Scam Alert -- Take This Short Survey... and Get Scammed
Beaumont, TX – July 14, 2014 – Take our short survey and receive a $50 gift card! Offers like this claim to be gathering customer feedback for legitimate businesses, but they are really promoting spam products or they are after your personal information.
How the Scam Works:
You receive an email or a text message inviting you to complete a customer satisfaction survey. The message says all you need to do is answer a few questions, and you will receive a gift card.
The survey seems normal at first. One recent scam posing as an Amazon.com survey, asks where you shop online, how often you visit the website and how much time you spend on the Internet each day.
After you complete the survey, the site says you are now entitled to your prize. Unfortunately, the $50 gift card is "out of stock," so you are instructed to choose one of several dubious products, often something like a weight loss kit and wrinkle cream. The survey was just an elaborate hoax to promote these products. In another version of this scam, the "customer survey" asks for personal information, such as address and credit card number. In this scam, con artists are really after information that can be used for identity theft.
How to Spot a Customer Survey Scam:
For More Information:
To find out more about scams or report one, check out BBB Scam Stopper at http://www.bbb.org/council/bbb-scam-stopper/. For more tips you can trust, visit bbb.org. In Southeast Texas, call 409/835-5348 or 855/BBB-SETX.