Secret Shopper Scam email

Here is another sample of a Secret Shopper Scam email. I do have to say, at least the grammar is better in this one than in the usual letters.

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Subject: Earn $200 Bonus For Each Assignment As A Secret Shopper This Christmas
From: noreply@aol.com
Reply To: enjoytoshopp@aol.com

Hello,

We are a company that conduct surveys and evaluate other companies. We get hired to go to other peoples companies and act like customers in order to know how the staffs are handling their services in relation to their customers.

We all shop, and many of us enjoy shopping. But very rarely does opportunity present itself to do what we enjoy doing and getting paid for doing it. Imagine earning extra income just for going shopping and filling out a questionnaire!

Mystery shopping is basically a form of market research. You are asked to gather information, from a customer’s perspective. Often times, this is done without the knowledge of the personnel where the shop is taking place. As a mystery shopper, you may therefore be asked to do some acting. This is not to deceive anyone but rather to assure that the information being gathered is representative.

The first thing to remember is that we are on the side of the client. You are not hired to catch anyone “in the act” or trap the employee. Rather, it is your job to answer specific questions in an unbiased and constructive way.

Confidentiality is also very important. In most cases, the establishment is not to know that a mystery shop is taking place. Additionally, the questionnaires may be protected by copyrights. Often, the employee evaluated will be informed of the results of your evaluation later and may even be allowed to read your comments. But this is for management to determine.

The information most often requested by management concerns employee to customer relations, employee performance, product quality or presentation of the establishment including cleanliness and convenience. This information helps management to identify areas of strength and weakness so they can take steps to correct the problem or potential problems before business is lost. The information can also allow management to monitor the success of a program designed to improve certain areas of concern. This can be a very advantageous tool to management in the extremely competitive business environment of today. Some companies will even inform employees that mystery shoppers will be visiting them but the employees will not know who or when the shop will take place. It may be considered a kind of report card and, as you can imagine, this can be a very effective motivational tool.

As a mystery shopper, you may receive assignments in a variety of establishments in your area. Most of them will be customer oriented retail establishments, which include chain stores, specialty stores and restaurants. Normally, it is the larger companies with many outlets and a central management office that use mystery shoppers. Statistics show that by far, the most important factor in competitiveness is customer service. Therefore, most of the information you will be asked to gather will concern customer service.

Obviously, mystery shoppers should appear to be a typical customer to the establishment. The mystery shoppers that consistently get new assignments, however, are those who are punctual and reliable. Mystery shopping companies want shoppers who also pay attention to detail and work well with others and have an appreciation of good service. You will be given specific questions to ask and perhaps specific products to shop for and/or purchase. You will be expected to promptly complete the questionnaire, neatly and concisely, and return it based on the instructions provided to you. Your job is not to be a problem shopper for the establishment but to gather specific and representative information.

Most of the time, the compensation for the assignment is established in advance and paid after the questionnaire is returned. As a mystery shopper, you are not an employee of the company that provides you an assignment–but rather an independent contractor. As such, there is no employee benefits and no taxes will be withheld from your pay. You are responsible for reporting your own income. However, you may want to consult your tax advisor as some tax breaks may apply.

EARNINGS
Pay can range from $200 to $300 per job assignment, with an average of $100 per assignment. Additionally there is a stipend for purchases. The number of assignments per day vary but if you are assertive in seeking work-and work for several mystery shopping companies-you could garner up to 20 assignments per month. While most mystery shoppers consider this a part time or “hobby” job, if you approach the work as a full-time job, you can earn $4,000 to $5,000 per month.

Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops, stores, restaurant and services in your area.
No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours as it suits you. If you are interested do send in these information:

FULL NAME:……………………
CONTACT ADDRESS..(PLS NO PO BOX ADDRESS)……………….
CITY……………
STATE………….
ZIP CODE …………….
TELEPHONE NUMBER:……………….
MOBILE NUMBER:………………….
OCCUPATION:……………………
EMAIL:………………………

So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put your service into, and your address would also be need for your payments.
Great Pay** Fun Work** Flexible Schedules**No experience required.If you can shop-you are qualified!
No start off fees is required
Must be above 18years old
Must be computer literate
Must be very honest and committed
pls note that this is a part time job

David Scott
Thanks
Recruitment officer
Mystery Shoppers World

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40 Responses to “Secret Shopper Scam email”

  1. DUI Attorney Miami Says:

    Very good written article. It will be helpful to everyone who utilizes it, including me. Keep up the good work – looking forward to more posts.

  2. Steele V. Propp Says:

    This was not an article. Just posted the email sent out. Woulld like an actual review of this company. Why is it a scam?

    Other than the pay promised is completely out of line with legit mystery shopping :>)

    What is the game these guys are playing?

  3. scamvictimsunited Says:

    Steele . . . that is why I stated in the first line “Here is another sample of a Secret Shopper Scam email”, because I was posting an email for others to learn how to spot a scam.

    Why is this a scam? The checks that people are sent in order to perform their tasks as a “Secret Shopper” are fake, and will come back as counterfeit . . . and the banking customer will be held liable.

  4. mark R Says:

    The whole operation is a scam, fake, fraud. I received two counterfeit postal money orders in the amount of $990.00 each. I was told to deposit them in my account and send off $1,760. to a name in the phillipines. I received the fake checks via fedex from a Mary Brown, no phone # in Los Angeles, Check was sigend by a Mr. Smith, different address, and check was not endorsed to me. Fedex was mailed 25 miles from senders address. They want you to deposit the fraud checks into your personal account and then keep $200.00. Then you write your personal check for the difference and send it to the party which will be the crook.

  5. adept48 Says:

    dostałem maila cytuję:
    Dear Email Owner,

    We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Internet Promotional Draws. All email addresses entered for this promotional draws were randomly inputted from an internet resource database using the Synchronized Random Selection System (SRSS).

    Your email address was selected in the Category A with Special Digit Code: RM10164/IT and Special Ticket Digit Code: RMA12744/2010-12, and this qualifies you to be the recipient of the grand prize award sum of Two million, five hundred thousand united States dollars.

    The payout of this cash prize to you will be subject to the final validations and satisfactory report that you are the authentic owner of the winning email address. In line with the governing rules of claim, you are required to establish contact with your designated claims agent via email or telephone with the particulars below:

    Enquiry officer: Joseph Gorman
    Phone: +393296016102
    Email: gst_nam2005@yahoo.cn

    You may establish contact with the Enquiry Officer via the e-mail address above with the information’s necessary: Name: Address: Phone: Cell Phone: Email: Alternative Email: Occupation: and E-ticket number:

    Failure to complete the claims of your cash prize after 14 days of this notice will result in the revision of award. Hence, you should commence your claims process immediately, by contacting the claims agent (Mr. Joseph Gorman) who would be guiding you through the Claims process.

    Yours Faithfully,
    Peyton R.Knight
    Promotion Co-coordinator

    dostałem to od:
    Od: Fabio Adams, fabsadd@hotmail.it
    pozdrawiam. adept.

  6. Jack R. Says:

    Thank You, Everyone here for posting your comments. After reading your comments I now know that I am being scammed. I was contacted a week ago by an individual claiming to be a mystery shopper company. Today, they overnighted me 2 postal money orders for $950.00 & told me to wire by western union $1700.00 and keep $200.00 for my “expenses”. I almost fell for this scam, until I read all of the post here on this site. It really seemed like a legitimate operation, I mean heck, I’m holding the postal money orders right here in my hand and boy, they look very real!!! And, the thing about this particular scam is they instruct you to wire the money to someone in New York, and they gave me a name with a physical address, so it was very believable, until I read the post here.

  7. Sara Says:

    So has anyone had any dealing with the offer from enjoytoshopp@aol.com? What I find interesting is my notice came by way of Career Builders. I know legitimate mystery shopping does exist, but I wish it was easier to find out if the offer is legit or not. Very frustrating.

  8. Tammy Owen Says:

    Jack R. omg I fell for it. I’m expecting 2 money orders today, what did you do with the money orders you received

  9. Bobbie Says:

    I received an exact email as the one on the top from ejoytoshopp a few days ago, I filled it out sent it back and the sent me back an email back today say they will send me, from fedex 2 money orders of 955.00. I am instructed to cash it at my bank, deduct my commisssion of 200.00 The remaining 1710.00 should be sent to somebody in the Philippines. I thought this sounded to good to be true. I’m sure glad I found this first. Now what do I do with money orders? Give them to the police or burn them?

  10. scamvictimsunited Says:

    I would shred them.

  11. scamvictimsunited Says:

    I would shred the money orders

  12. Paola Says:

    I was looking for jobs on my sittercity account and this came up. It´s so sad how many scams are out there. How did they get on a babysitting website? Oh well everything you do in this life you get paid back for IN THIS LIFE. Its nice that you started this blog to help people that might get caught up in the scam. :)

    Hello Shopper,

    This is to inform you that the paymennt has sent out via FEDEX here is the FEDEX tracking number 872818709733 We have just received confirmation from the courier service that the payment will be delivered to your location between today and tomorrow.

    The payment is meant for Western Union transfer evaluation, When you receive the payment, you get it cashed at your bank,deduct $300 which is your pay and have the rest sent via Western Union location that you evaluate and have it to another mystery shopper, who will be conducting his/her evaluation at another Western Union transfer pick up location. The charges for the transfer will be deducted from the funds. Below are the details of the other shopper that you will wire the funds to :

    Receivers Name: – Mary Micheal
    Address: 30 Highlands Road,
    City: Fareham
    County: – Hampshire
    Post Code: – PO15 6JF
    Country: United .Kingdom

    let you know that you dont need street address to wire funds via Western Union.

    While you are at Western Union take note of the following without being noticed;

    1)Western Union transfer agent`s name that attended to you
    2)Time spent at the location
    3)Customer Service relation
    4)Your own opinion of the enviroment.

    Also it is very important that you email us the following details also which will be given to you at the Western Union transfer outlet after sending the funds and also required for collection of funds by the receiver.

    1) Senders Names and Address (which is yours)
    2) 10 Digit MTCN Number
    3) Total Amount sent after Western Union Charges

    prompt response from you as there are other assignments waiting to be carried out and hope this is clear to you.

    NB: Kindly get back as soon as you get this mail.

    Steve Brown
    Investigating Regional Manager.
    Staffing and Recruiting Dept,
    MYSTERY SHOPPER SECRET SERVICE.

    CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

    Copyright © Mystery Shoppers, Inc.
    All rights reserved.

  13. Linwood Riley Says:

    I received this email after I found out they were frauds:

    Victor Smith to me, bcc: me
    show details 12:00 PM
    Linwood,

    I sent you an email with instructions on what you need to do with the
    payment. I’ve been waiting to receive evaluation and western union
    details and the board are still yet to get your response. The board
    alerted me to email you and let you know that you’re given 24hrs to
    get back to us about the payment. Else, necessary action will be
    activated. We have all your informations on our file.

    Thank you.
    Victor.

    what kind of actions do they think they can do? the bank took the check and info where to send the ‘money’… they told me it was a scam, and I walked out with my dignity….

  14. Audie F. Villanueva Says:

    I was also a victim of a scam, I am now $10,000 in debts. I will not stop reporting this people until they are caught. Can any one suggest an attorney to who can pursue these people. They are going by these names, email and phone numbers. Steve Tokle, Mimi Kimora, Gary May, and Brian Sawyer. I have my suspicion that they are operating in Southern Cal. because the Fed-x that I received was addresed from different states, but when I spoke to Fe-X they informed me that the package originated in North Hill, CA, also the western union that I transferred oversas in the Phillippines, but it was actually picked up in Southern Cal. They are operating under these names, Steve Yokle, Brian Sawyer, Gary May, and Mimi kimora, email address: mkimora7@aol.com, mkimora7@gmail.com, garymaydpt1@hotmail.com, brainbsawyer@aol.com, and brainsawyerr@jobs.com (714) 798-5691 or (603)446-6379

  15. Bonejankel Says:

    I got it also.
    I’m not sure that how many people in my country realized or know about this kind of scam. So, how much did they destroy the human included the other kinds of these emails.

    > From: noreply@aol.com
    > Subject: SECRET SHOPPER
    > Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 05:17:28 -0400
    > To:
    >
    > Hello,
    >
    > We have a P/T job in your area as a Mystery shopping and we would like you to
    > participate. As a mystery shopping you work and evaluate together for pleasure and the pay is 200 Dollars per assignment.
    >
    > JOB DESCRIPTION:
    > 1. You will receive funding for the assignment.
    > 2. You will receive the Instruction for your assignment via email on the
    > location and details of the assignment.
    > 3. You are to complete the assignment as fast and discreetly as possible.
    > 4. You will be asked to visit a business location to conduct business be it
    > a restaurant, shopping store etc.
    >
    >
    > Note: You are to follow all instructions given to you to the fullest. KINDLY
    > SEND YOUR INFORMATION BELOW TO PROCEED ON FIRST ASSIGNMENT TO
    > (jamessmithworks2@aol.com)
    >
    >
    > Your Full Name:
    > Your Address (NOT P.O Box):
    > City, State, Zip:
    > Occupation:
    > Phone Number(s):
    > AGE:
    >
    >
    >
    > Regards .
    > James Smith

  16. Joel Richards Says:

    Received an email from Mary Powell under the subject “Vacancy ID# 1304529510″. Googled the contact number and got this website. I googled the name of the company and got a website for a business consulting firm in the Philippenes.

  17. Janeen Says:

    I’m so glad I came across this website. I received a response to a job I applied for on craigslist. It seemed fishy, but I couldn’t put my finger on it, so I googled the details and found your stories. Here is my email (from Susan Gear)

    Thanks for Reconfirming your interest.I would like to inform you that you now have an Employed Status.Your supply payment has been issued and would arrive at your doorstep via courier any moment from now.Here is the tracking number.
    Carrier:UPS
    (EO051203784us)
    Please ensure that you are at home to receive the package.
    Here is the Tech Store agents information to send the money to via western union.

    Name:Sylvia Chieopanich
    Address:5516 Harborside Dr. Tampa Fl 33615

    I will need the details of the transfer once you have sent fund . .
    1.The M.T.C.N control number that is the 10 digits number on the western union receipt 2.Sender’s name and address used in sending the money 3.Actual amount sent.
    Please pay off the western union charges from the remaining fund after you must have deducted your first payment of $200 and the $50 that is to cover the cost of your run around.Kindly locate a Western union store.

  18. Isaac Stevens Says:

    It is a super scam. What they do is send you western union checks that you take to your bank and deposit, usually in 1700.00 to 2000.00 dollar amounts. There is a 10 day waiting period on the money before your bank will clear the funds. As soon as the funds are clear and you go and get the 1500 to 1700.00 dollar western union that you are “shopping” they cancel the one that you deposited into your bank. so not only have you sent them thousands of dollars, they have removed the thousands that they sent you and you are screwed. They have up to 25 days to cancel they western union that they sent to you, even if you have deposited it, they can take it all back. THIS IS A MAJOR SCAM AND WILL HURT MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF THE LITTLE MONEY THEY HAVE.

  19. J. Says:

    1. Those who have gotten ripped off by this email scam (or any other email scam) may file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
    “The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
    IC3’s mission is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime. The IC3 gives the victims of cyber crime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations.”

    2. If you have received the Mystery Shoppers scam spam, you may forward it to the FTC at spam@uce.gov and/or to Fraud Watch International at scams@fraudwatchinternational.com. It will be added to their database. Unfortunately, that’s it.

    3. Read more about the Mystery Shopper email scam and how it allows the scammers to part you from your money at http://www.mystery-shoppers.co.uk/mystery_shopper_scams.htm

  20. Jill J. Says:

    Hello,

    We are a company that conduct surveys and evaluate other companies. We get hired
    to go to other peoples companies and act like customers in order to know how the
    staffs are handling their services in relation to their customers.

    We all shop, and many of us enjoy shopping. But very rarely does opportunity
    present itself to do what we enjoy doing and getting paid for doing it. Imagine
    earning extra income just for going shopping and filling out a questionnaire!

    Mystery shopping is basically a form of market research. You are asked to gather
    information, from a customer’s perspective. Often times, this is done without
    the knowledge of the personnel where the shop is taking place. As a mystery
    shopper, you may therefore be asked to do some acting. This is not to deceive
    anyone but rather to assure that the information being gathered is
    representative.

    The first thing to remember is that we are on the side of the client. You are
    not hired to catch anyone “in the act” or trap the employee. Rather, it is your
    job to answer specific questions in an unbiased and constructive way.

    Confidentiality is also very important. In most cases, the establishment is not
    to know that a mystery shop is taking place. Additionally, the questionnaires
    may be protected by copyrights. Often, the employee evaluated will be informed
    of the results of your evaluation later and may even be allowed to read your
    comments. But this is for management to determine.

    The information most often requested by management concerns employee to customer
    relations, employee performance, product quality or presentation of the
    establishment including cleanliness and convenience. This information helps
    management to identify areas of strength and weakness so they can take steps to
    correct the problem or potential problems before business is lost. The
    information can also allow management to monitor the success of a program
    designed to improve certain areas of concern. This can be a very advantageous
    tool to management in the extremely competitive business environment of today.
    Some companies will even inform employees that mystery shoppers will be visiting
    them but the employees will not know who or when the shop will take place. It
    may be considered a kind of report card and, as you can imagine, this can be a
    very effective motivational tool.

    As a mystery shopper, you may receive assignments in a variety of establishments
    in your area. Most of them will be customer oriented retail establishments,
    which include chain stores, specialty stores and restaurants. Normally, it is
    the larger companies with many outlets and a central management office that use
    mystery shoppers. Statistics show that by far, the most important factor in
    competitiveness is customer service. Therefore, most of the information you will
    be asked to gather will concern customer service.

    Obviously, mystery shoppers should appear to be a typical customer to the
    establishment. The mystery shoppers that consistently get new assignments,
    however, are those who are punctual and reliable. Mystery shopping companies
    want shoppers who also pay attention to detail and work well with others and
    have an appreciation of good service. You will be given specific questions to
    ask and perhaps specific products to shop for and/or purchase. You will be
    expected to promptly complete the questionnaire, neatly and concisely, and
    return it based on the instructions provided to you. Your job is not to be a
    problem shopper for the establishment but to gather specific and representative
    information.

    Most of the time, the compensation for the assignment is established in advance
    and paid after the questionnaire is returned. As a mystery shopper, you are not
    an employee of the company that provides you an assignment–but rather an
    independent contractor. As such, there is no employee benefits and no taxes will
    be withheld from your pay. You are responsible for reporting your own income.
    However, you may want to consult your tax advisor as some tax breaks may apply.

    EARNINGS
    Pay can range from $200 to $300 per job assignment, with an average of $250 per
    assignment. Additionally there is a stipend for purchases. The number of
    assignments per day vary but if you are assertive in seeking work-and work for
    several mystery shopping companies-you could garner up to 20 assignments per
    month. While most mystery shoppers consider this a part time or “hobby” job, if
    you approach the work as a full-time job, you can earn $4,000 to $5,000 per
    month.

    Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety
    of shops, stores, restaurant and services in your area.
    No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours as it suits
    you. If you are interested do send in these information:

    FULL NAME:……………………
    CONTACT ADDRESS..(PLS NO PO BOX ADDRESS)……………….
    CITY……………
    STATE………….
    ZIP CODE …………….
    TELEPHONE NUMBER:……………….
    MOBILE NUMBER:………………….
    OCCUPATION:……………………
    EMAIL:………………………

    So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put your
    service into, and your address would also be need for your payments.
    Great Pay** Fun Work** Flexible Schedules**No experience required.If you can
    shop-you are qualified!
    No start off fees is required
    Must be above 18years old
    Must be computer literate
    Must be very honest and committed
    pls note that this is a part time job

    GREG HANES
    Thanks
    Recruitment officer
    Mystery Shoppers World

    I Just received this one today 3x’s!!!!
    No one would ever pay that kind of money just to anyone on the internet. They are all scams. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!!!!!

  21. Danielle in Colorado Says:

    Thank you all for your comments. I now know this was to good to be true. My husband thought this was a scam, and is looking into it. As of today i will receive the fed x , but will not be accepting it. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  22. Jill J. Says:

    Danielle, I am so glad that you caught it in time! There is no such thing as a stranger offering you money to shop. I am a photo stylist and sometimes I am paid to shop as a prop or fashion stylist. You have to go to meetings, look at layouts and there is a whole procedure that has to be done. It’s hard work. Nothing comes easy….

  23. cathy Says:

    I also got the email from Mystery Shopper World… I received the money orders today. Than god my brother called me , & I was telling him about it…He is the one that told me NOT TO DO IT, it was a scam!!
    I went to the Police, & reported it on the internet….

  24. Kyndria Brown Says:

    It is a scam because later, they ask you to do a transaction at Western Union. That’s how they get their money.

  25. Guest Says:

    I have also received the mysteryshoppersworld email… it appeared to come from monster.com where I guess I still have an old profile up.

    Why does monster let these people post there??

  26. scamvictimsunited Says:

    They could be spoofing the email address to make it LOOK like it is coming from a Monster ad.

  27. fonsa Says:

    I got this email from Monster, too. Will check to see if it is a spoof address.

  28. Tracy McCoy Says:

    I received an offer from a company that basically gives you leads to other secret shopper company job postings. Is that legit? They charge $49 a month for the “service” but of course then when you apply to those “leads” you can’t get any of the jobs, those companies just then make you go through all their “process” to become qualified…..what this company gives you the impression of is that THEY qualify you, you take a test, just like all the other ones, and then you can look at the job postings board……they send your info TO the other companies, rather than it coming directly from you……they act as a middle man, but as it turns out, it seems in this biz, you don’t need a middle man, you can go directly to these companies? Have you heard of this? The website is http://www.shoppersystems.com

    I registered with them, however, there was a 7 day “trial” period so I cancelled. But, if it is some sort of scam that I don’t fully understand, I’m afraid now they have all my information , etc… Any info on this??
    Thanks

  29. james edwards Says:

    thanks for all the info. I got an email today like those above. glad i checked it out. Also be aware of the one that calls your home or work number saying you will have complaints filed against your social security #. They will try anything to get money from you. Don’t fall for these scams.

  30. JOE ZUAZUA Says:

    well, you reproduced the email from David Scott’s Mystery Shoppers World, but it a scam or not?

  31. scamvictimsunited Says:

    Yes, it is a scam. Mystery Shoppers are NOT paid with cashier’s checks or money orders

  32. Lloyd M Says:

    me and my wife who is a dibietic and has lubas who is not able to work and I work 12-14 hours a day 6 days a week got taken $5175.00 from this scam below shoppers beware

    Hello,

    We are a company that conduct surveys and evaluate other companies. We get hired
    to go to other peoples companies and act like customers in order to know how the
    staffs are handling their services in relation to their customers.

    We all shop, and many of us enjoy shopping. But very rarely does opportunity
    present itself to do what we enjoy doing and getting paid for doing it. Imagine
    earning extra income just for going shopping and filling out a questionnaire!

    Mystery shopping is basically a form of market research. You are asked to gather
    information, from a customer’s perspective. Often times, this is done without
    the knowledge of the personnel where the shop is taking place. As a mystery
    shopper, you may therefore be asked to do some acting. This is not to deceive
    anyone but rather to assure that the information being gathered is
    representative.

    The first thing to remember is that we are on the side of the client. You are
    not hired to catch anyone “in the act” or trap the employee. Rather, it is your
    job to answer specific questions in an unbiased and constructive way.

    Confidentiality is also very important. In most cases, the establishment is not
    to know that a mystery shop is taking place. Additionally, the questionnaires
    may be protected by copyrights. Often, the employee evaluated will be informed
    of the results of your evaluation later and may even be allowed to read your
    comments. But this is for management to determine.

    The information most often requested by management concerns employee to customer
    relations, employee performance, product quality or presentation of the
    establishment including cleanliness and convenience. This information helps
    management to identify areas of strength and weakness so they can take steps to
    correct the problem or potential problems before business is lost. The
    information can also allow management to monitor the success of a program
    designed to improve certain areas of concern. This can be a very advantageous
    tool to management in the extremely competitive business environment of today.
    Some companies will even inform employees that mystery shoppers will be visiting
    them but the employees will not know who or when the shop will take place. It
    may be considered a kind of report card and, as you can imagine, this can be a
    very effective motivational tool.

    As a mystery shopper, you may receive assignments in a variety of establishments
    in your area. Most of them will be customer oriented retail establishments,
    which include chain stores, specialty stores and restaurants. Normally, it is
    the larger companies with many outlets and a central management office that use
    mystery shoppers. Statistics show that by far, the most important factor in
    competitiveness is customer service. Therefore, most of the information you will
    be asked to gather will concern customer service.

    Obviously, mystery shoppers should appear to be a typical customer to the
    establishment. The mystery shoppers that consistently get new assignments,
    however, are those who are punctual and reliable. Mystery shopping companies
    want shoppers who also pay attention to detail and work well with others and
    have an appreciation of good service. You will be given specific questions to
    ask and perhaps specific products to shop for and/or purchase. You will be
    expected to promptly complete the questionnaire, neatly and concisely, and
    return it based on the instructions provided to you. Your job is not to be a
    problem shopper for the establishment but to gather specific and representative
    information.

    Most of the time, the compensation for the assignment is established in advance
    and paid after the questionnaire is returned. As a mystery shopper, you are not
    an employee of the company that provides you an assignment–but rather an
    independent contractor. As such, there is no employee benefits and no taxes will
    be withheld from your pay. You are responsible for reporting your own income.
    However, you may want to consult your tax advisor as some tax breaks may apply.

    EARNINGS
    Pay can range from $200 to $300 per job assignment, with an average of $250 per
    assignment. Additionally there is a stipend for purchases. The number of
    assignments per day vary but if you are assertive in seeking work-and work for
    several mystery shopping companies-you could garner up to 20 assignments per
    month. While most mystery shoppers consider this a part time or “hobby” job, if
    you approach the work as a full-time job, you can earn $4,000 to $5,000 per
    month.

    Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety
    of shops, stores, restaurant and services in your area.
    No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours as it suits
    you. If you are interested do send in these information:

    FULL NAME:……………………
    CONTACT ADDRESS..(PLS NO PO BOX ADDRESS)……………….
    CITY……………
    STATE………….
    ZIP CODE …………….
    TELEPHONE NUMBER:……………….
    MOBILE NUMBER:………………….
    OCCUPATION:……………………
    EMAIL:………………………

    So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put your
    service into, and your address would also be need for your payments.
    Great Pay** Fun Work** Flexible Schedules**No experience required.If you can
    shop-you are qualified!
    No start off fees is required
    Must be above 18years old
    Must be computer literate
    Must be very honest and committed
    pls note that this is a part time job

    David Scott
    Thanks
    Recruitment officer
    Mystery Shoppers World

  33. Healther Says:

    i was a victim of Mystery shopper scam,they send me a check of $5000 twice and they told me to complete the first transaction,which i will keep $500 and the second as well which i did send them $9500,and my bank called me to refund the money back i was shocked and did not know what to do i was begging this people back and they did not respond to any of my emails,until i saw a post about spell that someone leave this man email address Kingofspell1@hotmail.com,the person name is Nancy that he his a spell caster that he help her to get her husband back and her sick mother in the hospital,i contact the man and explain to this man how i was scammed,and this man said it will cost me some expenses,that i will realize my full money back and if i want the scam artiest to go to jail that it possible as well that i will need to spend some money which i did,after a week after paying the scam artiest email me begging me that he want to return the money that some spirit are following him about in dreams and reality given him dead line that if he does not return the money within a week that they will take his life away,and i quickly send them my account information and they wire the money to me i was so happy,and a week latter the scam artiest was in court,and i am sure he his going to rotting in jail,i am so happy and give all the glory to kindofspell1@hotmail.com,i do not believe there are spiritual power’s before until i meet this man i believe there is nothing he can not do,thank you so much kindofspell1@hotmail.com

  34. Lisa Says:

    NEW SCAM: SECRET SHOPPER

    Hello my name is David McCain, i was searching through chammer of commerce / internet and see your email address, i am here to offer you part time job , your job is a mystery would begin as soon as we approved you as one of our secret shopper and in this would result to us providing you with more information.

    PAYMENT TERMS:

    Your payment would be sent weekly , Also the company is in charge of providing you with all expense money for the shopping and other expenses involved in the assignment . All you need would be provided to you with details every week you have an assignment.

    JOB DESCRIPTION :

    1} When an assignment is given to you , You would be provided details to execute the assignment.
    2} You would be asked to visit a company or store mostly our competitors as a secret shopper and shop with them to know more about their sales and stock , cost sales and more details as provided by the company then report back to the company with report . But anything you buy at the shop belongs to you . All we want is an effective/quick job and reports.

    ASSIGNMENT PACKET :

    Before any assignment we would provide you with the resources needed {cash}, Cashier Check or Money Order, Mostly our company send check which you can cash and use for the assignment. Included to the check would be your assignment packet . Then we would be providing you details on here. But you follow every single information given to you as a secret shopper .
    You can earn more which involves nothing more than shopping at a number of selected retailers and assessing their customer service and reporting back . So i want you to get back to me with confirmation of your interest and commitment in working with us ,Mostly we need you phone number for contact.

    Kindly provide the below information for assessment and registration of the company :

    Full contact name :
    Contact Address :
    City, State and Zip code :
    Age :
    Marital Status :
    Nationality :
    Contact phone :
    Current Occupation :
    E-mail :

    NOTE : please reply back to : dh3828@gmail.com

    We will be looking forward to hear from you soonest.

    David McCain
    Investigating Regional Manager.
    Staffing and Recruiting Dept,
    MYSTERY SHOPPER SECRET SERVICE.

    CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

    Copyright © Mystery Shoppers, Inc.
    All rights reserved.

  35. Nikki King Says:

    I got a email 5 days ago. I knew it was too good to be true. They sent me a check for 3800. I have it now!! What should I do?? Go to the police?

  36. sue Says:

    fell hook line and sinker got taken for 5480. and now im being treated like the crook. mystery shoppers . we are dealing with is i just hope it doesnt take too long.
    Hello Sue,
    This is to inform you that your first mystery shopper survey assignment as been assigned, a Certified Bank Cashiers Check payment for an amount of $5480 as been mailed to your address. Upon receipt of the payment, you should have it cash at your bank, deduct your pay and use the balance funds to complete your survey assignment. The payment was mailed to you via UPS Courier and will deliver to your address today.

    UPS Tracking # : A333 607 0897 you can track at http://www.ups.com/us

    Your pay for the first survey assignment will be $450 plus extra $30 for expenses incurred e.g (transport). Our main target is the Western Union Transfer Service, because in recent times our clients have had complains from their customers regarding sending money from specific Western union locations and the money not reaching the receiver especially when sending money to their families and love ones within the United States.

    Below this email message is a copy of the evaluation survey form which you will complete after taking care of the Western union money transfer.

    Below are the simple instructions to follow after deducting your pay which is $480 from the $5480 which leaves a balance of $5000. You are to split the balance funds into two equal share that is $2500 each and send each portion from the western union locations below

    The Western Union stores Locations are at:

    First Survey Location
    CHECK INTO CASH #16018
    2661 Derek Dr
    Lake Charles, Louisiana 70607

    Second Survey Location
    KROGER #232
    139 W Mc Neese At Ryan
    Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605

    Once you get there just follow the simple instructions below.

    Step 1: Go to the customer service desk of the Western union agent listed above and ask for a Money Transfer form.

    Step 2: Ask the agent to deduct the transfer charges from the funds you sending i.e $2500 at each location and state in your report the actual amount sent and actual cost of the transfer charges. You are to send the money transfer to the agent details below.

    Send $2500 from the First Location to the Agent details below:

    Name: Stanley Amacker
    Address: 224 8th Ave
    City: New York
    State: New York
    Zipcode: 10001

    Send $2500 from the Second Location to the Agent details below:

    Name: Phyllis Marinari
    Address: 224 8th Ave
    City: New York
    State: New York
    Zipcode: 10001

    Once you complete the survey today, you will email me the transfer details including the Money transfer control number (MTCN) # and also remember to fill out the copy of the survey and evaluation survey form below this email which you will complete after taking care of the money transfer and email that to me as well.

    I will want you to acknowledge this email upon receipt that you understand how to carry out the survey and If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me back immediately.

    Thank you for your communication and attention and hope to see you carry out an efficient and effective survey.

    Best Regards,
    Richard smith
    Secret Shopper®

    WESTERN UNION

    MYSTERY SHOPPER SURVEY AND EVALUATION FORM.

    Name Of store outlet:

    Your Name

    Your Mailing address

    Establishment City, State Zip

    1. Before entering, Is the open sign noticeable?

    Up close
    From the end of the block

    From across the street

    Not noticeable/non-existent

    2. Is the outside of the store outlet attractive and inviting?.

    Yes
    No

    3. Were you acknowledged upon entering the store outlet?

    Yes
    No

    4. Did the atmosphere of the store outlet feel welcoming?

    Yes
    No

    5. Were you asked if you needed help?

    Yes
    No

    6. Were the attendant friendly?

    Yes

    Somewhat
    No not at all.

    7. If a purchase was made, please describe the customer service of the employee.

    8. Were you given a receipt, and was it correct?

    Yes and it was correct
    Yes and it wasn’t correct

    No receipt was given

    9. How long did it take to complete your transaction?

    Quickly
    Average

    Slow

    Very Slow

    10. Were the employees friendly? Knowledgeable? Courteous?

    Yes

    Somewhat
    No not at all.

    12. Would you recommend this place of store outlet to your friends? Why?

    Yes
    No

    13. As a consumer, would you go back to this place of store outlet to make a purchase, utilize a service or to eat?

    Yes
    No

    14. Please list any comments or concerns about the store outlet.

    15. Western Union transfer control number:

  37. Angie Says:

    I found out that this was a scam as well. I took the money orders to a cash checking place where they sell the money orders because I don’t deposit anyone checks in my account and the store told me that they were fake and I took them to the detective at the police station with the email and let them investigate. So I delete any and all emails now.

  38. Carrie Says:

    wish i had seen these about a month ago i fell for one claiming to be from Ashley’s and to take payment from the “customer” . I did think it was to good to be true, but took the chance anyway. I took the cashiers check to my credit union where with the first one the cashier didn’t follow policy and cashed out right, and did find out till the second one that they were fake now in the hole with the credit union for $3200, and as for mystry shopping i did finlly find one that is ligit http://www.SinclairCustomerMetrics.com it free and the way they pay is that for everyjob u complete in jan. u will be paid by the last wk of feb. so that they can pay all the completed jobs at once and have time to process that the job was completed. just with my scanner was working so that i could scan my check and show it.
    as for any one else that falls for it and you still have the fake checks, and i had it all to do again i would to exactly what Angie did, and make sure not to handle them to much the police might be able get finger prints off them and check them against there data base and maybe catch these guys before they do any more damage.

  39. Mallory Says:

    I have recently received a letter something like this and i was wondering has anyone actually cashed the check.
    Sincerely,
    Mallory

  40. Mary Says:

    Sure wish I had done research about this a few weeks ago. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. That’s what I call myself for falling for this scam. I am out almost 2k now..and have cried enough tears to fill an ocean. Please, whatever you, do DON’T fall for this scam…if it looks like a rat, and smells like a rat….ITS A RAT..use common sense…


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