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Old 09-19-2005, 09:43 AM
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$200 for two hours?

I was taught that some things are too good to be true. I got this email and thought it was fishy (or phishy).

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From: Schlesinger San Francisco [mailto:sfrecruiting@usafocusgroups.com]
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2005 12:19 PM
To: "Undisclosed-Recipient:;"@SERVICEMASTER.COM
Subject: Schlesinger Associates! Like to shop for your home?

Greetings,
We are contacting you from Schlesinger Associates, we are a national market research firm that specializes in gathering peoples opinions. We are hosting a paid discussion panel on the topic of online shopping and would love to obtain your opinion. This discussion panel takes place on Thursday September 22nd from 12:00pm - 2:00pm. For your time and opinions you will be compensated $200 cash as well as validated in door parking and lunch. Our offices are located in the Financial District of San Francisco and is easily assessable by public transportation. If you are interested in participating in this study and sharing your opinions, please call 415.781.2603 ext 417 and please refer to the online shopping study. Thank you for your time!
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Old 09-19-2005, 10:55 AM
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Re: $200 for two hours?

Hmmm.. their website has been around since 1999, and usafocusgroups.com is one of the domains they own.

I'm wondering how they got your email address though - but from my research, this seems to be a fairly consistent pitch. Yup, $200 sounds like a lot.. but I can't see a scam here.



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Old 09-19-2005, 04:38 PM
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Re: $200 for two hours?

All the ways I know of to make $200.00 in two hours will make parts of you sore!

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Old 10-13-2005, 12:17 AM
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Re: $200 for two hours?

It's probably a warrant out for your arrest and this is a sting operation.

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Old 10-27-2009, 08:39 AM
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Re: $200 for two hours?

Believe it or not, it is not a scam -- their clients (large marketing companies and manufacturers) pay them to conduct focus groups. In NYC I've participated in several of them and they are legit.

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Old 05-05-2010, 06:12 PM
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Re: $200 for two hours?

Schlesinger Associates isn't a scam. I worked for them for 2 years in the Atlanta office. Schlesinger Associates is a market research firm that holds focus groups for Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies such as Coco-Cola, Newell Rubbermaid, Merck and others. Typically the client pays respondents (you) anywhere from $50-300 per study depending on the client and what you may have to do in the study. Everyone doesn't qualify, you have to go through a very thorough screening process before you even get to participate. Anyway, it is a good way to make a little extra money and there are other Marketing Research firms that do the same exact thing like Jackson Associates and The Murray HIll Center. Just check with your local state attorney general to check their legitimacy or Go to greenbook.org a national marketing site and do a search for research firms and enter Schlesinger Associates. Good Luck!

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Old 09-01-2011, 08:46 AM
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Re: $200 for two hours?

They are not a scam. I've gone before and they've paid me.

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Old 01-29-2012, 01:58 AM
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Re: $200 for two hours?

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They are not a scam. I've gone before and they've paid me.

I also have participated in a couple of their studies and got paid both times.

I'm still trying for another one. I get regular emails from them and one of these days I'll fit the criteria again....lol
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