How to make money for your opinion without getting scammed in the process

Feb 5 09:08 2009 Moni Arora Print This Article

The internet has totally changed the way we live and work. Is it really possible to earn money from the comfort of your home by taking paid surveys, without getting scammed in the process? Read the article to protect your hard earned cash.

Making money online for your opinion is a growing phenomenon. Businesses have traditionally used on-site,Guest Posting telephone, or mystery shopper methods to get feedback on their products and services. These companies are following the explosion of online money-making opportunities to get the job done and those wanting to make some extra money are the beneficiaries.

But a little bit of care should be taken. More people are looking for additional income and thieves are targeting them. There has been an explosion of legitimate online money-making offers over the last few years but desperation sometimes fuels foolish internet use. Identity thieves, fraudulent businesses, and hackers are moving in to take advantage of those who lack internet savvy. You can avoid being scammed if you follow the few simple rules of the road for safe internet use and you'll be on your way to making money for your opinion.

The old cliché that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is, still holds true. Legitimate websites and opinion survey companies unfortunately have to share the web with companies that would lead you to believe they're legitimate, also. Do your homework or let someone else do it for you to avoid being scammed. There are a few sites that pop up now and then that are luring you into a financial quagmire. The web is literally exploding with opportunities that did not exist even a decade ago, but before you leap, make sure you know where you're going.

Check up on sites that are suspicious. Check with businesses whose business it is to provide solid leads for making an income online by giving your opinion. You can also make a phone call to the company whose survey you would like to complete, talk to a real person, and ask plenty of questions. A company who is in the business of surveying the public will be happy to answer your questions.

Never send personal financial information in exchange for a starter package or to sign up to do work. If you're being charged, the company isn't making money from its clients; it's making money from you. If you provide enough information to allow someone to access your Paypal, credit card, savings, or checking accounts, you'll probably wake in the next morning and find your account has been emptied. The legitimate opinion survey companies will likely need information on how to send funds to Paypal. Paypal is a secure online method of both receiving and sending money and you can rest assured that your money is safe there.

Ask a company if they'll give you a few references. A legitimate company might not want to do so for privacy reasons, but then again, it might. You can learn a lot from someone with first-hand experience, both good and bad.

Try to use websites with a professional appearance, correct grammar, and verifiable facts. If the site claims to be from Fresno, California, check the citys' white pages and yellow pages phone information online to see if the company is listed. Call the better business bureau. If you can find no record of the companys' existence, you should consider looking for another company.

It’s impossible to verify the legitimacy of an online business completely. Some newer companies may not pass the test but they’re honest and paying for online surveys. It’s too bad that criminals have made it necessary to use care when signing up. This is a “buyers beware” situation and viewing the opportunity with a suspicious eye may be the only thing between you and a scam.

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Moni Arora
Moni Arora

Moni Arora has participated in many paid surveys, focus groups, and product tests. He has reviewed and gives his opinion on the best paid survey sites. Information on Top 3 Paid Survey Sites can be found at..

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