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  1. #1
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    Oct 2011

    Mystery Shopper Job Scam

    Mystery shopper

    You answer an ad to be a mystery shopper. You’re asked to test a money wiring service such as Western Union, and to report back on the experience. What you don’t realize is that you’re helping your employer to launder money. This is illegal. You could be charged for being a money mule. So 90% of all mystery shopper jobs are scams!

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    Talk about mystery shopper scams here on this thread: :rryumy::rryumy::rryumy:

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2004

    Re: Mystery Shopper Job Scam

    HAHAAHHAHA....TOO FUNNY, a BOT chimes in!? ing1: : :yelcutelaughA: :

    Admin: I can't believe they bothered all the way down here, new section. (last post deleted)
    Last edited by Administrator; 11-24-2013 at 12:27 PM.
    i do not endorse/recommend any advertising on scam.com associated with my name /posts or otherwise. thank you

  3. #3

    Re: Mystery Shopper Job Scam

    Many, many "mystery shopper" jobs are scams but there are a few that are for real. I did one once where they just wanted you to sign-up for free trials of online services like mail services or Blockbuster. They paid you for signing up for the trial and as long as you canceled the service during the "free trial" period it didn't cost you anything. I would strongly recommend using a pre-paid debit card for offers like that though so there is no access to your banking information.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2013

    Re: Mystery Shopper Job Scam

    My sister did it for several years, but I don't think she ever made much off of it. I looked into it once or twice but they wanted you to front the expenses then they were supposed to reimburse you for it afterwards. I didn't want to take the chance of having them rip me off, so I never tried it.

  5. #5

    Re: Mystery Shopper Job Scam

    Many moons ago I made a nice side income doing this kind of work. It was a hustle, but I had to do it because I got laid off from my job without warning.:zx11pissed:

    I'm very opinionated and I do like to give feedback so MS was a great fit for me back then.

    Every blue moon I'll take on assignment for a higher paying gig so it's worth my time.

    Volition.com is the place to go to find real MS companies. You'll also want to check out the forum on that site. It's very helpful as well.

  6. #6

    Re: Mystery Shopper Job Scam

    Good choice! I have been scammed too much in the past, from internet marketing to data processing, to rebate processing, to MLM schemes!

    I finally joined a online community of where you actually don't have to pay to join and they offer free training and websites, I wish I had found them a few years ago because what I have learned with them since January surpasses what I learned online collectively for the past five years!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2016

    Re: Mystery Shopper Job Scam

    Mystery Shopper Scams

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    Legitimate mystery shopping opportunities are out there, but so are plenty of scams. If an opportunity is on the up and up, you won't have to pay an application fee or deposit a check and wire money on to someone else.

    What is Mystery Shopping?

    Some retailers hire companies to evaluate the quality of service in their stores; they often use mystery shoppers to get the information. They instruct a mystery shopper to make a particular purchase in a store or restaurant, and then report on the experience. Typically, the shopper is reimbursed and can keep the product or service. Sometimes the shopper receives a small payment, as well.
    Many professionals in the field consider mystery shopping a part-time activity, at best. And, they add, opportunities generally are posted online by marketing research or merchandising companies.
    Don’t Pay to Be a Mystery Shopper

    Dishonest promoters use newspaper ads and emails to create the impression that mystery shopping jobs are a gateway to a high-paying job with reputable companies. They often create websites where you can “register” to become a mystery shopper, but first you have to pay a fee — for information about a certification program, a directory of mystery shopping companies, or a guarantee of a mystery shopping job.
    It's unnecessary to pay anyone to get into the mystery shopper business. The certification offered is almost always worthless. A list of companies that hire mystery shoppers is available for free, and legitimate mystery shopper jobs are listed on the internet for free. If you try to get a refund from the promoters, you will be out of luck. Either the business won’t return your phone calls, or if it does, it’s to try another pitch.
    Don’t Wire Money

    You may have heard about people who are “hired” to be mystery shoppers, and told that their first assignment is to evaluate a money transfer service, like Western Union or MoneyGram. The shopper receives a check with instructions to deposit it in a personal bank account, withdraw the amount in cash, and wire it to a third party. The check is a fake.
    By law, banks must make the funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks. It may seem that the check has cleared and that the money has posted to the account, but when the check turns out to be a fake, the person who deposited the check and wired the money will be responsible for paying back the bank.
    It’s never a good idea to deposit a check from someone you don’t know and then wire money back.
    Tips for Finding Legitimate Mystery Shopping Jobs

    Becoming a mystery shopper for a legitimate company doesn’t cost anything. Here’s how you can do it:

    • Research mystery shopping. Check libraries, bookstores, or online sites for tips on how to find legitimate companies hiring mystery shoppers, as well as how to do the job effectively.
    • Search the internet for reviews and comments about mystery shopping companies that are accepting applications online. Dig deeper. Shills may be paid to post positive reviews.
    • Remember that legitimate companies don’t charge people to work for them – they pay people to work for them.
    • Never wire money as part of a mystery shopping assignment.

    You can visit the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) website at mysteryshop.org to search a database of mystery shopper assignments and learn how to apply for them. The MSPA offers certification programs for a fee, but you don't need "certification" to look – or apply – for assignments in its database.
    In the meantime, don't do business with mystery shopping promoters who:

    • Advertise for mystery shoppers in a newspaper’s ‘help wanted’ section or by email.
    • Require that you pay for “certification.”
    • Guarantee a job as a mystery shopper.
    • Charge a fee for access to mystery shopping opportunities.
    • Sell directories of companies that hire mystery shoppers.
    • Ask you to deposit a check and wire some or all of the money to someone.

    If you think you’ve seen a mystery shopping scam, file a complaint with:

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