If you have ever tried to pick up extra cash online, taking paid surveys has probably crossed your mind. Maybe you’ve even tried them out, only to find that they aren’t all that they seem. Not only are paid surveys often scams, but also they can tamper with your online identity. There are different types of online surveys, and not all are necessarily bad.
Some surveys are more like advertisements, and after you fill out the survey, you’ll keep being directed to new pages where you’re asked to buy stuff or subscribe to magazines or try out “free” samples. Before you know it, you’ve given out your name, email and address, subscribed to a million different things and have yet to find where your payment is.
Other surveys are interested in collecting certain information such as your income level or education. When you fill out this information, they take the data and sell it to third parties. Your name and information will go directly on spamming lists, and you’ll find yourself being bombarded with emails and internet offers. The survey may seem to be legit at first glance, but you’ll soon find that it’s not.
Once these details have been accessed about you, spammers have everything they need to know. They can draw up a picture of you and make you a target for identity theft. And if you’ve ever been faced with an online survey that asks you to pay for essentially nothing, the credit card information they have on you only adds in the case of identity theft, and your payment may have gone directly to the spammer.