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

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

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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.

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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  • May 31, 2019 at 9:41 AM by an anonymous user from Ruse, Bulgaria

    Big time SCAMMERS .... Watch OUT

    Here what I received:

    "From: voiceworks1@upmc.fr

    Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2019 3:08 PM

    To: msgroupapps@gmx.com

    Cc: voiceworks1@upmc.fr

    Subject: **Jobs.net - Open Position's

    Hello applicants,..!

    We have an important job offer for you 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 our team.

    Should you interested, we will pay you $500/ assignment ,

    (at least 2 assignments a week will be assigned).

    Send your detail below to continued sign up;

    - Full Name: _______*

    - Full Address: _______*

    - State, City, Zip: _______*

    - Gender: _______*

    - Phone Number: _______*

    * Tips and training materials will be provided for free to our

    shoppers.

    * We will contact you immediately as your application has been

    received, thanks!

    Sincerely,

    Natasha Amber

    The MSPA Recruiting Inc.2019"

    remove

  • May 25, 2019 at 5:46 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: official99r@coltfrance.com <official99r@coltfrance.com>

    Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2019 2:09 AM

    To: msgroupapps@gmx.com

    Cc: official99r@coltfrance.com

    Subject: **JobService - Open applications

    Dear Shoppers,

    We have an important job offer for you 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

    our team.

    Should you interested, we will pay you $500/ assignment ,

    (at least 2 assignments a week will be assigned).

    Send your detail below to continued sign up;

    - Full Name: _______*

    - Full Address: _______*

    - State, City, Zip: _______*

    - Gender: _______*

    - Phone Number: _______*

    * 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,

    Pammela Foster

    MSPA Research 2019."

    remove

  • March 17, 2019 at 9:28 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -------- Original message --------

    From: dns-tech@club-internet.fr

    Date: 3/15/19 8:48 AM (GMT-05:00)

    To: open.jobs01@gmx.com

    Subject: JOBS.COM - THE STEP SELECTION

    HELLO CANDIDATE,

    WE HAVE A CUSTOMER SERVICE SURVEY ASSIGNMENT IN YOUR LOCATION

    AND WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO JOIN AND PARTICIPATE COMPLETE THE ASSIGNMENT.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    18 YEAR OLD OR ABOVE. NO FEES, EXPERIENCE OR INTERVIEW ARE REQUIRED.

    DESCRIPTION:

    YOUR JOB IS JUST COLLECTING THE PRETENDING TO BE A MYSTERIOUS BUYER IN ONE OF OUR

    PARTNER STORES WALLMART OR IN OTHER BUSINESS LOCATION STORES, AND THEN COLLECTING PRIMARRY DATA.

    JOB-PAY:

    OUR COMPANY WILL PAY YOU (USD $500) / ASSIGNMENT.

    PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BELOW TO CONTINUED SIGNUP AND GET STARTED:

    * FULL NAME :

    * GENDER-AGE :

    * STREET ADDS :

    * CITY,STATES :

    * ZIP CODE :

    * PHONES :

    AS SOON YOUR APPLICATION HAS BEEN ACCEPTED FOR PROCESSING.

    WE WILL SEND YOU DETAILS ABOUT THE NEXT STEP.

    THANKS

    HEAD RECRUITMENT

    MSPA SOLUTIONS INC 2019

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  • February 11, 2019 at 9:44 AM by info

    Received via email:

    "Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

    From: TODD BAILEY <contacttoddbailey@gmail.com>

    AGENT ID: SS/806/100119

    Greetings,

    Thank you for recent interest in becoming one of our mystery shoppers.

    Congratulation you have been ACCEPTED as one of our mystery shopper’s agent and you will be evaluating some stores in your zip code area this week. Please re-confirm if you are ready to join our team of secrete shoppers at MSPA RESEARCH INC, in other for me to activate your details alongside with other members that shall begin their survey in the upcoming week. Most correspondence will be communicated to you via email and phone so ensure you check your email regularly.

    If you are still interested to proceed with the opportunity to be part of our amazing team, it’s mandatory you confirm your acceptance by validating your details as shown below ensuring your mailing address is correct to avoid any delay receiving your evaluation pack in the mail; also include your phone number so we can be sure we have the correct number to contact you in the future.

    DANN LITTEL

    8836 ST. REGIS LANE

    NEW PORT RICHEY FL 34668

    4079537043

    Your a**igned co-coordinator is TODD BAILEY, You will be reporting directly to him henceforth.

    Regards

    --

    Todd Bailey

    Survey Coordinator

    (909) 983-3221"

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  • January 28, 2019 at 4:29 PM by an anonymous user from Los Angeles, California, United States

    I got one today

    remove

  • December 4, 2018 at 1:43 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -- -- -- -- --

    From: Tech-08@soe.ucsc.edu <Tech-08@soe.ucsc.edu>

    Sent: Monday, October 29, 2018 8:43 PM

    To: msresearch01@usa.com

    Cc: Tech-08@soe.ucsc.edu

    Subject: # JOB SHOPPING SOLUTIONS

    Welcome to the-shopping programms..

    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.

    Should you interested, we will pay you $499/ assignment,

    (at least 2 assignments in a week will be assigned.)

    Send your detail below to continued sign up;

    - Full Name: _______*

    - Full Address: _______*

    - State, City, Zip: _______*

    - Gender: _______*

    - Phone Number: _______*

    * 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

    remove

  • November 30, 2018 at 9:13 AM by an anonymous user from Ventura, California, United States

    Another sample of their email:

    "From: the_ric08@gisborne.net.nz <the_ric08@gisborne.net.nz>

    Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2018 12:43 AM

    Cc: the_ric08@gisborne.net.nz

    Subject: JOB VACANCY GLOBAL

    HI Dear..

    We have a customer service survey assignment in your location.

    We would like you to join and participate complete the assignment.

    Requirements:

    18 year old or above. No experience, fees or interview are required.

    Job-Description:

    You will be assigned to visit a shop, GAP, etc.

    You will then complete the on-line questionnaire to share with us your customer

    experience.

    Please, reply with correct information below to continued sign-up;

    1. Full Names :

    2. A d d r e s s :

    3. City/State/Zip :

    4. Gender/Ages :

    5. Phone Number :

    Advantage:

    You will get extra paid $500 / each assignment.

    Tips and training materials will be provided for free to our shoppers.

    Thanks,

    MSPA Research Inc. 2018"

    remove

  • November 3, 2018 at 11:57 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: <POSTMASTER@yale.edu>

    Date: November 1, 2018 at 1:26:43 PM PDT

    To: " dian.n@gmx.com" <POSTMASTER@yale.edu>

    Subject: POSITION JOBS OPENING

    Reply-To: <dian.n@gmx.com>

    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"

    remove

  • October 30, 2018 at 12:04 PM by an anonymous user from 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

    remove

  • October 14, 2018 at 4:55 PM by an anonymous user from Los Gatos, California, United States

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

    remove

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