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Surveys: Scam or not?

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 A Fargo woman--afraid she's being scammed--is blowing the whistle and asking Valley News Live to investigate.

The same day this letter reached her mailbox, Dannielle Lill got a knock on her front door from a woman asking her to take a survey in exchange for money.

"She 'really needed our help.' She really pushed that, that she needed our help to do this survey and that once we completed, we would get $30 cash," says Lill.

She and her husband declined, but two days later, the woman came knocking again.

"I didn't think she was going to come back at all. I thought it was like a one-time thing and just leave you alone, so it kind of took me by surprise," she says.

Two others in her apartment building encountered the same woman. When Lill took to Facebook, others raised suspicions about a potential scam.  

The research institute in question confirmed the woman going door-to-door is with them and claims the survey is legitimate. It's a joint effort between Research Triangle Institute, the U.S. Public Health Service and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.

"Our role is to try to help reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness in communities across the country," says SAMHSA Spokesperson Brad Stone.

Stone couldn't comment specifically about this case, but  says the national survey on drug use and health is one way they gather information about the scope and nature of these issues in our country. He says it is voluntary, all information is confidential and results are published.

As for Lill, she says maybe a few things should change so people don't think it's a scam.

"This is appropriate; this is not. You need to know not to cross this kind of line," she says.

If you receive a letter and a knock on your door, Stone says the field interviewer's identification number should match that on the letter you received. If you have any questions, you can call the administration at 240-276-1265.

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