Signs of a Paid Online Survey Scam

Business - Make Money Online
By: mg2580    
10-Dec-2011

Introduction:Taking free paid online surveys is a real way to make extra money from your opinions, but there are also plenty of paid survey scams that you want to avoid at all costs. Paid survey scams are easy to spot if you know what to look for.

  • 01

    Fees to Join

    Paying fees to join a site for surveys is one of the biggest scams. Most of the sites that charge fees promise access to surveys that pay the most, but in reality, that is an outright lie because most of the highest paid surveys online only bring $1 to $3 tops. You will find that most surveys on legit sites usually pay around $.80 or $1 at the most. The sites that charge fees are nothing more than useless directories that list other scams, which are usually operated by the same person.

  • 02

    Payment Problems

    Have you ever completed a bunch of surveys, but didn't get paid for them? It is very annoying and frustrating. It is also one of the biggest problems with survey sites. There are dozens of survey sites, even popular ones, who fail to pay their members after they have met the threshold requirement to receive a payment. Before you join a site, it is a good idea to see if there are reported payment problems online. You might be surprised at what you find.

  • 03

    No Customer Support

    A survey site should have a reliable customer support team available. If the site does not have support by phone, they should at least have someone available for online support, to answer questions and address payment problems, or other concerns. If you have sent email messages about payment problems, but received no response for weeks, it is probably a scam and it will be nearly impossible to get paid at that point. Only choose sites that are known for prompt customer support and timely resolution.

  • 04

    Exaggerated Ad Copy

    You have probably come across ads promising thousands of dollars per week completing paid surveys online. The exaggerated ad copy is a definite sign of a scam and a big disappointment, because you are never going to make a lot of money from surveys. Most surveys online pay very little and the profit potential is limited. Taking surveys is only a way to earn extra money at the end of the month and not a way to supplement a job or pay the mortgage.

  • 05

    Bad Reviews and Complaints

    With all the review sites and social communities online, it is pretty much impossible for a survey site to scam people and not have complaints publicly posted somewhere online by the victims. If a particular site has dozens of negative reviews stay away. However, it is also important not to automatically believe every bad review, because some call a site a scam only because they were unable to make any money or they didn't read the FAQ.




Final Thoughts

Taking free paid online surveys is a fun way to make extra money every month, but it's important to be able to spot a scam. Check out the article in the links section below for complete information on 3 legitimate survey sites that actually pay.


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