Was it spam or did I miss out on $50

Submitted: Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 13:08
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Hi, my name is Jennifer Howell. We are conducting an independent survey of Exploroz.com and you have been randomly selected to participate. This survey will help us to improve Exploroz.com.

Upon completion, you will be offered a small gift for your participation.

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Reply By: Member - John - Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 14:16

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 14:16
G'day, think it is spam, if it was kosher I am sure there would have been a notice from ExplorOz explaining all..................
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 15:16

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 15:16
Mike,

The lovely Jennifer merely wanted your PIN and account number, so she could credit your account with the $50.

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Follow Up By: OutBack Wanderers - Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 17:47

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 17:47
The banks keep telling us, NEVER give out your PIN, besides all credit transactions don't need a pin, account number, expiry date and the last 3 numbers on back, over the phone.

In store, swipe, press credit and pin, if under a certain amount, no pin, the salesman/woman does not need to see your pin.

Giving out your pin over the phone is either a scam or fraud

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 18:03

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 18:03
OBW,

My follow-up was supposed to be a joke. :-). Oh well, it's not Friday is it.

(People who give out their PIN to anyone, deserve the repercussions)

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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 18:00

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 18:00
No pop ups from this site.
You may have a virus.
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Reply By: IronMan - Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 18:04

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 18:04
Tell her you'll meet her face to face at your local so and so place and please bring the fifty, a used one thanks.
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Reply By: Ron N - Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 18:56

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 18:56
It's spam - quasi-legit stuff that is still designed to make you part with personal details that can be on-sold to marketers, or encouraging you to buy snake oil with incredible benefits.

You can find the same pop-up on this site below. Note how the business name is missing in the message.
Don't click on the "take survey" link or they will continue to spam you. You probably got the pop-up via a devious banner ad.

Survey spammers

Note, that if you hit the back button on the above site, you'll get another pop-up with an entreaty not to leave the site.

These spammers are linked with porn site owners, viagra sellers, and the usual dodgy internet suspects.
They run legit businesses - but their morals are lower than an alley cats. Click them off and don't even give them the time of day.
It's interesting how there's only only letter difference in the words, between "spammers" and "scammers".

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Follow Up By: Geoffr17 - Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 08:58

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 08:58
Hi.

Just would like everyone to remember the old famous quote.

IF IT LOOKS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE , THEN IT PROBABLY ISN'T.

Be careful out there in cyber space.
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 09:49

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 09:49
Unfortunately, there are dozens of genuine market research and survey panels out there, that WILL pay you money for doing surveys.

The spammers and scammers try to fool you into believing they are genuine market researchers - but they're basically devious crooks who are often being chased by regulatory bodies - and the police as well.

The problem with these devious crooks (they're usually Russians, but not always), is that they have legitimately-registered businesses, and they often give you something that is worthless, for the money they have extracted from you.

Thus, they avoid CC chargebacks and get to keep the money - because if you try to get a refund on your CC, one of the primary reasons for demanding a CC refund, has to be, that you purchased an item and never received it.

Of course, there are online scammers that are just outright criminals and they are only interested in getting your CC details so they can strip your CC without giving you anything.

My missus does genuine surveys regularly, and these genuine companies regularly DO pay her a few bucks for her input.
The two companies she deals with are CoreData and Research Survey.

http://www.coredata.com.au/
http://www.researchsurveyservice.com/

Genuine survey companies will have a list of clients and a precise outline of what they do on their webpage, along with a referrable background, with the ability to find records of them on regulatory sites.
The Better Business Bureau is a good website for checking on the bona-fides of American businesses.

http://www.bbb.org/council/bbb-scam-stopper/

Unfortunately, genuine survey companies will also use pop-up ads to ask if you want to be part of a survey.
However, these genuine pop-up ads are always small, always in the lower corners of the screen, and they're never intrusive.

If you get a pop-up that is intrusive (dead centre of the screen and with a pretty girls face and name attached) - and they have a "DON'T LEAVE THIS PAGE!" pop-up when you try to close the page, or hit the back button - then you can be sure you're being targetted by spammers and scammers and shonky viagra sellers.

You can also do a quick google of any persons name in pop-ups - and if they show up in complaints on forums or social pages - or if you can't find out any details on the person that match the name and face - then you can bet your bottom dollar they're scammers, they've stolen a pretty girls photo, and they're using a common, innocuous name to suck you in.

SCAMWATCH
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Follow Up By: Colcam42 - Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 12:11

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 12:11
Can't someone from Exploroz forum managers answer this query for once and for all? surely they should know?
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Reply By: Member - Russler - Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 20:46

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 20:46
I say go gor the face to face ... she may be happy to trade beer for sex
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Adele - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 18:29

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 18:29
Hi Mikee5,

As per the responses above, this was definitely Spam, not a survey from ExplorOz.
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