There are many different scams people use to make easy money, and it would be impossible to list them all here as they change often. But below are a few that have come to our attention. Click here for more information from the MSPA (Mystery Shopping Providers Association) on scams and what to do if you are a victim. You can contact MSPA at 502-574-9033 or www.mysteryshop.org for more information and a list of companies that are members. Additional resources can be found at the bottom of this page as well.
1) Beware of Letters or E-mails Offering Quick Returns for Cashing a Check! Our company rarely, if ever, conducts mystery shops involving check cashing or money transfers or sending part back through a Western Union shop. We NEVER ask shoppers to send us money. If someone posing as a representative of our company ever contacts you with a cashier’s check, call us at 1-800-259-8551 before you try to cash the check… it may be a scam! Many people have been taken advantage of with this tactic.
2) Beware of e-mails from someone showing a website of www.theshoppersinc.com, www.mysteryshoppersinc.com, or some other website with “shoppersinc” in it. This e-mail is NOT from us at Shoppers, Inc., but some kind of scam to get your personal information. They have set up a fake website to look like ours; they are NOT legitimate and NOT affiliated with the Mystery Shopping Providers Association. They are displaying the MSPA logo illegally.
3) Beware of text messages that claim to be from a mystery shopper website saying payment was sent to you for your first assignment and that you should check your e-mail for instructions. We never send advance payment; payment is sent after you complete your assignment.
If anyone contacts you by e-mail, claiming to be representing our company, check out their email address. If it’s a gmail.com address, a hotmail.com address, or any other address that does not look like a legitimate business address, contact US before falling for a scam! Look at our URL address: www.ShopperJobs.com or www.ShopperComments.com or www.shprsinc.com or www.InsightYouCanUse.com; legitimate email from us will come from this address and, more importantly, if you hit “reply,” it will go BACK to this address. Be careful. Don’t get scammed!