Survey Shopping Offer Scams

The Survey Shopping Offer email message below is a scam. Victims of this scam will be provided with a fake or counterfeit check (cheque) and are 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.

Survey Shopping Offer Scams

The Survey Shopping Offer Email Scam

From: Chris Sizzler <russanna@dir .bg>
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:36 PM
Subject: Re: Survey Shopping Offer

Survey shoppers are needed in your area for a reasonable weekly pay, reply to c.sizzler@ for more details.

If you have received similar Survey Shopping Offer emails, please do not follow the instructions in them. And, always do your research before taking part in any Secret-Shopper promotions.

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April 9, 2018 at 7:48 AM by
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an anonymous user from: San Juan, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

I received an email from Davin Olsen - mystery shopper/Survey Agent which will be evaluating CVS Pharmacy Store 🤦🏼‍♀️

But I never apply for the job so I get suspicious of maybe it's a scam.


April 19, 2018 at 5:40 PM by
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an anonymous user from: Seattle, Washington, United States

I got the same's a scam!


February 7, 2017 at 10:11 AM by
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an anonymous user from: Columbus, Ohio, United States

I got one today from a Lisa Doyle from "Cedar Rapids Iowa". The return address is from an AES CORPORATION. I intend to call the actual number listed on Google and find out if they are aware that they are using their name.


January 18, 2017 at 12:21 AM by
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an anonymous user from: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Just received a check from West Texas educator credit union. South west corporate fcu. For $2,980.45 Daniel Rodgers. Huston Texas zip code 77084 amount to send money gram of $1,290.00.

And send Justin comb. City, larnaca. State larnaca. Country cyprus. Amount of $1,340.00. Money should be sent in euro form.


January 18, 2017 at 2:20 AM by
Survey Shopping Offer Scams

It is a scam, do not send money to the scammers.


October 24, 2016 at 8:03 AM by
Survey Shopping Offer Scams

Received via email:

"On October 3, I received a Mystery Shopper offer by email from a Teressa Adams, allegedly recruiting from The job entails an Evaluation process such as visiting Walmart/K-Mart etc. Since I am in search of a job working from home, I accepted and on October 6, a follow-up email from a James Taylor ( explained the survey procedure in detail and advised me that a package would be sent to me with my compensation payment of $250 and other funds. A Priority Mail envelope sent by Silverpoint Survey, 1433 New Road, Northfield NJ 08226 was in my mail box on Friday, October 21.

However, certain payment instructions in his letter had aroused my suspicions and I went on-line to search for more information about Mystery/Secret Shoppers opportunities. To make my story short, my suspicions were confirmed and I am attaching copies of the letter, the Priority mailer and an authentic looking cashier's check of Northwest Savings Bank in Warren, PA 16365. The amount of $2850.35 was transmitted by Kathleen Spearman and is to be paid to the order of Leodyne Alsbach.

Because I had a very serious car collision on October 10, which has left me indefinitely without transportation, and this first assignment had to be completed within 24 hours which would entitle me to a $100 bonus, I advised James Taylor yesterday by email that I would be unable to accept the assignment and would therefore return the cashier's check on Monday (tomorrow). So far, I have not received his response to this.

My report to the FTC has been submitted today. Thank you so much for your time and attention!




December 13, 2016 at 2:11 PM by
Survey Shopping Offer Scams
an anonymous user from: Wausau, Wisconsin, United States

Hi, I have fell for this! And I have deposited this already! What do I do?!


December 13, 2016 at 2:34 PM by
Survey Shopping Offer Scams

Contact your bank and let them know that you were scammed, and the check you have deposited, that was sent to, is a fake.


December 14, 2016 at 11:20 AM by
Survey Shopping Offer Scams
an anonymous user from: St Louis, Missouri, United States

I have another question, so I have deposited the money. But I actually have at least $40 before I had deposited the dumb $2980.35. Can I still use the money I have or do I have to wait until everything is clear.


December 14, 2016 at 11:32 AM by
Survey Shopping Offer Scams

You will have to contact that broker that you have deposited the money with, to answer your question.


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