Survey-taking can be a great way to earn some pocket money, but survey scams are rampant. Here are five ways to spot a survey scam.
You are asked to share sensitive information before you can take the survey
They would really appreciate it if you could take this quick survey for them. They just need some information from you first, like your Social Security number, date of birth and maybe even your checking account number. If a survey company asks for anything more than basic information from you, sign out as quickly as you can.
They advertise on Craigslist and similar sites asking for your email address
“Survey companies” that advertise on sites like Craigslist asking you to share your email address are usually fronts for scam rings. They use the bogus surveys as bait so you will share your email address. Once they have this information, they will use it to spam you with scam emails, phishing schemes, malware or worse. Alternatively, they will sell your email address to another scam ring to be used for similar purposes.
They offer too much money
If a survey is offering you $100 for a 20-question survey that shouldn’t take you more than five minutes to complete, you are looking at a scam. No legitimate survey company is that desperate. The pay for authentic survey-taking is generally on a much more modest scale.
You are directed to download attachments
Any time an unknown contact asks you to download attachments to your device, be suspicious. More often than not, these are scams and the attachments are loaded with
malware. Don’t respond to the offer, and if it was made via email, be sure to report the email address as spam.
They advertise aggressively
If the same solicitation for survey participation keeps popping up across your screen, you may be looking at a scam. Scammers tend to flood their targets with ads in the hopes that one of them will actually work. Similarly, if the survey offer is full of unbelievable testimonials of past participants, you are likely looking at a scam.
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