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Avoiding Online Paid Surveys Scams

The bottom line is, if the hype for online paid surveys sounds too good to be true, it likely is. That’s the safest way to screen out “offers” that hype big rewards for small investments of time or money. Don’t be fooled by:

Testimonials – Ropers and shills typically write these for scams, not satisfied customers.

Documented Proof – Some questionable paid survey sites provide checks and other documental replications as “proof.” But just because someone made money at least once, doesn’t mean that you will. Besides, with today’s computer technology, anybody can counterfeit just about any document and make it look authentic.

Guarantees – Don’t believe guarantees that promise the Moon. paid survey sites can’t possibly guarantee 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 or the reports are unfavorable, be wary.

The “fine print” at questionable paid survey sites often contradicts much of what their hype implies. (That’s how they try to cover themselves legally.) Don’t let the hype alone sell you. Read all of the fine print too and ask questions if it’s vague or you don’t understand it. Think twice about submitting your personal information to any paid surveys site that does not provide a clear privacy policy or arouses your suspicion in any other way. Also read disclaimers, terms, conditions and any other fine print. Avoid sites that don’t answer your questions in a satisfactory and timely manner. Be wary of conducting 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.

One of the questions I get most often is how to tell whether a work from home job posting is a scam or a legitimate job. There are some warning flags. In addition, there are sites that can help you determine what’s a real work at home job and what isn’t.


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