Report: #590331

Complaint Review:

  • Submitted: Wed, April 07, 2010
  • Updated: Thu, April 15, 2010
  • Reported By: Shirley — Atlanta Georgia United States of America

    United States of America

Show customers why they should trust your business over your competitors...  Internet Scam artist a.k.a. as Katiescorner (Moderator) These people BAN "Legitimate" users trying to leave "helpful" comments for all users to read. However? for some strange BAN the users that leave honest information about certain products.

Except for Katiescorners products of course! She can write anything and get away with it? After-All she is the moderator of! What better situation to advertise "Crappy" referral companies that she makes money off of once you join! "Great for Her! Bad for you as the consumer!" DO NOT JOIN ANY OF THESE COMPANIES LISTED IN THIS WEBSITE! This is HOW she makes her money through referrals fees once you join these "crappy" companies. I personally was taken in by what I thought was an "Honest Website?" WRONG!

Now days I receive nothing but "Junk Email" everyday from all the companies she has listed in her website called: and also her being the moderator of the she has the power to write and convince you to join her companies listed.
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#1 General Comment

katieshugs katiescorner

AUTHOR: Cindy - (United States of America)

The woman we are talking about who owns the message board katieshugs also has the screen name katiescorner when she moderates on

I apologize I made a mistake and called her message board katiescorner instead of katieshugs.

I am now a member of and just think of her as katiescorner.
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#2 General Comment


AUTHOR: Cindy - (United States of America)

I have spoken with the owner of katiescorner when I was a member of her message board and also on where she is a moderator.  She is a woman who works from home, has a family and has a message board specifically to help others with finding the right work at home job or career.  This is a woman who takes great care to be as honest and helpful as she can be with each and every member on her forum.  The people she has selected to be moderators on her forum are just as helpful as she is.
This is a forum where all that post can get to know each other, share experiences and you feel at home.  Her message board gives much information and new information daily for finding work at home jobs. 
The message board is ran so that those that try to post scams, spam or break the rules are confronted and dealt with so that no harm will come to the members or anyone that visits the forum. also is a wonderful forum.  This woman is a moderator for and takes care of the members by answering their questions, gives informative information and also makes sure the rules of the forum are followed.

I would give both of these message boards a big thumbs up and most of all the owner of Katiescorner who is so very thoughtful and helpful to all.  This is a woman with much experience about the internet and work at home jobs and careers.  I value what I have learned from being a member of both of these boards and getting to talk with the woman who owns katiescorner and is a moderator for
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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company is not a spam site

AUTHOR: HSWHITE - (United States of America)

I have been a member of for over 2 years and I have never had one incident of spamming from this site.  I have signed up for all of the survey sites that have been recommended and have received many great products to test as well as other monetary rewards as a result of doing surveys and discussion groups.  Everyone on Katieshugs is helpful and honest.  The only people that get banned are those that are trying to spam, all others are welcome.  The moderator of the site works very hard to keep the site legitimate and free of spam so she is very diligent with all posters to ensure that only legitimate information is being reported.  She personally tries all websites that she recommends to her members so I am completely confident in signing up for the sites that she recommends.  She has never steered me wrong and I have never received any junk mail or spam from the sites that she has recommended and I have signed up for over 200 sites. If the person who has filed this complaint is receiving spam then he is clearly not signing up for the websites listed on he is probably using one of those paid survey lists which are usually all spam.  Everything at is free and I don't pay a cent to use her lists.  Since I am profitting from the information that I get from her site I have no problem with her profitting from this as well.  If I understand correctly that's how most websites work.  Since I'm making money from the survey sites and other sites that she recommends why shouldn't she financially profit from it as well.  I have recommended to many of my friends who have also joined the site and are benefiting financially and I will continue to recommend it because it is the best source of on-line work I have ever found.
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#4 Consumer Comment

I love

AUTHOR: minkie79 - (USA)

Three years ago I stumbled upon, while I was looking for some information on a survey company, and I'm glad I did.

Her website has all the "good" survey companies listed and believe me, YOU do make money off of these companies;  you get some good products to test and you have a chance, as a consumer, to make your opinions known to the companies about their products and THEY listen!! What could be better then that??

As for the owner/moderator of the website making money through her referrals, well I don't have  a problem with that!

A lot of people earn money online through referrals nowadays - there is nothing wrong with that.

It isn't illegal or immoral or wrong!

She works very hard to run a decent, honest, website AND - I  believe she truly cares for those of us who are memebers there.

A few years ago when my mom died, she and many of the other members there were so kind and supportive to me that  it really helped me get through that difficult time!

I'm sorry, but loving, caring and kind people like this do not run a "rip off" website!

And as for spam - well, I haven't gotten any from being a memeber of Katieshugs or the survey companies she has listed!!

I really love katieshugs and I consider it one of the best ( if not the best ) website for getting accurate information about survey companies and work at home companies and  it's just an all around nice place to be online!!

I just don't get how anyone could think that her websites are "rip offs" - it leaves me "scratching my head" in bewilderment.............




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#5 General Comment

Only a postive experiance @ KATIESHUGS.COM

AUTHOR: S_Armas - (United States of America)

I have been a member @  for over 3 years. I have signed up with many of the surveys companies listed. Never have I received spam or junk email.  Perhaps you are not knowledgable with how referrals work. A person does earn points or 'makes money' when another person signs up under them. The Moderator @ KatiesHugs checks every link herself. To insure they are all legit. I have personally seen people post spam @ Katieshugs. I have seen the hidden urls and the people who have been banned try to come back again and again. KATTIESCORNER HAS TAKEN CARE OF HER SITE BY REMOVING THE SPAM. For those who are searching for a work at home website KatiesHugs  is the most honest website. Katiescorner will answer all your questions and concerns. The only crappy links on Katieshugs comes from SPAMMERS. I suggest before pointing fingers and MAKING FALSE REPORTS, you look carefully at the previous websites you have visited. Thats where the spam is coming from, not KATIESHUGS.

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#6 Consumer Comment

Katies hugs is not a scam or rip-off

AUTHOR: Candy - (United States of America)

I have been a member and fan of all Katies hugs web-sites for over five years and this is the first complaint I have ever seen.  I have never received "junk e-mail" because of her and she has always been right on top of checking out any sites that are being promoted to assure they are safe.  Her member involvement has grown extensively over the years specifically because it is safe and trustworthy.  Part of the reason for this is that she screens any new members and the programs they are promoting.  If she believes they are not on the up and up, or are spammers, they are out of there.

All anyone has to do is visit her site and see for themselves whether or not she is promoting "crappie" companies.  She is helping people learn how not to be scammed on the internet, and directing them to "safe" sites.  Many of her members have been apart of her business since before me, and I don't believe she would have this kind of loyal following if it wasn't an outstanding website.  One complaint in seven years of business is a track record that should speak for itself.  She should be proud of what she's accomplished and all of the people she has helped.

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#7 Consumer Comment

Katieshugs is Top Notch

AUTHOR: mater - (United States of America)

I retired about 2 years ago and wanted to make a little extra money from home. I got scamed by several so called survey companies and was ready to give up. Then I found Katieshugs and everthing changed for the best. It is one of the best and most helpful sites out there. I have joined lots of the companies listed by Katieshugs and have made a fair amount of money and received lots of free products to test. This site is honest and true. I don't mind at all that she made a little money from teaching me how to make money in this business. I have never received any spam from any of the many sites I joined on her site. The only spam you will find on her site would be from people who abuse her goodwill, like the author of this ridiculous report.

Thank you


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#8 Consumer Comment is a great site

AUTHOR: TS - (United States of America)

I have been a member of Katieshugs for almost 2 years, I have found the site to be nothing but helpful. I have made quite a bit of spending money through survey companies I found there. I have found lots of great advice and freebies through there as well. I have never had a problem, but I have followed the rules as well, they clearly state no advertising.

Katieshugs is a well set up and well kept website full of helpful information. While all of it is not for everyone the info is provided free and has helped many people. Sometimes money can be earned for referrals, in which case why shoudl it not be gotten by someone willing to take the time and effort into the upkeep. It seems the orignal reporter wants to come into a well established site and earn some extra of of someone else's hard work.
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#9 Consumer Comment

That has not been my experience.

AUTHOR: Karen - (United States of America)

I'm sorry that you had a bad experience at  I've been a member for several years and have followed several of the referral links and never had a problem.  In fact, I've gotten many free products by following those links.  When signing up at those sites I have the option to not use my primary e-mail address or to ask not to be included in their mailings.  Getting spam from a website that you joined isn't the end of the world and is usually avoidable.

As I understand it, users can be banned on for advertising their own business/affiliate links without permission.  This makes perfect sense to me.  The site is a business which provides a free service, but in return they ask that any profit from referral and affiliate links goes to them.  That is standard on almost any website.  If you posted your own referral links after a website asked you to stop, you'd be banned on almost any forum on the internet.  This one is no different.

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#10 Consumer Comment

No Problems With Katieshugs Here

AUTHOR: Pixie - (Canada)

I'm having a few problems following what you're saying, but from what I can gather you're upset with the site owner for using her own referral links on her site and therefore receiving something in return for people signing up for sites.  I fail to see what's wrong with her doing that, it is her site afterall. 

I have been to Katieshugs a few times and have never had a problem.  The forum rules are clearly posted and as long as you read and follow them you'll be fine.  There is no pressure to sign up for anything.  I always use a separate email address when signing up for forums or companies to minimize the spam going into my "real" account, maybe that would help you out too.

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#11 Consumer Comment

Katieshugs is GREAT!

AUTHOR: freemom - (United States of America)

I am not sure about the OP experience, but I have never had problems with . It is a great site, with lots of helpful information, and I recommend it to all of my friends. The only reason one would be banned is for posting  spam links, it is stated clearly that these are not allowed. The companies listed have helped alot of  people, and steered them in the right direction so they are NOT scammed.
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#12 UPDATE Employee

Katiescorner is My Gracious Fellow Moderator

AUTHOR: Soapboxmom - (United States of America)

Katiescorner is my fellow Moderator at (((REDACTED))).  We are all volunteers.  She is always kind considerate and welcoming to all of our members.  She works hard to help and answer questions for everyone that comes on the forum.

(((REDACTED))) does have have liberal rules, but there is no advertising permitted on the threads.  Anyone with a business they would like to promote is welcome to chat freely about it and put contact information and links in their signature only.  So the author has no legitimate complaint.  If posts or links were removed it was because it was clearly spam in violation of the rules.  Legitimate posters will not have any problems.

I can also say the Mods will go above and beyond the call of duty when unique situations arise.  I have spent hours some days looking into situations where posters or subjects of posts needed assistance.  When things don't clearly fall under the rules we make every effort to see that things are handled in a professional and fair manner.

Katie is a top notch moderator.  She is without exception honest and fair.  I feel honored to be working with her at (((REDACTED))). 



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#13 Consumer Comment

KatiesHugs is NOT a scam

AUTHOR: nrpayne - (United States of America)

I have used several of the websites listed on and the information provided in this report is not accurate.  I do not get bombarded with junk mail as indicated.  The only emails I get are from the companies asking me to complete surveys, which is what I signed up to do.  I have received the benefits of completing those surveys as stated.  The person who runs KatiesHugs is an honest person who is trying to help others and saving others money so they don't have to buy lists of surveys.  YOU are wrong in your reporting of KatiesHugs.
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#14 Author of original report

AUTHOR: shirleydoll60 - (United States of America)  Deletes and BANS "legitimate" users trying to leave useful/helpful comments (post) in certain harmful company threads that exposes companies all over the Internet. A lot of these companies owners are actually legal and "legitmate" hard-working people. (If you own a website, I would beware of this company and especially it's 2010 present moderator called Katiescorner).

"Ironically?" The present day 2010 MODERATOR called Katiescorner (presently 2,552 post) a.k.a deletes/bans owners comments trying to explain "their side of the story" and even has the nerve to go back and make comical childish remarks about these companies. Thus in return, trying to get you to click & join her personal website ( advertisements in her comments and or post? Which will NEVER be deleted because she is the moderator of

Should this situation be legal regarding Internet rules and guidelines? NO!" "Or is actually a scam in itself?" This moderator called Katiescorner/ definitely needs to be removed from this company and hire a more professional employee that takes these company thread(s) accusations/post more serious. Especially, whenever it comes to the owners explaination. These are serious, "harmful and libel remarks/comments/post made by it's Internet forum users that can hurt any business".

Unfortunately? Trying to contact the administrator of seems to be a joke! (Which was ironcially originally designed for the consumer). Especially, if you want to have a harmful and abusive thread and or comments/post removed from their website which hurts your business. Also? Contacting the moderator (Katiescorner/ seems to think this website is a "Game of modern day comedy for it's daily forum members! Let's play today and leave childish comments all over the internet! Who or Whom cares about these companies? I don't!".

"What's truly amazing?" Is the fact that you will never see any threads or comments/post regarding her deceitful company called which has recently been reported as being an Internet referral scam!  BEWARE: Once you join all these companies in her website.You will receive NOTHING but tons of "Junk Email" each week in return and NO money from the majority (over 90%) of these companies listed! While she is making money off the referral fees at the same time. (She should explain this situation in her website thoroughly, but she does NOT). Be sure to read her website disclaimer before joining any of these companies listed.

I have personally contacted my attorney and started legal deployment against and it's present 2010 moderator Katiescorner/ Simply because they refuse to remove a certain harmful thread, started by a daily user, hurting my Internet business in return, (which can not be revealed at this time because of litigation reasons). This could possibly be a "Class Action Lawsuit" pertaining to Internet Fraud and my Internet company loss of monthly income. "Please join me!"

Fortunately, Rip-Off report does NOT have a moderator that makes childish "Comical Remarks or Comments" That thinks of their website as being a daily children's game! Unfortunately, now days seems to be a playground for it's childish daily forum members that are bored and have nothing else to do in life, but leave harmful and libel comments/post, that unfortunately appears everywhere over the Internet! Please contact me if you would like to join in this possible class action suit against or if you have had any problems with this company and or the moderator Katiescorner/ con artist

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#15 Consumer Comment

Not sure where to begin. :(

AUTHOR: Michelle - (United States of America)

First of all, Three years ago I bought an actual  'list' from one of those scam companies. 20 minutes later I found Katies Hugs. NOT ONE of the spam sites that I was signed up for were on her list. NOT one.   So, at her direction I started a second email to sign up for the legit companies.  I never got an email that didnt offer me a legit survey/PT or Focus group. PERIOD. And I have went through every one on the list and signed up. 

She vets ALL her refered companies. AND she runs a board to HELP you. One that is posted on her site, and she lets you know why she likes or doesnt like a company.  She works tirelessly day in and day out to help her members get the best surveys/PT's, Focus groups etc..  She uses everything from message boards to social applications to assist in EVERYONE making money.

Does she rule her site with an iron fist?  YES, and I for one am thankful.  If someone puts 'helpful' information up and it does not quickly check out as legitimate she pulls it.  She doesnt allow her ethics or morals to be compromised for a dollar. 

She even taught ME how to get referals from the companies I joined. INSTEAD of her.  She  doesnt just put out a list. She personally answers questions,  she personally researches and finds the best things to tell people about. 

I dont begrudge her a bit for taking money on a referal.  thats how these companies work.  Look at any of them.  BUT, she tells you the NAME of the company, she tells you how to get there with OUT her getting the referal.   That shows a true heart and someone who wants others to enjoy the fruits of her labors with no strings attached. 

I don't suffer fools gladly,  never have.  And I rely on Katieshugs daily for the newest surveys, product tests, and focus groups. SHe has NEVER let me down. 

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#16 General Comment is Legit!

AUTHOR: just_joe - (USA)

I found about 1 1/2 years ago.  I was looking for information on different survey companies.  I immediately felt very comfortable with this site.  The people and the owner seemed like they really wanted to help people succeed and do well.  I've been a cop for over 20 years now and have become a VERY cynical and suspicious person.  I felt very comfortable at this site and liked the people that were posting on a regular basis.  They really want you to do well and protect people from getting scammed and ripped off.  They also treat each other with respect, even if they disagree with each other-which is a very rare thing on the internet!

I have signed up for about a dozen survey companies that are on the survey list.  I have never paid a dime to sign up for a company.  There is no reason to pay.  You can trust the dozen of companies listed on  If you really feel or want to pay to sign up for a survey company, find a different site, or you can send me $50 and I will show you which companies to sign up with for free,

The owner or has every right to ban and make rules for the site.  Hey, if you don't like the rules, make your own site and have a ball!

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#17 Consumer Comment

I love Katies Hugs and why

AUTHOR: weebitty - (USA)

I would like to let everyone know that I have been on Katies Hugs for the past two years.  The people there including the owner of the website is above reproach.  I have never had a problem with her site and trust it completely. 

 She and the others have done nothing but helped people.  I know this from 2 years of being on the site.  I also joined almost every survey company that she has recommended and have not experienced any problem that you state.

  If you have been banned from a site it is with good reason.  She monitors her site several times a day and keeps it clean and neat and scam free.  Obviously from people like you that think you are above being banned.  Every forum has rules for a reason, if you think you don't need to adhere to them then you deserve what you get. This is true of almost any site. 

 She has been fair with all users and has warned those that violate the rules.  If you don't like the rules then I would strongly suggest you stay off of it.  I for one will continue my relationship with Katies Hugs as long as it exists.  You have done nothing to change my mind  I will and have recommended her site to others and will continue to do so.


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#18 General Comment Is Not A Scam

AUTHOR: Sophia - (United States of America)

I've never had any problems with the owner of She's an honest individual who like many are out there to help as many people find legitimate opportunities to work from home.

Like many affiliate programs, you get paid for referrals. Yes, this is partly how she makes her income -- through referrals and by participating in taking surveys, but there are other sources she also earns an income from. I have the survey sites she promotes on her website and they are all reputable. She has tried them all before listing them on her website as being paying survey sites. doesn't list any offer sites or sites that attempt to sell you anything. The list of survey sites are all researched and are all free. Of the entire list, less than 30 are affiliated related.

The owner of is not a spammer. Moderators and members are allowed to have links in their signatures. Links aren't allowed in the body of the post and those are removed by the moderator. Forums like have forum rules members must abide by and if you break those rules it's a good enough reason to be banned. For instance, creating multiple accounts under the same user also constitutes a ban. Most forums I know of ban members because they have blatantly broken the rules not once, but many times. Continuously spamming the forum, getting banned and coming back to register a new username and then continue to spam the forum will get an automatic ban. Follow the rules, and you should be fine.

She always offer helpful and truthful information about any programs discussed on because she doesn't want to see anyone get taken.

Not everyone will have the same user experience, but I know's owner and website is honest and reputable.

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