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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Beware of Mystery Shopper Job Offer - News - WTVQ 36 - Lexington, Kentucky

Beware of Mystery Shopper Job Offer - News - WTVQ 36 - Lexington, Kentucky: "If you get an unsolicited e-mail or see a newspaper ad claiming that you can earn a living as a secret or mystery shopper, be careful. The job is real, but the offer to make a lot of money doing it may be bogus. Some retailers hire marketing research companies to evaluate the quality of service in their stores; these companies use secret or mystery shoppers to get the information anonymously. They assign a mystery shopper to make a particular purchase in a store or restaurant, for example, and then report on the experience. Typically, the shopper is reimbursed and can keep the product or service. While it appears in all the ads that companies are hiring mystery shoppers, in many cases they're pitching unnecessary and possibly bogus mystery shopping 'services.' There are even some offers where the mystery shopper receives a check, is told to deposit it in their bank account and then wire money overseas. The check turns out to be counterfeit, so the mystery shopper is stuck paying back their bank, the victim of a scam. Here's what you need to watch out for in these job offers. Beware of companies that want to sell you your 'certification' to become a mystery shopper. Companies that use mystery shoppers generally don't require cer"

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