The Secret-Shopper email message below: "You Are Needed if Interested," is a scam. The victim of this scam will be provided with a fake or counterfeit check (cheque) and is advised to cash it and then asked to use some of the proceeds to do some form of secret shopping. Also, the victim may be asked to take part in surveys or other promotional services. But, the counterfeit check will bounce and the victim who cashes the check will be held responsible for the money lost in the transaction and any additional fees imposed by his or her bank. They may even get arrested for fraud.
The Secret-Shopper Email Scam
From: James Aparicio firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 3:38 AM
Subject: You are needed if interested
We are accepting applications from 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.
Your wages would be $250 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, 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 your assignment.
Address(Including City,State and Zipcode):
Head of Recruitment
If you have received similar Secret-Shopper emails, please do not follow the instructions in them. And, always do your research before taking part in any Secret-Shopper promotions.
Related Secret-Shopper scams: