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Paid to sign up means you are paid when you sign up for offers. PTSU. Sometimes they are called GPT sites. Which means get paid to. Get paid to do surveys, sign up for things, click emails, download apps, etc. You think it, they offer it.

Some lead to such things as loads of spam or free samples. You earn the company money when you sign up for the offers which you are in turn paid for. Rewards can be points which are converted into things, cash, sweepstake entries and more.

The companies we have tested and supported will be marked as such.  COPYRIGHT Annika's 1999 - 2017 www.amylynn.org/home

Annika's doesn't support paid to sign up sites, but we wish to keep our members, visitors, readers, and fans informed of what's out there. This means we can not offer you help should you encounter problems besides the information contained upon this page. We feel that many of these types of sites may not be legal, or good. The very rare few that have worked out for us have been marked as such and mostly haven't signed up for things. We simply clicked the emails or did the surveys.

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Do you think you have been scammed?


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 got 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.

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.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission - Check the securities and exchange commission's EDGAR database to see if the company fils with the SEC.

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. Scam watch keeps a look out for new scams, and rip offs and provides the locals places to report it.

Consumer Reports - This is a very useful website for looking up any product, or company. Expert Product Reviews and Ratings! Honest. Trustworthy. Reliable.

AARP Fraud Watch Network - Several useful articles to aid in your quest.

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 cyber999@cybersecurity.my, or phone its 24-hour helpline 019-266 5850 and hotline 1-300-88-2999 during office hours.

1-844-574-3577 FINRA's Securities helpline for Seniors. IE Stocks.

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 site GPTBoycott 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 purposes. People freely post misinformation, slander and lies. Much like the GPTBoycott forum.



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