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Beware of "MS-Selection Mystery Shopper" Scam

2018-01-13T03:25:54 -  +
Beware of "MS-Selection Mystery Shopper" Scam

The "MS-Selection Mystery Shopper" 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.

Sample of the "MS-Selection Mystery Shopper" Scam

From: 280483f <280483f@cidc.telus.com>

Sent: Tue, Jan 9, 2018 06:32 AM

Subject: ~ 2018 ~ JOB AVAILABLE~

Hey, Candidate!

Job Evaluation

[ You have received a secure message ]

We are starting a very big research project in the USA.

We select and train evaluators / shoppers based on your typical customer profile. We review each evaluation or mystery shop before you receive it. We provide aggregate reporting on the results in a variety of formats based on your needs.

Weekly, monthly and year to date results are compiled by location,district,region,franchise,all locations and by each question on the evaluation.

Expect to make $250-$500 per shop in addition to any merchandise or services that you receive during the course of the shop.

Provide the following details if you interested.

1. Full Name :

2. Full Addresss :

3. City, State, ZIP,Country, :

4. Occupation :

5. Age & Sex :

6. E-Mail :

7. Cell & Home Phone # :

Your response would be greatly Appreciated

Best

Tiffanni Mallett

MS-Selection (c) 2018.

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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  • Posted: Apr 9, 2018 at 6:28 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    ------ Original message------
    From: GFYS09@ns7.oleane.net
    Date: Mon, Apr 9, 2018 3:15 AM
    Cc:
    Subject:WELCOME TO SURVEY AGENCY USA

    *Description-Jobs *~*

    1. You will be assigned to visit a shop.
    2. You need to pretend to be a normal potential "customer" who is looking for a particular service or product.
    3. You will then finish an online questionnaire to share with us your customer experience.

    *Requirement *~*

    1. 18 Years old or above.
    2. Can read and write English.
    3. Can speak local language well.
    4. No experience needed Like Shopping.

    *Job-pays *~*

    1. Most of the time you will only need to spend 1 hours on the visit.
    2. You will get $500 for each assignment.

    Give me your information for register ;
    1. Name :
    2. Your Address :
    3. Citys / States / Countrys :
    4. Zip Codes :
    5. Phone :
    6. Gender :
    7. O.c.c.u.p.a.t.i.o.n :
    8. Ages :

    Your response would be greatly Appreciated

    Kind regards,
    Raffaele Spano
    MS-Selection (c) 2018.

    delete


  • Posted: Apr 7, 2018 at 2:22 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Tunis, Gouvernorat de Tunis, Tunisia

    Received this scam:

    "De: registry5@equation.fr
    A:update.usa@gmx.ca
    cc: registry5@equation.fr

    [ Welcome to MS-A selections ]

    Note: [does not apply to anyone who has received similar messages before. This job applies only to usa citizens]

    Become A Kroger Shopper

    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.
    No experience, fees or interview are required.
    Tips and training will be provided for free to our shoppers.

    A secret shopper career can be very exciting and for those who love to shop it's the perfect job that offers fun assignments and flexible schedules.
    Your contribution will bring improvement in the services offered to our clients.

    Email me the below details :

     names:
     address:
     city:
     state:
     country:
     zip-code:
     age/gender:
     phone's:

    - we will soon provide more information to your email, thanks!

    regards,
    eric stewart
    greet american, Inc"

    delete


  • Posted: Feb 28, 2018 at 3:23 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -------- Original message --------
    From: Custom@sheffield.ac.uk
    Date: 2/15/18 8:58 AM (GMT-05:00)
    Subject: -::- Mystery-Sh0pper _20I8 -::-

    *Description-Jobs *~*

    1. You will be assigned to visit a shop.
    2. You need to pretend to be a normal potential "customer" who is looking for a particular service or product.
    3. You will then finish an online questionnaire to share with us your customer experience.

    *Requirement *~*

    1. 18 Years old or above.
    2. Can read and write English.
    3. Can speak local language well.
    4. No experience needed Like Shopping.

    *Job-pays *~*

    1. Most of the time you will only need to spend 1 hours on the visit.
    2. You will get $500 for each assignment.

    Give me your information for register ;
    1. Name :
    2. Your Address :
    3. Citys / States / Countrys :
    4. Zip Codes :
    5. Phone :
    6. Gender :
    7. O.c.c.u.p.a.t.i.o.n :
    8. Ages :

    Your response would be greatly Appreciated

    Kind regards,
    Ashley Mahathy
    MS-Selection (c) 2018.

    delete