A reader of mine shared this story with me, and I asked him permission to share with you readers so that we can all learn from these bans. This reader has been an Ebates member for a while now, and back in September/October, there was a pretty lucrative deal, which I may or may not blog about later, that had a limit on transactions. So this reader did what most Heavy Hitters do – they of course create a 2nd account for their spouse. Yours truly did the same, but to be fair, I didn’t refer my wife (this has nothing to do with this story) to get a bonus. I didn’t go as hard as this reader though.
When the reader’s wife’s account was created, he used it and thus accumulated $1.1K of cashback. He then received the check for that amount. He thought things were in the clear like anyone else would have thought. So he kept going in Q and was up to $1.4K of cashback until this…
Can’t log in
This is a sign that you know you’re banned from Ebates – when you can’t log in and ‘forget password’ does nothing. That’s the first indication things were amiss. When he contacted them, he got this:
The odd thing is that he actually never had any invalid orders, so the excuse is bullshit. His next course of action is to CFPB them and hope for the best.
I’m not even sure what the lesson is here since if they were going to ban him for the new account ramp, they should have banned him before the first check. And he didn’t do anything different in quarter 2. Maybe the algorithm finally caught up to him. I guess chalk this one up to ‘slow and steady’ ESPECIALLY FOR NEW PORTAL ACCOUNTS.