Beware of Mystery or Secret Shopper Opportunity Phishing Email Scams

Beware of Mystery or Secret Shopper Opportunity Phishing Email Scams

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Online users, be aware of mystery or secret shopper email messages like the one below, which claim that the recipients have mystery or secret shopping assignments in their areas and are asked to participate. The email messages are fraudulent, therefore, recipients of the same email messages should not respond to them with their personal information or any other information that is requested by the senders. The fake email messages are being sent by scammers/cybercriminals.

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 mystery 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.

Remember, never send your personal information to anyone in an email message or send money to someone who contacted you via unsolicited email messages.

The Fraudulent Mystery or Secret Shopper Email

We are a company engaged in the mystery shopper field.

Currently we are in desperate need of a secret team to evaluate the service at our branches.

to conduct business be it a restaurant, shopping store etc.
1] 16 year old or above, Can speak local language well
2] No experience needed like shopping
Jobs-pay ~
1. Most of the time you will only need to spend 20 minutes on the visit.
2. Our company will pay you $275 / each work.

I. Full N4me,
2. Full Address,
3. Postcode,
4. Mobile/Home number (s),
Thank you for your participation and being here with us.

The MS applications team
(C) 2017 SR & I. All rights reserved.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or other information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.

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  • September 19, 2018 at 10:38 AM by an anonymous user from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    Received this:

    "On Sep 19, 2018 7:16 AM, dstoerps@greatjob.eu wrote:

    Welcome To Our Program @ Secret Shoppers!


    17 Years old or above.

    Can speak local language well.

    Can read and write English.

    No Experience needed Like Shopping.

    Job Descriptions:

    You Will be Assigned to visit a shop

    You Will then finish an on-line questionnaire to Share with us your customer experience.


    Most of the time you will only need to spend 20 Minutes on the visit.

    You will get $480 for each assignment.

    Kindly reply providing below requested information:

    1. Full Name :

    2. Address :

    3. State, City, Zip :

    4. Phone :

    5. currently job :

    Thank you for your participation and being here with us.


    The MS applications team

    (C) 2018 SR & I. All rights reserved"


  • May 6, 2018 at 9:33 PM by an anonymous user from Manchester, New Hampshire, United States



    Sun 5/6/2018, 10:05 PM

    We have a customer service survey asignments your location.

    We would like you to participate and complete the asignment.

    We will pay $450/asignments, (available two asignments/week),


    17 year old or above,

    No experience needed like shopping.


    Fill out information below to sign-up:






    Zip Code:

    Mobile Phone:

    Once you sign-up, you will be given access to training materials.



    (C) 2018 SR & I. All rights reserved."


  • December 5, 2017 at 10:38 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Evan Ruesch

    Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2017 5:19:00 PM

    Subject: Offer.


    We have a Customer service survey assignment in your location for you. We will pay $300 per assignment which would come in the form of a cashiers check along with comprehensive details in regards your assignment.The job Entails an Evaluation process such as visiting Wal-mart, Western Union e.t.c. Send information below to get started If you are Interested :


    Full Address:



    Zip Code:




    You can contact with your details on this email: davidmoore0912@gmail.com

    Thank you for participation.

    David Moore HR Manager

    Customer Service Evaluation Team

    The Premier Mystery Shopping Company

    Copyright 2017®"


  • July 29, 2017 at 4:51 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -----Original Message-----

    "From: fiestagrill020 <fiestagrill020@coe.neu.edu>

    To: all <fiestagrill020@coe.neu.edu>

    Sent: Fri, Jul 28, 2017 5:20 am

    Subject: [Welcome to the-shopping]

    We are looking for people to apply for positions in our team as a secret customer.

    How it works :

    Register and if you are selected, you will receive $100 for shopping at Kroger,

    affiliates or at competition stores.

    Send us your feedback for your Kroger shopping experience.

    Your review will make a difference for providing better services and products.

    Secret Shoppers are selected randomly every week and if selected,

    they will be contacted via phone or email.

    You will be paid with amounts between $200-400 per assignment.

    You can shop any products you want at your designated store.

    Provide the following details if you interested :

    I. Full NAme,

    2. Full Address,

    3. Postcode,

    4. Mobile/Home number (s),

    Thank you for participation. Your response would be greatly appreciated.

    We will contact you immediately as your application has been received.


    MS-PA Manager

    Customer Service"


  • July 6, 2017 at 12:59 PM by an anonymous user from Redford, Michigan, United States

    I could never understand how someone can cash a bogus check without making verications of the check. The check will have the banks name, account number, and routing number. Google the name of the bank: The banks address and phone number come up. Call the bank, give the check information and they will tell you whether or not the check is good.

    My wife received a $3000 check from a mystery shopper. The company demanded that we hurry up and deposit the check and return the difference in proceeds.

    I called the issuing bank regarding the check. Bank said the check was fraudulent.

    Mystery shopper made all sorts of threats. I told them they could take it up with FBI. No money lost on our part.


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