Is it illegal to make bots (automatic instructions) that fill out surveys, download apps, and plays them, all so it can earn me some gift cards or money?
I can tell you that a bot to fill out surveys will not work.How could it work?It would have to deal with captcha, typed answers and trick questions. Sometimes basic questions are asked twice, before and after survey. You cannot win.Website policies are governed by something called “terms of service”. When you register at a website and click that box, you are agreeing to rules the site list on the TOS page. It is highly recommended that all websites have a TOS (and privacy page). When you start a survey, you agree at the start to follow the rules.Please I want you to understand the difference as a citizen between criminal and civil offenses. Go to your country official pages to learn what that means. Some students learn this in school. A website is a new thing upon building and growth of the Internet. A website is a publication. The Internet is worldwide and covers many different laws and codes. Some rules are not laws but CODES or STATUTES. If you go online there is a document that you should read about “Netiquette”. This is correct online behavior that you should study for understanding.Illegal implies breaking a law where penalty is jail and or fine. It costs money to process law breakers (I hope you know this). So it is up to website security team to catch cheaters and ban them if caught. It is easy to block IP addresses. You can’t fake your personal data. A fake copy will not make any sense.For websites, it is scripts and the admin and team that enforce terms of service. They can catch you because when you surf the web from your computer or phone you send to the website your IP address. This appears in a record that records your visit complete with a set of your surfing details. (Did you know this?) When I go to raw stats on my web host, I can view the following for each visitor: browser, operating system, ISP, IP address, pages visited, referral page,You cannot cheat a survey because survey designers have found cheaters and can design it to stop it.The same goes for other earning methods. The admin knows. The admin rules. Don’t mess with web admin.There are many valid ways to earn online that do not involve tricks or time wasting methods. Your time is better spent doing it right. You will earn more and offer valuable service.