Online survey scams?
Yesterday I received an email from a reader that concerned me and I felt you should be aware of:
Hi, I just thought I would pass on a warning to you about something that
happened to me doing online surveys.
Today, at my door via the US post, a box full of Dr. Suess books showed up.
I didn’t order these and my daughter is 13 so we have no use for them.
I called the number on the invoice right away and cancelled my account. When I was speaking to the nice lady there, she told me that she had at least 60 calls TODAY about these online survey places that just add a person’s name to their mailing lists. That’s how this happened.
She listed three (from glblguy: “I’m intentionally not linking to them”):
She warned me to look out for other things that may show up and to call and cancel them right away.
I thought I would alert you to what is going on and perhaps you might warn your readers.
She was very nice and obviously upset at the extra work she now has to do and did cancel my account immediately.
I’m not a huge advocate of online survey’s as I just don’t find it time well spent for the money, but I do complete them from time to time and am open to trying out new sites. For example, I’m trying out Lightspeed Consumer Panel right now based on a reader recommendation. While it would seem there are number of very reputable companies out there, as with everything there are also a few rotten apples and even a few that would be considered online survey scams.
Doing some relatively quick research on all three of these survey companies, I found a few complaints about information being provided to third parties. The most common complaint, and the one common across all three services was users being signed up and charged for voicemail services on their home phone number. Eversave even spammed one of my articles with an advertising comment yesterday. That’s enough to keep me from ever using them.
Thus far, I’ve used the following survey companies without issue:
- Mypoints – There are a number of complaints from users around crediting of points, but the reports are older.
- Mysurvey – Seems to be one of the oldest and most reputable survey companies. I’ve had decent success with them thus far, and seem to continue to get a number of surveys.
- Lightspeed Consumer Panel – Still a new user of Lightspeed, but so far so good.
- Opinion Outpost – Very new to this one as I just started last week. So I couldn’t honestly say there aren’t any issues, but so far so good.