Sending Letters For Money – Real Or Scam?

I’m skeptical by nature when it comes to making money for doing things that seem relatively simple to do. Today I came across a site that says it will pay me $30 to send letters for a survey From their page:

On behalf of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and Japan Post we are looking for survey participants living in major cities / metropolitan areas in Japan.

With your help, we will monitor the transit time of international letters sent to and from 6 different countries around the world. Japan Post will use the results of the measurement to improve the quality of service for the benefit of all postal customers.

Are you interested in supporting our project?

Your task

– From February 2006, for a time period of six months you will be a sender and receiver of test letters.
– We will give you test letters that are ready to send (labelled, stamped, addressed).
– You will send 12 test letters per week to 6 countries – from Mon to Sat.
– You will receive 12 test letters per week from 6 countries.
– You will log on to this website and enter all dates of posting and receipt.

Now I’m aware that there are some resending package scams out there so I went through the sign up process wondering if they were going to ask for any sensitive financial information. They didn’t. I also noticed that they have contact info at the bottom (based in Germany) of the page which is a small plus (although I haven’t called to confirm if it is real).

A bit more surfing on their site shows that anyone can sign up although the payment isn’t quite as good as what they are offering for those living in Japan:

Depending on the kind of survey you will get a present or a gift voucher for major stores in your country (depending on the country, in some countries vouchers are also valid for Online shops).

They are supposed to contact me by email to give more details which I will of course share and see how this all turns out.

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3 Responses to Sending Letters For Money – Real Or Scam?

  1. Jonathan says:

    Hmm… that site doesn’t look as bad as I thought it would. I would rate legitness chance at 65% 😉

  2. pfadvice says:

    lol…it does lack some of the classic telltale signs that it is a scam such as claiming excessive money can be made, etc. If it is a scam, it’s one of the better developed sites I’ve come across…

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