Joe Ducey

Joe Ducey is now helping people like you everyday on ABC15 News at 6pm. If you’ve got a consumer issue you can’t solve, “Let Joe Know.” Contact him at joe@abc15.com or (855) 323-1515.

If you get a check in the mail, did nothing to earn it, and don’t know where it came from, then you already know I say to trash it.

But what if someone sends you cash instead?

Is it Scam or No Scam?

Linda in Mesa says she got a letter “from the American Institute of Consumer Studies with $20 attached.”

She says she’ll get another $40 after someone named Jean calls to set up an appointment with her.

But what really concerned her was that they wanted to come to her house to finalize everything.

So Linda let me know.

Most of the scams we see like this involve fake checks, not cash.

But coming to your house? I can understand the suspicion.

According to its website, The American Institute of Consumer Studies is a research firm for large companies.

The owner tells us the company has been around for 36 years, and randomly selects consumers to survey their habits—from the magazines you read, to what you watch on television.

He says they primarily go door to door to conduct surveys but also send out cash in hopes of getting people interested in calling them to set up a survey.

And while he says they do require to meet you in person, it does not have to be at your home.

It can be anywhere you feel comfortable.

We checked them out and found the company is accredited with the Better Business Bureau and has an A+ rating.

So this one... No scam!

As for whether or not the pay is worth your time, that one is up to you!

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