Back in November 2005, I wrote a post about a company that supposedly would pay you money to receive letters. I applied and never heard a thing back from them until today when I received the following email:
Hello Mr. Strain!
Thank you very much for your registration at www.world-mail-panel.com. We are happy about your interest in our international postal surveys.
As from August 2006 we are looking for reliable panellists acting as RECEIVER OF TEST MAIL.
Your survey task:
– You receive on average 20 to 30 test letters per month send to your private or business address
– You enter all dates of receipt of your test mail on our website www.world-mail-panel.com
In this survey you would belong to a selected pool of world-wide panellists. You will receive test letters of different size and format from various countries. During this survey, your test letters are produced 4 weeks in advance. To avoid irregularities it is therefore indispensable that you inform us about any address changes, absences or other relevant occurrences in a timely manner.
Ideally you are available for the next 6 months. Of course you can end up your participation at any time but for the continuity of the survey a longer participation would be desired. During your holidays of course we will stop the dispatch of your test item.
For your activity you will receive a monthly Amazon gift voucher (http://www.amazon.co.jp), worth JPY 2500, or payment on a registered account at PayPal (www.paypal.com) or Moneybookers (www.moneybookers.com). Alternatively, if you wish we can donate your award (or parts of it) – on your behalf – to the international humanitarian medical aid agency “Doctors without borders” (www.msf.org).
We are looking forward to hearing from you.
I’m a bit disappointed because on their original page they said they were paying 3000 yen and not the 2500 yen (approx. $30 and $25) that they offered in the email, but this one isn’t really about the money. Normally I would not participate is something like this as the time spent would likely not be worth the amount paid, but this one has me a bit curious. It’s kind of cool that someone would pay you for simply receiving a package in the mail. It has many of the signs of a total scam – easy, no effort and seems to good to be true, but it does lack the “huge amounts of money” element. So I have to see if it is really true or not 😉
I wonder where the packages are going to be coming from and how this whole system will work, so I’m going to go ahead and see what happens and report back on how it turns out…
I just received another email saying that I have been accepted into the program:
Thank you very much for your registration! We are happy about your assistance and have included you in our receiver panel.
Your test mail address has been registered
Please inform us immediately should these data be incorrect or incomplete. Possible changes can be considered until 12 July. Thank you!
We would like to ask you to check your incoming emails regularly for messages from us. To avoid irregularities in the postal measurement it is indispensable that you inform us about any absences e.g. holidays or other relevant occurrences in a timely manner.
We will contact you again in time for the start of the survey at the end of July. We will then provide you with your personal user log-in for our website.
Should you have any questions in the meantime, please simply send us an email. We are happy to assist you :-)!
Your Quotas Team
Sounds like I’ll have more news on this later in July. For others interested in seeing if this is real or not, the sign-up form is here.