5/5 Paid Survey Takers Say ‘Read These Tips To Avoid The Scams’

Paid online surveys have long had an association with scams.

In fact, I believe I recently read somewhere that at least 97% of them have a dubious reputation at best.


With the number of people who use the internet growing by the day, an ever increasing number of people are looking for ways to make money online.

Whilst filling out paid surveys is never going to make anyone rich, they certainly seem to offer a reasonable return for minimal effort.

Certainly there are some good online survey companies but my research on the subject tells me there are a whole lot more that are out to fleece you.

If you are new to the paid survey scene then you need to know how to avoid getting scammed.

I certainly intend to take a deeper look into some paid survey scams in the near future but, for now, I have come up with 5 tips to help you avoid falling into one –

1. If It sounds too good to be true then it probably is. If someone is offering well above the market value for surveys then stop and ask, “why?”.

2. Do not pay a fee to get started. Why would you want to pay to take surveys when you are expecting to earn money? There are hundreds of survey sites online that will not ask for money up front.

3. Disregard testimonials and proof of earnings screenshots.These are easily faked by scammers and so tell you nothing of value whatsoever.

4. Research the company in advance. There are plenty of forums online that are concerned with outing survey scams or highlighting the ones that are genuine. Failing that try a search engine and type in the name of the survey company you are interested in + scam.

5. Don’t give anything away.Check the website for the survey company or service for contact details. If these are omitted, or consist of free email addresses, PO Boxes or mobile phone numbers then question why you would want to give them your personal details?

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  1. Thanks for the information Get Paid.

    By the way, shameless plugs are fine here, as long as they are done within the context of adding to the conversation, as you have done.

  2. I would say that the majority of companies that actually provide the surveys are legit. Companies like Greenfield, Synovate, Opinion Outpost, you get the idea.

    Among the websites that want to “give” you information about paid surveys there are three types:

    1. The sites that want you to pay for access to their list. Definitely a scam. They don’t have anything that you can’t get for free elsewhere. All your fee pays for is their advertising costs.

    2. Sites that want you to register with them by providing an email address and name. These are more of a grey area, but you can be sure you will be getting some additional email after you give them your address. The amount depends on which site you register with.

    3. Sites that are truly free like mine, Paid Survey Success (shameless plug over). These are straight information sites with no requirements to register or pay. Think of it as a free directory of paid survey sites.

    Are the majority of these sites scams then? Type 1 definitely. Type 2 I’m not entirely sure, but I would have to guess at least 50% are just trying to get your email address. Since there are Type 3 totally free and clear sites available though there is no need to even mess around with the other two types. Avoid the scam by looking until you find a site that is free from any fees or registration requirements.

  3. Thanks Get Paid.. that’s certainly good advice. You’re right about the fact that there are some good ones out there.

    Do you agree that the majority are scams though?

  4. All very good tips to start. I would add, make sure they company has a good track record. By this I mean that they have been in business for at least a year and that they have a reputation for paying. There are many legitimate online survey companies, in fact many of them are part of a much larger off line advertising agency or are spin-offs from off line advertising.

    Paid surveys have gotten a bad rap because there are unsavory people that have exploited the industry, but it is a shame to paint every company with the same broad brush because of a few bad eggs.

    The same principles generally apply to online transactions as off line transactions:

    1. Do your homework
    2. If it sounds too good to be true it likely is
    3. You can’t get something for nothing
    4. Use common sense

    Hope this helps some of your readers.

  5. Nice tips. Thanks man

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