Separating Online Survey Scams From The Real Ones

by WorkFromHome on May 20, 2011

Online surveys are a great way to earn a decent hourly wage, from the comforts of your own home. They are great for anyone who is new to earning money online and excellent for anyone. Online surveys require no specialised skills or qualifications, which makes them suitable for virtually everyone. The majority of veteran survey takers have been involved in the industry for many years and know which survey companies are legitimate and know how to avoid scams. There are several tips and tricks to ensure that your interest in earning money from online surveys doesn’t result in you becoming a victim of a scam.

First and foremost, a legitimate online survey company will never ask you for any up-front money. If a company asks you for any sum of money to cover a “processing fee,” “administration fee,” or “one-time,” fee, you should run away as fast as you can. These types of scams are very common in the online survey industry. A scam artist will often promise that you will receive top-secret lists of the best companies or insider-access to the best-paying survey companies. By providing these scammers with your credit card information, not only will you not receive the any information, but you also risk putting your identity and personal information at risk of being compromised.

Legitimate online survey companies will always have a method or way of contacting the company directly. These may include, but are not limited to: an e-mail address, a company or contact name, a mailing address, a contact tab or button, and some even have community-monitored forums where technical support agents or management can be reached for questions or comments. Fake online survey sites and companies have no interest in providing any information to consumers. In fact, they do their best to keep their identities a secret. It is always best to check out any online survey company, even if it looks legitimate. There are several online companies and governmental agencies that provide detailed information on any company’s origin, business rating, and level of trustworthiness. Not all companies are registered with or locatable on these websites, so it is important not to dismiss a company as an immediate scam simply because they are not listed with these agencies. Use your best judgment. These website verification companies are an added resource to use to help you to determine the legitimacy of an online survey company and their credentials.

One of the best ways to separate online survey scams from the real ones is to look at what the company promises. One of the best indicators that an online survey company is trying to scam you is when they make outrageous claims with regard to income potential. You will not get rich by taking online surveys. Even those that have been taking online surveys for years earn a comfortable hourly wage, at best. They often spend time equivalent to that of a full or part-time job in any given week to complete surveys for higher rates of pay. If a company promises that you will earn hundreds or thousands of hours of dollars with little work, it is a scam. Chances are good that these are the same companies that will also accompany their outrageous claims with a request for a fee or payment.

Legitimate online survey companies will usually have easy-to-navigate and user-friendly websites. They only make money from survey sponsors if you do, so it is critical that they provide you with clear, concise directions on everything from getting started, to how to maximize your earnings. They will typically offer colourful illustrations, known as screenshots, to ensure you are signing up for and completing surveys properly. Most legitimate survey companies will have a list of frequently-asked questions, as well as a user forum where members can contribute and submit questions and answers to common survey-related questions and concerns. Scam artists have no interest in answering your questions. Their websites are often thrown together, look unappealing, and may contain significant amounts of grammatical errors, sentence fragments, or punctuation errors. These poorly-constructed websites are designed to lure you into spending your hard-earned money, and nothing else. In rare cases, a scam artist may go to great lengths to make their website appear as genuine or legitimate. This is why it is always best to do your research to determine any company’s legitimacy.

Online forums and work from home job boards are great places to search for legitimate online survey companies. These forums contain user-generated information on everything from scams to legitimate opportunities. Before you provide your personal information to any survey company, always check website verification websites, work from home forums, and online resources to determine a site’s legitimacy. Online surveys are a great way to earn cash and prizes in exchange for your opinion.

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