Paid to test computer games, or being ripped off?

Dave, I have found a web site that offers to get me a job of testing computer games for money if I register at their web site for $35. it requires a credit card number. How can I tell if something like this is a fraud?

I have to say that I’m highly, no, highly skeptical of any offer like this. My experience as a professional reviewer is that if a legitimate organization wants to offer me the chance to get involved, they’d be more interested in reading a few sample reviews I’ve written than in any sort of money changing hands.

However, it might be legitimate. Here’s how I’d tell: go and look for a list of game companies that this firm theoretically works with then call one of the firms up and ask if they do in fact work with the company. If they do, you’ll know all is good, but if they don’t, well, you’ll know that it’s a fraud and they’ll promptly be in hot water with the game company that they’re falsely representing a relationship with…

So that’s the reviewing side of things — as a lot of these deals that i’ve seen are seemingly for reviewers — but let’s talk about the testing side too, since that’s your direct question…