Copyright © 2004 Ed Zivkovic
This article will focus on Spedia Surf for Cash Program
I first came across spedia.net from my Alexa Toolbar as a result of visiting another non related site. I was looking for programs to promote and spedia sounded good on outside and I almost signed up in order to refer others into program.
It all sounded too good to be true. The 5 level deep payout structure would ensure a decent income after some heavy promoting but my intuition told me to do a quick search for term "spedia scam" and see if there was any negative spedia information around. The results speak for themselves.
An abundance of warnings and people's negative experiences with spedia. The most common complaints seem to be that they don't pay. Other complains include system crashes and spam if you cancel your account.
The Spedia Terms of Service
The Spedia Terms of Service can be found at http://www.spedia.net/sp_h_p_terms_of_service.htm. You must agree to these terms in order to participate in Spedia Surf for Cash Program. It is a very interesting page. Especially clause #16 whereby you agree not to participate in a Class Action Law Suit against Spedia but you are "allowed" to make a claim as an individual.
Personally, I cannot see any one person taking Spedia to court for 30 bucks which they did not pay. If you cannot participate in a Class Action whereby thousands of individuals can make a claim with one court case and with one attorney, what chance have you got to get your money?
Spedia and Surf+ Scumware
It seems that by downloading and installing spediabar, you are also installing a Scumware program called Surf+. This is not a good thing. The Surf+ Scumware has ability to change plain text words on any web page into hyperlinks. These hyperlinks are inserted without permission of webmaster in order to hijack you onto another site. More about how Surf+ works here: http://www.scumware.com/wm2a.html.