Up Survey – Too Good to Be True?
Up Survey is a new survey site that makes it easy and fast to get paid for taking online surveys. I’ve written before about how sites that promise big earnings for taking surveys aren’t entirely forthcoming, but this one sounds pretty interesting, and Up Survey is getting a lot of buzz on Facebook and elsewhere. I thought I’d check it out and see if Up Survey lives up to its promise. Is Up Survey a scam, or can you really make money with it? Read on for our full Up Survey review.
There is a cottage industry on the Internet that promises, for a fee, to tell you how you can earn thousands of dollars per month for taking online surveys. These products are all misleading; few surveys pay any significant amount of money and a lot of them merely offer coupons or gift cards for taking what can often be a half an hour or more of your time to complete the surveys they offer. Up Survey is different; you take the surveys right there on their Website and they only take 2-3 minutes to complete. You can take up to 3 surveys a day, and each one adds $14 to your account. I thought it was intriguing, though I was (and remain) suspicious.!
Up Survey Overview
Up Survey is free to join and it just takes a minute. To sign up, you need to provide a username and a password, and then they ask for your Payza or PayPal username, presumably so you can be paid. Then they put $30 in your account as a thank you for signing up. Up Survey also has an affiliate program and you’ll earn $15 for ever person you refer and after that, you’ll earn 20% of their earnings when they take surveys themselves. After you take the three surveys you’re allowed to take on the first day, you’ll have $72 in your Up Survey account.
The Up Survey site has a “Last News” crawl near the top of the screen that lists all of the people who have recently been paid as well as the amounts they’ve been paid. As of this writing, the site claims 50059 members, and claims to have paid out $12, 780,900 to date.
Payouts are made every two weeks and are paid out by Payza or PayPal, depending on which one you chose. To take a survey, you log in, click the “survey” link and then you watch a short, 30 second video. After that, you’re asked 8 questions, and they’re always the same:
- Are you watching this video for the first time?
- Estimate the quality of the filming
- Have you seen this product before?
- Have you been interested in the product you watched in the video?
- Would you like to buy the product you watched in the video?
- Have you watched other video of this product?
- Does this video motivate to buy this product?
- Can this video attract new customers?
Each of the questions is multiple choice. When you’re done with a survey, they’ll tell you that they’ve added $14 to your account, and when you refresh the screen, you’ll see that your total has been updated.
I have to admit that taking surveys with Up Survey is really fast and easy, and the idea of earning $42 per day for less than ten minutes of my time is pretty appealing. To get paid, you just click the Pay Out link, though if your balance is less than $500, you’ll be told that there’s a $500 minimum payout, so you’ll likely have to take surveys every day for a couple of weeks to reach that amount. On the other hand, if you refer a bunch of friends from Facebook, as Up Survey recommends, you can have your friends sign up under your affiliate link and you’ll reach that $500 total pretty quickly, as you’ll supposedly earn $15 for each friend who signs up plus 20% of their earnings.
So far, using Up Survey is all great, easy and pretty effortless and painless. So, what are the downsides of using Up Survey? There are a couple of things that stand out. For starters, the domain name is registered in Russia, and the site has only been online since February 2015.
The surveys are rather strange. Each one requires you to first watch a video, but in the five days or so that I’ve been a member, I’ve only seen three different videos. Today, my three surveys consisted of answering questions about the same video three different times. That’s rather odd; you’d think if Up Survey really needed information about various products, they’d have a diverse selection of surveys.
The other issue, and one that I can’t yet comment about from personal experience, has to do with payment. If you click the “Pay Out” button, you’ll be told that you have to have a minimum of $500 in your account before you can be paid. As I currently have $198, I’m a week away from that. But others are not, and they’ve reported two different things elsewhere, which I cannot confirm from personal experience:
1. When you request payment, you are asked to provide your PayPal or Payza username and password.
2. Payment never comes.
While there is scrolling text on every page of the site listing people who have supposedly been paid, I can’t find anyone, anywhere, who claims to have been paid and can provide proof of that. Plus, the only information you should need to provide to get payed via PayPal or Payza is your username; you should never need to provide your password to anyone, nor should you do so.
UPDATE: I have now qualified for a payout, and I have requested it. Up Survey did NOT request my PayPal password. I simply received a message on the screen that says “Payment sent.” Except, of course, that the payment has not been sent and I have not been paid. I don’t expect to be paid, either, but that leaves me wondering – what is Up Survey all about? I’ll post more when I learn more. It’s also worth noting that in the more than two weeks I’ve been an Up Survey member, they have never updated the amount they claim to have paid out. It’s still $12,780,900.
What’s Really Going on With Up Survey
As I’ve mentioned, I haven’t yet reached the $500 threshold, so I can’t confirm the payout issues, but I suspect that Up Survey, along with a couple of other sites that they recommend (which I’ll review later) are simply clever tools designed to persuade people to disclose their Payza and PayPal credentials. Once you do that, the Russians who operate Up Survey can use those credentials to empty your Payza or PayPal accounts and possibly your bank accounts, as well.
Most people aren’t likely to just hand out their Payza or PayPal credentials when asked, but if you’ve been taking surveys every day for several weeks and you’ve seen your balance steadily increase, you’re likely to get greedy and do whatever it takes to get paid, given the amount of time you’ve invested. Up Survey is likely counting on that, and a lot of people have probably handed over their passwords upon reaching the $500 mark.
I’ll keep tabs on Up Survey and see what happens when I reach $500 and ask for a payout, but you can rest assured that I’m not providing my PayPal password to anyone. If they do, in fact, pay out, I’ll update this review at that time. In the meantime, it appears that Up Survey is simply a clever tool designed to steal the money of the site’s users. They’ll likely harvest your email address and sell that to spammers, too.
Up Survey Conclusion
While Up Survey seemed like a promising way to make money without doing any serious work, it is a good reminder that making money online, while not overly difficult, isn’t as easy as answering questions in a two minute survey. It does take work, but on the other hand, the potential rewards when you try to make money online are far greater than the $42 per day that Up Survey is promising. If you want to learn how to make money online the honest way, sign up for a training program like Wealthy Affiliate instead of Up Survey. Wealthy Affiliate will show you, step by step, how to build Websites, how to monetize them, and how to earn money online the honest way. You’ll have access to a comprehensive training course, helpful tools and Web hosting, and you won’t get ripped off.
As for Up Survey, I emphatically suggest that you stay away from it. Is Up Survey a scam? Yes, it probably is.