Posted: 04/06/2013 at 12:29
I do surveys. Lots of them. But I do get paid for them, couple of weeks ago I got a cheque for £50 - an awful lot of money for me these days! That's about 10 months of surveys, though, so it's not like you can make a living at it. I don't do Toluna ones anymore, you have to do loads, they're really boring and then it takes them ages to send your amazon gift certificate details - actually, they don't email you, you have to check regularly on their website. The Populus live one is good, you get £1 for every five minutes of your time, that's the one that sent the cheque, their surveys are normally between 5 and 20 minutes long, so not ages, you don't have to do anything, they send a cheque out at the end of the month you get £50 in your account. The other one I do is 'My Surveys', normally fairly boring but you can rack up 550 points quite quickly for a £5 Amazon voucher, or 575 for a £5 paypal credit. The other one I do whenever one pops up is Shopper Thoughts, that pays you in Tesco Clubcard points, very useful for topping up to get T&M vouchers.
There was a scam a few months ago, where they ring and say they're from Microsoft, and they've detected a problem on your computer, and get you to go and change the registry settings which renders your computer useless. They then charge you a daft amount of cash to reset your computer. Brother in Law told me about that one, he knew it was a scam as he built the computer himself, he just kept hanging up on them. So every time they rang me I told them 'I'm sorry, I don't know where you've got my details from but I DON'T HAVE A COMPUTER!!' Obviously a blatant lie, after a stunned silence, or repeating the statement there was something wrong with my computer, and me telling them again, they just put the phone down. If it was a genuine call, they'd know I did have a computer.
I do get lots of spam, normally from the free competitions I enter. Worth doing, though, yesterday I won a black & decker steam mop - I already have one, so that will be going on ebay for some extra cash - I normally win something every 8 weeks or so, but I do spend about an hour a day (normally in 10 minute chunks) entering them. I figure if you enter every day, you're 30 times more likely to win something than someone that just enters once. Seems to be working so far, this year I've won a goody bag, a 32 inch telly and now the steam mop. Still waiting for a big cash win!
Cold callers I just say I'm on the TPS, please don't bother me again, then put the phone down. Rude, I know, but it bugs me. If they ring straight back, I normally swear at them in punjabi, as English based companies risk a big fine if you're on TPS, doesn't apply to offshore companies. As they're normally Indian, something along the lines of 'Sally Gutty Ben-Judy' gets rid of them. Very rude indeed. I won't translate unless I get a PM requesting such (don't, it really is very rude). The benefits of a multi-cultural education.