Thursday, July 19, 2012

Another Mystery Shopping Email Scam. Tisk...

I really wish these companies knew who they were messing with! I am a seasoned pro (or so I like to think so) when it comes to mystery shopping. And I get scam emails all the time. 

Please remember people - If they are legit,  they won't send you an email like this.
If they are legit, you would not get unsolicited emails from them.
You would only get emails if you were registered with them, or with another site that you opted to receive recruiting emails for shops in your area. 

If you have any questions - send me a message!

Here is the email I got. Sad thing is, I work for a company called The Secret Shopper. This is the second email I got from someone claiming to be someone from a company I shop for... Tisk. Please note the bold and see notes...

From: Agent Recruitment

Mystery  shoppers  normally  get  paid  between   $200 per assigment.
   You are expected to complete your mystery shopping  assignment  and
   fill out an evaluation form, answering questions about your shopping
   experience in the establishment, the quality of customer service, etc.

   Money order/Payment check would be in a certain amount which you
   would be required to Cash at your Bank, then deduct your salary and
   have the rest used for the evaluation at the store that would be given
   to you for evaluations.
   To start earning money immediate, reply this email with
   the following information below to sign up :
   Personal Information:
   Email Address:
   Full Name (First, Middle, Last) :
   Phone (Home & Cell) :
   Full Address (Not POBOX):
   City, State, Country :
   Zip Code :
   Gender & Age :
   Occupation :
   Thanks for responding,
   We will wait for your full details .
   Candidate Recruitment Team
   Secret Shopper ® 2012
First off - it wouldn't come from an .edu email address.
Second - they were stupid - get paid between  $200 --- um, is it just me or is there a number missing there? LOL
and third - NEVER ACCEPT A CHECK/MONEY ORDER TO CASH AND SEND BACK A PORTION TO THEM!!!! That is a RED FLAG right there!!! They do this, and take everything they can from your bank account-  they over draw it way beyond what your able to even fathom. I have seen a FEW legit check cashing shops - however, you take your own pay check to a check cashing place to cash. You keep your money. They ask you questions about the clerk, the service, etc, and then send you a check for the fee (usually like $5 plus whatever the cost to cash it was). Seriously, thats all! Never fall for a scam! Know what to look for people.
  • And use common sense! 

1 comment:

  1. I just received several of those mystery shopping emails this week. Like you, I have worked for a few mystery shopping companies, but I don't remember any of them contacting me first. Also, the fact that there were several of them threw up a huge red flag. (Well, that and knowing that Gmail sent them straight to the spam folder. *chuckles*)


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