Mystery shopping, again. The reason scammers use this one so often is because there is a little truth in it. There are mystery shopping gigs, but they don’t pay as handsomely as the scammers suggest. You might get the overage or a bonus if the shop is urgent, but #$200 per gig? Nope.
Mystery Shopper (firstname.lastname@example.org) sent me this invitation to apply for a shopping gig and gave several clues to its fraudulent nature.
Subject: MYSTERY SECRET SHOPPER
We are accepting applications from qualified individuals from all-over the
world to become Secret-Shopper. 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 from us. Should you interested, your wages would be US $200 per assignment. No commitment is made on this job and you would have flexible hours. At least 2 evaluations a week will be assigned to you because this is a part time job and we think this job suits you. We will provide you the money for all of your evaluations.
Money order/Payment check would be in a certain amount which you would be required to Cash at your Bank, then deduct your salary and have the rest used for the evaluation at the store that would be given to you for evaluations.
Provide the following information if you interested and we will get back
shortly with an your assignment.
We are waiting your good response, Thank you.
(Candidate from USA & Europe are allowed to apply for this offer)
Head of Recruitment
See that tidbit about cashing a check and deducting your salary? Yeah, that’s the scam. You cash a fraudulent check and you end up on the hook. If the names James Morgan and SS-Network seem familiar, it’s because they are. Once again, this Head of Recruitment is trying to steal from whoever falls for this.