I’m always happy to hear from you.



  1. Yikes! Thanks for the heads up, Steph. When members are treated like that, it shows the company is not at all serious about what they do. What would you say a fair payout threshold would be for a program like this?

    1. Hi Ryan, thanks for the question and feedback! As an example, Unique Rewards, which I have reviewed here, has a payout threshold of $20 and pays out its members consistently once a week. It’s a much better system (and better company, overall).

  2. It amazes me how these schemes just keep coming and coming. When will people learn? I can’t even imagine a $50 threshold to get paid while making 13 cents here and 22 cents there. That is painful just thinking about it!

    1. Thanks for the feedback! It’s pretty astonishing that these schemes succeed, because people stuck at home, and perhaps new to spending time online, are eager to make money doing anything they can.

  3. Thank you for letting us know this is a scam and stay aways from it. It’s ridiculous they somehow stop people logging in after earned close to the threshold. It is not a just scam and I think totally waste of time.

    People put effort but didn’t get what they deserve so might as well try others programs that get the high recommendation that works. Do you have any others recommendation that similar features that are legitimate?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Max, thank you for the feedback and question. I agree, it’s completely fraudulent of them to screw over their members like that. And a shame that people still keep signing up and acting on advertiser’s offers and lining InboxPays pockets!

      Similar sites that are reputable are UniqueRewards (which I use and recommend) and Swaggbucks (which I don’t, because I’d rather deal with dollars than a point system).

  4. Shoot, I just signed up recently and I was starting to feel really uneasy about it. When I first signed up, it seemed like I could get to $50 in no time but some people have been members for months and nothing?! It’s taking so much time to make any money at all. I was thinking about starting up with the paid offer things but never mind that. Thanks for the heads up, really saved me a bunch of money and time there.

    1. Thanks for the comment, and I’m really happy that this review could help. It definitely seems like a scam – you should consider UniqueRewards as an alternative for this kind of pay-per-click, paid emails income source. UniqueRewards can take longer, but they also have a paid radio option you can play while glued to the computer.

  5. Hi Steph
    It’s really good to have honest people who can help to identify all that internet scam that is flying and floating around.
    I appreciate you review.
    I fell a victim of some online marketing and MLM schemes because i didn’t research them properly.
    Keep up your good work!
    Thank you 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I agree, the more we can help each other out and avoid this stuff, the better it will be for everyone!

  6. Inboxpays? More like inbox plays; playing the people who are actually joining up. I have no doubt that some people genuinely make money from these kind of get-paid-to sites but the time you have to invest just to get chump change, certainly isn’t worth it.

    It makes more sense to invest that kind of time for a much better return as opposed to beer money.

    1. Haha, completely agree, Vanessa. People are drawn to the idea of something for very little effort, which can be nice if that’s all you have time for (AND if it actually pays, unlike this one), but real money comes only with real effort or extraordinary luck, I’m afraid!

  7. Wow this is a real great review of Inbox. I have seen it around but have not had a chance to really check it out. Glad to have come across your review to save me time and money. I am always looking for ways to make money, and starting to look around making money online. Any suggestion on good way to start?

    1. Hi Jonathan, thanks for the question. My number 1 recommendation involves more effort than InboxPays but also WAY more reward, so I’d invite you to check that out first if you’re looking to make real money online. You’ll work hard, but you can be your own boss!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this extremely useful information with us. I am not at all good in understanding scams and all this, you article helps me understand about scams and how people lose their money. I can’t even thank enough that you always share something very beneficial with us..

  9. Thanks for the heads up on this. That’s sketchy that they will freeze up accounts the closer people get to the $50 threshold, definitely comes across as a scam for me. Unfortunately, people will still fall victim because they won’t do their research. Now, ebates I have heard great things about. I know many people who use it and are very satisfied.

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rob! I agree, this InboxPays scam is super sad and crappy on their part. I guess they stay in business because they seduce people with the idea of getting something for nothing, which just doesn’t exist. People looking to make money online are much better off following my top recommendation!

  10. I heard about this one. Thanks for letting us know that it’s a waste of time. I had a similar experience with InboxDollars in regards to earning cents and never reaching the threshold. Have you heard of it? I eventually got tired of it and left. Also thanks for not only just suggesting alternatives but having a full detailed review of them as well. It really helps a lot!

    1. InboxDollars is another same kinda scam. It’s totally predatory on people who think they can make a ton of money for nothing, when most of us in reality know that’s just not true. I was totally scammed by InboxPays and don’t recommend it to anyone!

  11. Do you know anything about inboxdollars? Someone from there is telling me I have won a car and $1,000 a week for the rest of my life. Is this a scam? They are asking payment of $125 payable through Western Union or Money Gram. They have not asked for any banking/social security numbers.

    1. This is a scam! Anyone saying you’ve won something and then asking you for money is definitely, absolutely, positively a scam. Do NOT send them money or engage further. Legitimate wins will not require you to pay or provide any bank information. Thank you for the great question because this is such a classic example of preying on innocent people.

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