The Risks You Take in Paid Online Surveys

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The Risks You Take in Compensated Online Surveys

With myriad of things to do on the web such as games, social network, and shopping to name a few, job opportunities have also swamped the net.

Today, many individuals have depended on the net to apply for jobs, discover work, as well as look for employees. Aside from the popular online writing careers, the booming exercise in the Internet is the paid out online surveys. The paid out online surveys’appeal is the work from home system as well as being paid for every small effort and energy exerted.

However, what many do not know are the several risks that come together with paid online surveys. These types of risks work both ways the companies that give them and the those who take them.

Web sites supplying online surveys

There are several Web sites that offer a diverse systems and system of online surveys. Incidents where cater to specific group such as the age group, the racial division, and the majority others. But the common denominator of these sites is rewarding system: paying participants for completing online surveys. It should be observed that each site provides unique reward methods.

So how these sites typically work? First, they ask participants to join up at the Web site and answer some basic get in touch with and login info. Then, the participant will receive an e-mail having a link that directs to a page requesting more detailed demographic including sex, marital standing, education level, and race. After which, members will receive intermittent e-mails together with links to studies that correspond to the actual demographic.

Though the period varies, but most studies take an average of 10 to 20 minutes to fill. Some sites provide reward based on how long the survey was accomplished. For example in e-Rewards, it gives $29 for one-hour finishing of survey. In a situation where a participant doesn’t qualify for the survey, a partial award is given for a few instances.

In paying down the participants, sites have varied reward systems. Some send out an actual check, while others let participants accumulate points to be encashed with regard to rewards.

Possible dangers

One of the foremost perils of paid online surveys for companies is the trustworthiness of such surveys. With this kind of method, individuals can actually cheat as well as lie to take more surveysthus to be paid more. Sometimes, people may possibly lie on group profile to be able to qualify to take surveys. In other cases, people sign up for the identical companies with several different addresses in order to take more studies using varying profiles. The quality of the surveys can be compromised when we begin to make cases as mentioned above.

On the participants conclusion, there is a higher likelihood for signing up on scam Web sites. Individuals should by now understand that paid online surveys are becoming haven for World wide web scam. Participants need to beware f the particular middlemen who demand registration fee regarding accessing the databases of surveys, which usually in fact are free.

Tips for avoiding paid study scams

Participants ought to avoid signing up with Internet sites requiring charge with regard to accessing surveys. They need to read privacy statements and disclaimers. And the more the site defends itself as legal, a lot more likely it is a scam.

Comments: 53

  1. Arvilla January 29, 2013 at 5:43 pm Reply

    i wish to work because existence within the philippines is difficult.. i wish to make money to assist my parents… but im just 14 yrs old… are you able to produce some site or suggestion on how to proceed?

  2. Evette March 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm Reply

    I want to join Paid Surveys online jobs, and they need an account into which they will deposit the payments I get. I understand that PayPal lacks the proper security.

  3. Felica May 7, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

    I’m looking for some online surveys I can do, I live in New Zealand and I am a 14 year old girl. I need the surveys to be the sort where you get sent cheques/points can be redeemed for prizes rather than where you get payed via PayPal. Thanks!

  4. Kareen May 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm Reply

    are the online jobs like data entry, posting adds and doing surveys reliable. are there sites that really provide jobs without investment .are all the sites that provide such mouth watering payments fake or is there any reality in it. please do answer.

  5. Virgil May 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm Reply

    I recently quit my job due to complications from the birth of my 3rd child. now, with financial issues on the rise, i need to supplement my lost income. Is there a legitimate way that i can make around 1200-1500/month from home? I am not looking to make a huge amount, just enough to help. Thanks

    ps – please don’t leave negative comments, i am simply asking a question.

  6. Waylon May 22, 2013 at 11:13 am Reply

    I would like to find a way to make some extra cash from home but I have no idea how to go about it.

  7. Eugenio June 9, 2013 at 4:38 am Reply

    Is a Rebate Affiliate Marketer legit? Also if this is not legit can anyone give me some legit work at home jobs that won’t take me months of training to learn? And if not I would like to go through medical transcriptioning and would like to know a good legit website to go through to get my degree? And one last thing, does anyone know of any jobs on-line that do not charge you to start them up that isn’t a loopy survey site that takes you in circles? Please Help?

  8. Vernon June 10, 2013 at 11:07 am Reply

    What are some reliable sites that pay you to fill in surveys? Please only answer if you have tried them yourself.

    Also, are their any bad points to doing this, risks ect?

  9. Britany June 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm Reply

    Don’t have any cash for the weekend.

    Do you know of a quick way to make some quick cash?

  10. Delisa June 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm Reply

    Ok my family is currently on welfare and if i would get a job they would take the money i earn out of our welfare and i dont want that so i need to find a way to earn some extra cash without them knowing so i was thinking maybe taking paid online surveys but all the ones ive tried either ask for money first or just dont work so i dont know what to do if anyone could give me any help on this i would really appreciate it.

  11. Aron July 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm Reply

    How was your experience? Yesterday I joined that webpage of surveys, where you get paid for completing those surveys. So today I received a phone call where I got asked by a machine about my range age and I think it comes from this web page. The problem is although I gave real info, I never gave the number of my phone :S Creepy. I know I must be careful about giving personal info, but… what’s the risk? What can I be done?

  12. Dell July 8, 2013 at 9:30 am Reply

    We all know about paid emails/ surveys and paid to sign up offers, but what do you think about getting paid to bank?

    There are people who basically find banks that offer you $25-$250 to open a bank account. There are lots of banks that have these promotions, so these people devote all their time to opening bank accounts and get paid to bank online!

    To me, paid bank offers are like the ultimate paid sign up offer, but with more pros:

    ~You don’t have to “pay” anything to do a bank offer; you are simply parking your money in a specific bank.

    ~There’s almost no risk that you won’t get the bonus because you can just call the bank & they’ll just credit your account

    ~99% of the bank offers I’ve seen are with FDIC-insured institutions, so no worries

    I have proof of payment ( so I can confirm this is legit, but I’m just curious for your thoughts: Could “paid to bank” be a revolutionary online earning idea just waiting to explode in popularity?
    Proof of payment viewable at:
    I have to disagree with real’s comments in response to this question.

    You say that online banking is risky because of privacy issues, but many of the banks that offer these bonuses are highly reputable banks, such as Bank of America, Citi Bank, etc.

    Also, I deal with many, many banks but I can’t think of a single one that doesn’t offer online banking. Even my small local credit unions have that option.

    Online banking is simply a fact of modern life. Of course there are common sense security precautions you should take, but those same principles apply with visiting any website; I do not at all believe that there is any risk inherently associated with online banking.
    PLEASE READ: I think people are misunderstanding my question. You are NOT being asked to give your money to a stranger.

    Actual, banks are paying you to open an account with them. They are doing this because they hope you will like them (or be too lazy to close your account), and they can therefore have your future business. It’s that simple.

  13. Garrett July 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm Reply

    Is it illegal to use false information such as D.O.B, address and phone number on online surveys that sometimes offer a reward?

  14. Morgan August 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm Reply

    Any suggestions on how I can make a decent income without a job?

  15. Fidel August 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm Reply

    I’m 14, and I’m pretty limited to what I can do in the UK. I used to have a paper round, but I had to stop because my parents didn’t like me being in the dark doing it in mornings or evenings of winter. Is there a risk for taking part in online surveys for cash? x

  16. Stephen August 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm Reply

    I want to take surveys online and get paid, but do not want to put in my credit card for an initial fee or give my SS#. Just get paid by check. Has anyone done this and succeeded?

  17. Lucrecia September 4, 2013 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Is it safe or will it place my identity at risk?

  18. German September 9, 2013 at 1:31 am Reply

    Do they actually pay you?

  19. Bryan October 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm Reply

    When you go to a websites that gives you money if you take surveys and order free samples, stuff like that, I wonder who gave the money that will send to us and why would they do that, ’cause sometimes you do a short research for 6 dollars. So, where they got if from and why? Can you really trust those sites?

  20. Rozella October 7, 2013 at 5:15 am Reply

    I am looking for part time employment from my home.I do not want to answer telephones or do surveys.I would like to use my internet to make money some how.Any legit ideas?

  21. Noah October 24, 2013 at 12:43 am Reply

    I am a college student so since I can’t get to a regular job as easily I would like to find a job that I can do from my dorm, online. Any ideas or thoughts are greatly appreciated.

  22. Ngoc October 27, 2013 at 8:28 pm Reply

    I’m constantly getting invitations to win this or that “if I sign up to take online surveys”. Sometimes they are tempting, but I’m very wary of them as I am with anything guaranteeing something “free”. Anyone joined these and know what they entail? Thanks!

  23. Kurt February 2, 2014 at 6:46 am Reply

    Okay so theres no jobs hiring where I live right now, and I need a little extra money for the holidays, and just for me. Do online surveys actually work?! Do they seriously send money? Websites would be apreciated if you’ve tried. thanks.

  24. Lucile February 2, 2014 at 6:56 am Reply

    wich surveys actually pay money for taking ther surveys dont wanna waste my time on websites that dont pay

  25. Dannie February 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm Reply

    I am afraid to take surveys or blog to get paid online.I think they can steal your identity ora nything like that.Should i take the risk to just write my name and address?What should i do?just do those surveys or they are scams?and also if u have good points please enable ur email thing so i can reply to u..thanks

  26. Omer February 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm Reply

    Does anyone know how to make respectable money online? I am not interested in anything that requires that I pay. I want to get paid not pay.

  27. Cortney February 20, 2014 at 6:53 am Reply

    doing surveys online, do they really work if so please give me some proper websites how they pay you what risks are involved what must you pay to get the money how much time it takes what you do and so on. im based in cape town south africa and really need some advice so please help

  28. Keshia February 21, 2014 at 8:22 am Reply

    Does anybody know any good sites to take surveys and get paid for it? Something that’s legit and won’t like steal my identity or waste my time. I need some extra cash! Please give me real sites and I’ve heard of these before, but never tried any. I need sites that are completely free and don’t need to pay anything to sign up. If anyone knows…please let me know! Thanks.

  29. Minerva February 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm Reply

    I just joined cash crate today, they have a lot of surveys that you can do.but do you have too do the sponsor offers too get paid by cash crate? Or is there another GPT site were you can do surveys with no sponsors offers were you get paid for doing the offers..?

  30. Duncan February 21, 2014 at 10:36 pm Reply

    please email if you find any

  31. Vaughn February 21, 2014 at 10:36 pm Reply

    I am hearing alot about getting paid to fill out online surveys and am interested in trying…with my research I narrowed them down to instant paid surveys, paid surveys online, survey scout, survey, cashcrate. please let me know if these are reputable companies or maybe you guys have some company ideas as well! 🙂

  32. Antonia February 21, 2014 at 10:43 pm Reply

    Do the online surveys that claim to pay you for every survey you take really safe and reliable?
    And what are some of the ways they pay you?

  33. Stan February 22, 2014 at 2:49 am Reply

    Ive been trying for a long time now to find a good website where its easy, they really pay you and theres no start cost. I just want to make money from doing surveys easily online please help.Im based in cape town south africa and i need a good south african website that works and you have tried it (confirmed working) and they really pay you without any also underage and need a website that will support that too.(or they dont need proof of your age) thanks a ton in advance.

  34. Cordia February 22, 2014 at 2:49 am Reply

    I’m about to start my own small business selling sunglasses, makeup, etc. I have a part time job so I don’t make a lot of money to get it started so I thought I would use the money I make from my job to pay bills and then do online surveys to fund my small business (i know doing online surveys don’t pay that much so please no comments and I have about 100 requested sites to go to already so please don’t tell me anymore) Anyways, in order for me to get paid for doing online surveys I need a pay-pal account and I want the money that i earn to be transferred onto my prepaid Visa card. Why questions are,
    1) How can I make it where all my earnings do go on my card?
    2) Does pay-pal cost monthly?
    3) Are there any risks to pay-pal and can I trust them?
    4) Are there any contracts?

    My small business will be inside my home and I am going to advertise on myspace and other websites similar:
    Other questions (about small business)
    5) Is it illegal for me to sell items out of my home without a license or a real business?
    6) Do I have to claim taxes on everything I sell?
    7) how can the customers pay me when I only have a in home business that isn’t really that professional?
    8) Will I get into trouble doing this? (buying in bulk and re-selling the items?

    I know its alot but thank you for all you’re help!!!! Have a great day!!!

  35. Raymon February 22, 2014 at 4:24 am Reply

    Ok Ive never trusted these sights but has anyone had HONESTLY had any luck with one of these sights? thanks
    I figured lol…..

  36. India February 22, 2014 at 4:52 am Reply

    I need the extra money for school and i was wondering if anyone ever got paid to take online survey. And to tell me how do they work and more info.

  37. Antonia February 22, 2014 at 5:49 am Reply

    I have heard about paid surveys and was curious so I started to research. I’m kind of worried about them though. They don’t seem like the safest things. The website I have been looking at is called It seems okay, but I don’t know. Making money would be nice, but I don’t want to put me or my family at risk.

  38. India February 22, 2014 at 5:49 am Reply

    I am 15 years old in High School. I got a 200 dollar Visa Gift Card for my birthday and I want to know if there is a way to invest that and make a lot of money with it online. I’m pretty good with computers and HTML. Any suggestions?

  39. Hollie February 22, 2014 at 7:13 am Reply

    I want to make money instantly and I don’t want to make it for signing up for other deals. Are there any good paid survey websites that allow me to do this?

  40. Faustino February 22, 2014 at 8:31 am Reply

    do you really get paid for taking an online survey,and if so what companies are liget

  41. Lance February 25, 2014 at 11:53 am Reply

    I’d prefer not to pay for membership or anything since I don’t want to risk being scammed. I live in Australia so an international or Australian site would be best. Thanks!!

  42. Pat February 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm Reply

    are there really any legitimate online jobs that don’t require that ur on the phone i mean like any that are data entry or something i just recently found out im pregnant and im high risk and i am advised by my doctor not to get a job and stay home off my feet well i need to get a job online to actually make some kind of money im not asking for something that’s gonna pay big just something that pays. so is there any one out there that has a at home job if so what company are u with. any suggestions would be must appreciated.

  43. Issac March 11, 2014 at 9:02 pm Reply

    I should get money just for taking the surveys. It’s so rude when they say that I don’t qualify to get paid based on my responses. This is unacceptable. They’re lucky that I even spend the time to take their surveys.

  44. Edelmira March 11, 2014 at 9:03 pm Reply

    I’m trying to do a survey about the current car rental companies, and the difficulties the customer face in order to rent a car.
    I’ll really appreciate your answers to my survey
    1.How often you rent a car?
    2.Do you prefer to physically attend to the car renting company or by reserving it online?
    3.What difficulties do you face during the reservation process?
    4.What difficulties do you face during the payment process?
    5.Did you usually have had special offers and discounts?
    6.Did you have the chance to compare car prices?
    7.Did you pay by credit card or cash?
    8.What difficulties and risks do you face during the pickup process?
    9.What difficulties and risks do you face during the returning process?
    10.What do you suggest in order of making the process of renting a car smother, easier and faster?
    Please I would like your cooperation with me, please help me and answer my questioner, it will really help to finish my project

  45. Kiesha March 11, 2014 at 9:03 pm Reply

    okay i have heard of all those companies who pay for surveys,using specific sites,etc etc all online. but with all the scams how can i tell which one is legit. cause not all of them can be illegal. if that was the case, then sites couldn’t show these at all. how can i figure out which sites are to be trusted. none of the sites i tries are accredited by the BBB either.

    this is just to make a lil extra cash. 50 a month is fine with me. that would pay for the internet

  46. Stacy March 13, 2014 at 5:17 pm Reply

    I’ve been hearing a lot lately about “online survey sites” where you fill out forms online and get paid. Are these all just scams? How do they even pay you? I don’t understand why anyone would pay money for this kind of thing.

  47. Mack April 2, 2014 at 6:58 am Reply

    I am hearing so much about getting paid for taking online surveys. I want to know:
    1. Is it worth it?
    2. Where can I get the ones that you don’t have to pay any money up front?
    3. How do they pay you… I mean check by mail or pay pal or what?

    Please no sarcastic comments that I could have lived without.

  48. Kareen April 19, 2014 at 12:56 am Reply

    i want to know wether there are any risks
    and when you give your phone number, will the third parties contact you all the time?
    also how much money do you get?
    is it easy and how do you get the money
    there arent any risks are there?
    i am also 13 years old
    i have now joined toluna
    cashcrate was mainly the surveys for 18 and overs
    do you know if toluna is any good

  49. Joellen April 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm Reply

    i’m 16, and i dont have a job yet. i’ve done my searches of paid online surveys but they all seem to be scams. Are there any LEGIT paid online surveys for teens?

  50. Leilani April 21, 2014 at 1:45 pm Reply

    Can somebody please help me? I was reading the August issue of Seventeen and it had two websites for free onling surveys that you get paid for. My dad is convinced that all of them are scams. Does anyone know anything about these two? and
    And do you know of any others that work and actually pay you? I have a lot of time on my hands lol.

  51. Leonel April 21, 2014 at 1:59 pm Reply

    Are there any truly legitimate ones that actually pay out without having to register with a slew of associates or buy something? If so, please name some?? Thanks!

  52. Virgil April 28, 2014 at 4:38 am Reply

    I was reading the Agusut issue Seventeen magazine and it said a fast way to make money was at but i’m nervous its just a scam to get my adress and email… has anyone used it and does it work?

  53. Rosario May 25, 2014 at 11:39 am Reply

    I recently read an article online naming a few unique ways children can make money. One of the ways was taking online surveys.

    Are kids allowed to take them? Is it safe? Are there any risks?

    The artical

    The place the article said to take surveys

    What do you think of the survey site? Should I allow my sister to try it? (she’s 13).

    No need to answer all the questions. I don’t want stupid answers. But I really do need to know more about this. If any one knows a young child who does this please let me know. And if you know any websites like this you suggest. This question is pretty much open to opinions, suggestions, and critiques about the subject.

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