Online Survey Scams

October 26, 2009 11:53pm CST
How many other people try to find ways to make a little extra money online, and end up with this whole ''survey'' scams? Stringing you along, and when you realize that you have to earn $1,000 points before you can get any cash rewards, and when you finally reach that $1,000 mark, you find out that you only earned 10 bucks? What's up with that? You can NEVER expect to make quick money. Everything is masked by slick words and flashing graphics. Real Money is earned out of pure hard-work. Nothing in life comes that easy. How many other scams have you encountered? And what can you do to prevent yourself from falling into the traps of "free money"?
9 responses
@ivbsav (194)
• Indonesia
29 Oct 09
Firstly, I will set my mind to rational thinking that there's no easy way to find much money.. once again much money.. secondly, I will search and the site whether scam or not through search engine using terms: "scam" or "hoax" even "legit" .
@lindiebiz (1013)
• Canada
28 Oct 09
I would advice anybody who wants to join any program to read reviews such an imreportcard or gptboycott to read about scam sites and genuine sites t kare
@irene3184 (900)
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
SurveyPolice is your ultimate destination for online survey information.Don't be afraid of the world of online surveys - it can prove to be a legitimate way of voicing your opinions to researchers readily willing to compensate you fairly for your time.Consumers wanting to participate in online surveys are faced with the daunting task of figuring out which online survey panels are legitimate and which are simply scams. Sometimes the decision is easy - a website where a bikini-clad model holding a laptop with "win me!" flashing on the screen is clearly not a legitimate survey panel, but rather, a marketing company looking to collect information.
@lenny03 (26)
• Indonesia
28 Oct 09
Before I fall into the traps o free money, I must investigate it by ask into the forum. I think this website you join for asking were a good one, it real making money. It slightly but steadily. Don't be fall of making lots money instantly.
• United States
28 Oct 09
I agree, I have all but given up on survey sites. You end up signed up for things you don't want, or having to pay for things, or never getting sent anything you qualify for, or just being entered in a sweepstakes you'll never win, for your work! I like mylot because, although it is not a load of money, it is true that if you put in an honest effort you get paid simply for posting. It is straightforward, simple, and no messing you around, and they pay. And if you want to earn more by payout time, you know you can just put in some extra effort and put up your earnings a little. So I guess I will stick with this for now.
@solared (1209)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I hate surveys I get half way done, then it says I'm not qualified, even if you lie somehow your still not qualified.
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
27 Oct 09
I belong to a few survey companies and so far there are all legitimate. I usually do my research online to find out whether they are scams are not. Unfortunately a lot of the surveys I do not qualify for so it seems to take forever to reach payout. Quite frankly if I did not need the money I would not bother as some of the surveys are quite long. There are legitimate survey sites out there but unfortunately the spammers make it look bad for everyone.
@o0Tora0o (356)
• United States
27 Oct 09
When I first found MyLot, I was looking for legitimate marketing research companies that would pay me to complete surveys for them. So far, I've only found a couple that are worthwhile--and it's really worth mentioning that any site that claims you can make any sort of hourly wage taking surveys isn't legitimate. With legitimate marketing research companies, you aren't guaranteed any sort of results. The surveys are sporadic, and depending on the company the rewards offered for each one will vary. Some, like Pinecone Research, are extremely selective who they pick for their panels. Pinecone only puts out banners every once in a while, and spotting them is pretty much the only way to join. Another survey site I've been with for a while is Greenfield Online. They send a lot of survey invitations, but their rewards are mostly sweepstakes entries, not guaranteed amounts. Despite that, I really like them. I don't usually have problems qualifying for their surveys--either I get in, or they kick me out within a few minutes because I don't fit the demographic they need. When it comes to making money online, the best thing to keep in mind is that it does take time and effort to succeed. Most people aren't going to get rich from the internet, and success isn't going to come overnight. But if you keep that in mind and don't get discouraged if things go slowly, there's a lot of potential out there.
@minx267 (14943)
• Hartford, Connecticut
27 Oct 09
I belong to Pinecone Research. And so far this is the most reliable and consistent survey company I know of. I am sent an average of 2-3 surveys a month- they pay $3 for each survey. They pay me the FOLLOWING day! AND I never answer a ton of questions only to be told I don't qualify. A couple others that I like are esearch and Focus Forward. but they don't sen things very often. If you see those flashing graphics - run. If anyone asks you for money before they give you something, Run. There are some legit sites out there.. sometimes you find them through trial and error. Do a search before you join. see what others are saying. and not just one person but lots of others. there is a site called IMReportCard - I have a banner on my profile page. This site is great because it lists all those "money making sites" and you get to read reviews others have wrote and rated and see what they have to say or how well they scored. Also If you have experiences with any of these sites you can join and review and rate your self and earn a pretty penny. Good Luck out there!