“Make $9,000 a Month Taking With Free Surveys”, “$80 Paid For Each Free Survey You Complete”, “Survey Companies Pay $150 per Hour”… etc. etc. etc.
Anyone who’s gone online to find extra income opportunities probably recognizes these types of absurd claims. They’re everywhere you look However, it’s more than a little far fetched to believe that you can become a millionaire simply by telling some marketing company if you prefer a PC or a Mac or whether you would rather eat pizza or fried chicken.
Yes, as you probably guessed, the vast majority of these so-called “Free” survey offers are nothing but scams. Avoid them – or at least use extreme caution when responding to the ads.
Of course, it’s important to point out that there are legitimate opportunities that do pay consumers to give their opinions of products and services. It’s really a lot of fun to be paid to test a new product, express your opinion of a restaurant you’ve just tried, or being able to provide input on products under development.
Unfortunately, finding these legitimate opportunities can be quite difficult and very time consuming.
Of course the scam sites are very easy to find. They scream “FREE” at you every chance they get and they’ll promise just about anything to suck you into their schemes. They spend tons of money making sure their ads are everywhere you look online.
If these programs are really free, then what’s in it for them? Do you think that they purchase these ads just because they want to help you make money online – out of the goodness of their hearts? I don’t think so.
Be careful when responding to “Free” Paid Survey offers. There are at least three high risk dangers you’ll be facing:
1. SPAM: Some scam survey sites are set up for the sole purpose of harvesting names, addresses and email addresses that they then sell to spammers and off line “junk” mailers. Since legitimate survey outfits do need your personal information in order to collect demographic information, contact you and pay you, the scam artists know that they can ask for the same information without raising suspicion.
2. CREDIT CARD FRAUD: Many of the free survey sites require you to enroll in “introductory offers” in order to participate in their paid surveys. Legitimate survey offers never require you to purchase anything to qualify for their programs. Unsuspecting people have been known to enroll in dozens – even hundreds – of these offers, yet never see a single penny in return. You may be told that you can easily “cancel” your order within a certain period of time and that your credit card will not be charged. However, it is not uncommon for your cancellation request to be delayed or even ignored, resulting in unwanted charges on your credit card account.
3. IDENTITY THEFT: Honest survey companies do need your personal information, including your social security number, in order to hire you to perform legitimate work. This is because the Internal Revenue Service requires that they must send you a 1099 tax form if they pay you more than $600 per year. Therefore, it is critical that you know what type of company you are dealing with. Armed with your personal information, scammers may attempt to steal your identity.
At this point you are probably wondering how you can separate the scam sites from those that are legitimate offers.
— Legitimate survey companies NEVER require you to provide your credit card information before you can sign up for their programs.
— Most real survey companies don’t advertise heavily. Be wary of ads promising access to “free” surveys that claim ridiculous income figures.
— Make use of one of the web sites that pre-screen the thousands of survey offers in order to publish only scam-free extra income jobs. Registering with these sites may cost a few dollars up front, but you will probably find it well worth it to help you avoid the scammers.
You won’t become an instant millionaire by participating in paid surveys. However, it can be an excellent way to make extra income from the comfort of your home so that you can enjoy those little “extras” that you may not have been able to afford.