GCJ Research Survey Message Scam or Legit?

Probable Fraud Message: you’ve been randomly chosen by GCJ Research to take our survey

 

“[Your Name], you’ve been randomly chosen by GCJ Research to take our survey. As thanks we’ll send you two bucks via Amazon gift code: mi2020surv [.org link removed]”

 

OR

 

“Hi, I’m texting because you’ve been randomly picked out of all Coloradans to take our survey (by GCJ Research). Thanks & click: coopinoins [.org link removed]” and so on.

 

OR

 

“Hello [Your Name], we’ve chosen you to out of all Pennsylvanians to represent your community. Thanks from GCJ Research and click here: pasurv2020 [.org link removed]”

 

and so on.

 

 

NOTE: The details provided in the above message examples may be impersonated.

 

If you have got the messages as mentioned above from GCJ Research to take a survey and click the link to get Amazon gift code, then you must know that those are either political campaign messages or fraud messages. So, even if they are messages for political campaigns, it's better to ignore them since there is a high chance that they may not be genuine or legit ones. You should not click any link or download anything or follow any instructions provided on those messages unless you are 100% sure those are the legit ones. If you follow the instructions provided on those messages, then you may end up losing your personal information which can be used to scam you and steal money from you.

 

These scammers always come up with a new way to scam people. So, you should never believe any such messages which claim you have done or got something without your consent or someone have hacked your personal account or you have won a big amount of money or prizes from some reputed companies out of blue and so on.

 

Anyway, now you know that these messages may be scams, so let's find out what is the motive behind these messages if they are being sent by the scammers.

 

 

What is the motive behind these kinds of messages if they are being sent by cybercriminals?

 

The main motive of these cybercriminals is to get your personal information as well as to steal your money by tricking you. They can make money by selling your personal information like email address, ID details, financial details and so on to the third parties and make money from that. That's why they always ask you to send your personal details in those messages or click some link or download something from where they can hack your personal details.

 

Never provide your credit card information to these kinds of cybercriminals. Once cybercriminals find your credit card details, they will charge your credit card randomly without your consent until your credit card runs out of money. So, if you have already provided your credit card information mistakenly to any of these cybercriminals, we suggest you immediately contact your bank or credit card company and tell them to cancel your credit card and provide you the new one.

 

These kinds of messages may also contain some files attached to them or links to click there. Never ever download such files from such messages because those may contain some spyware, malware or virus which can harm your device or even can hack your device to get your personal information. Also, never click any link provided in such messages because when you click such links and visit some websites, then such websites also may contain some spyware or malware or viruses that can harm your device.

 

These cybercriminals will also try to steal the money from potential victims by asking them to send some money to pay some fees to get those gifts and prizes. However, if you send them your money, they will just vanish with your money. So, never ever send any money to them. Real companies will never ask you to send any money to pay some fees or tax to get the gifts, prizes or winning amounts. Instead, they will cut the necessary fees just from your winning amount and send you the remaining balance. So, all companies which ask you to pay money first to send you some gifts or prizes or winning amounts are scams.

 

Actually, you should not follow any instructions provided in such scam messages. Instead, you should just delete them. If you get confused either such message is a scam or from a real company, then you should directly contact the main company or visit the official website of the main company and login there to check the details but never visit any website by clicking the link provided on such messages.

 


Now you know about the probable fake messages: GCJ Research to take a survey and click the link to get Amazon gift code. So, if you want to make your friends and families aware of these kinds of scams, then please feel free to share this post with them through your social media accounts:-



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Comments: 17
  • #1

    News Online Income (Tuesday, 28 January 2020 16:31)

    Similar kinds of messages:-

    "You've been randomly selected out of all Texans by GCJ Research to take our survey. Thanks you and click here: oppinions [.org link removed for safety]"

    "Hey [Your Name], Sam here from GCJ Research here; we selected you out of all Texans to take our survey. Thanks and click here: txyourvoice [.org link revmoved for safety]"

  • #2

    claudia (Tuesday, 24 March 2020 18:00)

    this site is wrong. they are not a scam been doing it for a while and get my gift cards right away!

  • #3

    JRA (Tuesday, 31 March 2020 15:26)

    I was actually mailed a letter to my home. They tried to act like it was a survey of more than just politics by asking about 3 questions on music and TV.

  • #4

    Mark (Sunday, 03 May 2020 12:13)

    Just got one, they got my info from ubreakifix.. definitely a scam.

  • #5

    George (Monday, 04 May 2020 13:40)

    Got one from number 602 207 8195
    "Hi George, I am Jaeden @ GCJ Research. You ve been randomly chosen from Arizonans to take a Survey. text REMOVE to end. Thanks & click ariz-may.org/TTxkn

  • #6

    Evan Ab (Monday, 04 May 2020 16:45)

    I just did a survey and got a coupon code for $2 to Amazon. It worked just fine, I was never asked to download anything. Although they had my phone # because I got the message through text and I gave them my email. But they provided the code at the end. Hopefully nothing bad comes from it.

  • #7

    J (Sunday, 28 June 2020 19:30)

    I also do these when they are available and get 3 or 5 dollar gift card numbers for completing one. They aren't a scam. They're just paying you for your time.

  • #8

    Don (Wednesday, 29 July 2020 16:57)

    They are legit. Political, yes, but they always pay $2-5 for about a 5 minute survey

  • #9

    Danny (Friday, 14 August 2020 06:55)

    I would like to test it, does anyone have the link?

  • #10

    Lauraf2337 (Friday, 04 September 2020 09:28)

    I get these survey requests 2-3 times every 6 weeks. I've been completing each survey and receive a $5 e-gift card if my choice, and I get the Amazon one each time and have never had any issues. These are short surveys that are about politics and they do not ask for any private info except your email and year of birth. You can give your phone number to them but it is optional. These are legit surveys that do pay the same day you complete them!

  • #11

    HMC-STL (Tuesday, 22 September 2020 07:45)

    I too participate in these surveys, and I received a $5.00 e-gift card.

    You can use them at several different places INCLUDING donating to Nonprofit organizations.

    It's legitimate...

  • #12

    Walter (Thursday, 24 September 2020 15:11)

    Similar text message. Mine was from BNG Research, which GCJ said in the survey they had recently acquired. The survey was being conducted on SurveyGizmo's website and I am familiar with them. I don't think a scammer would try to run something through a legit 3rd party like them.
    No intrusive questions, opinions and demographics. Then they gave me the Amazon code after I had completed the survey in case there were email issues with not receiving the code. I typed the link they provided to redeem the code into my home PC (with very good safeguards) and that link went directly to Amazon with no redirects and now I have $2 credit in my Amazon account! WooHoo!
    So I felt safe with them mostly because of it not going directly to some unknown website.

  • #13

    Dave (Saturday, 26 September 2020 18:45)

    Unlike the others, we received an "invitation" in the mail today , September 26, 2020.

    Interestingly, it came addressed to my wife, yet it also contained an individual invitation, BY NAME, for both myself and my 92 year old father, who lives with us.

    The Return Address on the "invitation" is :

    North Carolina Fall Opinion Survey
    GCJ Research
    9805 Statesville Road, Suite 6196
    Charlotte, NC 28629

    Above the address, the words "OFFICIAL INVITATION" appear.

    The "postmark" states:

    PRESORTED
    STANDARD
    U.S. POSTAGE
    PAID
    SACRAMENTO, CA
    PERMIT NO. 1935

    This is the entire text of the "invitation" . . . ( We live in North Carolina )

    OFFICIAL INVITATION
    NC Fall Opinion Survey
    September 15, 2020
    Dear Xxxxxxxxx,

    You are among a small number of people who were randomly selected to participate in the North Carolina Fall Opinion Survey -- a short, confidential survey of North Carolina residents. You household was chosen to represent people in your neighborhood.

    Understanding the people of our state and their thoughts about social and civic issues is vital. Your response would be invaluable to our research, and to your community.

    Your time is valuable. We will send you a $2 Amazon.com gift card for completing this 4-minute survey. Your participation will also make you eligible for subsequent surveys, which will pay $5-10 each (with more stores available and the option to donate the money to charity).

    To take the survey, go to the website below on any computer or smartphone. Type the website directly into your browser -- don't use a search engine like Google. Capitalization matters. Only the people below are eligible, but everyone listed can participate.

    For "Xxxxxxx": ncfall20.com/ (plus a 5 character code of mixed upper & lower case letters & numbers )
    For "Yyyyyyy": ncfall20.com/ (plus a 5 character code of mixed upper & lower case letters & numbers )
    For "Zzzzzzz": ncfall20.com/ (plus a 5 character code of mixed upper & lower case letters & numbers )

    That website is unique to you. Do not forward the survey to others. Upon completion of the survey, we will email you your two dollar gift card. If you have any trouble accessing the survey, please email us at info@gcjresearch.com.

    The survey is available now. We would appreciate it if you took the survey by Wednesday, September 30th.

    Thank you so much for being part of this important research.

    Aaron, Kate, and the whole NC Fall Opinion Survey team
    A project of GCJ Research

    P.S. I f you have any trouble with the website, just email us at info@gcjresearch.com

  • #14

    BAS (Sunday, 27 September 2020 11:53)

    Just received a text message that read as you see below. The text had my actual first name. The link that was provided in the text I did not type out below as I'm sure it's either fake, a virus, scam or phishing.

    "Hi **my real name**, we're BNG Research. You've been randomly selected from Ohioans to take our 3-min survey (compensated). Thanks & click! ** link **

  • #15

    Janice (Sunday, 27 September 2020 12:57)

    Got a letter exactly reading as you stated from Scranton Pa. Yesterday. It is in the garbage!

  • #16

    Norman Rosenblatt (Tuesday, 29 September 2020 12:37)

    I did the research. GCJ Research LLC was registered in Washington DC in January 2020. The organizer is Graham M Wilson, who has also formed the following, all in Washington DC, first beginning 02/06/2017:
    Common Ground
    Fellow Americans
    Integrity First PAC
    2020 Democratic National Convention Committee
    Run For Something PAC
    Americans Protecting Healthcare
    Register2Vote Fund
    Let America Vote
    Biden Victory Fund
    Secure Democracy
    Zero Emission Transportation Association Education Fund
    Elrod Strategies LLC
    Business Climate Initiative Action

    Norman Rosenblatt

  • #17

    Peggy J Gourley (Wednesday, 30 September 2020 15:25)

    I think that I have just been scammed... what do I do????