How To Avoid Online Paid Surveys Scams?
As good as the idea of paid surveys sounds, many of the claims seem too good to be true. That is because many of the websites extolling the virtues of paid surveys are nothing but scams. Don’t fall for all the hype. Be wary of any website that provides any of the following:
- Income guarantees – there is absolutely no way anyone can guarantee you a specific income from taking paid surveys because you control how many of the ones you are offered that you actually take.
- Outrageous testimonials – while it is possible to make extra money doing paid surveys, you will not make a fortune for a few minutes of work. Survey taking is easy work but you are not going to be paid $20 or $30 dollars a minute for your time. Many testimonials are written by grifters, unscrupulous professional writers and outright criminals. Don’t buy their lies.
- Employee checks – most of the “checks” are bogus or are the exception rather than the rule.
- Look for contact information. Legitimates business will provide you with a postal address (not just a PO Box and/or an email address) and will define their legal jurisdiction in disclaimer or one of the other legal documents. If that information is not provided, don’t trust them.
- Do a whois lookup on the domain name to see who actually owns it. How many sites they own and whether they are frequently changing hosting companies and domain names.