Survey Says: Spam!

I was just looking at a very cheesy looking survey website, surveyscout.com (I don’t want to directly link to it and increase their page rank). It appears to be one which, from the get-go slaps you in the face with too much boldface and underlining. It’s one of those sites that tries too hard and looks desperate. Big red flag there.


On one page, they offer to send a transcript of some conversation with a woman who makes great money just taking surveys…If you’ll provide your e-mail address. Right below that it says, “Dont worry, we won’t give your name or e-mail address to anyone”. I clicked the Privacy Statement link and buried in it was the following:

We may use the personal information that you supply to us and we may work with other third party businesses to bring selected retail opportunities to our members via email {emphasis added}. These businesses may include providers of direct marketing services and applications, including lookup and reference, data enhancement, suppression and validation and email marketing.

Oh, okay. They won’t give your name or e-mail address away, but they’ll sell it. Totally different. Ahem.

If you want to join some legitimate survey companies, I can recommend a few:

  • Greenfield Online
  • Harris Poll Online
  • NFO
  • Survey Savvy
  • Mystery Guest Inc. (they reimburse you for being a secret shopper at restaurants — We’ve gone to Smokey Bones BBQ on their tab already. They pay a set amount toward your dinner, plus give you a $5 incentive. It’s great fun!