Friday, May 24, 2019

Do NOT Give Information to "Survey" Sites


When you see advertisements for "paid survey sites" claiming you can make a given amount of money (often $300) for signing up, stay away. 
The first thing they ask for is your email address, and that's where the trouble begins.
You then receive a huge list of options to answer "yes" or "no" to. These can vary from "do you want to sign up with Survey Company X?" to "Do you have lower back pain" or "do you want to pre-arrange a funeral for your elderly parakeet?"
Some of the survey companies they suggest signing up with are legitimate. Here's the thing: anyone can create an account with a survey company and get a referral link. 
Whichever of the offers you answer "yes" to now has your email address, and this can lead to trouble down the road.
I've avoided these sketchy survey aggregators for many years, but I started taking paid surveys back in the early 2000s when I was also naive enough to pay for "top seekrit" survey lists. 
For the past few days, I have been receiving a crap-ton of phishing emails from addresses ending in rf-cheats.ru
Some of these emails initially appeared to have come from me.
I have changed my password four times in the past two days.
The things you do in the past can come back to haunt you years later.
Do NOT enter these survey aggregator sites.
You will not come away with $300.
You will come away with well more than $300 worth of aggravation.
If I achieve nothing else in this life, should I manage to steer people away from "survey" scams, I will feel like I've done something right.

~Cie~

Here are five tried and true legitimate GPT/Survey sites:

Please enter referral code R7RPQG and we'll both get points. Irazoo is my current favorite GPT site.







3 comments:

  1. Do those sites you mention actually pay you to where it's worth your time? I've tried some where it took me 20 minutes to complete, only for a "CHANCE to earn" a gift card, or an entry in a drawing. In other words, not paid a damn thing.

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    1. Oh for...freaking Blogger just ate the comment that I spent about 5 minutes typing!
      The sites I mention do pay, but it can take a while to rack up enough points for them to pay out. Inbox Dollars, for instance, is one of the oldest and most reliable GPT sites, but you have to reach $30 to get paid out and it can be annoying to find a survey you actually qualify for. I like to do the Tap Research surveys on Irazoo, because you earn at least a few points for most of those, even if you don't qualify.
      A site that sends out frequent, easy surveys is Paid Viewpoint. You get at least 10 cents for even answering their profile questions and they pay out at $15.
      http://paidviewpoint.com/?r=cheesemeister
      I get frustrated by those ones that are like "hey, thanks for taking our 20 minute survey, you are now entered in our drawing" too. Yeah, sure I'm going to win.
      I'm always warning people away from anyone who wants you to buy their "top seekrit survey list." They aren't going to tell you anything different than a legitimate WAH site is going to tell you, and you're going to be at least $10 poorer for it.

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