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http://www.snopes.com/fraud/employment/shopper.asp

We personally are seeing that most of them are from Craigslist ads

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 Post subject: Re: Beware of Secret Shopper job offers
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Hi, I work in the Consumer Response department at Quaker Oats, and we've been getting reports from consumers about a scam in which they receive checks that are supposedly from Quaker, encouraging them to participate in a secret shopper program. Quaker Oats did not initiate or endorse this activity. If you want more information, you can go to our web site:

http://www.quakeroatmeal.com/qo_contactUs/index.cfm

Please give us a call or send an e-mail if you have additional questions. And please spread the word so that others are not victimized by this scam. Thanks!

Beth at Quaker Oats


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Thanks for posting the info Beth.


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Nice to see Quaker Oats is a responsible citizen trying to prevent fraud.

I may have to buy an extra product or two from them.


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 Post subject: Re: Beware of Secret Shopper job offers
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As a mysteryshopper let me chant our mantra:
If you are not familar with the company and YOU did not contact THEM avoid any type of mysteryshop. It is probably not on the level.


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 Post subject: Re: Beware of Secret Shopper job offers
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I have been receiving all kinds of 'job' offers regarding secret shopper stuff that is all BOGUS and I also get checks in the mail saying my email address won or sweepstakes winner from another country...and a lot of these people actually go through the expense of having stuff sent by FedEX!!! Blows my mind!!!. The other 'scam' that has been happening is they want you to pose as the beneficiary of monies they can't locate any relatives for because they've all died in crashes and they want YOU to pose as the benefactor!!! So absolutely insane what these people go through to try and 'trap' unsuspecting people. Unfortunately some of us have been victimized and have paid some very heavy consequences...


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 Post subject: Re: Beware of Secret Shopper job offers
PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:44 am 
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admin wrote:
http://www.snopes.com/fraud/employment/shopper.asp

We personally are seeing that most of them are from Craigslist ads



Scam from my job posting on Careerbuilder from....."Mystery Survey Evaluation Inc " ...no such company exists!! Beware!!! Not listed with BBB.Com is an organization whom you should use to screen any company by the way. AND here is actual contents of the email info I got from my job posting today Feb. 18th, 2009 you might have recieved the same one. Dont fall prey and be a victim, check everything out from anyone.

Emailed from scammer...From: "Support@mysteryshopper.org" <marc-isabelle.ogiez@orange.fr>
Support@mysteryshopper.org SCAM EMAIL don't contact


Attachments Job Opening: Mystery Shopper Needed!

First of all it was spammed to many people and not addressed to me.

Who is going to mail you a contract without even speaking to you . This sounds like a total scam. Here is the email I recived today from having my resume posted on the job boards. ...And it is copied verbatum:

Thanks for the interest.


About Us .

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

Once we have a contract to do so, you would be directed to the company or outlet and you would be given the funds you need to do the job (either purchase products or required services), after which you would write a comment on the staffs activities and give a detailed record of your experience

Examples of details you would forward to us are:
1. How long it took you to get the services requested.
2. Smartness of the attendant
3. Customer service professionalism
4. Sometimes you might be required to upset the attendant, to see how they
react to clients why they get tensed .

We turn these information over to the company executives and they would carry out their own duties in improving their services.
Most companies employ our assistance when people give complains about their services or when they feel there are needs for them to improve their customer service. your Identity would be kept confidential as the job states (secret/mystery shopper) you would be paid $200 for every duty you carry out, and bonus on your transportation allowance, and funds would be given to you if you have to dine as part of the duty, 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 think you have what it takes to join a fast-pace, professional environment, then please apply immediately as soon as possible via e-mail as this position will be filled quickly but before you fill the list below make sure you read the INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT attached to this mail.

FULL NAME:
CONTACT ADDRESS (no P.O.Box please):
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
CELL PHONE:
HOME PHONE:
GENDER:
PRESENT JOB STATUS/POSITION:
EMAIL:

As soon as you respond, 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.

Thanks For Your Total Understanding and Moral Cooperation and we hope to read from you soon .

Warmest Regards,
James Karlsson.
-Hiring Manager

MYSTERY SHOPPER INC





Here is the Attachment: ICA_Agreement.rtf (16KB)


This contract made between Mystery Survey Evaluation Inc organized and existing under the laws of the State of New Jersey with its principal place of business in East Orange, New Jersey, herein referred to as “Corporation” and you, Independent Contractor hereinafter referred to as “Independent”.


1. Corporation is in the business of providing customer service evaluations and undisclosed examinations of client’s businesses and the operation and in the conduct of said business desires to have the following services to be performed by the Independent.

2. Independent agrees to perform these services for Corporation under the terms set forth this contract.

In consideration of the mutual promises set forth herein, Corporation and Independent agree as follows:



1. NATURE OF WORK: Independent will secretively shop client’s establishment and accurately and honestly document his/her factual experiences as such, customer/shopper for given Corporation’s client and report his/her experiences to Corporation in a timely fashion (by dead line date established at time of schedule acceptance). Under no circumstances will Independent reveal that he/she is a Secret Shopper, Mystery Shopper, Customer Service Evaluator or anything of the like for Corporation.

2. LOCATIONS OF ASSIGNMENTS: It is understood that Independent’s services will be rendered at various locations throughout the state (or wherever Independent states their availability).

3. HOURS: In the performance of the aforementioned services, the hours Independent is to work on any given day will be solely up to the Independent, and Corporation will rely upon Independent to fulfill their responsibility upon accepting an assignment.

4. PAY STRUCTURE: Corporation will pay Independent per assignment, following the submission of all necessary documents as set out in assignment guidelines. The rate of pay varies based on the complexity, time and location of a job assigned. All of this information would be disclosed upon scheduling the assignment. Independent must approve the pay rate before accepting the assignment.

5. STATUS OF SHOPPER: This contract calls for understanding and recognition of Independent as an Independent Contractor. Independent will not be considered an employee of the Corporation for any reason. Corporation will not be responsible for automobile accident, on-site assignment accidents, and workman’s compensation of any sort and/or insurance coverage. Corporation will provide an IRS-1099 Miscellaneous Form representing Independent’s earnings over $600.00 in any calendar year and Independent will be responsible for reporting and paying his/her applicable taxes.



6. NON-REPRESENTATION/DISCLOSURE: Independent will not disclose the confidentiality of Corporation information or any part thereof, to any person, firm, corporation, association, or other entity for any reason or purpose whatsoever, without the consent of the Corporation. Independent will not disclose, during the course of the job assigned, that he/she is a contract employee, Mystery/Secret Shopper or anything pertaining to description of his/her purpose for Corporation.

7. CONFLICT OF INTEREST: If at any time Independent becomes employed or has a relative or friend that is employed by a client that the Corporation has assigned the Independent to, the Independent agrees to decline the assignment and/or notify the Corporation of such employment. If Independent works for another Secret Shopper’s company or one offering similar services, he/she will not disclose any information about the Corporation to the opposing company.

8. INSURANCE: Each Independent is responsible for carrying his/her own automobile insurance and annually will provide proof of insurance to Corporation.

9. LIABILITY: Corporation disclaims any liability for any injury that is either in an automobile, at an assignment or in the office which injury may occur to Independent.

10. RETURN OF CORPORATION’S PROPERTY: On termination of this agreement, regardless of how termination is effected, or whenever requested by Corporation, Independent shall immediately return to Corporation all of Corporation’s property, including, but not with limitation to all materials related to Global Shopper, LLC. and used by Independent in rendering services hereunder or otherwise, that is in Independent’s possession or under his/her control.





Because you AGREE to the document during your application process, it is not necessary to mail it back to our offices until requested. "


A total Scam Scam Scam Scam

Just the other day, even a rep from AFLAC calling me and the rep saying it's a job, call me about the "JOB" ....it's not a job. I asked if I get paid like an employee they said no. So I said It's a business you work from commission only, thus making you a business owner...not a job. They said yes, so when I asked why would you advertise it as a job and questioning them they hung up!!!!

Don't be a victim, ask questions. Don't give personal information to anyone...good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Beware of Secret Shopper job offers
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:24 pm 
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Hi,

I'm glad I found this site to confirm my suspicions.

I recently responded to a post on Craigslist about a mystery shopper job--I was only half serious but I thought you never know; it might be interesting. I received an email from them today but when I got to the section asking for all my information, I just shook my head. No way would I send my cell phone number much less my HOME address to a total stranger!

Here it is below, pretty much the same as the one in the post I'm responding to but a different name. Maybe by posting this it will help other people to find this name on a search (maybe the more the merrier).

Thanks again. By the way, in this email and a few others I saw on this site, the English is just slightly off. Maybe someone mentioned this (I didn't read everything), but it's clearly not a native English speaker writing it. Don't know if that makes a difference to anyone but thought I'd mention it (I used to teach English and I'm a writer so I pick up on that stuff quickly).

Anne

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S & S Projecting Financial Firm
June 12th, 2009
Position: Mystery Shopper Evaluator:

Here's your chance to get paid for shopping and dinning out. Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide Variety of shops, Stores, restaurant and services in your area. You'll be paid to shop and dine out-plus, you can also get free meals, free merchandise, free services, free Entertainment, Free travel and more. Great Pay. Fun Work. Flexible Schedules. No experience required. If you can shop-you are qualified!

If you are chosen, you will then be notified regarding the assignment, within 24 hours.

* If Interested, we request you, Please fill out our shopper profile below for immediate consideration:

*First Name:
*Last Name:
*Contact Address (P.O.Box Not Required):
*City:
*State:
*Zip Code:
*Country:
*Home Phone:
*Cell Phone:
*Age:
*Email Address:
*Occupation:

P:S: After you have emailed your information to us ,You should endeavor to check your email 2-3 times in a day to read updates from us.

Thank you and we look forward to working with you!

Regards,
Christopher Rivers
Hiring Manager Persley Survey/Evaluator Consultant


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 Post subject: Re: Beware of Secret Shopper job offers
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I got a letter in the mail a few days ago, Little more elaborate then some of the one's posted in here.

Quantum Business Consulting, INC.
P.O. Box 1500
Brooklyn, Newyork, 11210

Ref: us-can2009ms-css-2418

Dear Me

This is to inform you that based on the previous survey by our Affiliate Consumer Survey Specialists
You would like additional income on a part time bases. You've been selected to Participate in a paid Mystery Shopper program is one of the research personnel selected under this program. . Working as a Consumer Service Evaluator.....

This is a training assignment, Hands on self training designed to give you the knowledge necessary for you to effectively carry out your assignments as an experienced research personnel under this program.
Please contact your Account manager Frank Baker at 1-289-892-3521 for further instructions.

Details.

Evaluating Banks and Western Union Agencies by depositing the check and rating their competencies and customer relations by doing a fund transfer to our operation manager.

Second Shopping with 300.00 dollars at ONE of the retail stores listed below.
Wal-mart, Sears, Costco, Best buy, or Home depot.

Once your assignment has been completed you have to SCAN and E-MAIL the retail store receipts as well as any other transaction receipts for verifications purposes. Please email us at Quantumgroup@consultant.com

Funds
Salary - 850
Fund for transfer - 2,995
service fees - 140
Shopping fund - 300
Total funds - 4,285.00

Sincerely,

Rachel Nyberg
Director of Operations

At the bottom of the letter it says registered with a whole list of companies from Walmart and Mcdonalds to Blockbuster and Microsoft. There's about 18 - 20 companies on the list all with logo's.



Everything I have in bold was in bold on the letter.

I gave the check to the bank to see if anything was up with it, the check is still on hold with the bank for the next 5 days. I'll post if anything else happens with it. It was returned, can you please add this information to your current list.
Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Beware of Secret Shopper job offers
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Below are several emails I began receiving after requesting more information from a craigslist ad. Thankfully, I did some research before making any decisions and I am so glad I did! I searched some of the info on the emails and mail I received and found this site. They even sent me a counterfeit United States Postal Service Money Order...which I did absolutely nothing with...thank God! Hope this information helps all who read it and hopefully before they fall victim to the scam. :x




Email #1:

S & S Projecting Financial Firm
June 20th, 2009
Position: Mystery Shopper Evaluator:

Here's your chance to get paid for shopping and dinning out. Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops, stores, restaurants, and services in your area. You'll be paid to shop and dine out,plus, you can also get free meals, free merchandise, free services, free entertainment, free travel and more. Great Pay. Fun Work. Flexible Schedules. No experience required. If you can shop-you are qualified!

If you are chosen, you will then be notified regarding the assignment, within 24 hours.

* If Interested, we request you, Please fill out our shopper profile below for immediate consideration:

*First Name:
*Last Name:
*Contact Address (P.O.Box Not Required):
*City:
*State:
*Zip Code:
*Country:
*Home Phone:
*Cell Phone:
*Age:
*Email Address:
*Occupation:

P:S: After you have emailed your information to us, you should check your email 2-3 times in a day to read updates from us.

Thank you and we look forward to working with you!

Regards,
Christopher Rivers.
S Hiring Manager Persley Survey/Evaluator Consultant

Email #2:


Hello,
Message received and your information has been acknowledged. I shall keep you posted when you are going to start your survey for the evaluation team.


Regards,
Christopher Rivers.
S Hiring Manager Persley Survey/Evaluator Consultant


Email #3:

Hello,
Pardon my late response. I am out of town to attend a Mystery Shopper Conference. This is to officially inform you that our evaluation shopping assignment starts soon and the funds that will covered for this assignment have been mail to you already through courier service. Further more, expenditure break-down, guidelines, and the store to evaluate shall be sent to you after the confirmation note from you that you have the funds with you. If not yet received, I will paste you the package tracking in receipt of your response note.
Regards,
Christopher Rivers
S Hiring Manager Persley Survey/Evaluator Consultant


Email #4:

Hi once again,
How are you today? Hope everything is fine with you . This is to update you and to inform you that our shopping assignment starts today, a money order package has been sent out to your given information with us and it should deliver to your address today via a UPS courier service(http://www.ups.com). We are very busy company and you will enjoy working with us as we create impact in training the public.
HERE IS THE UPS TRACKING NUMBER: 1Z3066TY0190881279

Once you have recieved the fund, below is your First Assignment Instructions. Please follow it to avoid mistakes:
THE SECRET SHOPPING ASSIGNMENT INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS : The money order is from our finance company and was issued to cover the project bills for your wages and assignment. You should first take it to your bank and cash immediately, deduct your first wages which is $250, then the remaining balance should be used for the assignment below.
We are shopping in any Western Union location this time, we always instruct our secret shopper to shop according to the report made by different customers from various stores and Western Union has been the talk of the town from almost all of their customers that send money often. They were said to be slow and having bad customer relations. - Your first assignment is to proceed to any Western Union outlet near your location to find out about their Trading and Operation system. As a secret shopper , you should pretend as if you are a client and want to send money and memorize all you see at the outlet.

We want you to report back to us on the following informations today:
1)Full name and address of the Western Union location that you visited
2)Procedure of attendant (customer relation)
3)How many attendant are in the outlet
4)Security system {If any}
5)The duration it took for them in attending to one client and processing transfer

As a secret shopper your job is to observe, memorize, and evaluate everything going on in the outlet. Also, for the short period of minutes that it will take you to observe, memorize, and evaluate 1,2,3,4,5 above, you can't just walk in and out of the outlet without sending money or else you would be suspected. That is why we send you the funds to make a transfer during the process so that everything will go fine without any interference during your visit to the Western Union outlet. We authorize you to send the remaining balance after deducting your $250 to the below information provided for our upcoming exhibition.

Please make transfer to :
Name : Gloria Walton
Address:1375 West Elm Rd
City : Radcliff
State : KY
Zip: 40160

Be aware that Western Union is going to charge you a token to get this money sent, you should deduct the western union charges from the balance you have left with you and not from your own $250. Make sure you don't go with a note, only write down the name and address above along with you so that you will not make mistakes when sending the money, because if they see you writing anything down , they will definitely suspect you are a secret shopper. Just memorize all you see and report back to us. Your next assignment will commence immediately after you have reported back to us and your next payment will be included also.
Below are the details of what you should email back to us immediately when you are done with the assignment:
1)Full name and address of the Western Union location that you visited
2)Procedure of attendant
3)How many attendants are in the outlet
4)Security system {If any}
5)The duration it took for them in attending to one client and processing transfer
YOU SHOULD ALSO GET BACK TO US WITH THE FOLLOWING DETAILS ABOUT THE MONEY YOU HAVE SENT VIA THE WESTERN UNION OUTLET: 1) Senders Name and Address
2) 10 Digit Money Transfer Control Number {MTCN}
3) The amount transfered after deducting western union charges.

P:S: You should use your full name and address when sending the money. Please make sure you execute all the assignment today immediately after you recieve the package and get back to us with details requested above. Happy Shopping.
Regards,
Christopher Rivers
S Hiring Manager Persley Survey/Evaluator Consultant

Email#5:

Hello ,
I want to inform you that the payment is verified and legit. You can check with your bank today to see if the funds are available or cleared, so that I can have the evaluation report and transfer details to forward to the evaluation team today.
Regards,
Christopher Rivers
Regional Manager Persley Survey/Evaluator Consultant


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Here is our secret shopper scam page

http://scamvictimsunited.com/secret_shopper.htm

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