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Mystery (Secret) Shopper Scam & How It Works

There’s been an increase in employment scams pertaining to mystery/secret shopper positions, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The reason the secret shopper scam is so believable is because many retail and service corporations do hire evaluators to perform secret or random checks on their competitors. Scammers know this and capitalize on the opportunity.


Victims have reported to the IC3 they were contacted via e-mail and U.S. mail to apply to be a mystery shopper. Applicants send a resume and are told that they will be subject to an extensive background check before being accepted as a mystery shopper. The employees are sent a check with instructions to shop at a specified retailer for a specific length of time and spend a specific amount on merchandise from the store. The employees receive instructions to take note of the store’s environment, color, payment procedures, gift items, and shopping/carrier bags and report back to the employer. The second evaluation is the ease and accuracy of wiring money from the retail location. The money to be wired is also included in the check sent to the employee. The remaining balance is the employee’s payment for the completion of the assignment. After merchandise is purchased and money is wired, the employees are advised by the bank the check cashed was counterfeit, and they are responsible for the money lost in addition to bank fees incurred.

In other versions of the scheme, applicants are requested to provide bank account information to have money directly deposited into their accounts. The criminal then has acquired access to these victims’ accounts and can withdraw money, which makes the applicant a victim of identity theft.


The article above published by Scam Prevention – The Ladders — For a list of other types of scams by SPTL, Click here.


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They say you won’t pay but then will pull a sneak attack, asking you to cash (counterfeit) checks and send them back most of it. There is also many other little tricks scammers use.


EMAIL: My name is Nicholas Hyland, a representative of Perfect Choice Ltd co. This is an awareness to let the public know that we have a vacancy position of a mystery shopper in our company.

You will receive funding for the assignment.
You will receive the Instruction for your assignment via email on the location and details of the assignment.
You are to complete the assignment as fast and discreetly as possible.
You will be asked to visit a business location to conduct business be it a restaurant, shopping store etc.

There is no charge to become a shopper, there are many secret shopping companies out
there that ask you to pay “a small fee” to become a shopper. Don’t do it!
At Perfect Choice Ltd, you will never pay to shop! We pay you!
The assignment will pay $200 on every assignment,on a part time basis, you only
work 2-3 hours twice in a week.

Full Name:
Address (NOT P.O Box):
City, State, Zip:
Phone Number (Cell&Home):

Nicholas Hyland
Perfect Choice Ltd Co.


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“Geraldine Mead”


EMAIL: Hello, There is a part time secret Shopping job available for you with a $200 salary Per Assignment pay if interested contact


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Geraldine Mead – – – – –

Below information provided by Zee, an online-user who received emails by the same scammer as above.

Email #1 offering £3.8 million

our mail is well received coupled with your contact details on where your consignment box will be delivered,Instruction has been placed to deliver your consignment box worth of £3.8 million once you comply with our instruction by choosing one of the delivery option below, Be inform that once the delivery charges is being received from you our International diplomat will proceed to your destination address to hand over your consignment box to you.

Email #3

FedEx Courier service office, Cotonou, Republicdu Benin
TELL: +229 6644 7691
Motto: Honest & safty.

Your consignment box is now ready to be delivered to you and all you have to do now is to wait for the arrival of the diplomatic Agent and once he gets to your home address then he will help you to contact the money exchangers as to convert the money to dollars.

The delay we have here now is the delivery fee and once you remit it I promise not to fail you in this delivery. All you need to do is just send the fee so that the Agent wills takeoff to complete the delivery. Fail not to choose one option from those options given

Listen once he comes to you, take him to the bank you operate with so that he will present all the documents that proves the legality of the money to the bank for them to convert it and put the money in your account without any question.


Mr. Maxwell Shargan


Posted by on 12/15/2012 in Employment (Job) Scam


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WARNING: Secret Shopper a.k.a Mystery Shopper SCAM


Name/Email-Address: COREY HELENE <> <> <>

Subject: Secret shopper seek shoppers for well paying survey jobs (US ONLY)

Email: Ref: US/2012, Secret shopper seek shoppers for well paying survey jobs (US ONLY) You can earn money while shopping If interested in Secret Shopping contact:

John Smith
Secret Shopper (Recruiting Officer)
John Smith
Phone: 206-350-2835
Fax: 206-350-2835
Fax: 509-694-0129
Secret Shopper Inc

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”Secret Shoppers SCAM – ”Mr. John Peters”

Scammer’s Details:

Name: Mr John Peters Email Address: IP Address: – Recieved from: [] and []

Subject: ATTN: Read and act fast

From: Shoppers Results

EMAIL: (This is the second or third email from the scammer. I’m just baiting him. I didn’t really send information and made up a address. His other email’s are somewhere in my filtered (made-up) folder. I’ll add once I find them.)

This is MR. John Peters from the secret shoppers , would like you to please confirm the receipt of the package on 1st survey assignment .. The package got delivered by FEDEX to the name and address you provided us ..  Would also like to know when you will be able to get the survey completed via WESTERN UNION as the instruction in the package indicates ..                                           You can call or leave a Message on  310-742-6596 .TEXT MESSAGE: (213) 537-3204 PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU EMAIL DETAILS ON : Regards, JOHN PETERS Secret Shopper®

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