Believe it or not, you can get paid to receive mail. This is what is called a “mail decoy.” There are some different companies that pay people to be mail decoys, and the purpose of the job is so that companies can see how efficiently their mailings are being delivered. Note this is not the same as getting free money in the mail, but you will get paid for doing it.
What does a mail decoy do?
As stated above, you're allowing companies to send their mailings to your mailbox. For the most part, you'll get catalogs, magazines, flyers, and so forth. After receiving the mail, you let the mail decoy company know what you got and on what day.
The process for inputting the mail differs from company to company. Some may want you to do it online, while others may ask that you call an 800 number and input a code from the mailings.
This sounds fishy. Is it a scam?
Absolutely not. I am currently doing some mail decoy work for one company and it's not a scam. The people who send you magazines and catalogs do have a need for this service. They need to be able to track how quickly their mailings get to people after they are sent out.
But what about all the junk in your mailbox? Isn't that a pain?
Some people don't like the idea of it, which is why they pass on mail decoy opportunities. I have personally not found it to be that much of a hassle. Some of the catalogs I receive are pretty interesting. The ones that aren't just get recycled. If you don't think you'd like the extra mail, this might not be the extra income-opportunity for you.
How much does being a mail decoy pay?
The pay varies depending on who you are signed up with. It's not full-time work so you don't get full-time pay. You can expect to receive a little extra cash for going to the trouble.
Will you get the mail forever once you're signed up?
If you decide you don't want to be a mail decoy any longer, you will no longer receive the mailings. The only exception might be if you received a catalog and actually decided to order something from it.
Where can I sign up to be a mail decoy?
There are a few different places. Here's a quick rundown of the ones I know about:
US Monitor – Pays $10 per month plus .25 per each piece of mail received.
SBKC – This is a company that will take your junk mail and, in return, give you gift cards.
The Hauser Group – Just like US Monitor, they only need decoys in certain areas.
Quotas – This is a company based out of Germany that you can do this for across multiple countries. Note that I haven't linked them here because it shows their website is “not secure.” It's a very old and dated site, which is probably why it says that. But I have known about them for a long time and never heard they are not legit. You can easily do a Google search to find the link for yourself.
Reportez – This site looked a little sketchy to me, but the digging I've done indicates it is legitimate. They put you on something called a “scanner panel.” You get a handheld scanner that plugs into your computer. It's used for scanning the barcodes that are on the mail you receive. Payment is in points that you can redeem for different things.
Is there a guarantee I'll get approved if I apply?
Unfortunately, no. For example, US Monitor is pretty limited because they only need one person per zip code. I am not certain that SBKC is always open, either.
If you're looking for a quicker way to earn extra money where there are no concerns about getting approved, try Ibotta. This is an app that pays you to grocery shop that we've used and been paid by multiple times.
I recommend it here because it is one of those “lazy” ways to earn extra money that doesn't require much effort, and no one will send you junk mail. 🙂
Good luck if you register at any of these places!
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Interesting. Someone was asking about this kind of job the other day, and I really didn’t know what to tell her, as I’ve never known anyone who actually did it. Now I do!
Yes this is true, I have been doing this for over a year now with one company. It only take a few second to enter each piece of mail, Its quick and easy
Debbie Wilkins says
This would be my first time doing this kind of work. How does a person get started?
Autumn Worley says
So it actually works
I’m been working so hard,and to find a way to get money in the mailbox and nothing has pop up for the past 2 3 weeks.Trying today (3-24-19.
Kiavoni Adams says
Kiavoni Adams says
I can’t wait to try this! God is good Amen!
thanks so much! Which one do you prefer or work on, Your awesome , i need something with all these problems im having.. thanks for all your help ..
Jackie, the only one I’m participating in right now is Quad Readers, and they only send out the postage stamps (but that still helps if you use stamps!)
From what I’ve read, most people do the best with US Monitor. I have tried to get hired by them but they have not needed anyone in my zip code. I know there are some people who also work for Quotas, but I have also been unsuccessful getting on there too.
I would suggest trying US Monitor first, then the others. It doesn’t hurt to apply with all of them! Good luck!
Cool! I’ve never heard of this before, hopefully my zip code will be needed in at least one of these. Thanks for the post!
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I tried to sign up for Local Influencer and got an error message.
Yep, I need to remove that one. Someone mentioned on one of the forums that that one doesn’t work anymore if I’m remembering right. Sorry.
Daisy Cote says
I want to get paid for mail
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Melissa Marlin says
I worked for Reportez for over a year. It is a legitimate company. I got points each month (1 point = $1) and redeemed them for gift cards.
I would still be interested in doing that type of task.
Thanks for letting us know you had a good experience, Melissa!
SISTLA VENKATA GIRI says
I want to sign up to earn money from extracashandrewards.com site but what I have looked over the sites being listed on the above but nothing seems to be working or offering to the services to my country i.e. INDIA.
So, please advise me on which site could I sign up in order to receive emails (mail decoy). I want to sign up to earn real money out of the same?