(NPN) - There are a lot of apps now that pay you in points, rewards or cash for answering surveys, watching videos, shopping or taking photos of places or products.
"We believed they were breaking the law," Jason Schall, counsel to the director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said. "The FTC investigated and came to a settlement that helped people get their money back."
The settlement came to more than $940,000, and it's not the government's only case.
Schall says consumers should always educate themselves before using any app. Read online reviews to gauge others' experiences, go to FTC.gov for information and read the fine print.
"But that's not something I like to emphasize because, really, it's the responsibility of companies not to deceive consumers by putting the important terms in the fine print," Schall said.
"With apps that pay, it's best to find one that works for you," Luboff said. "If you don't like taking surveys or you don't like watching videos, there are other options out there."
The Federal Trade Commission says it's on the beat to make sure all apps are safe, and as new technologies provide opportunities for consumers, they also provide them for scammers.
Officials stress if you see something that isn't right, it's important to file a complaint at FTC.gov so the government can look into the issue.