If you spend a lot of time on the internet, or if you’ve done any research into web-based work, you’ve probably learned by now that there are probably more scams than legitimate opportunities online. This is because the nature of the internet makes it easy for dishonest and criminal people to take advantage of the vast numbers web users. Wherever there is money being spent, anonymous, untraceable web-criminals will be there to take advantage of those of us who are not careful enough.
Because it is possible to earn rewards and to get paid taking surveys online, web scammers have flooded the field with all kinds of misleading clutter that can be discouraging to web survey beginners. Here at Get Paid Surveys, we’ve sifted through the clutter and identified some of the tell-tale signs of scam online surveys.
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Here are a few of the signs of online survey scams:
1) Unrealistic promises. The fact is that most people will not earn large amounts of money by taking online surveys. At best, you’ll earn very nice pocket money and some valuable rewards, but you’re unlikely to earn nearly enough to make a full-time income. And the money you do make is not likely to come overnight. Sites that promise fast cash or large amounts of money are likely to be scams.
2) Poorly designed websites. Legitimate companies understand that their web design is an important part of earning trust and establishing credibility. If a web site looks like it was created in 1997 and is difficult to navigate, with dead links, misplaced images, and poorly written web copy, these are tell-tale signs that the site may be a scam. I don’t know about you, but I prefer to support the websites who take the time to create a positive web browsing experience.
However, it’s also important to be aware that some online scammers can be quite sophisticated and hard-working when it comes to web design. They understand that good web design equals credibility, and they use this fact to take in unsuspecting web users.
3) Asking for money. You should never have to pay money to participate in online surveys. Companies performing market research need you, not the other way around. Scammers love to take web users’ money and run, and in most cases these transactions are untraceable. Once you give your money out, you’ll never see it again, and you’ll never receive what you paid for. Your opinion is valuable enough. Don’t give anyone your money.
4) Too much information. Online survey sites need a certain amount of information in order for the companies to conduct accurate market research. However, any time you feel that a web site is asking too much, don’t go any further. It’s better to be safe.