Is Surf Junky a Scam?

Surf Junky ( is a service that supposedly lets you earn money simply by browsing the web. The description on its site of how it works isn't very clear, to say the least, but from what I can gather they make you have a browser window constantly open that flashes ads at you... a new one approximately every thirty seconds. They claim that they'll pay you about $0.45 for every hour that they sense you're actively browsing the web with this ad window flashing at you. Of course, it hasn't taken people long to figure out that theoretically you could leave the surf junky window open all day and be earning money while you do other stuff (like sleep). The trick would be to have a program running such as a chat room that would fool the surf-junky browser into thinking you were using the computer. So does this trick work? Can you earn money just by having a browser running? And the larger question: will surf junky actually pay you, or is it all a scam?

The answer is that you're probably not going to make any money this way because it doesn't appear that Surf Junky is very good about paying anyone. At least, there are all kinds of complaints on the web about its non-payment. Apparently they have a habit of cancelling accounts that approach the $25 minimum payment threshold. If you sign up with them you also have to provide your email address and agree to have spam sent to you, so they're making money off you that way as well. All in all I'd say that Surf Junky isn't worth messing around with. There are plenty of easier ways to make a few bucks.

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Posted on Sun Mar 06, 2005


I thought I heard about a program like this years ago...when pop-ups were few & far between. Didn't seem like a good idea then, either.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Sun Mar 06, 2005  at  09:04 AM
I'm approaching $18.50 right now. No problems. I use FireFox, User Agent Switcher, and a modification t the toolkit.jar file. If they don't pay me, I'll DDOS them so they can't scam any more poor unsuspecting bastards.
Posted by ProjectMayhem  in  Madison, WI  on  Sun Mar 06, 2005  at  01:40 PM
Wow, with all the pop ups my previously unguarded computer at home recieves, someone out there should owe me a huge check. I was an unsuspecting employee this whole time!
Posted by sbnature  in  sb ca  on  Sun Mar 06, 2005  at  06:18 PM
Surf Junky may be a con, but "get paid to surf" programs like this at least used to exist. There used to be a bunch of them. I used one several years ago and made about 30 bucks in a month before they apparently went bankrupt and stopped the program.
Posted by Reynard Muldrake  on  Sun Mar 06, 2005  at  07:30 PM
A good solid, reliable way to earn cash on-line is to learn medical transcription. It requires a short course, and of course some careful reading of a doctors writing, but in the end is a profitable endevour. There's TONS of that kind of work available and a never-ending supply of demand for more of this work. Hospitals, nursing-homes, doctors practices, they all need their short-hand transcribed into long-hand for record keeping purposes. I make money sitting at home doing it on-line and manage to bring in about $400 to $500 extra a month... depending on my mood.
Posted by Mark-N-Isa  in  Midwest USA  on  Mon Mar 07, 2005  at  04:37 PM
As mentioned, this concept is quite venerable; it seemed to emerge back in the days of Larry Ellison's 'Network Computer', a kind of dumb terminal which would be connected up to the internet, loading software from Larry Ellison's personal mega-computer, and no doubt you would save all your work on Oracle's servers and there would be a disclaimer whereby all your intellectual property becomes that of Oracle etc.

All things seem to come around every so often, except - frustratingly - for the original robot/vehicle Transformers, which are far superior to the Beast Wars nonsense and should never have been discontinued. Kids today have rubbish toys.

In my experience the best way to earn money working from home is to be a freelance writer, or a columnist on a major national newspaper or magazine such as the Guardian or Spectator for example; people like that earn a lot of money and also get tonnes of prestige, too.
Posted by Ashley Pomeroy  in  Cold  on  Mon Mar 07, 2005  at  05:21 PM
Mark-n-Jen, I'm not surprised that pays well. There aren't too many people out there who can read a doctor's handwriting. smile
Posted by Matt  on  Mon Mar 07, 2005  at  06:52 PM
I'm pretty sure now that surfjunky is a scam. However, there are legit Auto-surf 4 pay programs out there. I highly recommend Studio Traffic. They pays very well: 1% of what u put in daily for auto surfing 200 sites (or 100 after u upgrade). so essentially u r getting 30% of return profit monthly. If u need proof that they pay: they have a forum available, and many ppl gets paid will post there. Some ppl even gets 5k per month.

here's their website btw: ****************
Posted by Mike  in  ON Canada  on  Thu Mar 10, 2005  at  01:11 PM
There use to be a program called All-Avantage... it was like a toolbar with ads on it and payed you so and so for running it while being active on the computer. I actually got 2 checks from them for about $25 each for 2 months worth of surfing. Soon enough, they shut down and that was the end... good while it lasted but sometimes these things ARE legit.
Posted by sldkafjskl  on  Fri Mar 11, 2005  at  06:50 AM
one of the more trusted sites out there would have to be http : // www. they actually pay up and they have been around for a while now. unlike others where they would disappear this one is actually growing larger.
Posted by tony  on  Sat Mar 19, 2005  at  07:25 AM
Whether it's a scam or not, the people paying for these ads are being cheated, as it's hardly likely to be a successful advertising campaign.
Posted by Lakrasia  in  London  on  Tue Mar 29, 2005  at  11:05 AM
I recently heard on a message board about Surf Junky and told my spouse to registered and log on, she did and that night we left the computer on until the morning. I notice a little icon stored on the computer and it's source was unknown, then I tried to log on to the inernet and something was interferring with my connection.
I tried to to erase the icon off the computer, but was unsuccessful, i even tried to contact my internet provider and they said that problem wasn't theur responsibility since it had nothing to do with them. Finally, I have had to take the tower to the hospital to get (fixed) and will no longetr mess with surf junky ever again.
Posted by Daniel Taylor  in  Denver  on  Mon Apr 04, 2005  at  06:13 PM
Surf Junky is a scam and a waste of time, and I only wish they could track these people down. Unfortunetly you can never find them after a scam like this =/
After I got my time stolen by Surf Junky, I moved to Studio Traffic, even though I was still skeptical it would work... and I've actually gotten over $150 already! I couldn't believ e it. Anyway, if you want to check it out; go here:
But otherwise, just STAY AWAY FROM SURF JUNKY!!
Posted by Meaghan  on  Fri May 06, 2005  at  12:17 PM
surf junky is a piece of $h!T Im gonna crash there site down. its a waste of time. i got up to 20$ that they owe me, and i sitll dont see my money even after 2 months
Posted by Kyle  on  Tue May 10, 2005  at  07:43 PM
All pay to surf/click suck, they are ALL SCAMS
i havent received any money and im getting pissed off, kyle please crash all the sites out there!
Posted by george  on  Tue May 10, 2005  at  07:48 PM
I have not had my account deleted, I am showing well over $150, but I haven't received any $$$ and of course, no reply to emails.
Posted by GCF  in  VA  on  Thu Jul 28, 2005  at  08:12 PM
Surf Junkies teh pwn i got $25 off it!! smile))
Posted by Joe  in  LaLa Land  on  Sun Aug 28, 2005  at  08:18 AM
I made $48 with surf junky it seems to work great for me and the person who refered me said that they have been recieving checks every month :D
I just hope they keep paying me
Posted by david  in  Ohio  on  Sun Aug 28, 2005  at  01:54 PM
Surf Junky owes me $163, and have until tomorrow to pay me $98 of that. I'm not holding my breath. Bastards.
Posted by Cassie  in  BC Canada  on  Wed Sep 14, 2005  at  03:57 PM
hi all
i think there is something wrong cause u told us that surf junky will delete my account when i reach the minimum balance (25$) but now i have 50$ and nothing happend may be a i am wrong and they will not send me any money but i think the problem was about they will delete my account when reaching 25$
thnx all
Posted by omar  in  egypt  on  Sun Oct 09, 2005  at  05:56 PM
Forget about surfjunky...

Try this out...
Posted by Erick  in  New-Brunswick  on  Wed Oct 12, 2005  at  08:32 PM
Everyone will be glad to know that i have contacted the company who registered surfjunky (domains by proxy) because surfjunky do not answer our emails. i have a balance of $130 and if surfjunky do not resolve the payment they owe me within 72 hrs there hosting company will close them down. so if you want some for your self email the general manager of and get whats owed to you, dont put up with scams they owe me money and by god i will get it one way of the other.

Thank you for posting surfjunky forums hopefully it will put a end to them soon.

Dr Liam Hughes
Posted by Dr Liam Hughes  in  United Kingdom  on  Thu Oct 20, 2005  at  03:10 PM
This is my update, domains by proxy is actually the company that have been protecting surfjunkys real identity.

I after much deliberation with domains by proxy have had surfjunkys privacy removed
I am now happy to give you the real address and phone number of the morons
Who own this site?

Surf Junky

15 West St.
New York, New York 10004
United States

Registered through: (
Created on: 01-Sep-04
Expires on: 01-Sep-06
Last Updated on: 26-Sep-05

Administrative Contact:
Junky, Surf .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
15 West St.
New York, New York 10004
United States
Technical Contact:
Junky, Surf .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
15 West St.
New York, New York 10004
United States

Domain servers in listed order:

I am now working to get there hosting removed.
Please support me by spreading this to every single surfjunkys forum

Dr Liam Hughes

I hope this helps someone email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you want more info or any ideas how we can bring these assholes down
Posted by Dr Liam Hughes  in  United Kingdom  on  Fri Oct 28, 2005  at  05:23 PM
surfjunky uses a site called popup which pays sj for the popup code that we get. and they have a 25$ minimum payout. coincedence i think not
Posted by Jason  on  Sun Nov 06, 2005  at  12:14 AM
surfjunky crash the site if u want they will have it back online it's owened by a company names premocreations number 555-555-5555 i have hired a private investagator and lawyers who are taking steps but we need tv news coverage to crack this some how someone needs to get this on air so a lawsuit can become a reality ..... if anyone has any other info please tell i have names and adress for the culprits thanks to the private investagator department. please give me anything thing u got if u want revenge
Posted by Brandon  in  california  on  Mon Nov 14, 2005  at  05:31 AM
I have still 156$ from september to get paid.
Posted by Tono  in  Spain  on  Tue Nov 15, 2005  at  12:16 AM
According to my wife they owe her $117 and me $27, supposedly payable the 15th of every month. Well the 15th of Nov 05 came by and left with no check from Surf-Junky. Hard to admit I got taken, but others need to know, SURF-JUNKY IS A SCAM!
Posted by Jay  in  Austin, TX  on  Wed Nov 23, 2005  at  10:53 PM
Well, good luck with sueing surf junky... I'm sure that you will be able to close thier website and before you know it, they will find a new hot, buy a new domain, build a new website and fraud a lots of new people.....

I know they also had, and other websites.

I would DDOS them (and belive me I can... I have the power of 10,000 people which can send like few GigaBits per second into thier website and crush it for few minutes up to few days), but I know it will be useless, else I would have done it to which was mentioned before.
Popuptraffic has ignored me, and didn't pay me more than 155$!!!! Popuptraffic does pay people, but they threat them like junk!!!!
Posted by Saragani  in  Just behind you  on  Sat Dec 03, 2005  at  12:17 PM
I have now "earned" almost $270 on my SurfJunky account, and have had my account for a few months. I have not been paid, and I didn't expect to be, as I am not 18 yet, and they do not pay anyone until they turn 18.

I hope that they will pay me next month, when I turn 18, but I am doubtful. I also hope that the people who have not been paid are just underage, and overlooked the rule about not paying anyone under 18. A note about the accounts being closed: I accidentally cancelled my account without knowing what I was doing. I assume some others have made this mistake, and thought their account got banned. It's very easy to cancel your account by accident. You just go the options page where you update your payment information, and if you enter your password in the box below the payment information update, your account will be deleted. I hope that this mistake of deleting one's own account, as well as cheating, are the only reasons people are having their accounts closed.

I have met people who make money using this site. Apparently they do pay, at least sometimes. But the fact that they haven't answered any of my emails, and the number of complaints I've read here make me doubtful...

You can expect to see me back here warning you all if I still don't receive checks after I turn eighteen.
Posted by Fufu  on  Sun Mar 19, 2006  at  09:54 PM
Has anyone tried contacting the attorney general of New York. I think they would be interested in this company and would have the power to take them down.
Posted by eric  on  Sat Apr 08, 2006  at  05:12 AM
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