About Annika's Blacklist
Survey Blacklist contains sites' from our experience that we are NOT comfortable recommending.
Attention call the Federal Trade Commission to find out how to spot scams. Investigate before you invest any money.
Check Annika's Survey Blacklist to see if you belong or signed up by accident to any of these programs. A few things you should know:
The information listed in Annika's Survey Blacklist section comes from information, opinions, ratings and reviews from other users like yourselves, as well as the research, and personal experiences of Annika's and our volunteer members. Site advisor use to be a descent program, however it isn't always correct on these companies. Please keep in mind owners buy and sell domains all the time as well as update their sites. So things could have changed. We welcome that! If you feel your site has been unjustly added please contact us ASAP for removal. COPYRIGHT Annika's 1999 - 2017 www.amylynn.org/home
What is a scam? Scam: Noun A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle. To defraud; swindle.
What is a blacklist? Blacklist: Noun A list of persons or organizations that have incurred disapproval, or suspicion, or are to be boycotted, or otherwise penalized.
1. A survey scam website is a site that claims to have loads of Surveys listed but indeed doesn't, or simply has the names of survey companies but no links. Or has no where near the amount they claim to list.
2. A survey scam company is a website that tells you to pay for what Annika's provide for free and/or also tells you that you will earn thousands of dollars doing so.
3. A "survey company" that sends you a lot of "offers" to sign up for other survey companies. Any legitimate survey company wouldn't promote you to join ANOTHER survey company. That's not how they work.
4. A "survey company" that requires you to go through a lot of "offers" marking "yes or no" to get to the final join page.
5. A website that offers you a "reward" for signing up for spam offers.
6. A "survey company" that never actually sends you any Surveys, but only spam.
7. A "survey company" you wouldn't want your grandmother, mother, brother, sister, father to sign up for because you know it's a fraud. COPYRIGHT Annika's 1999 - 2017 www.amylynn.org/home
8. Any "survey company" that says anything even close to this: "By participating, I agree to receive email invitations to take part other great offers. I understand that I can easily unsubscribe from receiving email at any time. I am also aware that I will receive an initial email where I must confirm my membership prior to receiving any member offers or benefits."
9. A "survey company" that deletes earnings from your account without your knowledge/consent.
10. GENERALLY you will find that a "survey company" at the bottom of the page states they have an affiliate program. This generally shows they are after marketing their own income rather than paying their members. This applies to 90%. Though this does not apply to all, it's usually the first red flag we spot.
11. GENERALLY a company who feels they have to display payments from their members. This need to show off is to make up for the guilt they feel ripping people off.
12. When a companies website data doesn't seem to match up. Scam websites have been known to copy and paste websites without changing the repeating of the business name.
13. A company who asks it's members for money all while running ads, and offers to make money and delays paying their members. This happens in PTR, Surveys, and even Cashback websites. Business you work for are meant to pay you, not the other way around.
14. A Survey website who sends you a "Profile update" email when you are close to cash out and closes your account afterwards.
Also, there are loads of survey sites that simply list about 30 Surveys that are legit companies, but the sites they have listed once again are the type where the webmaster, and affiliate company earns money when you sign up. Most likely, like paid to read emails, they also keep earning a percentage of every survey you complete not you. That's why they post their checks as proof. To show you that yes you can earn money from signing up for Surveys, after all the more people signing up through their links earns them a heck of a lot of money, why not brag, and not tell the full truth while they are at it. Who would know? Well I do, and now you do too. After all, don't you deserve the full truth about this?
Another form of survey scam is not just survey sites, but sites that offer rewards for you signing up for things. You are earning the webmaster more money than you yourself will ever get, and in the process you get loads of spam.
If you ever end up paying for what Annika's offers for free, try to get a refund through the method by which you paid. (IE credit card, PayPal etc.) Because sometimes the companies will ignore your request for refunds.
Most links posted to the Annika's Survey Blacklist are inactive for a reason, they're bad business to the unwary. We don't charge access fees to the site info on Annika's, but if you're determined to sign-up anyway please support this group by using the links provided, even though, we do not approve of these types of sites.
Do you think you have been scammed? Here's Help!
According to recent statistics from the National Consumer League's list of Top 10 Net Frauds, online auctions seem to top the list of Internet scams for a few years running. Many people have been scammed on the Internet, but today the scammed person is not necessarily the loser. Stop blaming yourself, and fight scams NOW.
Start by reporting scams to the local police, FBI, Secret Service, post office, phone company, local newspaper and TV station, your bank and credit card company, your lawyer and the Department of Consumer Affairs.
Besides, consider reporting scams to the following agencies which are specialized in dealing with Internet scams. COPYRIGHT Annika's 1999 - 2017 www.amylynn.org/home
Merchant Services: Online Fraud Prevention - This website has a wealth of information with links to Identity Theft, Online Scams, Email scams, Phishing, Credit Card Fraud as well as Prevention Resources. [Thank you Ms. Clark's Class Room #154 2011!]
Guide to Consumer Awareness - This website is one of the most compressive guides I have seen to date! You can file a complaint with them - HOWEVER I do not recommend it. They are not a legal entity, and do not provide their mailing information even when you look up their domain. This raises a red flag. [Thank you Goodwin Community Center Cori L. for the suggestion to add.]
Internet Fraud Complaint Center - This is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), that strives to address fraud and scams committed over the Internet.
Better Business Bureau - File an online complaint against any company or charity that has treated you unfairly. The site also provides a national database of somewhat reliable reports. A positive report doesn't mean the company is definitely a legitimate one, but on the other hand, companies with negative reports should be avoided. I have found the BBB to personally handle complaints wrong, so still do your research.
Rip Off Report - File a report about any fraud or rip off scam you have come across. The report you file will be placed online for the world to see!
The National Fraud Information Center - This site is US based and is specialized in dealing with most kinds of internet and telemarketing frauds/scams.
FBI - Internet Fraud - Federal Bureau of Investigation's web page of Internet fraud. A lot of helpful tips here and other useful links. COPYRIGHT Annika's 1999 - 2017 www.amylynn.org/home
Fraud Watch International - This website seeks to reduce the incidence of Internet fraud by educating consumers, shutting down fraudulent and scam sites and prosecuting frauders.
Each States Attorney General - Site may not load but it lists ALL the attorney generals and their web address. Your state Attorney General's office can handle a wide range of complaints.
Federal Trade Commission - This website allows you to file a complaint about a particular company or organization, using a secure complaint form. although the FTC does not resolve individual consumer problems, the complaint helps in fraud investigation, and can lead to law enforcement action.
ScamWatch - An Australia based site that covers all sorts of scams from financial and investment scams such as pyramid schemes to miracle cures and instant weight loss treatments. Scamwatch keeps a look out for new scams, and rip offs and provides the locals places to report it.
Consumer Reports - This a very useful website for looking up any product, or company. Expert Product Reviews and Ratings! Honest. Trustworthy. Reliable.
Angies List - A place to look up and report businesses much like the Better Business Bureau. File an online complaint against any company or charity that has treated you unfairly. Do not pay though, it's not worth it.
Econsumer.gov - This is where you report a complaint against someone in another country. Basically works like the BBB.org.
McAfee Site Advisor - This use to be an excellent tool to see if a website can be trusted. Put in the website link you want to look up. Complete with reviews. Be sure to provide one if you encounter a problem.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre - A Canadian based site that covers all sorts of scams from financial and investment scams.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - New website created to help those with credit card problems.
National Do not call registry - For reporting unsolicited sales calls. Registering your phone numbers after 31 days you can file complaints.
Postal Inspection Service - For reporting scams distributed by U.S. mail such as fake lottery sweepstakes winnings, chain letters, and fake Mystery Shopping scams.
CyberSAFE (Cyber Safety For Everyone) - CyberSecurity Malaysia via e-mail at email@example.com, or phone its 24-hour helpline 019-266 5850 and hotline 1-300-88-2999 during office hours.
We can't in good conscience add Web of Trust as it's become a scam. People are being paid to leave bad feedback and even church websites being rated as unsafe proves what a waste it's become. This is heartbreaking to those of us who believe the word trust means just that.
We realize not every rip-off happens online, so here are these websites: http://www.jdpower.com http://www.kudzu.com http://www.servicemagic.com http://www.yelp.com/
Do not waste your time with the scam sites GPTBoycott, Scambook or Survey Police. Survey Police is ran by GTM (a Survey company) and created for the soul purpose to gather information to use for Market Research as well as makes money off referral and affiliate links. People freely post misinformation, slander and lies. Much like the GPTBoycott forum.
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