Secret Shopper Inc. Potential Fraud and Scam

Posted: December 1, 2008 in Employment scams
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This smells scammy. Quite a few red lights are flashing upon examination of this email. Two very bothersome details. First and foremost; the reply address is to a Yahoo.com address and one would assume that an organization of this nature could afford to purchase their own server address and would not use a free service like Yahoo. The second red flag concerns the mention of assignments at Walmarts and the visit fee of $200 per visit. We have reported on Walmarts money gram scams in the past and the assignment fee of $200 is simply not realistic. Legitimate Mystery shopper organizations will rarely offer more than $20 for a visit and report on the service.

From: secretshopper@webtv.net
Subject: SECRET SHOPPING ASSIGNMENT AROUND YOU PLEASE PARTICIPATE
Date: November 12, 2008 1:24:25 AM EST (CA)
Reply-To: juliealbert08@yahoo.com

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“We have a mystery shopping assignment in your area and we would like you to participate”
Secret Shopper® is accepting applications for qualified individuals to become mystery shoppers. It’s fun and rewarding, and you choose when and where you want to shop. You are never obligated to accept an assignment. There is no charge to become a shopper and you do not need previous experience. After you sign up, you will have access to training materials via e-mail, fax or postal mail.

ABOUT US
Secret Shopper® is the premier mystery shopping company, serving clients across America and Canada with over 500,000 shoppers available and ready to help businesses better serve their customers. Continual investment in the latest internet and communication technologies coupled with over 16 years of know-how
means working with Secret Shopper® is a satisfying and rewarding experience. Secret shopping as seen on ABC NEWS, NBC NEWS, L.A.TIMES.
Stores and organizations such as The Gap, Walmart, Pizza Hut, and Banks. One amongst many others pay for Secret Shoppers to shop in their establishments and report their experiences. On top of being paid for shopping you are also allowed to keep purchases for free. Secret Shopper® NEVER charge fees to the shopper. Training, tips for improvement, and shopping opportunities are provided free to registered shoppers. Mystery shoppers are either paid a
pre-arranged fee for a particular shop, a reimbursement for a purchase or a combination of both.Secret Shopper® has available for immediate assignment an inspection of the customer service of any walmart in your area. You are to shop secretly and invest just a token. This fee will be paid upfront. During this shop you will visit the location and make several observations as regards the customer service.
You will be required to interact with the shop clerk.
You may conduct the shop alone or as a couple.
The assignment will pay $200.00 per duty
Kindly Fill Out the application form below and we will get back to you shortly with the assignment:

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

First Name………………………………………
Middle Name………………………………………
Last Name………………………………………
Street Address ………………………………………
City, State, Zip Code ………………………………………
Cell Phone Number ……………………………………..

Comments
  1. Lorrie says:

    Got a letter and check from “Wal(starfish)Mart LOL anyways who can I turn this information into? Walmart must be following up on this.

  2. gariell says:

    Lorrie

    You got that right, scam, scam. Check out the Reporting Scams Section for details on all the places your can report the bottom feeders.

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