Is a survey study a scam?
I'm not sure, but the rule of thumb that people have told me is that if there's any request for someone you don't know to do a wire transfer of money, then you should be suspicious and it could be a scam.
So originally, I signed up to a study on CL that got full and got this e-mail
Quote :$250 Paid Study
The study you applied for is filled but there is a new study if you are interested.
PolarVisions Inc, is looking for individuals to participate in an upcoming survey in your area.The survey will take 15 minutes to complete and you will receive a $250 cash compensation for participating.
To apply reply with the following
Contact Rodney at ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for more details.
Then I filled it out and got this e-mail the next day
PolarVisions Inc®, announces free new vacancy for a market research study. We use market research to measure the quality of service rendered or gather specific information about products and services that help organizations strengthen brand reputations, improve communication and enhance customer relationships.
We are currently conducting a survey on western union agent locations to help measure and improve effectiveness of the services offered to customers, this is as a result of complaints from some of western union repeat customers about the behavior and misconducts at most western union outlets.
You will be required to visit a western union agent location in your area and evaluate the services they render as a customer, at the end of the research you will give us feed back on your overall experience by filling out a simple questionnaire. Each survey takes about 1hr to complete and you will be paid $250 for every evaluation completed. This will not inconvenience your present occupation.
If you meet all the requirements and wish to be a highly paid worker in our fast-growing company, please write to us by email.
Carefully fill the form to participate:
Mailing Address: (No P.O Box deliveries)
City / State / Zip code:
As soon as we receive the above information you will be added to our database to confirm your participation in the survey and we will contact you with further details to proceed. All information provided will remain confidential, it will not be shared for any reason and will only be used for the purpose of this study .
Market Research Analyst
Then today, I got through USPS Express Mail an envelope that I signed for that contained a letter statement and a check for $2,750.
I sent them an e-mail letting them know that I got it and they replied back saying:
Quote :Here are your instructions for the WesternUnion survey.
STEP 1: Have the payment received cashed and deduct your $250 compensation for the survey.
STEP 2: Take the leftover cash to any WesternUnion location of your choice and pose as a customer making a wire transfer to an associate.
STEP 3: Deduct another $170 for charges for using WesternUnion services and request a wire transfer of the leftover funds to the below information.
6502 Woodcrest Rd
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Be sure to observe how long it took you to get services, intelligence of the attendant and customer service professionalism during the transfer process. Under no circumstances should the WesternUnion agents know this evaluation is being carried out on them. Email me as soon as you make the transfer with the following information.
10 Digits MTCN #
Confirm Amount Sent
WesternUnion outlet surveyed
A questionnaire regarding your experience with WesternUnion will be emailed to you after completion of the survey.
Look forward to your response today.
Market Research Analyst
I've never done any wire transferring or used WesternUnion before, and I don't know who this Frank Konan is, but I'm wondering if all of this appears legit or not.
I figured, I have made copies of the check, the letter, the envelope, and everything and I have not done Step 1 yet, but if it is a scam, then I have all the information needed to make sure that I don't run into trouble for myself. Plus, I figured that if the check is scanned at the bank and it's invalid, they'll let me know right away.
Did anyone else get this survey invite and do this already?