The "Secret-Customers Job Assignment Service" Scam
From: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 1:26 PM
Subject: Job Assignment Service
We are looking for people to apply for positions in our team as a "Secret-Customers".
# Job descriptions:
Do you love to shop? Would you like a job that can earn $275.00 per shopping assignment? Then this job is for you! We provide all of the training that you need to start a successful career as a mystery shopper. It's easy:
1. You Will be Assigned to visit a shop
2) Share your customer experience by completing an on-line questionnaire
1. Must be 17 years or older.
2. Must be able to communicate effectively in English (including reading and writing skills.)
3. No Experience needed & must like shopping!
Please find below the requested information for register:
1. Full Name :
2. Address :
3. City/State/Country :
4. Zip_Code :
5. A.g.e :
6. Phone's :
Once you complete this short application, a representative will contact you to set up an interview.
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.