Avoid Survey Scams
Making money by filling out paid online surveys is a popular part-time job for many Internet users, and there are always people ready to scam people who just want to make some extra money.
Because so many people are interested in earning extra income with paid surveys, it’s easy to get caught up in scams that claim to promote online surveys. The good news is,
if online surveys were not such a great way to make money, no one would be interested in creating scams related to this business.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to be sure that you don’t get scammed by someone claiming to have survey work, when in fact they’re just out to relieve you of some money.
Ignore Unsolicited Email
The first rule for avoiding “survey” scams is to ignore anything you receive by unsolicited email. No matter how good it looks, no matter how reputable the company it claims to come from, no matter how much money it promises, don’t respond to spam. Real research companies don’t advertise by sending email to people who are not signed up with them. But scammers will use real names to fool you. Just delete all email from people you don’t know, offering to pay you money for anything.
Whether you receive them by email or see them when you’re surfing the web, don’t respond to “surveys” that require you to “complete offers.” Most of these scams promise you some great prize, like a digital camera or even a car, if you “complete” their survey. In order to complete their survey, you have to part with a lot of money for free samples and free trials. One survey even required the entrant to actually buy a car, in order to qualify to win a digital camera. Legitimate survey companies do not ask you to buy or try anything.
Never Give Out Social Security or Credit Card Numbers
Legitimate survey companies will never, ever ask you for your credit card company or your Social Security number. Real market research firms use surveys to gather market research information for their clients. They don’t need, and won’t ask for, your personal information. They have absolutely no use for your credit card or Social Security number or your mother’s maiden name, but identity thieves do.
Survey Wolf can help you find reputable survey companies. We are members of all the survey companies we recommend.
Our job is to make sure you don’t waste time with fake offers, by providing the most up to date information about real market research panels and legitimate survey opportunities.