Paypal survey or phishing scam?

James Ryan Jonas

I received an email today inviting me to answer a Paypal survey. A Sony laptop is at stake once I finished the survey. The invite was sent by and it is supposedly administered on behalf of Paypal.

Of course, I’m wary about these types of emails since I’ve encountered a lot of phishing emails and Paypal scams in the past (another fake Paypal email and Paypal scam here).

I did a little investigation and discovered the email to be somewhat legit.

For one, the survey questionnaire is hosted at, a duly registered market research agency. In fact, I have previously received a $50 cheque from them by answering their paid online surveys.

Two, I did a little WHOIS check on, the originator of the survey invite and found out that it is again owned by Global Market Insite or GMI (

Finally, while answering the survey, I was on the lookout for any question that would ask my personal information, particularly my Paypal password. That would surely be a giveaway that the survey was a phishing scam.

Fortunately, there was not even a single question that raised a red flag.

And so I finished the survey and now I’m just hoping — and waiting — to get that Sony notebook prize!

Did you also answer that Paypal survey?

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James Ryan Jonas teaches business management, investments, and entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines (UP). He is also the Executive Director of UP Provident Fund Inc., managing and investing P3.2 Billion ($56.4 Million) worth of retirement funds on behalf of thousands of UP employees.