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Beware of "MSPA-INC Online Research Mystery Shopper" Scam

2018-01-18T22:15:46 -  +
Beware of "MSPA-INC Online Research Mystery Shopper" Scam

The "MSPA-INC Online Research 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.

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Sample of the "MSPA-INC Online Research Mystery Shopper" Scam

From: 112as12@ca.JHU.EDU <112as12@ca.JHU.EDU>

Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 7:50:35 AM

Subject: # Welcome to MSPA-INC Online Research

Hello ...

Do not reply or ignore this message, if you have ever received before .. !!

WE HAVE CUSTOMER SERVICE SURVEY ASSIGNMENTS IN YOUR AREA.

YOU WILL GET $255 USD/ASSIGNMENT, WHICH WOULD COME [IN] THE

FORM OF A MONEY ORDER FOR YOUR ASSIGNMENTS. THE JOB ENTAILS

AN EVALUATION PROCESS SUCH AS VISITING THE GAP, WAL-MART/K-MART,ETC.

FILL-OUT DETAIL INFORMATION BELOW TO GET STARTED;

> NAME: ______

> ADDRESS-LINE: ______

> C.I.T.Y: ______

> S.T.A.T.E: ______

> C.O.D.E ZIP: ______

> PHONE?: ______

> AGE/GENDER: ______

NOTE : PLEASE NOTE THAT IS A PART TIME JOB,

THANK YOU #

BEST,

RUTH Y OLIVIA

CS/APPLICATION TEAMS

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: Nov 3, 2018 at 11:57 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From:
    Date: November 1, 2018 at 1:26:43 PM PDT
    To: " dian.n@gmx.com"
    Subject: POSITION JOBS OPENING
    Reply-To:

    Dear...& Welcome to recruitment agent in company

    We have a customer service survey assignment in your location,
    and we would like you to participate and complete the assignment.
    Once you sign-up, you will be given access to training materials
    from us.

    Send your detail below to continued sign up;
    - Full Name: _______*
    - Full Address: _______*
    - State, City, Zip: _______*
    - Gender: _______*
    - Phone Number: _______*


    Should you interested, we will pay you $450 for each assignment ,
    (available 2 assignment / weeks).


    * Tips and training materials will be provided for free to our shoppers.
    * We will contact you immediately as your application has been received.

    Thanks regards,

    MSPA Research Inc. 2018"

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 30, 2018 at 12:04 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Egypt, Texas, United States

    I have one of those offering to pay 450 for a customer service in my area. They don’t even know which area!
    I will keep playing the game with fake information. Hey we live in a fake world anyway

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 14, 2018 at 4:55 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Los Gatos, California, United States

    I got a check for 3755.00 from Altura credit union how stupid do they think we are.

    delete


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