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Common Internet Scams You Need to Avoid

August 25th, 2017

For the most part, the advancements we’ve seen in the internet have been fantastic news for all. However, as more people now look for work from home opportunities, more scams are cropping up in all four corners of the web. For example, ‘completing surveys for money’ is one of the most common and a simple Google search will bring up thousands of results. Although some can earn you money, sadly the majority are scams and thousands are falling for it every single year.

Essentially, these companies (or even individuals) are preying on mums looking to make a few extra bucks towards the bills or the unemployed who want to pay for their own food while they look for a job. Even for the teenagers who were brought up around technology, they’re falling into this trap perhaps because they haven’t got enough experience in life just yet. Every day, people are losing money and even their credit card details just because they want to answer some questions in return of a small income.

Today, we want to list the most common scams so you don’t fall for their tricks in the coming weeks and months!

#1: Joining Fee

As soon as you see ‘earn $150,000 by answering survey questions’, run and run as far away as you possibly can (well, close the tab). If this opportunity were genuine, there would be nobody working outside of the home. Unfortunately, these sites tend to demand a small fee to join (normally under $50) and they keep this money without providing you with anything.

If you actually pay for a site like this, there’s normally nothing you can do to retrieve your money or complain either because they carefully craft disclaimers that absolve their company from blame. Within the disclaimer, they’ll state that the income isn’t guaranteed and that you choose to sign-up at your own risk and this will essentially prevent any action taken against them. Of course, they’ll claim to have helped millionaires who now drive sports cars and live in mansions but they won’t have surnames and, more importantly, their success won’t be real.

We don’t blame you for thinking this might be real but, if you want to make money from completing simple surveys, you’ll have to work hard and often rather than just a few hours per week. Once again, companies are happy to pay for opinions but not to fund people’s lives.

#2: The ‘Yes’ Survey

When we use the word ‘scam’, you must understand that not everybody is interested in money because some prefer your personal details or just your time. With this second scam, this is very much the case and it starts by directing you from one survey to another website. As you click ‘no’ to the offers, more will show and it will be endless until you finally click ‘yes’. As soon as you show an interest in health insurance or whatever the topic may be, you’ll start receiving multiple calls per week. Just because you clicked one button, they suddenly think you want the product and they’ll keep trying no matter how many times you say no, hang up, or ignore their calls.

If you choose to listen to their offer, especially with insurance, you will end up losing money because they’re generally significantly more expensive than if you were to search the market yourself. Suddenly, the dangers to you and your information escalates because they ask for personal information, financial details, and a Social Security number. If the company were legitimate, they would send it all in writing by post or email.

#3: Cell Phone

With cell phones now more popular than all other devices, companies like to get ahold of your number in any way possible. Often, they’ll say you need to confirm your membership by receiving a call but this short call can cost up to $5. Typically, the call will charge you between $2-$3 because they assume you don’t mind losing a couple of bucks but this soon builds up on their end when they receive hundreds or even thousands of applications. Once the initial call has been completed, they will then send regular messages suggesting a prize win and any reply will cost you even more money so we highly suggest leaving your cell phone number out of any applications you complete.

#4: Phone Bill

With some companies, they like to be sneaky by steadily progressing the information you provide. Starting with a telephone number, they’ll then ask you to complete a survey in return of a free magazine. From here, you provide your address before checking your phone bill to find a yearly subscription fee. As we saw before, the fine print of the survey will state that a yearly subscription fee will be taken from your phone bill after providing your name and address. Since you fell into this trap, you authorized the whole process; sadly, the majority of people don’t even notice the fee on their statement so the company earns significant sums with little repercussion.

Summary

Although we would like to say otherwise, these four scams are just the tip of the iceberg. For those reading and thinking ‘well, I’m not a fool’, it’s easier to fall for a scam than you might think. While doing research for this guide, I’ve spoken to some highly-intelligent people and they’ve paid $5 for the cell phone trick as well as $12 for a magazine subscription. For some, they’re even left frustrated by the dozens of health insurance phone calls they’ve received over the past few weeks.

While online surveys, when legitimate, can earn you a few extra bucks and can even be enjoyable, you need to be careful of the many scams in the world. With the legitimate companies, they won’t;

• Promise the world
• Ask for credit card information
• Ask for an address
• Ask for a telephone number

As long as you pay attention to this, you can enjoy the real side of online surveys.