A Sample of the "MSA-Agency" Online Mystery Shopper Phishing Email
From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 3:06:29 PM
Welcome to recruitment shoppers
We have a customer service survey assignment in your location.
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 $450/ assignment , (available two assignment /weeks).
Please enter your detail information below for register;
1. Full Name:
3. Address Line:
5. # Phones:
As soon your application has been accepted for processing.
We will send you details about the next step.
Head of Recruitment
Copyright @ 2018-2019 MSA-Agency
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.