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4 Ways to Avoid Scam Survey Sites

Updated on July 28, 2013

Perform An Online Scam Check

Performing an online search is the first step you should take to avoid joining a scam survey site. Simply type the name of the survey site into a search engine like Google or Bing followed by "+scam". For example, if you're doing a search on Survey Savvy, type "Survey Savvy+scam" in the search engine. Read through the search results and check out the reviews and opinions of other people who have joined that particular survey site. If you discover a trend of people not receiving their payments or customer support, then it is safe to conclude that site is a scam.

Search For Payment Proofs

Another great way to avoid scam survey sites is by searching for payment proofs. If other members of the questionable survey site can provide real proof of payment, then chances are the site is not a scam. Do a search for "X Survey Site+Payment Proof" to discover if anyone else has been paid by that company. Make sure the payment proof is relatively recent (within the same year) because some survey companies start out legitimate and slowly turn into scams because they can no longer afford to pay their members. Some legitimate survey sites actually post their members' payment proofs on the website so anyone can see they are legitimate.

Ability To Contact Support

Check the questionable survey site for a phone number or email address for contacting support. If the site does not provide either, then avoid it. Once you find a way to contact support, email or call the company to ensure they are legit. Ask them questions about how long they've been in business, how often they paid their members, and which payment methods they use to pay members. If the company is unwilling to provide these details, the site is a scam.

Check For Charges

Any survey company that requires you to pay any fee to join is an outright scam. Legitimate survey companies never charge members. Never fall for those survey databases that charge, either, because they are also scams. Avoid any "free trial" because that is just another sneaky way for scam companies to acquire your credit card number.

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Really useful info here. I have done a few Survey Savvy surveys, but am not sure it worth the time.