Friday, March 14, 2008

Watch Out For This New Mystery Shopping Scam

Hi All,

They're at it again--those son of a guns who take a perfectly good field like Mystery Shopping and give it a bad name. The latest mystery shopping scam that several Southeast shoppers have written in to me about involves a variation of a famous internet scam.

Classified ads are placed in local newspapers along with legitimate job ads in many different fields looking for mystery shoppers. The "assignments" involve being sent a check that you use from these scam artists to make a purchase at a major chain like Wal-Mart or to "evaluate" a bank, and then you are asked to send part of it back to the scammers and you get to keep what's left. Except it's a bad check! You will get nothing, the villains get money and make you the unwitting victim and accomplice in a money laundering crime!

As I've said time and time again, I have only one time seen a legit mystery shopper ad in a local paper. It's just not the way real mystery shopping assignments are obtained! Plus, any legit mystery shopping job where you make a purchase, always requires you to front the money (a nominal amount), and you get reimbursed once you submit your report. No one sends you an upfront check!

If you want to know how to get mystery shopping jobs for real, check out the resources and articles on my web site at:, and remember if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Have a great day and happy shopping! Taking the mystery out of professional mystery shopping--Melanie Jordan

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