Requestors Asking For Email

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  1. ifisclean

    ifisclean New Member

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    Maybe this has been discussed already, but I'm new to MT and have come across a lot of requestors that require you to enter email addresses to confirm surveys have been completed (or for other tasks). Also, quite a few require that you download software. I've reported a few of these but I was wondering if this is actually tolerated behavior or not.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Flora

    Flora Admin
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    Asking for emails is against the TOS. Downloading software is risky, you can get viruses, malware or some unknown stuff. I avoid these when I do surveys.
     
  3. kryptik

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    just make a secondary gmail account and use that for the surveys and all the other junk sign ups.
     
  4. SJHollandWriter

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    I'm newish too, but beyond my 10-day probation. I'd never download software, or anything. I'd skip it, no matter what it paid. Good luck.
     
  5. tcgirl

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    I have a few "junk mail" email addresses but I'm still careful about giving out personal info. Even Junk addresses that I use regularly. I don't download any software but I will try out android apps and some chrome browser extensions but not on my primary phone or computer. It pays to be careful.
     
  6. awol

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    The only software I download is by 'Inquisit'. Many surveys use that - appears to be a quasi standard. It's just a java package, so it's not installed permanently. It unloads once the Survey is done.
     
  7. Sparrow

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    Yeah, I second what awol said- I downloaded Inquisit b/c I noticed several survey's use that platform, but other than that, I wouldn't risk it. I have junk emails for some other freelance work I do, but in the short time I've been on MTurk, I've had only one survey ask me for an email address, and that was only b/c they wanted me to complete a potential follow up survey for a bonus. They were from a university, so I did it that time, but if it's not a university, I wouldn't. Requesters can contact you through MTurk without you having to expose it.

    And yeah, I noticed right off tonight two HITs that had normal survey type titles, and I accepted them, only to go to the link and find out it was one of those "get a $500 GC for completing this survey!" (when you complete 325 "sponsor offers" from each of our 965 levels!) deals. When I went back to return the HITS, the first one had already expired, so it kind of sucks- I have an abandoned and a return now, and I hate knowing that's on my rep. now for someone trying to scam people.

    I didn't realize a lot of that stuff when I first started on MT, b/c the other microjob gigs I did allowed it all- so it was kind of all new to me, but in the end, I've stuck with MT. They've always had the best paying jobs, in the greatest quantity, and when I transfer money to my bank, it takes about 24 hours- unbelievably fast compared to some other freelance stuff I do. Plus, while I know a Requester could just close shop and screw me, I do feel safer with MT than I do with other sites, b/c I feel like the others are all fly-by-night, and the whole thing could close and screw me out of my entire bank. I don't worry about that with Mturk, ya know?

    If it's a blatant violation, I report it- b/c i don't want someone newer than me to get scammed- but if you aren't sure, just come over here, there's so much info that I've found answers to on this site; it's made things a lot easier for me.
     

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