You can make over $200 a month from paid online surveys for as little as 5 minutes (per survey). These businesses are paying you for your opinion (in style of a poll or questionare) and they send your information to third parties.
In the otherhand, most of these websites require you to hand out your personal information in order to pay you or give you “points” to build up before you get paid. Some of the online surveys will also pay you at a higher price if you share your address and phone number. But where is all of this information going? It is worth the extra $5 or $10 to share your phone number with an unknown third party? I’d your not careful, this is an open dorr to identity theft.
Your information may have been compromised if you notice…
- A high traffic of anynomus sales phone calls
- Increased traffic of spam mail or email with your username or full name
- Multiple accounts made without your permission
But this is not going unnoticed. Better Business Beauru, Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas said in an imterview, “Paid online surveys are frequently not what they seem. By abusing the brand names and logos of well-known companies and products to make them look legitimate, these scam artists are able to obtain personal and financial information from participants.”
Understand that there are a select few websites that will respect your personal information. But before you sign up for an online survey account, make sure the website is secure and read all of the fine print. Also, check to see if every website is secure- not only with a lock logo, but the lock icon on the website address. Do your research and don’t make it easy for your personal information to be compromised.