I received the following e-mail from reader Shayda asking if this was a scam…
Re:Holiday Shopping Study
Monday, January 12, 2009 7:42 AM
Positions for the ‘Holiday Shopping Study’ from Craigslist is full, but we have another survey at
the moment that pays the same ($300 Per survey). Only limited candidates are needed for this survey so kindly go through the survey information below and get back to us if you are interested in participating.
We are a dynamic organization , a development and management Consulting firm involved in helping companies achieve market leadership and Improving connections between professional service firms and their clients.
Our company is currently conducting a survey on MoneyGram International to help measure and improve effectiveness of the services they provide to the general public. This is as a result of complaints from some of MoneyGram reliable customers about the behavior and orderliness of most MoneyGram outlets.
The survey involves you visiting a MoneyGram Outlet in your area and patronize the services they render as a customer, then give us feedback on your overall customer experience with them by filling a simple online questionnaire. A check to cover all expenses needed to conduct this survey will mailed to you via UPS.
Each survey takes a maximum of 1Hr to complete and you will be paid $300 for every survey completed. No Sales Involved and this will not inconvenience your present occupation.
If you are interested in participating, please send us a reply with the following information in the
Mailing Address(P.O. Box not allowed):
City / State / Zip Code:
Home Phone / Cell Phone:
Age / Sex:
We shall get back to you after receiving this information to confirm yourparticipation in the survey.
Magma Consulting LLC.
5 John Walsh Blvd
Peekskill NY 10566
The fact that their using a money transfer service in their ‘survey’ is an automatic red flag. Second, the e-mail sender is using a me.com e-mail address and not a corporate e-mail. Lastly, Magma Consulting is a real company but they do not have an office in Peekskill.