Avoiding Online Paid Surveys Scams

The end result is, if the hype for online surveys sounds too good to be true, it likely is. That is the safest way to display out “offers” that media hype big rewards for small assets of your energy or money. You shouldn’t be fooled by:

Testimonials – Ropers and shills typically write these for scams, unhappy customers.

Documented Resistant – Some doubtful paid review sites provide checks and other documental replications as “evidence.” But because someone made money at least one time, doesn’t imply that you will. Besides, with today’s computer technology, anyone can counterfeit virtually any file and make it look traditional.


Guarantees – Don’t believe guarantees that promise the Moon. paid study sites can’t possibly ensure you much of anything, except that they’ll refund your fees if you’re not satisfied. But good luck collecting your refund if it’s a paid surveys scam.

Reliable- and Trusted-Site Logos – Some questionable paid survey sites display these logos to indicate that they are self-regulating in compliance with the standards represented by the logos. But even legit logos can be stolen, such as those trademarked by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), with a simple right-click of the computer mouse. Click the logos to see where they lead. If they don’t lead to valid reports at reputable sites (such as the BBB’s official, national reliability site, the URL for which begins with https://www.bbbonline.org/) or the reports are unfavorable, be wary.

The “fine print” at questionable paid survey sites often contradicts a lot of what their media hype implies. (That’s that they make an effort to cover themselves legitimately.)

Don’t allow the hype by themselves sell you. Read every one of the small print too and have questioned whether it’s vague or you do not understand it. Think about submitting your individual information to any online paid surveys site that will not give a clear online privacy policy or arouses your suspicion in virtually any other way. Also read disclaimers, conditions, conditions and every other small print. Avoid sites that don’t reply to your questions in a reasonable and well-timed manner.

Be skeptical of executing business with sites that list only email or PO box addresses for questions and other matters, as they might be fly-by-night, paid survey scams.

Perform “whois” lookups to reveal if paid survey sites were registered by proxy. If so, be wary of doing business with them too. Site owners might be hiding their contact information behind proxy services because they’re running paid survey scams. Whois lookups will also tell you if different sites were launched by the same owners (unless they were authorized by proxy). If so, be wary about that too.

Owners may have launched multiple sites in like manner make their “industry” seem to be more legit, dupe you into purchasing the same set of paid surveys more often than once, or both.

Talk with the BBB for grievances against specific online paid review sites and their owners. But, remember that, because there are no grievances, it doesn’t imply that all who’ve conducted business with the websites are 100-percent satisfied. It just means that no-one has yet complained to the BBB about those specific sites. More about this is below.

Browse scam community forums, such as Scam.com and RipOffReport.com, for information from consumers who think they’ve been duped by online paid survey scams. But, continue with caution. Some communications are posted by ropers and shills pretending to “rescue” those who’ve been duped by paid survey scams or who are looking to avoid it. For example, the “rescuers” might say that all online paid surveys are scams, except for the “wonderful opportunities” they’ve found.

But, what they don’t tell you, is they profit from recommending the “wonderful opportunities”. (The same goes for many sites that state to screen out paid survey scams.) Scam-forum moderators typically remove such communications. But, natch, they’ll remain posted until the moderators screen them.

For more information about avoiding scams, start to see the consumer advice from the FTC and BBB. But, although both have granted standard warnings about easy-money plans (such as work-at-home and Internet business-opportunity scams), as of this writing neither has specifically warned about online paid surveys. To concern specific warnings, both organizations typically require many grievances promptly. But many victims don’t record grievances because they’re humiliated that these were duped. On top of that, online paid surveys are a reasonably new easy-money program as of this writing.

So, the organizations might possibly not have collected enough grievances to concern specific warnings. But this writer is prepared to wager that it won’t be long before they do.

If you’ve been ripped-off by online paid survey scams, as indicated you may file issues with the FTC and BBB. You may also file issues with the U.S. government’s Internet Scams Complaint Center.

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