Secret Shopper Scam

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  • Fake Mystery Shopper Scam


    Received an email at my school email address for a mystery shopper opportunity; thought it to be legitimate due to my never using my school email for signups on anything (I have a faux email for that). Received a check for $2,500 to use to analyze the local post office. Did some searching, and no results came up for the company, or the person whose name was on the check. Impressively, the routing number and address match the credit union on the check. However, everything else seemed majorly sketch.

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    • My demands: A real mystery shopper job
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $0.00
    • Agents: David Bodin
    • Phone: 530-270-9439
    Jun 27, 2018
    Complaint #: 2836
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    Pebble Survey Inc.
  • Get paid to shop secretivly. Scam bad checks shoo


    For this job they said there currently employing individuals who are willing to earn extra income with doing one of their daily routines. We help retail stores, movie theaters, restaurants, banks and gas stations. how they attend and treat their customers. You will be given cash to act as a customer and secretly evaluate all aspects of the store. In acting as a customer, you were given the assignment to evaluate in any Walmart or CVS pharmacy store close to you to observe the services In the process of the assignment, you are required to make note of very specific elements of your entire experience, be it about products or services. After your assignment, you will give short report or feedback on how you were treated, time spent, neatness of employee, Name of employee attend to you.

    We would be responsible for all expenses required to complete any assignment to be given to you. You have the right to purchased any item of your choice because you will be keeping them after purchase all we needed is your reports. You will not be required to use or spending any of your personal funds in the process of evaluation. A payment will be mail to you , You will earn 150 dollars for each assignment and an average of 3-4 assignment per week.You can decide to get a separate check at the end of the week or get paid same day you complete your assignment.Your first assignment will be at walmart,Money gram and western union you get paid fifty dollar per job aside the money you will be provided to shop so 150 is what you earn and we provide you extra money to shop at Walmart for you to make reports.I started to get a weird feeling as soon as she wanted me to send her 500.00 with is iTunes cards. I lost out on 2,000.00 due to a scam a bad check. And now she states continuously harassing me saying her husband is a fun agent and il going to get arrested cause She said I'm a thief like how did u steel anything when the check was first off returned?

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    • My demands: 2,000.00
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $1,250.00
    • Agents: Kathy Phyllis
    • Managers: Kathy Phyllis
    • Phone: 316-239-4237
    May 02, 2018
    Complaint #: 2828
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    Received cashiers check for $2865. Told me to evaluate Walmart. Check of course is no goid. They kept calling asking if I had done my assignment yet and sent their money. I responded with NO i hadn't cashed their bogus check but did call police!! It stinks they Steal from
    people looking for jobs and attempt to steal their LAST DIME.! ARREST THESE CROOKS

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    • My demands: Prosecute
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $30.00
    • Agents: Peter Hudson, Any Huggins
    Jan 14, 2018
    Complaint #: 2793
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  • Poses as Mystery Shopping Research Company


    I was responding to an ad for a mystery shopping position that I saw on a friends LinkedIN Page. I later learned that her page had been hacked. I had a feeling it was a scam so I played along. I was sent a certified Check from $3000 drawn on Point Luma Credit Union of San DIego, CA. and a letter with instructions to go to the Apple Store and purchase 2 Iphones and text the person when I made the purchases. I waited a day and sent a text "purchases were made" I was immediately texted back with an address and instructions to go to FED EX and send the phones. I responded by saying I was busy and headed out of town and couldn't do it. Then he texted and said "You can do it." I then said I was stuck at an airport and would do it the next day. And then I was told, once you send everything you will receive your new task. In the mean time, I had confirmed with the Bank Point Luma, that the check was fake and alerted them and sent them photos of the check, the letter and my correspondence with the scammer. I also spoke to the research company A La Carte Research and made them aware of this scam and sent them the same information. A La Carte and the Bank were to be contacting the Sheriff in Houston to report this person. I did not lose any money..No one will send anyone a Certified Check in the mail without knowing them -that is just plain stupid.

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    • My demands: I did not lose any money, just time.
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $0.00
    • Agents: Alan Guth, Robert Parker
    • Phone: 214-301-0248
    • URL: [email protected]
    Jan 07, 2018
    Complaint #: 2785
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  • Johnson muller director of operations


    Was told to deposit money for a secret shopper person I did what the paper told me to do after money was deposited I took 350$ out which was my payment for doing this then to company told me to with draw the rest and send it western union to of places when I went to with draw the money the check was cancelled and know it's a negative balance of 350$

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    • My demands: I want my 350$ bsck
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $350.00
    • Agents: Johnson Muller
    • Phone: 770-740-2613
    Nov 17, 2016
    Complaint #: 2210
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  • Mystery shopper scam


    I was told to deposit a check and let them know when it cleared. Then I was told to make a purchase at Wal-Mart and make a report about my experience. 3 days after I made the purchase the check was returned to my bank.

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    • My demands: I would like to recover the money I have lost. 2
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $2,500.00
    • Phone: 281-603-3641
    Nov 17, 2016
    Complaint #: 2208
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    9704 Carolina Dr. Jonesboro, GA. 30238
Public discussion



Apr 25, 2019 4:48 AM

Sarcasm aside neither of these responses answer his question. I am curious about the same thing


Aug 29, 2016 4:56 PM

Received check today for $1940.00 but Strange it came from west coast life Insurance Co. Address on envelope is from 272 e bartlett way chandler az 85249 and when I Research that address it is an empty house up for sale. When I looked up Marcus Shawcross who is who initially emailed me and who is on the paperwork enclosed, I found this site which shows it is Fraud. I will not be cashing the check. Also got a text from 6822316928 in which I will be giving all info to Police dept in hopes it will help stop this fraudulent activity. Also received email from a Kate Melissa checking to see if I got my check...will not fall for this and will be giving info to BBB and Police department with all info I have regarding this activity


Aug 23, 2016 4:41 AM

Thank you for defending the innocent people that get taken by these criminals. They prey on the elderly and I personally have known an elderly individual in my area that has dementia and was robbed of his little savings acct. because of these low life scumbags.


Aug 23, 2016 4:37 AM

Received fake cashiers check today for 2455.00 for same scam. National Shopping Service Network is a legit mystery shopping company but this scammer has done a good job of making it looking legit. The real company will never use and email address and do not send out cashier's check. I am looking forward to calling these crooks bluff & will report to local and federal agencies. In the process now of trying to track them now.


Aug 22, 2016 10:05 PM

Steve Rogers, You are being a bit harsh. There is really no need for your sarcasm. Some people may not have as much knowledge about these things as others. If they are low income, that check is going to look like a million dollars to them. Not everyone knows to not trust everything they see or hear. I would not ever call anyone "stupid" for believing what they received was real. As I said some people just don't realize there are people out there who will try to take advantage of anyone. t's not at all right what these creatures are doing. Your sarcasm isn't helping. JMO.


Aug 22, 2016 9:49 PM

I received the exact same "priority mail" letter as SNEAMEN46 from Melvin Churchill. The only difference is my fake check was $2455. I was also instructed to buy FOUR $550 Kroger Vouchers, then send this person (Melvin Churchill) the reference numbers for the vouchers. I knew it was a scam as soon as I saw the check. Who sends that amount of money to someone they do not know? Also I had not applied for a mystery shopping job. This person also emailed and texted (don't know how he got my cell number) messages telling me the "package" would be delivered to me today 8/22/2016 which is when I received it. There is NO WAY I would even think about depositing that check in my bank account. There are way too many red flags. I didn't lose any money, but I'm hoping no innocent/naive people will get taken advantage of by these horrible scammers who have no conscience at all!

Steve Rogers

Dec 13, 2015 3:55 PM

What exactly is the scam? I did receive an email asking to be a mystery shopper so I responded, "yes" then I got my first assignment in the mail in a priority envelope and a cashier check for $2500,00. They asked me to cash or deposit the check and take out $250 for my self and send the remaining balance off to a guy in Turkey, in the form of a mail order. I am having a hard time figuring out the scam and how they would get money from me? The cashier check is obviously fake and they would not cash it at any bank for me so therefore I would not get any money for myself or to send to anyone in turkey, so how exactly does this scam work for them? They have gotten nothing from me at this point, no information other than my name and email which is public information already and I have not cashed or sent them any check or any money because the cashier check they sent me is fake, but even if I did go to bank with it the scam would stop there because no bank is going to accept that cashier check that they sent me, SO HOW ARE YOU PEOPLE GETTING SCAMMED BY THIS??? Please explain to me how it works. The only thing I can think of is if you are really that stupid to go ahead and send them your money you have in your bank before cashing their check or money order that they send you. Is that what they are hoping that you do? Have some of you people really done that? Send them your own money before you try and cash the check or money order that they sent you?? If so than I am sorry you deserve to be taken for your money if your that stupid!!!