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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.

5 Ways a Mystery Shopper Program Can Improve the Guest Experience

Most restaurant operators are familiar with the concept of a mystery shopper; people who visit a restaurant and fill out a report based on their experience. It's a concept that's been around nearly as long as the restaurant business itself. But while ...

Published:  Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:43:00 GMT

Sydney Trains spends millions on mystery shoppers

The NSW Berejiklian government has signed a secretive two-year, multimillion-dollar contract for mystery shoppers to ride the Sydney Trains network, The New Daily can reveal. Accounting firm Ernst and Young was contracted at a figure understood to be $4 ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:12:00 GMT

Greythorn: A mystery "˜suburb' where the locals aren't even sure where they live

But no. Don't get excited. The real Greythorn is a little enclave in Balwyn North. Its name covers a park, a shopping centre, and a road. And a house here will cost you about $1.9 million. Ask a Greythornian if Greythorn is different to Balwyn North ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:28:00 GMT

FA - Mystery Shopper West Sussex - IJO - 22032018

Each week the mystery shopper seeks advice from independent advisers in the UK. The aim is to find out whether advisers are delivering the goods when it comes to the all-important initial telephone contact between client and adviser. It is only intended to ...

Published:  Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:22:00 GMT

Thieves steal millions of PC Optimum points, go on shopping sprees

"I was shocked," she said, after discovering the bogus transactions plus an indication that a mystery cellphone had been linked to ... Loblaws merged its two rewards programs - PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum - to form PC Optimum on Feb. 1.

Published:  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:00:00 GMT

So... where's the tape The mystery surrounding the secretly recorded audio of Peter and Karl Stefanovic discussing Georgie Gardner deepens - as rumours swirl 'it has been ...

Entertainment journalist Peter Ford alleged on Monday that an Uber driver is shopping around audio of an explosive chat ... with the siblings engaging in a bit of 'b*tching' and 'moaning'. However, mystery stills surrounds the infamous recording as ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:12:00 GMT

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