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How to Spot Mystery Shopping Scams

Have you ever heard of a professional shopper? Perhaps you would like to be one. Simply put, a secret shopper gets paid to work when they want, however often they want and where they want. For many, getting paid to shop for a living is nothing short of a dream come true. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), however, not all mystery shopping opportunities provide the dream job that they promise. The truth is that there are legitimate companies that hire secret shoppers to evaluate their business while posing as a customer, but it's important to realize how to spot the real deal versus a real ripoff.

In most instances, a mystery shopper will be assigned a specific task within a business and will then provide the company with a written evaluation of their experience. Generally, the secret shopper will be reimbursed for their purchase, which means the product is theirs to keep at no charge. In addition, secret shoppers are paid for their time. The actual rate of pay will depend on the job, the time spent and the company's policy.

Due to the popularity of the mystery shopping industry, scams are a growing problem. Because mystery shopping does not require any type of special certification, it is recommended that consumers remain cautious of any company that charges a fee in exchange for information relating to a certification program. A few of the most common places for these scams to appear include newspaper advertisements and in unsolicited e-mail. The FTC warns that, "The shopping certification offered in advertising or unsolicited e-mail is almost always worthless."

As is the case with any industry, it's nearly impossible to guarantee someone a job. The same is true with mystery shopping and consumers should be mindful of any business that promotes a guarantee of a job or a specific income amount. Every mystery shopping job is unique, along with its rate of pay, which is why it is especially beneficial for anyone interested in becoming a secret shopper to be familiar with realistic and legitimate advertising practices.

There is an old saying that says, "If something sounds to good to be true, it probably is." Today, that saying rings true in almost every aspect of life, including business. If a mystery shopping opportunity sounds to good and promises to much, it would be wise to research the company before becoming a member. You can conduct your own, independent investigation by checking with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for any potential complaints lodged against the company and/or to determine whether or not their record is satisfactory.

With the internet being a wealth of information relating to almost any topic, mystery shopping opportunities are easy to find. Legitimate companies looking to hire a secret shopper can easily be found with a few clicks of the mouse and, best of all, most accept applications via the internet. One of the best ways to learn about valuable mystery shopping opportunities is, much like the industry itself, through a third-party independent evaluation. If you have the opportunity to read one or more reviews about a particular mystery shopping company, this may provide you with the information needed to begin your career in professional and profitable shopping.

Mystery man pays off all layaway items at a Walmart

A mystery shopper paid of customers' layaway items at a Walmart in Derby, Vermont, CBS Burlington affiliate WCAX reports. The act of generosity happened just days before Thanksgiving, when the store's ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:25:00 GMT



'That's the Christmas spirit walking among us': Mystery man makes dreams come true for shoppers

A mystery man is providing cheer to Walmart shoppers in Vermont. The man paid off the entire lot of layaway items at a store in Derby, near the Canadian border. Brownington resident Sandra Cortez told ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Nov 2018 04:25:00 GMT



Mystery man picks up tab at Walmart

DERBY, Vt. (WCAX) - Items on layaway at a Walmart in Derby were paid off in full by one mystery shopper. A Christmas miracle in the Northeast Kingdom. "I don't even think of I can find the words to sa...

Published:  Mon, 19 Nov 2018 11:06:00 GMT



Mystery man brings holiday cheer to Walmart shoppers

A mystery man paid off the entire lot of layaway items for customers at a Walmart store in Derby, Vermont. A mystery man paid off the entire lot of layaway items for customers at a Walmart store in De...

Published:  Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:17:00 GMT



Mystery man brings holiday cheer to Walmart shoppers, pays off entire lot of layaway

DERBY, Vt. (AP) - A mystery man is providing cheer to Walmart shoppers in Vermont. The man paid off the entire lot of layaway items at the store in Derby, near the Canadian border. Brownington residen...

Published:  Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:24:00 GMT



'Gold mine' of mystery Amazon returns awaits bargain-hunting bidders at Garland warehouse

There's a "Christmas effect" that comes with shopping at the warehouse ... so what gets returned to those businesses can end up bundled in "mystery" boxes and pallets, where items are grouped and sold ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:52:00 GMT



Scammers lie in wait to spoil holiday shopping

Mystery shoppers: You may have heard about mystery shopping opportunities, where a store pays you a fee to pose as a regular shopper in exchange for evaluating the store's customer service. While some ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 06:59:00 GMT



Secret Santa Pays For Walmart Shoppers's Layaway Lists

There's a mystery man with a heart of gold who has dashed into a Vermont Walmart and ponied up for several customers's layaway items before vanishing from sight. An almost speechless Julie Gates said ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Nov 2018 08:55:00 GMT



All layaways paid up thanks to mystery man at Walmart

DERBY, Vt. (AP) - A mystery man is providing cheer to Walmart shoppers in northern Vermont. The man paid off the entire lot of layaway items at the store in Derby, near the Canadian border. Browningto...

Published:  Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:23:00 GMT



Lists for shoppers without lists

Ryan's World Giant Mystery Egg, with "so many toys to open ... it kept kids really occupied." Purdue University released a list of 140 games, toys and books designed to inspire children with an affini...

Published:  Sat, 17 Nov 2018 21:00:00 GMT



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