Mystery Shopping Scams
A check-cashing scam has been
targeting the mystery shopping
industry for well over two years now. The scam takes advantage of the allure
of mystery shopping and wrongly uses legitimate company names to take
money from consumer hands.
ShopMetrics company name has been falsely used in these
scams initiated through various sources, including Direct Mail, Craigslist posts, as well as email. As a reputable company concerned about our good name and, more
importantly, the consumers being scammed, ShopMetrics wants to be sure our customers and other stakeholders are aware of this illegal practice.
Mystery shopping is a legitimate
industry servicing many of the country’s leading brands. Here are a few tips to be sure
a mystery shopping opportunity is not a scam:
- Work with
companies that are members of the Mystery Shopping Providers
Association. It’s a trade association that requires its
members to follow a strict code of ethics prohibiting them from
charging shoppers a fee or misleading them on job opportunities. A list
of MSPA member companies is available at www.mysteryshop.org/shoppers.
- Before responding
to a mystery shopping job opportunity, verify the contact information
you received in the mail is the same as the contact information listed
on the company’s Web site and the MSPA Web site.
- Never pay to
become a mystery shopper and be cautious of any offer that promises
large sums of money for simple tasks.
following news release explains how the cashier’s check scam
works as well as additional tips for becoming a mystery shopper for
Press Release 02/12/08
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