In the world of online surveys, paid survey scams dominate. There are
genuine market research companies that will pay you for your opinion,
however the challenge is determining 'is this paid online survey a scam'?
Work at home schemes appeal to our desires to earn more money, avoid having
a boss, work fewer hours, and stop commuting.
Often scammers also tap into
our desires of a better life by stating "spend a few minutes a day and earn
all the money you need to make all your dreams come true."
Survey scams can be used to extract your personal details such as banking
details or date of birth so they can commit identity theft or credit card
They can also steal your money by setting up a subscription scheme to
connect you with online survey companies, and just keep your money and
not provide you with any information.
How do the Paid Survey Scams Work?
first opportunity the scammers have is when you fill out the registration
forms and a lengthy profile. They claim that in order for them to pay you
they need information such as your name, date of birth, social security
number and banking details.
Once scammers have this they can commit fraud with your details.
If you do provide all the details, it also provides scammers the opportunity
to flood you with email spam and phone calls from telemarketers.
Some sites ask for a subscription payment [such as $29-95 or $34-95] to
connect you with the best online research marketing firms. Most people who
pay either receive nothing, or receive useless information.
If you do finally get to complete online surveys, you may find you don't get
paid for them despite promises of payment 'next month'.
Red Flags of Paid Survey Scams
Sites that offer big rewards for
small investments of time or money. Completing online surveys is not
going to provide a good revenue for you. The average survey of 10-20
mins pays about $5
No company information regarding
their location, telephone number or background information. If they have
an email address, contact them with some questions and evaluate the
speed and type of response you get
company will hold information about you in order to match the survey to
your interests or experience. It is important to know how they will use
Simple registration page asking
for name and email address. Legitimate companies will require additional
information to better match you to the available surveys
Glowing testimonials indicating a
Sites requiring an upfront
subscription or membership fee
Ignore any spam that is promoting paid surveys as it
will be a scam
Ignore any sites requesting money
Check the company name using Google to see if there
are any complaints
Check scam forums
for comments but beware of scammers posting glowing comments about the
site! Similarly be careful with 'Review' sites that claim to have
reviewed all the survey sites on the Internet and come up with the names
of only a few reputable ones as the sites are often scam sites or sites
they receive a commission from with their recommendation
If you have been scammed you can file a complaint with
the Internet Fraud Complaint Center about
paid survey scams. You can also
file complaints with the BBB.