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Gift Cards for Survey

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How the scam works:

(with explanatory video below) Scammers send mass-emails, request recipients to participate in a survey, and promise a gift card in return. The crooks pose as retail chains or fast food restaurants and use the real logos to make it seem legitimate. 

Participants who respond and enter personal information often find that, instead of receiving a gift card, they receive calls from telemarketers. Through the survey, the scammers attain participants’ email addresses, phone numbers and home addresses.

The worst comes not when your personal info is sold to telemarketers, but when your identity is stolen.

The other variation of this fraud is the Facebook Free Gift Card scam. The crooks ask you to fill out a survey in order to receive the card, as well as clicking the "Like" button. Filling out the form and sending it over provides the scammers access to your personal information, including passwords and bank accounts. Amongst the Faceook/Twitter Free Gift Card scams found on the social networking websites are big brand names used by the crooks.

Watch the video below to see in action a third and most lucrative (for the scammers) variation of the Gift Card for Survey Scam, exposed in the news.

Gift Card Scam In The News Video

Below there is also a list with such fake offers posted by scammers.

"$1,000 Victoria's Secret gift card" scam

"$500 Costco free gift card" scam

"$100 Applebee's free gift card" scam

"1 free Walgreen gift card" scam

"One free Amazon.com gift card" scam

"Boots $50 voucher giveaway" scam

"Free $1,000 Walmart gift card survey" scam

"Free £170 worth of Tesco vouchers" scam

"Eat for free at Cheescake factory" scam

"Free £500 Argos gift cards for Christmas" scam

"Eat for free at Pizza Hut" scam

"Free Starbucks $50 gift card" scam

"Free $25 Tim Hortons gift card" scam

How to avoid:

People love freebies and that’s exactly what scammers use as bait to get your info. Buy the online gift cards through legitimate sources, but first make sure the website is authentic and not cloned. And Facebook or Twitter free gift cards? Hmmm...no. If you really want to participate in rewards programs and gift cards are your weakness, use Swagbucks.com, which is the world's largest free online rewards program. You get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, take surveys, watch videos, or play games. You can also get free iTunes and Amazon cards. The company has a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.

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There are 17 comments

  • On Friday, August 07, 2015, Lucy Munoz wrote:

    is Paid Surveys at Home a scam?

  • On Saturday, June 13, 2015, amanda wrote:

    Recently did a survey for loweszzonestore but was directed to a site claiming I could win a $100 visa gift card if I answer more questions. Knew it was possible misdirected so I cancelled the page.

    Weeks later (today) I received a phone call from (615) 808-4831 with a lady on the line. She sounded Indian and asked if I could hear her. I said yes then she proceeded to tell me that I needed to answer one last question for the survey I filled out prior and that I'd recieve a gift card after I answered.

    She told me the reason I would get this visa gift card was because I must've answered positively to the survey questions. I kept telling her that I didn't know what she was talking about until she hung up in frustration. I looked up the number online while doing this to find another few people have had this occur with them as well. Some filled a survey directed from a trusted site then were misdirected to the scam. Others claim they never took a survey to begin with.

  • On Thursday, May 28, 2015, Junua wrote:

    Teddy, no! Don't take it.

  • On Thursday, May 28, 2015, Teddy Kohrt wrote:

    I have an offer for a $100 gift card from kol's if I take a survey. Is this legitimate?

  • On Saturday, May 09, 2015, bernadette kinlaw wrote:

    hi my is bernadette .the reason why I'm sending you message i will like to win a gift card $1,000.00 for the very first-time.my mom have die of stage 4 cancer i stay home to take good care of her she passed alway December 10_2014.and yesterday was my birthday and i never got what i needed and i will like to get something nice

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