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Monday, July 26, 2010

Is SurveySpot A Scam?

I signed up for SurveySpot about a month ago. I was very excited. The sign-up process was relatively straight-forward and quick. I started receiving surveys to my email inbox almost immediately.  On average, I received about 5 surveys a day! Now, I didn't qualify for every survey, but I did qualify for some. I would say that I had a 50% success rate.  I racked up about 600 points, when I tried to login a couple of days ago, and I received an error message stating that my profile information was missing - like I had vanished into thin air. I contacted Member Services and 6 days later, they responded to my inquiry with this answer:

         "Thank you for your e-mail.

Your SurveySpot membership has been terminated in compliance with SurveySpot's Terms and Conditions.

Without limiting any other available remedies, SSI may, without any notice, suspend or terminate your account if you breach, violate or otherwise fail to abide by or comply with these Terms and Conditions.

In the event that SSI terminates your account pursuant to Section 17 of these Terms and Conditions, you will be deemed to have immediately forfeited your rights in and to any unredeemed reward points accrued prior to such termination, and SSI will immediately terminate your access to, and ability to redeem, such reward points. The foregoing rights and/or remedies are in addition to any other rights and/or remedies available to SSI, whether at law or in equity.

Best Regards,

SurveySpot Member Services"
I asked them what term I specifically breached, and they did not answer me.

So is SurveySpot a scam? I don't have an answer to that question. All I know is that I filled out their questionnaires, screeners and surveys to the best of my ability and with as much truthfulness, honesty and integrity that I could. I feel used because I wasted so much time on them and they never paid me.  However, I decided that I should write a review about my personal experience so that other potential survey takers can be forewarned.  And to put it all into perspective, I am just one survey taker. There are probably others who love the site and get paid regularly without any problems. That's understandable and believable. Maybe SurveySpot has a certain quota to meet each month, and if they don't - they start to delete random accounts under the blanket terms of Section 17 in order to cut costs. Who knows. 

Regardless of the matter, I have moved on to bigger and better things. I will be posting a list of legitimate survey sites shortly. Stay tuned!