One of the major ways that paid survey online scams make money is by selling the participants’ contact information to marketing firms. The marketing firms use that data to send unsolicited mail, emails, and phone calls to the survey participants. These unwanted advertisements can be a nuisance.
1. Please remember: Never pay anyone to do paid survey onlines and get paid. Legitimate paid survey online sites are always FREE to join and cost absolutely Nothing to take surveys and get paid. If anyone ask you to pay or provide credit card information, walk away!
2. The most common scam sites work like this: They claim they are paid survey online sites and ask you to sign up and provide your personal information. They then turn around sell your information. Often those sites are overly simplified, no company information etc, all they ask is your name and email address, and you won't know what is going on until you register. If you see a site like this, walk away.
4. Please be aware the difference between paid survey onlines sites and get paid sign up offer sites. The later sometimes say they are survey sites, in fact they are not. They are the sites you get paid for signing up free or trial offers, and sometimes you need to pay upfront a small fee and provide credit card information to sign up non-free trials or offers.
5. Stay away from the websites promoting known scam or spam “survey" sites - usually those sites promise you make thousands of dollars doing paid survey onlines, and lot of them claim that they have a list of 300+ or 400+ paid survey online sites (in fact there are not hundreds survey sites that pay! I signed up with over 200 sites, but over the course of almost 3 years, only around 70 sites that have paid me or at least send me a survey!)- They are just promoting anything they can find for commission, and they can NOT be trusted.
6. Trust your instinct - sometimes you just have a gut feeling about a scam site just by it's look and feel. In this case, you are probably right, trust yourself and walk away.
7. You can always do your research for a certain survey sites. For example, type “A survey site" in Google, you might find “A survey site is a scam!" listed among the top search results!
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