Taking paid surveys can become a well paying job if you work hard enough at it but you won’t start bring in buckets of money right from the start. But don’t let that demotivate you to start taking paid surveys. In the beginning you don’t have control over the survey offers you receive, but if you keep at it then after some time your per-survey-rate will go up as you become a more reliable source for paid survey companies. Then you’ll be surprised how much extra money you can make without putting in very much effort at all.
Illegitimate companies and scammers have a simple objective. They're after your information in order to get your money. It's much more common for internet scammers to target hundreds of people for small sums rather than a single person for thousands. This is because demanding large sums for a product that is somewhat unclear is an obvious red flag to most.
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It’s a very well-known scam. You cash the check, then they ask you to either wire some of that money back to them as some sort of fee or buy something for them and send the item to them. So, you deposit the check, then wire some cash to them thinking that the check you just deposited will cover that. A few days later, after you already send them the money, the check will bounce and the money you send to them will come out of your own account.