Greensboro, NC -- Are online surveys promising gift cards if you participate legitimate? WFMY News 2 wanted to find out.
A viewer, Cindy, contacted News 2 about an email from a company named Bullsueye Media asking her to complete a survey, and she would get a $500 gift card to Kohl's.
Cindy filled out her name, address, phone number and birthday. Immediately after, she got concerned about who would see her personal information.
"I knew better," said Cindy, "but that $500 just flashed in my eyes and so there I went!"
Cindy said as soon as she filled in her cell phone number in the survey, someone sent her a text message before she finished it.
After she finished the survey, she received two more text messages.
It sounded unusual, so WFMY News 2 contacted Kohl's directly to see if it was legitimate. The company's spokesperson said the survey is not from Kohl's or any of the their authorized partners.
In a statement from the company, it said "from time to time, businesses unaffiliated with Kohl's may independently purchase Kohl's gift cards and use them as incentives and gifts. If consumers are ever in doubt about whether a communication is directly affiliated with Kohl's, they should contact the customer service department."
And when it comes to those text messages, Cindy agreed to them without realizing it. But we found in the fine print.
It said agreement to the survey means you say 'yes' to other marketing lists, phone calls and text messages.
The Better Business Bureau had a list of several unresolved and resolved cases involving Bullsueye Media over the last three years. But it is a legitimate company that has worked with the BBB.
Cindy is still waiting to receive her $500 gift card.
News 2 also contacted the Bullseye Media company, but so far there has been no response.
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