Surveys sites that ask users to make payments for account activation, subscription fees or start-up kits are usually scams, as genuine survey sites never ask for membership fees. Genuine survey sites ask for innocuous personal information such as the name, age, gender, email address and mailing address of survey takers. Sites that ask for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and other sensitive information are usually scams. Most surveys typically pay between $2 and $10. Sites that promise to pay survey takers amounts that significantly exceed this range are potentially scams.
Genuine survey sites do not make guarantees of a fixed income. They instead only promise to pay for each successfully completed survey. To avoid survey scams, go through the terms, conditions and disclaimers outlined by a survey site, and stay clear of the site if the information provided is vague or raises doubts. Look up the site on Better Business Bureau to see if users have filed complaints against the site or its owners.