PORT MORESBY – It seems that Golden Sun is the next hot thing in Papua New Guinea - an unbelievably easy way to make money through ‘investment’.
But it has all the features of a scam.
Just below is a Facebook post by someone named Gabriel, who has been engaged in e-commerce (including online payments).
He did a bit of research that he says reveals Golden Sun is actually a clever scheme run within PNG, and not out of the UK as the Golden Sun website claims.
Gabriel’s notes on Golden Sun
I did some research on Golden Sun. I know some of you are making money through that website.
If you are, well and good.
This post is to verify whether you are paid online through the website or not at all.
I registered, logged in (through a link of course) and did some movie reviews at F level.
I then attempted a withdrawal to make a request so I could trace the destination of the site.
Also to check if it actually went through a payment gateway with Visa identification.
I did this is because I know any payment gateway processor will have an algorithm that checks the validity of the Visa card number.
is an e-commerce application service that authorizes payments for e-businesses e.g online payments (fee/fines/deposits)
After analysing the packets, I found that these transactions (packets of data) didn’t go to an internet payment gateway (IPG).
They went to a data centre (CloudFlare) in the United Kingdom that is only managing the website (remote address: 18.104.22.168:443).
Now I’ve done quite a few side hustles with e-commerce websites and I know that for you to be paid online the transaction has to go through a payment gateway.
Golden Sun nogat displa.
The movie reviews, they don’t go anywhere. Zero payloads.
Now you will probably have watched on YouTube how some of our countrymen do withdrawals through the Golden Sun website and receive money in their Bank South Pacific account.
But what they don’t know is that the United States dollars they see in their Golden Sun account are nothing but calculated digits.
Someone else is transferring money to their accounts via SMS or internet banking.
Once you click the withdrawal button, a website administrator here in PNG receives your request along with your user ID, bank details together and the ‘US dollar’ points you get for doing the fake movie review.
The administrator then physically transfers money to your account via SMS or internet banking to compensate you for referring clients to register with Golden Sun via the link you shared.
It has a code at the end tied to your account ID so the administrator can monitor how many new people registered through the link you shared.
That’s why people have to wait 6-7 hours to see their account credited.
Footnote from Academia Nomad
Golden Sun has every feature of a scam. The goal of a scam is to get people to lose hard earned money.
If something sounds too good to be true, it's potentially a scam.
God told man to ‘work’. Anything that doesn't involve work of some sort will cost you.