Employ Caution With Secret Shopper Job Offersby Nick LaFleur on May. 17, 2012, under alert, Life, scam, Tips
Secret shopper or mystery shopper scams usually arrive disguised as genuine job offers; recently, Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona has been receiving inquiries from consumers who’ve received suspicious emails and letters from alleged “employers.”
With most mystery shopper job offer scams, cashiers’ checks and letters arrive in the mail.
“Congratulations! You have been selected as a mystery shopper for your area! Deposit the enclosed money order into your personal bank account and shop at the following stores … [large, well-known retailers] … rating your experience with customer service, product availability and cleanliness; wire-transfer the remaining balance back to company headquarters.”
“When someone deposits a check, he or she is responsible for that check whether or not it is known that the check is a fake,” says Kim States, BBB President.
Employ caution when considering mystery shopper job opportunities and avoid offers that:
- Require upfront payments or money-wiring
- Lack verifiable contact information
- Contain unrealistic or unsubstantiated earnings claims
Visit www.tucson.bbb.org for more information on job scams