Survey Associates Reviews - Survey Associates Scam or Legit

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Tyler –

Victim Location 73071

Type of a scam Employment

Received an email through my college offering employment so being curious decided to check it out. Then later received a text message which was already a red flag informing me about the "job" and that I would receive instructions in the mail. Upon receiving those instructions any doubts that this might not be a scam vanished due to the fact that it wanted you to deposit a check that was blurry in places to your bank and then go buy E-Bay gift cards with the money while leaving payment for your service. I imagine that if the check was accepted, that it would be quickly discovered to be fake and taken out after you had already spent the money that it claimed to deposit.

Steve –

Victim Location 43607

Type of a scam Employment

Survey Associates sent a check for $998.00 with my name on it. They said cash it or deposit it in my account & deduct my commission. Instructed me to go to Walgreens, CVS, Best Buy, Kroger to purchase Ebay cards totaling $650. Answer survey questions & then take a picture of the code on the cards and email it to them. In bold letters it states DO NOT USE THE CARDS.

I did not deposit or cash the check because this doesn’t sound legitimate

Drew –

Victim Location 59044

Type of a scam Employment

Answered an ad for "Work from Home. This ended up being one of those "Secret Shopper " scams. What they did was send me a letter and a Cashiers Check for $1980.00.

Now comes the fun part, I’m supposed to deposit the check into my bank account. Go to Walgreen’s, CVS Kroger, Bestbuy etc and purchase $1500.00 worth of E-Bay cards…… Scratch off the codes on back of the cards and send them pictures front and back of the cards. Then send in some phony report about the service. Keep the left over cash. This is one of those deals to good to be true.

After reading similar reports I checked out the Bank and it is an LA bank. According to the reports the Check will bounce so you are responsible for the lack of funds, Oh Yeah – The cards you purchased will be drained by who ever thought this up and your on the hook for those too.

Tiffany –

Victim Location 73072

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received a check and instructions in the mail to purchase google play cards in return I could keep up to $348.

Karen –

Victim Location 68959

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received a text from someone stating, "Good day to you *_#&# .This is Andrew ,I just confirm that your first assignment has been delivered to your mailbox via USPS. Please confirm you have it in hand and proceed with the assignment."

I am not sure if I signed up with them through some sort of an online site/survey or not. I do occasionally do secret shopper assignments, but not with a company of this name, and have never had a problem.

They sent me a priority express envelope which inside contained a cashier’s check for $998 and a letter asking me to cash this check, keep $48 as a transportation allowance and also keep $200 – $300 as my pay for the surveys, depending on how quickly the work was completed. I was asked to go to a store such as Walgreens, Best Buy, CVS, or any other stores around me and purchase Google Play cards worth between $50 and $500 until I used the rest of the amount from the check. then to report back to them many things such as location and address of the store evaluated, date and time of the purchase, information on the cashiers, etc. I was to scratch the back of the cards to reveal the codes and send a clear picture of each card along with the receipts to either of the two email addresses I submitted.

As far as I know, the way this scam works is that the bank will cash the cashier’s check because it looks legitimate. Then you go out and use that money to buy Google Play cards, and send the information to them. They can immediately use those amounts from the Google Play cards and cash them without being able to be traced. 2 weeks later the bank gets information back that these cashiers checks are fraudulent and I would have been on the hook for the money.

Kayla –

Victim Location 73072

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

There was a poster at my University Job Board that had an advertisement about being a secret shopper. I was desperate for a job and it seemed easy enough. I went online and was told to go to a third party website. I stupidly gave them my address, email and probably more Information that I don’t remember. I forgot about until I got something in the mail that was Priority 2-Day mail. I opened it up with a check of $1,980 and instructions. Also please cross out my name on the check I just realized.

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