First, some good news for people who hate scams:

Federal regulators filed suits Thursday against several companies they say are behind a national wave of spam “robo-calls” that warn people their auto warranties are expiring and offer new service plans

It seems this company made a billion automated phone calls (billion? WTF?) trying to get people to buy extended warranties on their cars. Even if they didn’t own a car. Even if they were on the do not call list. They wouldn’t let the customers see the warranty contract until after the customer had paid. And the fine print showed that many types of repairs weren’t covered.

Sounds familiar. Offline scammers must be taking a lesson from Google Treasure Chest and Google Money Kit.

Before you call us names

We get it. The Internet is a free-for-all where normal rules of civil interaction don’t apply. (I’m not saying that’s how it should be, but that’s how it is.) It’s easy to get your shorts in a bunch and let your fingers fly, and before you know it, you’ve said something you would never say in face-to-face interaction.

We understand that and can roll with it. We might even deserve some name-calling from time to time. But before you write a comment or an email that calls us nasty names, please follow these simple guidelines:
1. Read the post in question. Some genius on the Project Payday post called us out for acting like Project Payday is “sent from heaven.” Called us “a pack of morons.” Too bad the genius didn’t read the post first because there’s no way you could get that idea from what Cheryl (our Secret Agent) wrote.
2. Be correct. Another genius, “JW Clark,” sent this hit-and-run message:

I almost started to believe you until i got to your Paid survey section. there are no!, I repeat NO!!! real paid survey programs. not one. Your are a scam seller too and I plan on telling as many people as i can get to listen.

Huh. That’s odd. I wonder what these checks are for that SurveySavvy keeps sending me? I thought it was for surveys, but I’m apparently just stupid. Maybe the checks are actually for my good looks and singing talent. I sound just like Josh Groban when singing in the shower. Or maybe Bono. Depends on my mood.

So anyway, happy Friday. Have a great weekend and thanks for being an I’ve Tried That reader.

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Join the Discussion

  • Mark

    Hi guys,

    Just to let you know that what really matters is the info you graciously provide us “no-knowledge” guys and help us save a few bucks…

    I can understand that it may be frustrating to read comments from a…h..les but I guys that its part of being in business…

    Continue to provide us with a great service & never forget that the world is unfortunately filled with peoples who don’t seem to understand what it means to “read” all the info… I guess God does have a sense of humour after all :)

  • Annette

    Geeesh, these are the people who don’t follow instructions and wonder why it falls apart. People really need to read first and understand before they throw stones.
    Oops…forgot to say great post! Looking forward to your next one.

  • Miss Money Hunter
    Miss Money Hunter

    Wow, I had to laugh at the person yelling “there are NO paid survey sites!”. I’m not a member of SurveySavvy myself (maybe I should be), but I’ve cashed checks from NFO/MySurvey, Opinion Outpost, American Consumer Opinion (ACOP), Your2Cents, and SurveySpot.

    I was also on the vaunted Pinecone Research panel for literally years until I got deleted for inactivity, and those $5 checks came regularly like clockwork, sometimes once a month, sometimes more. My mom and sister still are on the Pinecone panel, matter of fact, and when I went home to help Christmas the house up before the holidays cleaning, I wound up tossing away several $5 Pinecone checks my mom forgot to cash before the 120 or 180 day waiting period.

    I actually had a post in draft to update my “Survey Sites That Pay” section that I planned to post next week, but heck, I just went ahead and posted it from draft, so have at it, folks. The payment info is from 2008 and up but I have actually been a member of NFO/MySurvey, ACOP, and Your2Cents for years and years. The only one in the group I haven’t received cash in hand from yet is Mindfield Online ‘cos I just signed up with it last year and haven’t been actively doing surveys the last 6-8 months, but I have a $2 balance on hold with them and expect to be able to say I’ve been paid by them too before too long.

    Anyway, yeah. And have a great weekend yourself.

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