Booking a summer vacation? Steer clear of fake offers promising you gift cards in exchange for taking a quick customer survey. This scam keeps cropping up, and it's back with a seasonal travel twist.
How the Scam Works:
You receive an email or see a social media post urging you to claim a free voucher or gift card. "You have-earned-yourself a $100-GiftCard: Take Our-Survey," reads the subject line of one version. This time of year, fake airline offers are particularly popular, but the "gift card" could be from any well-known brand. The email urges you to click a link and complete a short customer survey.
It sounds easy... but don't do it! These survey scams have a variety of tricks. The link may lead to a real survey, but when you complete it, the $100 gift card happens to be "out of stock." Not coincidentally, all that remains are "free" samples of spammy products like diet pills and wrinkle cream. In other versions, the form is actually a phishing scam that requests banking and credit card information. Or the link may download malware to your computer to steal your passwords and other critical information.
Tips to Spot a Fake Voucher Scam:
With many businesses offering discounts in exchange for customer feedback, it can be hard to tell a real offer from a fake one. Here are some pointers.