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Staying Safe on Prolific: Identifying and Reporting Fraud & Scams

We have several measures in place to prevent fraud and scams on Prolific, and we continuously evolve our fraud detection systems. However, it's important to stay vigilant and be aware of common warning signs. If you notice anything odd or suspicious, please report it immediately. Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  1. Requests for personal information: Be cautious if a study or researcher or someone impersonating a prolific employee asks for sensitive personal information, such as your Social Security number, bank account details, or passwords. Legitimate studies on Prolific will not require such information.

  2. Unsolicited payment requests: No researcher should ask you to send them money or make a payment outside of the Prolific platform. Prolific handles all payments securely within the platform.

  3. Unusual study requirements: Pay attention to any study requirements that seem unusual or unrelated to the research topic. For example, if a study asks you to download suspicious files or visit unfamiliar websites, it could be a red flag.

Your safety and security are our top priorities. If you encounter any suspicious activity or have concerns about a study or researcher, please report it immediately using the “report study button”. If you’re ever unsure or have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our Support team.


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