HubPages Survey - Has anyone completed it?

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  1. LongTimeMother profile image95
    LongTimeMotherposted 4 years ago

    I was trying to check my stats when a 'HupPages Survey' page appeared.

    It offers a $50 gift (requiring you to pay postage) for completing 4 questions.

    Says at the top "Official Survey HupPages. com"

    At the bottom, however, it says "Copyright 2008-2013 All rights reserved. We are not affiliated nor partnered, with hubpages. com. hubpages. com has not authored, participated in, or in any way reviewed this advertisement or authorized it. The trial products offered on the last page pay this website for orders placed. "

    Does anyone have an opinion on this?  Here's the link I copied from the top of their page ...

    http://the-officialsurvey [dot] com /au_2/index1.php?keyword=hubpages [dot] com

  2. Beth Eaglescliffe profile image99
    Beth Eaglescliffeposted 4 years ago

    It looks like spam to me.

    The very last sentence about “trial products” sets alarm bells ringing. You probably need to give your name and address plus credit card number in order to have your “survey entry” validated. And then they will debit your card for large amounts which you will find very difficult to get reversed.

    Don’t touch it with a bargepole!

    1. gitachud profile image84
      gitachudposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, it looks suspicious and people should be warned not to click on it. I also think the link should not be shown in the forums.

      1. LongTimeMother profile image95
        LongTimeMotherposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Hi gitachud. I put the address here in case it was of use to hp or others familiar with the offending address. Hopefully nobody will be silly enough to go there. smile

  3. profile image49
    griffinbposted 4 years ago

    I DO NOT KNOW. IF I FIND OUT I WILL LET YOU KNOW, BUT IF YOU GET MORE INFO.... LET ME KNOW WHAT TO DO.

  4. LongTimeMother profile image95
    LongTimeMotherposted 4 years ago

    Okay, this is interesting. I clicked on their question pages to snip them and save them for later reference in case HP was interested. Didn't give them any of my info of course.

    But now I have a range of words on this page appearing in orange with a double underline eg 'click' in gitachud's post; 'credit card' in Beth E's post; and 'survey' in my own earlier post. An ad inviting me to complete a survey shows when I scroll over 'survey', but I'm not sure what would happen if I were to click on the other words.

    Grrr. I guess now I will have to delete cookies and scan my hard drive etc. to get rid of it.

    The company showing up is called 'easyinline'.

    I thought it appropriate to raise the issue promptly, but it might only be happening in Australia. The address is .au although for all I know they may also operate in the uk, us etc.

    1. Beth Eaglescliffe profile image99
      Beth Eaglescliffeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, the same scam operates in the UK and worldwide.

      If you google "free gifts scam" you will see many examples of the same and similar.

      1. LongTimeMother profile image95
        LongTimeMotherposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        It is very annoying, Beth. I haven't managed to shake it yet, so I am not editing any hubs for fear it will appear in them.

        1. Writer Fox profile image50
          Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Try this free service: www.superantispyware.com
          This is one that I use all of the time and it should remove it from your computer.

          1. tsadjatko profile image59
            tsadjatkoposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            hey I have spybot and Microsoft Security essentials and have no threats show up on them plus I have avira antivirus - I downloaded superantispyware and scanned - it found 363 threats (mostly adware cookies, 3 malware.trace and 7 Trojan.agent and  and still scanning - how can that be when my other programs find nothing ?

            1. The Examiner-1 profile image73
              The Examiner-1posted 4 years agoin reply to this

              I only have Avira! and have had no problems. Plus at the moment it is the free version.

              1. tsadjatko profile image59
                tsadjatkoposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                Try writer fox's program and tell me what it finds...I heard some of these programs are programed to find stuff that isn't there so you buy them - not saying that is what this is but if not it must be way better than the three things  I am using.

                1. The Examiner-1 profile image73
                  The Examiner-1posted 4 years agoin reply to this

                  I have renewed Avira! 2-3 times and I keep choosing the free version.

          2. LongTimeMother profile image95
            LongTimeMotherposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks, Writer Fox. I will try it as soon as I get a spare minute. I appreciate your help. smile

  5. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 4 years ago

    Report it to admin.  It's a scam ad slipped into the ad feed on the site.

    1. LongTimeMother profile image95
      LongTimeMotherposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Will draw it to their attention, relache. Thanks.

  6. The Examiner-1 profile image73
    The Examiner-1posted 4 years ago

    LongTimeMother,
    Have you been drinking? HupPages Survey?

    1. LongTimeMother profile image95
      LongTimeMotherposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      ROFL. Not once, but twice!  I hope I was drinking ... lol.

      1. The Examiner-1 profile image73
        The Examiner-1posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I could not resist, smile.
        When I followed the link that you gave all that came up was this site.

        1. The Examiner-1 profile image73
          The Examiner-1posted 4 years agoin reply to this

          I realized what you had done with the 'dots' and I tried the link again with the dots corrected.
          First was your site. Next was a site from UK about 'official' survey. After that was something mentioning saltshakers, homosexuality, mafia...
          I would say that it is a spam.

          1. LongTimeMother profile image95
            LongTimeMotherposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            lol. Saltshakers, homosexuality and mafia? I didn't see any of those. And you were taken to a site from the UK about official survey ... whilst mine was Australian.

            1. The Examiner-1 profile image73
              The Examiner-1posted 4 years agoin reply to this

              I did not click any sites, I just told you what was crammed into the Google page.

  7. hapijoh profile image60
    hapijohposted 4 years ago

    Scams are everywhere, and I think it is just a scam. What the heck is happening to them.

 
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