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?