Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long to find scam websites all over the web. And online reward programs and surveys sites aren’t immune to scammers either.
Without the correct knowledge, it’s very easy to fall victim to scams. So I decided to compile a list of tips that will help you avoid scam websites and keep safe.
1. Never Pay to Join a Program
Your input and engagement is what every online survey and rewards community is seeking. There is no reason why you should be paying them to participate.
2. Check the company’s BBB profile
I highly recommend you see if a marketing research firm runs the participating survey or rewards program you are interested in. Then do research on the firm. I find that Better Business Bureau (BBB) is an excellent place to start your verification. BBB is well highly regarded and is a very active community tasked with identifying companies that are trustworthy.
3. Check to the Contact Information for Sites
Every trustworthy rewards and survey program will have a designated contact point. Look for an address, phone number, and e-mail address. All reputable programs will have a way to contact them.
4. What information do they request from you?
Look at what information each program is asking of you. There should be no reason for sites to ask for your bank account, passwords, etc.
I will add, you should also be very hesitant to give your social security number to any website. There is only one time where it is acceptable to give a marketing research firm your SSN and that is when a marketing companies has to report their payout to the U.S. Government for tax purposes. And this will only happen when you receive more than $600 within a year. Then the associated marketing company is legally required to file a Form 1099-MISC to report your earnings, and only then is a social security number needed.
5. Look for honest reviews from people who have used the program sites.
Untanglr.com is a good place to look but we haven’t reviewed everything out there. A quick Google search usually suffices to see what others think.