Considering the fact that there are countless paid survey scams out there nowadays, it really would pay for you to be able to tell the difference between a legitimate offer and an unscrupulous scam!
Unfortunately that is easier said than done. Many scams can come so close to resembling the ‘real deal’ that it is honestly really tough to differentiate between them at times. However, if you end up falling prey to one of the many scams around, you’ll find yourself wasting a whole lot of time and effort, and possibly even cash, for absolutely no gains whatsoever.
In a nutshell: It is worth taking a few minutes to learn a bit more about how to spot a paid survey scam.
Think you’re interested in beginning? Well, let’s get started:
1. Research, research, research
Frankly speaking, this is the main key to spotting a paid survey scam: Do your research.
Considering you have the internet at your fingertips, all that you need to do is head over to a search engine and type in the name of the service that you suspect may be a scam. Granted, the first few results could be ‘fixed’, but if you look a little bit deeper under the surface, you’re bound to unearth some useful information.
Of course, it also helps if you check out various forums and such that actually have lists of reputable survey websites. By using these as a point of reference, you can probably dodge most scams completely.
2. Be wary of ‘free’ survey lists that have ‘administration fees’
Honestly this is one of the oldest scams in the book, and involves a scammer offering access to a ‘free’ database of surveys in exchange for an administration fee. Nine times out of ten that list doesn’t really exist, and when it does, it ends up being grossly outdated or simply leads to other scams too.
The minute you see a ‘free’ site ask you to pay an ‘administration fee’ you should have alarm bells going off in your head.
3. Check with others
If all else fails, asking others who you know are equally interested in paid surveys could be mutually beneficial. By sharing information about scams or potential scams, you’ll be spreading the word and gaining valuable information in return as you do so.
Time and money are two things that are precious and to lose either one to a scam is a crying shame. Now that you know how to spot a scam, and how to check for one, you should be able to avoid most scams fairly easily. And even if you’re not entirely sure as to whether or not a certain paid survey site is a scam, being wary in itself will help protect you.
All in all, this should leave you scam free, and able to pursue those legitimate paid surveys that you wanted to in the first place!