Like nearly every other industry in the world, there are scams in the survey industry. Usually these scams are easy to detect, but sometimes a good paying site will take a turn for the worse and stop paying. This article will help you find legitimate online survey sites and avoid scams.
First of all, you should watch out for any site that offers rediculous rewards. Generally speaking, online surveys will not make you rich, and any company that claims otherwise is most likely a scam. Legitimate online survey sites generally offer $1-$20 per survey, though there will occasionally be a $50+ one. However, if a company consistantly offers very large rewards for easy surveys, you should take note and perhaps stop taking surveys until you have confirmed that they do indeed pay.
A good way to find legitimate online survey sites is to ask around, or to look on websites such as this one. All the survey sites listed on this website are completely legitimate and have been paying for many years, so this is a good place to start. If you’re hungry for more, ask your friends, or head to a popular make money online forum and ask. You can also use sites such as Yahoo! Answers to gain more knowledge.
Keep in mind that there are several different types of scams on survey sites. There are the sites that make you do surveys and then never pay you, and there are sites that actually require you to pay just for the opportunity to take the surveys! I strongly advice that you never, ever pay for a survey opportunity. You should be MAKING money, not spending it!
Other than that, simply use your better judgment. Keep an eye out for flaws/unprofessionalism on the websites themselves, and don’t assume you will be paid by a company that’s not well known. There are plenty of completely legitimate online survey sites out there, it’s just a matter of finding them!