12 Signs Of A Mystery Shopping Scam

Common sense will go a long way in protecting you from scammers masquerading as mystery shopping companies, but here’s a list of warning signs just in case you’re feeling especially gullible the next time you come across a mystery shopper ad and think, as you stare across the cubicles at all the assface jerks you work with, “This might be my ticket out of here.”

  • You must pay an application fee.
  • You must be certified, likely by the company.
  • You have to buy a list. You’re asked for lots of personal information.
  • They contact you because of a resume you posted on a job Web site.
  • You’re guaranteed that you will get jobs.
  • You’re told you get to keep thousands of dollars in merchandise.
  • You’re promised that it will take only a few minutes a day.
  • You are promised that you’ll earn thousands in your spare time (or even a more modest $30 an hour).
  • The company is based outside the U.S.
  • You will have to handle lots of money.
  • They’re not in the Mystery Shopping Providers Association.

“12 signs of a fraudulent mystery-shopping company” [MSN Money]

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