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How To Avoid Online Paid Survey Scams

Feb 28, 2008
The incidence of online paid survey scams is nothing new. It's been going on for several years now and despite the massive publicity online regarding how to avoid falling victim, there doesn't seem to be any drop in the number of incidences.

One reason for this is the new people who come online everyday looking for ways of increasing their bottom line through money making opportunities.

The reason paid surveys are so popular is because they are seen as an easy way to make money for very little effort. That's true, they are but with it comes the risk of being scammed because scammers generally promote instant solutions to people's money problems.

So if you are relatively inexperienced online and are just looking for a simple way to add a few extra dollars to your monthly income, then to avoid the chance of unnecessarily giving away personal information or losing money to scammers, this may be one of the most important articles on the subject you will read.

How To Avoid Paid Survey Scams

Let's take a look at four simple rules when shopping for survey opportunities you should print out and paste on your computer desk.

1. You've heard this before but it's worth repeating over and over again...if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. This one statement can save you a lot of personal grief.

2. Be wary about testimonials. Believe it or not, these are not difficult to fabricate and by tying it in with the first rule, you'll eliminate many pitfalls. Think about it, if someone had intentions other than being honest with you why would they go to the trouble of getting testimonials from real people.

3. Be wary of documented proof such as screen shots of checks or accounts showing lots of money being made. In most cases, many areas will be blacked out and only the amounts earned being shown. This is not acceptable when looking for documented proof yet many will click the order button as soon as they've seen this simply because it gets them excited.

4. Look for contact information. We're not talking about just an email contact but a phone contact and a name. Make sure you phone the number and if there is a real live person on the other end who seems to know about the opportunity you're inquiring about, then you have some proof that this may be a legitimate opportunity and not one of those online paid survey scams.
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