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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Survey Scam or Legit?

I received the following e-mail not too long ago and it almost caught me.

          We require secret survey agent,who can help us survey Western Union and Wal-Mart stores(stores might change) secretly without their knowledge as we have received lots of complaints regarding their services.
You will have to use the following pointers below to prepare your report:
- Assessment and advice on customer care.
- Store layout and ease of selection.
- Depth of selection.
- Customer care programme and service audits.
- Staff appearance.
- Staffs approach.
- Staff knowledge of product.
- General Service level.
- Store cleanliness.
- Cash and wrap area appearance.
- Exit polls.
- Telephone surveys, and market research projects undertaken
The funds to shop at Wal-mart stores and to complete the Western Union survey would be provided by us.We feel you are dedicated and request you to fill in the following information below and send us back.
First-Name:Middle-Name:Last-Name:Address:City:State:Zip:Country:Phone-Number:Is there a Western Union outlet nearby to your place(reply with a YES or NO):Is there a Wal-Mart store nearby to your place(reply with a YES or NO):
Payment:You pay would be paid $200 on each evaluation and you could even take this as your part time job,which just requires an hour or so to complete the evaluation.
P.S: A brief description on how to go about the process would also be sent to your address with the funds for future references.
Thank you,Roger Martin.

The thing is that this seems very safe. The sender did not ask for information that could do much to ruin your credit or anything like that and it seemed like a reasonable amount of money too not some outrageous sum like fifty billion dollars or whatever. But then it dawned on me.

Where did this person get my information to send me such an e-mail? What can happen if this person gets all of this information?

In these sort of situations, I'd tell people to beware and not send anything back to the sender. Ask yourself all sorts of questions and be weary if you do end up getting caught in something like this. What might happen is that I could e-mail him all of my information that he asked for and then he says that he needs additional information to complete the paperwork and this is where his phishing would have paid off. And if it didn't, he might sell my information like my e-mail and postal address to companies who would spam the living crap out of me.

I'm almost positive that I've seen other e-mails similar to this coming from a "Roger Martin" and not for the same thing that he's asking for in this e-mail.

I'm not ruling out scam on this one but I'm not going to say that he's legitimate either. I wanted to warn people and cause people to ask questions as you can see I was almost tricked into this. The scammers are getting smarter each and every year but we can be just as smart.


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