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This blog is dedicated to help preventing internet fraud and internet scams. Scambusters was a radio show I started in Albany Oregon, but due to defaulted payment by the radio station we took the show offline. Regardless of this issue we still wish to help prevent internet fraud and save people from internet loss. I have been interviewed and featured in various publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times & Daily News, The London Times & AARP Newsletters. Please watch this blog for latest tips and tricks and scams to avoid.

Monday, January 24, 2011

McDonald's Survey Scam

Received a couple of these today, they did a good job, well at least a fair job.  The graphics were nice and clean, the logos were McDonalds, you felt like you were going to a McDonald’s site, so that was good. 


The conflicts are clear…


1)      Said you will get $250 USD for participating by answering 5 questions.  No one is going to give you $50 per question for ticking a box.

2)      When you got to the questions you can bypass the page w/o answering, as they don’t care about answering.

3)      The final page said you will get 150 (British Pounds), why did we convert and not well for that matter.


Now the fun stuff.


They want your Credit Card number, the CCV, your Name, Address, Social and your mother’s Maiden Name.  Hmmm…   All for Verification purposes.   I really hope no one is short sighted enough to fall for this rather obvious scam.


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From: The McDonald's Company []

Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 10:35 AM

Subject: ***McDonald's Survey; Happy New Year***





You have been selected to participate in a public opinion poll conducted by McDonald's, a non-partisan polling organization.

The poll is about current events at the national level and your view about them. It is short and should take you only 5-7 minutes to complete. All of your answers will be kept strictly confidential and will be used only for legitimate research purposes.

To take the poll, click on this link:


Each person taking the poll will win $250

Thank you for your participation!


Survey Manager

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© 2011 McDonald's. All Rights Reserved.

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