I had been working at mTurk since Jan 2009 and within a month had built up an impression that at last have got a genuine site to work for earning some money.
However, they according to me are the biggest scamsters, even worse than the PPC site owners. mTurk can suspend your account any moment and forfeit all your money without even bothering to give proper justification. Simply, they will state that due to violation of their TOS, the account is suspended and all earnings are forfeited. If you claim the money earned prior to suspension, they will say that they can’t do any more business with people whose accounts are suspended.
Here is a detail of the money which they claimto have sent, but i did not recieve any cheque. Out of my $4000 earned there, i recieved $2800 and they ate all my money towards the end. When i kept on asking for money, they suspended my account. Despite doing 80000 tasks there, my approval was a little over 99%.
12 Dec., 2009
You withdrew: US$ 147.00.
The exchange rate applied was: INR 45.9348 per US Dollar
The amount you will receive via cheque is: INR Rs 6752.41
29 Dec., 2009
You withdrew: US$ 238.00.
The exchange rate applied was: INR 46.1894 per US Dollar
The amount you will receive via cheque is: INR Rs 10993.07
13 Jan., 2010
You withdrew: US$ 264.00.
The exchange rate applied was: INR 44.9842 per US Dollar
The amount you will receive via cheque is: INR Rs 11875.84
28 Jan., 2010
You withdrew: US$ 217.00.
The exchange rate applied was: INR 45.4959 per US Dollar
The amount you will receive via cheque is: INR Rs 9872.61
13 Feb., 2010
You withdrew: US$ 136.00.
The exchange rate applied was: INR 45.7876 per US Dollar
The amount you will receive via cheque is: INR Rs 6227.11
My account was suspended on Feb. 17th, 2010, and all the above mentioned money which i was supposed to get before suspension has also been forfeited. It’s understandable that they forfeit all earnings which has not been disbursed, but these cheaters can also forfeit all the earnings which has been disbursed.
I would strongly ask newcomers to be careful about their autocratic nature and keep on withdrawing money at frequent intervals. There are much better places to work for like oDesk and elance.com where i work now and i fine that they are transparent and honest unlike mTurk.
NOTE: From Aug, 2009 till Dec, 2009 i had not done a single HIT at mTurk and then till Feb 17., 2010 was not even blocked by a single requester.
HELL WITH THE CROOKS OF mTURK
SHAME ON AMAZON
Here's the reply when i asked them to reissue the cheques.
Greetings from Mechanical Turk.
Because your account was suspended due to activity that we believe violates the Participation Agreement/Conditions of Use, any remaining funds on the account are forfeited.
This suspension officially terminates all your activity on Mechanical Turk. Should you try to open another account, it too will be closed.
I'm sorry that we're no longer able to do business with you through Mechanical Turk.
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