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Are survey sites scams?

In a modern world filled with phishing scams, multi-level marketing companies that look suspiciously like pyramid schemes and innocent people randomly receiving text messages from money-strapped Nigerian princes, it's easy to see why individuals have become more skeptical of online opportunities. However, that same healthy skepticism can impact well-intentioned businesses, too.

Some of those businesses include organizations that offer legitimate paid online surveys.

Identifying a scam before it's too late
To be sure, there have been scammer online survey organizations in the past, but there are a wealth of beneficial and decent survey sites as well. That's why it's up to you to do your research beforehand. Luckily, there are a few quick and dirty tips you can use to check a site's authenticity.

  1. First and foremost, look for reports about the company on the Better Business Bureau website. Searching is quick and easy, and companies are graded on a typical academic scale receiving anywhere from an A+ to an F. If the company cannot be found on the Better Business Bureau website, this may be an indication that it doesn't have an established reputation.
  2. Carefully look over all the registration information. SurveyPolice recommended making sure there is a comprehensive and professional privacy policy page. Moreover, you should also see that the site asks for more info than just your name and email address. While this may be the initial procedure to join, most reputable sites need additional demographic information to harness the data businesses are looking for.
  3. Make sure the company's claims aren't too good to be true. A survey site that claims you can make an exorbitant amount in a limited period of time or at least enough to live off of is likely a scam. Survey sites can be a viable source of secondary income and a great way to earn other rewards, but they won't replace a career. If a survey site claims you can quit your job to take surveys online full-time, it's most likely a scam, and you should proceed with a very critical eye.

Getting the best survey experience
To get the most out of your survey experience, it's important to keep a few things in mind. For instance, practice with a realistic expectation. While you may not earn an amount comparable to a salary, that doesn't mean you'll earn a small amount. According to ABC News, users have earned as much as $50 after completing one 30-minute survey.

On the other hand, some surveys reward participants more nominal amounts. Surveys can range in the amount of time they take to complete - anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes - and by how much they pay out - anywhere from $1 to sometimes $50 or more. There are many variables involved, so don't get carried away with possible earnings.

At the end of the day, paid surveys are a great money-making hobby and an easy activity to do at any time from the comfort of your home. That's what makes them so valuable.

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