How to Avoid Online Survey Scams
It is common knowledge that in order to conduct more efficient market research, companies are conducting online surveys. The information gained from these online surveys helps to further market research and strategy in a variety of ways, which we have discussed previously in “The Benefits of Market Research”
Taking online surveys for cash sounds like it’s too good to be true. You get to hang out at home; don’t have to change out of your pyjamas, and you simply have to answer questions to start earning money.
The sad truth is that online scams do exist and sometimes these surveys are too good to be true. At MyOpinions, we pride ourselves on providing a service that benefits the market and the consumer, by providing market insights for businesses and rewards for consumers. To assist you in your search for online surveys, we have compiled some advice for avoiding scams.
Take Your Time
If you’ve never done anything online to make money before, don’t just rush into the first offer you see. Take the time to do some research about a survey company to see what others have to say about it. There are many forums and blogs dedicated to customer reviews of a wide range of businesses, and online survey companies. By doing a little bit of research you can quickly determine the true nature of a survey. You don’t want to hand out your personal information or your time to just anybody.
Avoid Overly Attractive Offers
If a survey company is offering to give you outrageous incentives for a 5-minute panel, chances are it’s a scam. Usually, the companies that are the most truthful offer points that you can redeem in exchange for either gift cards or cash in your PayPal account.
Stop Using a Site if Their Survey Crashes in the Middle
It is common for scam sites to get you started on a survey, which will then fail. When you try to get the survey back up, you might find that there has been a session time-out or the site has disappeared.
Don’t Give Away Your Credit Card Details
Sites that ask for your credit card details or ask you to pay for lists are definitely a scam. You probably won’t like what they’ll do with your bank details.
Avoid Sites That Promise Larger Salaries in Return for Higher Fees
Some companies do charge an annual membership fee and take down your information in order to confirm that you are not scamming them. However, be aware of companies that ask for larger fees than other sites and promise you larger salaries for it. Stay away from sites like these to protect your personal information from fraud.
Trust Your Instincts
If you feel that you are being scammed, it is better to be safe than sorry. Trust is a big part of completing online surveys, so trust your gut before you trust a shady online company.
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