Fact Check: GO2Bank Is NOT Giving New Customers $1,000 As Sign-Up Bonus

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: GO2Bank Is NOT Giving New Customers $1,000 As Sign-Up Bonus Scam Tactic

Is the digital bank GO2Bank giving new customers a sign-up bonus of $1,000? No, that's not true: A representative of the owner of the GO2Bank brand, Green Dot Corporation, told Lead Stories that this alleged sign-up bonus is not a GO2Bank offer, and that the links found in the post promising the bonus do not go to the bank's official website.

The claim appeared on Facebook (archived here) on December 15, 2022. It opened:

G-Bank is now back with a bang and offering Financial Assistance. To everybody going through a hard time, do not be left out.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of the writing of this fact check:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Dec 16 15:07:27 2022 UTC)

The screenshot in this post, supposedly from GO2Bank Mobile, thanks a user called "Carol D. Blast game" for signing up with GO2Bank and tells the user that it has sent a $1,000 sign-up bonus. The full screenshot can be seen here:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Dec 16 15:08:26 2022 UTC)

The link in this Facebook post is not legitimate. It contains "godaddysites," a domain given to users that create a website on GoDaddy.com, a domain registrar and web hosting website. The real link to GO2Bank is here.

At the time of writing, GO2Bank does have a program that allows customers to receive $50 for each friend who opens an account with GO2Bank. Lead Stories did not find any evidence of GO2Bank giving new customers $1,000 as a sign-up bonus.

GO2Bank denied this claim in a December 16, 2022, email. Whit Chapman, senior public relations manager for Green Dot Corporation, which owns the GO2Bank brand, told Lead Stories:

None of the links in this post direct to any of our company's properties and this is not an offer GO2bank is providing.

Previous Lead Stories debunks of similar false claims about online signups can be found here.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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