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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.

Don't fall for it! Find out how to spot mystery shopping scams

Who wouldn't like to earn a little extra money, just by shopping or dining out? Being a mystery shopper can be fun and easy to do. Unfortunately, there's a good chance it's a scam. There are some ...

Published:  Sat, 20 Jul 2019 02:18:00 GMT



Don't get duped by mystery shopping job offer scams

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Let's face it, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That's why the Federal Trade Commission is warning people about mystery shopper scams going around. In a perfect ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:41:00 GMT



Mystery Victorian Powerball winner claims $36.6 million windfall

The mystery man had one of three division-one winning entries ... Victorian division-one winning entry was sold at Mid-Town Lotto in Gisborne Central Shopping Centre. The store's owner John Kelly said ...

Published:  Sat, 20 Jul 2019 04:35:00 GMT



PowerReviews Reinvents Traditional Mystery Shopping with Journey IQ

CHICAGO, July 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PowerReviews announces that Journey IQ has successfully transformed the mystery shopping industry by enabling leading brands and retailers to recruit within their ...

Published:  Tue, 09 Jul 2019 05:24:00 GMT



A mystery plan on Pacheco Street

Apartments at this location, a major intersection that's near shopping, might be a great thing as Santa Fe tries to deal with its housing shortage. Developers or the City Hall leaders proposing the ...

Published:  Sat, 20 Jul 2019 23:03:00 GMT



Mystery serial pooper strikes in Japan

Tokyo authorities are searching for a mystery pooper who repeatedly has left feces in the same shopping district, a report said. The male perpetrator known as "Mr. Poop" has reportedly ...

Published:  Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:28:00 GMT



Shopping for a CPO car? Here's what you need to know

New cars experience depreciation - at least 10 percent in the first month - and used cars can be something of a mystery when it comes to knowing the vehicle's condition, but there's another option ...

Published:  Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:23:00 GMT



Tour stop by American Duchess helps Point Pleasant stay on map as riverboat port

"I really like to see people with full shopping bags going back to the boat," Bellamy ... In addition to offering history, mystery and hospitality to passengers, the riverboats bringing them here are ...

Published:  Sun, 21 Jul 2019 16:39:00 GMT



James Franco holds hands with a mystery woman in NYC... after being 'subpoenaed' by Johnny Depp

Before heading open to the iconic bagel shop, which opened its first location in 1914, James had apparently gotten a bit of shopping done. He was glimpsed carrying a bulging canvas shopping bag with ...

Published:  Thu, 11 Jul 2019 05:23:00 GMT



Unraveling the mystery of when OKC Thunder began shopping Russell Westbrook

As the dust settles from the trio of OKC Thunder trades, leaks are sprouting that Russell Westbrook trade discussions began even prior to trading Paul George. OKC Thunder General Manager, Sam ...

Published:  Sat, 20 Jul 2019 07:48:00 GMT



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