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Be careful not to give bank information or your Social Security Numbers to companies that offer to place funds in your account. Make sure you thoroughly check out companies that offer jobs too good to be true.  Sometimes scammers will offer fake assignments for the sole purpose of obtaining your bank information and / or your social security information. 

Many Legitimate companies are now using services like PayPal for payment process to shoppers.

Mystery shopping companies, in most states, should not need a social security number until you approach  $600.00 within a calendar year.

Before providing them with a social security number, make sure you’ve received at least one or two payment from them. If they insist that, they need your SSN before issuing you a check. Explain that you will be more than happy to provide that information once you receive your first check.

If they still insist and you are a NAMS member, we will check out the company for you.


Cat Burglar Scam

Victims of this scam are called, usually by a female, interviewed, then selected to receive an assignment. (Usually a restaurant review).  They give you a specific time to be at the assignment and are request to when they’ve have arrived at the location to begin the assignment.  The assignment is usually located 30-45 minutes from the victims house, but victims are compensated handsomely for the drive.  After completing the assignment, the victim returns home, to discover that they’ve been robbed. 

Victims are never paid for the shopping assignment and the telephone number is quickly disconnected.

If this scam has happened to you or if you have been approached by these scammers. Notify us immediately with as much information as possible.


More than 1800 consumers have thanked us for making the wire transfer scam information available.  We’ve estimated that we’ve saved potential scam victims over $6,000,000 and that is growing fast!

If you feel like you’ve been a victim of a mystery shopping scam, contact use immediately with all the details. The more information we have the better chance we have of helping you.  

We are currently working with Local, State and Federal law enforcement officials, U.S Postal Inspections, Consumer protection agencies, the media and Banks to help better protect and educate consumers. 

With your help we can make a difference!

We’ve save shoppers more than $6,583,000 !

Most Legitimate companies do not charge you to apply as a Mystery Shopper. However, some companies will charge a small fee to rank you higher in there positioning pool. They do this as a way of determining the serious shoppers eager for assignment and dedicated to shopping.  This also can greatly increase you odds of being chosen as a mystery shopper.

Some companies may charge a small fee to submit your application to a central, shared pool database. Mostly, this is an administrate fee to keep your records updated.  This can be beneficial as sometime 50 or more top companies may share this database.

However, be careful, as some of these share-pooled database often times included your performance and reliability indicators. In other words, they may also share information on your work performance. This can be great if you’re a excellent shopper, but a few slip-up and you many not get a recall.

Make sure you are dealing with a reliable and trusted mystery shopping company, as sometime your name can be sold to telemarketing agencies.




We don’t know of any reputable mystery shopping firm that does not have their phone number listed on their web.

Call and ask for that person, using their web site phone number, not the number that the person gave you. If that person does not exist, ask for their scheduling department and verify you have an assignment. 

Legitimate Shopping Firms Don’t Charge!

WARNING: Wire Transfer Scam

This scam involves getting potential shoppers to accept a cashier’s check or money order, then deposit into their bank account, and then wire transfer the money back (to the scammers) usually to an address outside the country. 

Shoppers are sometimes called, usually by a female, interviewed and then selected to receive one or more assignments. Some victims report that they are not contacted,  but receive a welcome packet in the mail along with a cashier’s check or money order with instructions on how to complete the shopping assignment(s).

In this scam, the shopper is instructed to cash the check—typically from $1000 to $4500.00 then wire transfer a portion of the money—from a wire transfer facility, (typically  from a Wal-Mart) to an international address (typically Canada). Shoppers are told to keep the rest of the money that is left over (usually $300.00) as payment for completing the assignment and/or training.

Unfortunately within several days shoppers (victims) are notified the check has bounced leaving them liable for the entire amount of the bounced check, other banking fee’s and no way to recover the money they’ve wire-transferred to the scammers.

Many victims had their resumes posted on Monster.com, Career Builders and Craigslist.

Most victims were instructed to sent the money to someone with the same last name as theirs.

If this scam has happened to you or if you’ve been approached by these scammers. Notify your local police department and then us immediately with as much information as possible.


SSN: 462 85 2369

Bank Account: 82457124

Protecting yourself. What to do as a shopper.

Most legitimate assignments will be sent via e-mail or require login to the mystery shopping firms web site.

If you can login and gain access to your assignment, more than likely your assignment is legitimate.

Pay close attention to the e-mail address. Most of the time it should be from PersonName@CompanyName.com

Always get the callers full name and exact business name and their Web site address. If you are suspicious, also ask for their address.  - Don’t be surprise if the hang up or give you a fake one. 


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