Get paid for your opinion!
The scam here may not be what you’re expecting, and it isn’t necessarily a scam. It depends on your research abilities and how much time you want to spend. However, due to the exaggerated income claims many companies make about online surveys, caution is certainly warranted.
Companies making these claims are generally offering a list of survey companies. It is possible to find these same lists for free; however, it is not impossible that you may consider it worth the money to save the research time, and that is a personal choice.
However, most people will earn very little with online surveys, despite the claims. The high-paying surveys are exceptionally rare, and most survey companies pay in points or chances in a drawing, not cash. In addition, if you aren’t in the demographic they’re looking for, you can’t take the survey. Surveys may take anywhere from a few minutes to a half hour or more of your time, making the low pay quite unappealing.
Don’t join any survey that requires you to pay to participate, and think carefully before paying for a list. I offer a free list here on this site of online survey companies for those who are still interested.
If you really want to do online surveys, there are companies such as Respondent that pay decent money when you qualify for a survey. You won’t be selected for every survey you try for, and most people still don’t make all that much, but it gives you a better chance than most, in my opinion. That is a referral link, and I may earn money from it… but only if you earn money from Respondent.
If You Get Scammed
First try to clear it up with the company. If they are uncooperative, let them know that you will be contacting officials about the matter. Then do it.
- If you found out about the company on a website, let the site know so that they can take it off their site.
- Contact the Attorney General in your state or the state the company is in.
- Contact the BBB, both your local office and in the company’s state.
- Contact the National Fraud Information Center if this was a “get rich quick” or “easy money” scheme.
- Your local Consumer Protection Offices.
- The Postmaster if you received the offer in the mail.
- The Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has a Complaint Assistant website to help you file your complaint.