Beware of "National Shopping Service Network LLC" Online Mystery Shopper Phishing Emails
November 6, 2016
The unsolicited email message below, which claims the recipients can earn extra money by becoming an online mystery shopper, is just one of the many phishing email messages sent by cybercriminals or online scammers to trick their potential victims into sending them their personal information. Therefore, recipients of unsolicited email messages like the one below, which ask for personal information, are asked to delete them and not follow the instructions in them.
Please continue reading below.
A Sample of the "National Shopping Service Network LLC" Online Mystery Shopper Phishing Email
Subject: First Step Recruitment
Need to earn a little extra cash? Want to work from home?!
You can earn up to $275 a week or more as an Online Mystery Shopper.
Our system is simple and produces great results. Here’s how we do it:
We work out what our online retailers need from you, the online mystery shopper.
The best thing about online mystery shopping is its simplicity.
Instead of spending millions of dollars in advertising their products and services, online companies go directly to the consumer.
Companies are able to improve their customer service through the feedback you provide for them.
If you are interested,email us the below details :
> Name :___
> Your_Address :___
> Citys_States_Countrys :___
> Zip_Codes :___
> Phones :___
> Ages : .___
> Gender :___
> E-Mail :___
All shoppers must be 18 or over
All shoppers must live in and be a citizen of the United States.
Unfortunately, we can only take on a limited number of applicants, so not everyone will be accepted.
If you are accepted, congratulations and welcome to our company.
National Shopping Service Network, LLC
Scammers steal personal information from potential victims using bogus emails like the one above. Once they are in possession of their potential victims' personal information, the scammers will contact them and attempt to scam them, or sell their information to other scammers.
Victims of these scams usually blame their banks, utility companies, ISPs or even the government, claiming they sold their information to the highest bidder, when in fact they were the ones who unknowingly gave the scammers their information when they fell for their phishing scams.
This is why online users are asked to be careful of messages which ask for personal information, especially the ones that promise quick money with little or no work. Scammers use the promise of quick money and get rich schemes to help lure potential victims into their traps.
Many of the mystery shopping scams that we have come across usually send potential victims fraudulent checks (cheque) and ask them to deposit them. The scammers will then ask the potential victims to take their share of the money from the fraudulent checks and send the balance to them. But, the checks will bounce and the potential victims will be responsible for paying the cost for processing the checks and paying back the money they have sent to the scammers; they may even get arrested.
Persons who have received the same checks are asked not to deposit them and report them to the police, and those who have already done so are asked to contact their banks immediately and let them know that they may have been a victim of the online mystery shopper scam.
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