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 firstname.lastname@example.org and it is supposedly administered on behalf of Paypal.
I did a little investigation and discovered the email to be somewhat legit.
For one, the survey questionnaire is hosted at www.gmi-mr.com, 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 survey-take.com, the originator of the survey invite and found out that it is again owned by Global Market Insite or GMI (www.gmi-mr.com).
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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