Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceCorporations · 8 years ago

Has anyone ever dealt with SC-Research? Scam or no scam...?


I'm a university student living in Ontario, Canada and I am wondering if anyone has dealt with a company called SC-Research before?

I got an notified through my schools email about an opportunity to gain some extra income by participating in different surveys for different product companies. You get compensated for participating in the surveys by the product companies. (Sounds legit, right?)

Anyways, here's where im unsure about things. I have not been able to find out anything about the company on google other than their webpage (which is, and they require a one time $30 membership fee. Thats where i get thrown off a bit...

I have attempted to gain some knowledge in what product companies they work with; so I can call and ask what they think of sc-research.

Anyways, check out the site, tell me what you think. And if ANYONE has dealt with this company, please let me know!


5 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    While there is no way to guarantee that you are dealing with a legit site, there are "red flags" to look for in a fake sites.

    1) Payment options, do they include Western Union, moneygram, paypal and bank transfer? Some scam sites will accept credit cards but most prefer those 4 options which are anonymous for the scammer to pick up the cash and disappear.

    Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

    Paypal can only get your money back if there is money left in the scammer's paypal-linked bank account. Scammers know this and will immediately withdrawal your money and disappear. No money in the scammer's paypal-linked bank account means absolutely no possibility of refund for you.

    Your bank can only get your money back if there is money left in the scammer's bank account. Scammers know this and will immediately withdrawal the money you transferred. No money in the account means absolutely no possibility of you getting your hard-earned money back.

    2) Contact options, is it a free email address such as gmail, hotmail or yahoo? Is it a chat box? Scam sites will rarely list a phone number or street address.

    Scammers love to create free email addresses and rarely will use a paid server. Email is easy to ignore and block and free email addresses are easy to open and close completely anonymously. Chat requests are easy to block via ip address.

    3) Shipping options, do you actually get to choose the option at check out? Fake sites will frequently say "free shipping" and "tracking numbers emailed" but, if they ship anything at all, will use the post office, cheap, slow and no account number needed.

    Fake sites will frequently show icons for UPS, FedEx, DHL and TNT but then at check out will "ship" via EMS, the Chinese post office. If they send a "tracking number" good luck getting it to work on the EMS website. You will need even more luck trying to contact EMS when your tracking stops and your "package" is lost somewhere.

    4) The icons at the bottom of the page, are they just copy/pasted pictures or links to actual sites?

    Fake sites will often have icons for Verisign, McAfee, Paypal and other companies at the bottom of the home page. Those should be live links to that company's website. Fake sites can't risk linking to real sites so they just use badly copied pictures instead.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even partial sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

    There are scam busting sites with online lists of the names scammers use, thier email addresses, stock copy/paste emails, paid-for-in-cash cell phone numbers, stolen pictures and fake websites they use. You could start your search at one of those sites.

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  • 4 years ago

    Taking paid studies means sharing your viewpoint about products and ideas that need instructions it' basicly truly - great deals of companies do paid market research to find exactly what the general public think and desire. They commission marketing research companies to do pay studies to discover out what you and I think, so we can get paid for our opinion whilst attempting to influence things!

    Your time is important and you have the power to affect fantastic things, here is the bridge between your thoughts and various services or products. Let your voice be heard and influence the future with the online studies!

    Numerous people are looking two things: simple task and the comfort of your very own house and with this website you got them both.

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  • 8 years ago

    the paid survey thing is a CROCK, a lot of very misguided marketing types

    are doing things that tend to give Capitalism a very bad name.

    Don't waste your time on these paid survey things, the people who have tried

    it have at best made pennies an hour and at worst have exposed themselves

    to potential ID theft ..... bad news!

    don't waste your time.

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  • 8 years ago

    For the 897,325th time...

    The Internet is not some magical cash machine.

    There are NO online jobs. Not one. No data entry. No surveys. No clicks. No nothing.

    You will not find one from your house.

    You will not find one with your mouse.

    You will not find one here or there.

    You will not find one anywhere.

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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    The $30 is your clue. Scam.

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