Friday, November 19, 2010

Is My Opinions a Scam?

The Internet is the new frontier of the scammer - individual and organisations alike. Beware Dear Reader - they are everywhere and anywhere.

Some things start out with best intentions, some start out with the deliberate intention of scamming you and anybody else they can get into.

And some times allegations get thrown around for no real reason at all.....If you read some of the blogs around you find some negative feedback about just about everything and anything.

Which brings me to my point, I was reading recently about how 'My Opinions' was just another internet scam. This seemed quite strange, especially since I was just about to get my $60 payment from them thru paypal.

For the record, in Australia, at least, I get about 3 or 4 surveys do to from My Opinions each week, they are usually worth between 150 and 500 points (which roughly equates to $1.50 to $5) the surveys are generally pretty easy and quick to complete.

So where does the bad feedback come from?

Maybe they thought they were going to make a fortune filling in surveys?
Maybe they got screened because they put in stupid answers in the surveys?
Maybe they were trying to scam the survey panel?

I really don't know.

I guess the lesson in this might be:

a) don't have too high an expectation of making money with doing online surveys....seriously its pocket money, an extra part time (tax free) income at best.

b) sometimes the scammers aren't the company but the people who try to rip the company off....

Of course don't stop being suspicious and sceptical of anything you see or read on the Internet or anywhere else for that matter.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just joined my opinions for some extra money, so I cant really see anyone getting mad at them for any reason; its free money!

Anonymous said...

I dont think its a scam. It just takes an awfully long time to make any money. Some of the surveys take 20 minutes to fill in and are worth only 300 points ( about $3). Sometimes I wonder if its worth the effort.I get screened out most of the time not because I give bad answers but I am not in the demographic they want.I have been a member for 8 months and have only just reached 1000 points

Anonymous said...

I thought my opinions was a good way to make some extra money, but I always get screened out in some unfair way - it is a site with no moral standards attached so don't be disappointed when you get screened out for no reason.

Anonymous said...

It takes a long time to gain enough points to cash in & screening out happens a lot. I don't think it is worth the effort to be honest & if it doesn't improve soon I am closing my account. You can link it to rewards central but there you need an unusually high amount of points to claim a reward of any kind.
So it is not quite a scam but they do manage to spread the surveys out to reduce the chance to gain points.
My advice to those who are looking to earn some extra cash don't waste yr time on this on since the chance to be screened out is too common after answering some of the survey they send.

Anonymous said...

I think most survey sights are a rip off. Honestly, they are not worth the time. I have been with my opinions for about 9 months and in that time I've earnt $20. Some surveys I have done have taken me an hour + to do, and the highest paid I've ever gotten was 600 points( around $5.50) It sounds okay when you read, but for the time you have to put into them, in the long run it isn't. I've gone sometimes up to five weeks without receiving any surveys, even with my profile and account fully updated. I think it's a little stupid that it takes normally 6-8 weeks to get your money as well, I don't get why they can't do two monthly installments of payments instead of just one. I normally always get screened out as well because I don't qualify, and I am greatful that they still credit me with 5 points and that, but really, in my opinion- it isn't worth it. MyOpinions definitley is not one of the bad sites out there- in fact, they are regarded as one of the better ones. But in my opinion, ALL survey sights need to be taken a look at because I just don't think the rewards are fair enough for the time you put in. I mean, 250 points for a 15-2o minute survey? (only about $2.00) is a rip.

Anonymous said...

I agree with all the comments made. What I am finding recently is that I get almost to the end of a survey - having spent an hour to complete it - and the program/computer freezes. Then when I try to re-enter the survey to complete it, I am told that This survey must be finished in one session. It seems to be happening too often to be a simple error. It occurs to me that if a large number of people are almost finished the surveys and then, due to a 'problem' cannot complete the survey, then all the information has been given, but no points can be awarded = Intentional error/scam! NOT HAPPY!

Anonymous said...

It is a scam. No surveys for 5 months after being a member for years? I am still with MyRewards though.

Nigel Martin said...

If you haven't received a survey for 5 months, you may have been removed from the email list. Maybe check your profile.

Anonymous said...

I can never sign in.The help line is no help at all.They say they are improving. ?

Bob Hunt said...

Ok My Opinions/Rewards Central, are making good money themselves and are very cunning, looking for dummy's
(1)They play with the “ time to complete” and make sure they are on the winning side there, always fudge about 15 minutes
(2)They use points instead of dollars because it sounds like more
(3) in reality they are paying about $2.50 per hour so 40 hours will net you $100.00
(4) you need over 3000 points before you can get paid i.e. $30, here’s the big catch *** when you get over 2000 points they slow you up to give a lot more to the new starters so they don’t have to pay you, VERY CLEVER hey, They would be fined in normal trade GOOD LUCK 

Bob Hunt said...

In my opinion "My Opinion" Use unconscionable behaviour and should be prosecuted, I complained to them in a reasonable way and they stopped sending me surveys for 2 weeks

Carli said...

I earn around $100 a year from My Opinions surveys, certainly NOT a scam.

Anonymous said...

They say you need 2200 points to cash in. How much money do you get paid for this amount of points. A supposedly 44 minute survey takes more like 4hours to complete. So i would expect at least 220 dollars for 2200 points. Even that would be underpayment for the time. So can anyone tell me how much they pay for 2200 points? Am i wasting my precious time?

Anonymous said...

It's a scam. Been with them for several years then they said I'd rushed through a survey - as if you can - and haven't sent me another survey for five months. They can put their surveys where the sun don't shine, I'll stick with companies who treat people fairly.

Anonymous said...

Definitely a SCAM!

Been a member for nearly a year and completed enough surveys to earn paypal payment but as soon as I claimed My Opinions demanded I send them copies of Identification and bank details. Will not pay unless I do! What they need copies of identification and bank details for to send payment to paypal that has legitimatly been earnt on their surveys is beyond me! I believe this is an excuse to not pay as they know people don't like to hand these kind of details out.
They have also refused to return points claimed back to account so I have earnt all these points for nothing! I am also member of their partner site Rewards Central and yet have never had an issue with them when claimed rewards!
Don't waist your time on this sites surveys as the only ones that are going to gain are them!

Anonymous said...

no survey asks so many questions..wtf are that doing with that info??????? selling it and paying you 1 cent per hour, to inform them of ur habits......ripoff, should be removed from television advertising.....dont do it, dont use it...

Anonymous said...

I have joined for two months now and I already have 1000 points, it's also Australia's number 1 paid survey website, IT'S DEFINETELY NO SCAM!!!!!

Anonymous said...

This site may not be a scam, but users should be informed of what to expect. There are certain key facts deliberately omitted from the site and all the information they provide - for example, at no point do they tell people how much money these mysterious 'points' are worth. That is critical information. Secondly, I found the initial survey information unacceptably intrusive and thorough. Further, since I signed with them, the amount of spam I receive both electronically and in the post has sky rocketed in a way that shocks me. I had given neither details to anybody else. The email had only EVER been shared with them. It is clear that they sold those contact details as they are the only company ever to have been given them. I see people saying they got screened out of surveys - I was getting three to six A DAY, usually with pathetically low point rewards (like a 45 minute survey with a 50 point reward - about 50c in other words). More and more I found myself ignoring these annoying survey invitations that became no better than any other spam, the intrusive surveys and repeat mailings leading me to finally cancel the account after I received a cranky email from them for not responding to enough surveys. My Opinions can get jumped as far as I am concerned.

For those who successfully use it, great! I suspect you are in the minority.

Anonymous said...

My Opinions.com.au does not want your opinions - just your private information!

Craig Hodgson said...

I find the surveys moderately appealing but will generally not complete a survey of 20 minutes or more.
How does one go about redeeming the points? I religiously receive a "Loyalty Bonus and Account Statement" but have no idea of how to redeem.
Would appreciate any assistance?
Best regards,
Craig.

AUSSIE ECO FARMS - YARRA GLEN said...

I used to participate in surveys by actually attending survey group sessions a few years ago and get paid $50 for a couple hours giving my opinions, but if you added travel and travel costs it was less. Yet interesting work.

I think they points system hide the low earnings being offerred to participants, however this might be due to the high rate of those trying to rort the system for which they need to more of their time to sort out..

Anonymous said...

Hey Carli how did you manage that when it took me 2 months to accumulate 2000 points though has any one won the $500 draw prize!?.

Anonymous said...

I would never join these sites for one very good and very old reason, that my father told me and his father told him. Never ,never give an unknown organisation or body your personal details. They can sell it do what they want with it, it's called Identity theft. Does Time share or Pyramid scams ring a bell people. Hasn't any one out there heard of identity fraud !!! Its been around for decades and decades..

Anonymous said...

Not a scam, but they certainly adopt dubious practices. The last time I got enough points to cash out they asked me to send a copy of my driver's license to verify my identify. No one in their right mind posts that kind of personal information online no matter what their privacy statement says.

ProTheFessor said...

What I would like to find out is what do they do with your PERSONAL INFO? (Address, Mobile) Has anybody received an increase of spam or junk mail since they signed up?

Sean said...

Hey guys, thanks for all those posts, only been at My opinions for 2 days and was a bit worried about the info I was giving to them.most of you guys have pointed out a few things that hadnt occurred to me. Think I give the 20 cents an hour (or what ever the going rate is) a miss. My time and personal information is a lot more valuable than that.

Anonymous said...

so far i have made 58 dollars in 9 months still sitting in a paypal account

Russ Benk said...

Yeah, it takes one hell of a long time to get to the cash out point with survey sites. I transfer my points from myopinion to another survey site and cash out with the combined points from two sites.

KellyS said...

My personal experience with the surveys was - every time i did a survey, i'd answer about 10-15 sometimes 20 questions and then i would get a pop up informing that i was not 'eligible' for this particular survey....? What? And since i'd already wasted 10 minutes for nothing - i stopped doing them after about 10 consecutive times this occurred. I felt like they'd already gotten all the info they would need and the loophole being they could at any point prior to me completing the survey chuck in the 'not eligible' pop up and negate any financial obligations.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone who is a member EVER won a decent prize on the guessing game? there are 1 each of 100, 200 and 500 on a 49 square grid, so on average you should win 1 each per year. in 1 year of playing each week, the highest i have won is 50 points. does ANYONE ever get 100 plus?

HappyEnough said...

I've been with it since it was EmailCash before splitting into My Opinions and Rewards Central. It's not a scam, just don't expect to make a fortune from it. I generally cash out about $150 a year but yes, sometimes it takes time to get it and I get screened out a bit - the surveys about alcohol are the worst for that, but the client is looking for a particular demographic and if I don't fit then I don't fit.

No, I haven't had an increase in spam.

Yes, I've collected a 100 point prize and several 50s, but how are YOU playing? Totally randomly every week? Remember that probability has no memory.

And if you're taking 4 hours to complete a 'supposedly 44 minute survey' then there's something else wrong, perhaps a desire to exaggerate to boost your case?

You'll never get rich this way, but if you spend a bit of time then you can make some pocketmoney - that's all it will ever be.

Anonymous said...

I pick the same box each week. 6 months later and I have won 100 points once, but still no 200 or 500. I'll re-phrase my question, has anyone EVER won 200 or 500 points? I am long overdue for both

Anonymous said...

It is not a scam. I have been a member of rewards central since 2008. I have completed many surveys in that time which are related to what I have filled out on the details. The screening out is because they have enough people within a certain age range already or that don't meet the criteria they are looking for. I have had no problem in cashing in my points for dollars and it is deposited straight into my bank account. It can take a little while to accumulate points to redeem, certainly wont make you a millionaire but if you try every survey that comes your way the points start building up.