Yes, I made actual money with online surveys infact most of earnings come from cinchbucks surveys and referral program.
I made about $5k in one month by advertising and marketing money for online surveys referral link of surveys.
What I did was written a article with link on a major news websites and blogs. it brought in about $5,000.
So, Paid surveys works great if you promote them well.
I do understand that your query was whether you can make actual money by completing out those surveys. Yes, you can make money. Yes it is genuine money (not fake ). I would calculate that you can make a few hundred dollars per month if you work it part time.
Some individuals do this kind of things for hours every day but they would be relaxing on the couch and keeping their tongue warm anyhow. It can be a great part time income but if you want to make actual money you might want to look into how to promote one of those offers as an affiliate marketer.