Survey Scams? But Wait!!!

Survey Scams? But Wait!!!

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Since: Jun 08

Gautier, MS

#1 Jun 16, 2008
About 90% of all paid to take surveys sites are fake. I would recommend doing your own work, finding sites that interest you, and then coming back here and seeing what others have to say about it. If you are looking for free survey sites, NEVER send your email to them without doing research first. I had to change my email address due to the constant barrage of emails wanting me to join all the affiliate sites they were linked to.

People say that all survey sites that you have to pay for are scams/bad, but the truth is they just dont make you the money they promise right off the bat. People take small 3-5 dollar surveys, but are too greedy and want instant results.

Its the age of the internet everything must be instant. Instant bill payments, instant coffee, instant gratification, instant rice... lol.

Now based on my personal experiences with both paid and free survey sights I made a list of the good and bad of each. Here are some differences in survey sites you have to pay for and surveys that are free:

Paid Surveys-
Initial fee 40-50+ bucks.

Slow to receive surveys in the first few weeks.

Money is held until you hit a quota.

You do start out with low paying surveys, but at least you are actually getting money, and not points or sweepstakes entries.

Once you have stuck with the site for about a month, then you can start to make good money, which is why most people consider them scams. They want to 'get rich quick' without the 'get rich quick scams'. Not going to happen!

There is no need to pay for more than one of these sites, just make sure that it is LEGIT!!!

You can receive your money within 2-3 weeks after requesting it.

Free Survey sites-

They arent really obligated to send you anything.

You are unknowingly giving them permission to send you emails from their partner sights.

To make any money you must sign up with said partners.

There is a quota you must hit before you are allowed to receive your money.

Once you hit that quota, it may take anywhere from 6-8 weeks after you request it to actually receive a check.

Most of the sites make you fill out surveys for points, or sweepstakes for about 2-3 weeks before you even hit the $2 surveys.

Sorry this is a little long but it had to be said. All these people asking about Scam Surveys and Legit Surveys.

Use you best judgement and as always "If it looks too good to be true..."


#2 Jul 4, 2008
It's great to change here different experianсes to each others. So i usually use for checking.

Quezon, Philippines

#4 Mar 9, 2009
Try using search engines like Scam Search. It might help though.

Sandy Bay, Australia

#6 Jul 14, 2009
I've been caught doing surveys, but over time I've reduced the incidents by some simple filtering:

1. google the survey web name + the word "scam" - every business has dissatisfied customers at times, but when your monitor lights up with scam reports and there are similarilties between them ...!!!
2. If the join page does not have their Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions links on the first page - forget it - If they do: try access them before doing anything and check that the web address of the policy web page and the join web page joining page relate (sometimes scammers just use other peoples pages) also some scammers bank on the fact that most people don't access these pages and the pages don't actually exist.
3. Before filling in any information check, from the bottom up, what they are asking - for instance if you get a question "how much are you willing to pay to earn an income" - get out of there fast!
4. when completeing my address details I usually put add another line or make a slight spelling mistake - not enough to make it incorrect, but if you start getting unwanted mail you can checkback to see where it eventuated from.
5. Once again check the scam report sights - compare forum comments for similarities and also take a look at
6. I'm always suspicious of any company who insists you supply your phone number - email address is suffice until you feel you can trust them.
7. Keep a seperate email address that you use only for your surveys

But don't give up - there are genuine businesses uot there.

Sandy Bay, Australia

#7 Jul 14, 2009
Hmmm - I'm wondering about this site also - when accessinging it I got a popup window for / - that is a little iffy for a anti-scam site.

Lincolnton, NC

#11 May 2, 2010
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