Is online survey a scam?

Recently, there is a member post up a job on Earn Money from SurveysurveyJob . Look at the rewards they giving, 1000-2000USD (don’t know per week / month). It sound like too good to be true. So, I remove this job from our job board.

Actually, I believe on earning money from survey but this job really too much. Look at the referral link attached in the job, this guy is trying to earn money from referral fees instead of doing survey to earn some bucks.

I remember 2 years back, I got this idea to develop an engine to let research company to create the survey form in a fly. Unfortunately, this project is failed due to lack of commitment. Anyway, I did a lot of research on this kind of earn from survey programs. Most of it is located in oversea.

Some of it required you to pay up some up-front money in order to get survey. I will definitely stop because why should I pay to get job? The real survey program will still collect some up-front money/processing fees after you complete the survey. They will deduct those fees from your earning.

I really want to know, how many of you really making money from online survey? Please share your experience with our community and we will learn from you.

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Comment by Susan
2007-08-31 01:10:18

i never done this kind of job before but i have look for many website that show this kind of jobs. it quite attract me. but in the final, i not that brave to try it as those survey need to pay the membership fees before start doing the survey although it is one life time paymment, i not hundred percent believe on is quite a easy job to done as it is flexible in time. as i need to study and may have some changes of time in attend classes, so this kind of job quite attract me for earn some extra money. i hope that asiaparttime will offer this kind of jobs in the future. thanks.

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Comment by AsiaPartTime Subscribed to comments via email
2007-09-03 08:58:39

haha. AsiaPartTime will never offer this kind of job but we will try and share our experience with you guy. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to try it out yet. Hopefully, later of the month I got time to subscribe and try it out.

Anybody, willing to join the team to try out the online survey program and share with us? Your participation is highly appreciated by the community.

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Comment by Lynn G. Subscribed to comments via email
2007-09-01 10:22:31

I did one online survey for a US university. That survey paid US10 and to be shared with 2 persons. The other person was anonymous and I had a final say on how much I was willing to share with the other party. I finally got my cheque of USD6 and I have cashed out with our local bank.

I have also joined the Planet Pulse and I have thousand over points which I can convert into $$ but the payment has to go to paypal. Their point system is USD1 for 100 points.
I have also joined MyPanel and looks like the website is not in order and I cannot see how much I have earned. MYpanel pays RM1 for 1 point. I believe I have hit their min 15 points (RM15) in order to get paid. Now I have beginning to think MyPanel is not as trustworthy as Planet Pulse. First impression on their website is not good.

DO NOT PAY to get yourself registered for survey companies. All my registrations with the companies are FOC, even the ones from overseas.

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Comment by AsiaPartTime Subscribed to comments via email
2007-09-03 09:29:26

How come you need to share with another guy?

Paypal again. I hate it. Malaysian very hard to get paypal. Who knows the way to get it?

MyPanel’s website looks plain. Not informative at all.

Do you think it is a good idea to setup a community website target on online survey information sharing? Everybody want to know about online survey can find the information here. On top of that, let all the members to share their experience. How do you think?

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Comment by ayeen
2007-09-03 02:16:22

i’ve been trying since it is free n my refferal already got cash by it..u should try it as it only need ur effort..our point collected is not juz based on refferal but how often we spend time clicking the advertisemnt provided.u should all try as it is FREE..hope we all got paid at the end.

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Comment by AsiaPartTime Subscribed to comments via email
2007-09-03 09:31:30

Sorry to tell you that your referral URL has been remove. We don’t recommend member to get member here.

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Comment by Scam's Detective Subscribed to comments via email
2007-11-09 09:15:55


1. Didn’t pay
2. No respond

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Comment by james
2008-10-11 03:18:13

Dear All, I am the one of the so called “advertiser” in the category of “computer and internet” in, But frankly speaking, I never join this program and never asked to be their advertiser. They simply put my company name and website on that category. I requested them to remove but still no feedback for them. For those member who joined please be careful.

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Comment by Lynn G. Subscribed to comments via email
2007-09-03 21:53:15

I think it would be a good idea to do a community website about online survey.

By the way, the reason I have to share USD10 with another person was because it’s part of the condition of the survey. Of course, I have the option to put up how much I am willing to share out. It’s like u need 2 persons to play a game.

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Comment by annie Subscribed to comments via email
2007-09-15 00:53:35

Friends, I found a very interesting website to earn some side income recently. You can earn your pocket money by reading advertisements. Or else, you also can join the events to win great prizes in the online event activities. Please visit the website through the following link:

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Comment by AsiaPartTime Subscribed to comments via email
2007-10-25 13:20:48

Sorry to remove your referral link. If you have good thing to share, just post the website url will do. If the ppl wish to referral by you, then they will put your name. Please don’t simply put your referral URL here.

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Comment by Eddy Subscribed to comments via email
2007-09-25 21:34:24

many people say that online survey is a scam or a trickster who playing a fool but for me I still in questioning, by the way as long it won’t need us to pay deposit and cut from the money we earn then I can accept. Many say paypal not exist but for me I using paypal and I sure paypal not exist in malaysia but other country sure exist. Do you know how they earn money? They earn money by each transaction, they cut out 12% from the amount money and their real company is ebay. I currently doing some online survey and it free, so won’t hurt to try it for the person who have nothing to do. If interested just sent me a mail.

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Comment by AsiaPartTime Subscribed to comments via email
2007-10-25 13:19:24

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Comment by Ian Subscribed to comments via email
2007-09-28 21:20:16

Well, i had joined more than 10 surveys companies since two years ago, and they are legit and 100% Free to join free to take survey of cause.

Making income by joining surveys? Well, not really, some surveys has geographical restrictions and thus makes SEA members loses chance to earns more survey points or rewards.

These companies usually reward their panel members after the member collect enough point to redeem rewards. such as cash through paypal, Gift Cert, Cheque and etc.. About international cheque, from what i know, the local bank will deduct fees and charges from the cheque, thats like deducts our earning yes, but not by the surveys companies.

So far so good for me. Yes, i did gives whatever information they need, such as names of family members, ages, my ID card numbers and etc during registrations or first survey.. What do they do with my details?

If i am not wrong, they need it to categorize their panel members for their clients, who are their clients? Well, companies that making product business.

So, have i receive anything yet from what i ‘ve join? Not really yet because i do no have enough points yet.

Back to the point, to answer you question, ‘Is online survey a Scam?’, well, my answer to you is, most of them is not, be cautious on those which ask for amount of fees to join.

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Comment by AsiaPartTime Subscribed to comments via email
2007-09-29 01:42:20

Hey Ian, thanks for your valuable feedback on online survey. I do believe on there is Real survey. Most of them is limit to mostly Europa and US ppl. For SEA, they prefer to go for Survey Company like AC Nielson, Synovate, etc…

Anyway, never pay money to do survey. Back to the rule: You are Paid to work!

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Comment by zian Subscribed to comments via email
2011-03-01 20:47:11

thnks are true..
i will remember your word
“never pay money to do survey”

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Comment by MyPanel Subscribed to comments via email
2007-10-25 11:33:26


I have read through your comments here, and it’s very interesting to see what you all think of taking part in online surveys.

I am sorry to read, however, that one or two of you, who happen to be members with MyPanel, are worried about their earnings and/or our company. I would like to set it straight.

MyPanel is a Malaysian based company, therefore you will not be excluded from our surveys simply because you live in Malaysia. On the contrary: we are explicitly looking for Malaysian citizens to share their opinions and experience!

If you have reached your 15 PanelPoints (RM15), you may redeem for cash. All you have to do is request this via email or phone. It will not be sent to you automatically as you may save it too.

Any suggestions for improvement of our website are more than welcome! We would love to hear them. We are always on the lookout on how to grow!

Hope this info is helpful to you. Please contact me with any questions you may still have.

Best regards,
Hubertien Koopman
Managing Director

MyPanel is a product by Quality Panels Asia. As a member of ESOMAR, the world’s leading market research association, we follow all ethical codes of conduct as required.

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Comment by AsiaPartTime Subscribed to comments via email
2007-10-25 13:13:39

Hey Hubertien,
Would you mind to explain more about MyPanel? I am interested to know more about it. If possible, I will write a review on your company.

Btw, what kidn of survey do you offer? Online surver only? How about focus group?

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Comment by MyPanel Subscribed to comments via email
2007-10-31 13:35:13

Hi Ian,

I would love to explain more about MyPanel. Please contact me via to discuss this matter further.

Also, any interested readers may log onto


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Comment by sms sender Subscribed to comments via email
2007-12-09 17:19:07

well i dont know which one is trust worthy should i opt for planet pulse i was first opting for opinion but they are only for US. and i am from india so i am just looking for some other way.

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Comment by mamza
2009-02-18 22:51:07

Online survey is actually exist. The reason why they are being done via online is in order to reduce cost of outsourcing this job to third party agencies. Here also a few reasons.
- peoples tend to avoid being surveyed via telephone. And how many operators are required to carry out this job. The operator also must be good in asking and recording the survey.
-peoples tend to avoid being directly surveyed. time not really suitable..any many more reason to avoid.

However, for online survey, choosing a right site or getting the legitimate site is really hard as there is a scam site everywhere in this earth.This is truly my experience as i also involve with them during my spare time and i also write a review about them.

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Comment by d unfortunate one Subscribed to comments via email
2010-06-23 14:42:23

dear mamza

do you mind sharing which company u signed up with? i signed up with from last year and till today I have not made a single cent. All surveys sent to me and I fill them up. at the end the message will show the survey you took is not suitable for you. No matter what answer i give always not suitable. aren’t u suppose to be paid for doing the survey and not whether u can afford to buy such product or not?

would appreciate if you can enlighten me.

thank you

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Comment by Salman Subscribed to comments via email
2010-06-29 13:19:14


R u the member of

So tell me how did u find this site? its amazing from the last year u r the member of this site and still now earned single cent ? than its mean its fake and scam.

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2009-12-10 16:43:33

Please check it ,i think its better for Business .

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Comment by d
2010-06-10 12:54:33


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Comment by Roseli A. Bakar
2010-06-17 02:03:51

Online surveys are not scams, they really exist but you need to find the legitimate survey panels to join.

You will not get rich doing these surveys but you can earn some extra money once in while.

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Comment by d unfortunate one Subscribed to comments via email
2010-06-30 22:22:27

dear Roseli

would really appreciate if you could share with me the legitimate ones.

m unemployed and dying to earn even a lil bit.

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Comment by Roseli A. Bakar
2011-03-18 13:20:28

You can legitimate survey sites here -

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Comment by Salman Subscribed to comments via email
2010-06-29 13:15:33

could anyone tell me about the

Is this site trustworthy or scam ? anyone have earned through this site or by doing online survey.

I shall be appreciated if aanyone can enlighten me

Thank you

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Comment by Burgre
2010-11-18 15:55:19

To be frant, doing online surveys alone is not sufficient to maintain a living in malaysia. For all the sites that I have visited, most requires you to accumulate points to exchange for some sort of tokens and the rewards is normally not significant enough.

I have some ideas about this because I’m currently working with a market research company and did some study on this topic.

The reason why the “genuine” sites offer you so little is simple: Online surveys are carried out to cut cost and research agencies need a huge sample size to make the data reliable (say, 1000 respondent) and there is no way to reward every member with even RM50 / survey unless the survey is detail, which is where the client has a bigger budget.

We do have our own online survey website, if you are interested ( but as i said, the rewards are just as a token :)

Hope that helps.

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Comment by someone
2011-01-02 17:03:35

I have work in plenty of Market Research company in KL/PJ as a part time job. Actually, the paid rate per survey is quite attractive (NOTE: I am talking about the interviewer/surveyor job, NOT participant of survey). It really ideal for people looking for extra income. But there is some DIFFICULTY

The most common post offered in these type of company are:

1) CATI - Telephone Interviewer
Depends on projects. The one I joined is RM18/survey. I bet you will feel attracted if you see the pay rate. BUT, you need to call every single number that company will provide, each survey when finish will took roughly half hour. The challange here is, the people being called for taking the survey did not get anything. First, you need to persuade the people to spend time to take the survey. Then you must make sure he/she can stay in the phone call to finish the survey. REMEMBER, it will took half hour to finish. IF he/she refuse to continue in half way, we got NO PAY for that survey.

2) PMI - sort of Face-to-Face Interview
Normally, they will organise an event at a location such as Hotel and recruit participant at the street. While, the participant will get Voucher/Cash with total of at least RM15. This job will relatively easy as long as there is participant to join. Once survey done, you will be paid for let say RM8/survey by interviewing the participant. Those recruiter also can earn RM7 per participant.

3) Recruiter
It can be the recruiter to recruit people join the “face-to-face” survey. But most attractive one is to recruit participant to join Focus Group discussion because you will get RM40 per participant. These participant in turn will also get at least RM 100 but they need to join the group discussion for 2 hour provided a free refreshment.

This just to share my experience as to earn EXTRA INCOME in Market Research Company. It sounds wasting time for some people especially for those professional as it doesn’t seem to be productivity in some sense. I’m thinking how to get a large network so that I can continue my freelance lifestyle in this field. I think Malaysia still have potential market in Market Research but it just not enough as a lot of people will still thinking this is a SCAM when being invited to participate in a survey.

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Comment by JacQ
2011-03-21 21:00:10

Yes.. recently i have saw some post at asia part time..there are few different types of survey company such as V Care & Support Resources and also planet pulse..i’m still wondering are they exit?

it sound like a scam because u just need to work from home and u can earn 200++ per week. since this is such a good earning , so what is the purpose of clerk and they are earning 800 per month?

its sound fishy to me… anyone have experience can u share with us?

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Comment by youlekor Subscribed to comments via email
2014-02-07 17:37:53

Nice comments..I did try a few websites in doing the survey online but ended up with nothing..

For now on, please join us to be good in income earning,

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