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Beware of "MSA-Agency" Recruitment Mystery Shopper Phishing Emails

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Beware of "MSA-Agency" Recruitment Mystery Shopper Phishing Emails

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The "MSA-Agency" unsolicited email message below, which claims the recipients can earn extra money by becoming an online mystery shopper, is just one of the many fake and 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.

A Sample of the "MSA-Agency" Online Mystery Shopper Phishing Email

From: fredrik.johanssonk@wvu.edu <fredrik.johanssonk@wvu.edu>

Sent: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 3:06:29 PM

Cc: fredrik.johanssonk@wvu.edu

Subject: [BVA]/[Network-2018]

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:

2. Gender,Ages:

3. Address Line:

4. State,City,Zip:

5. # Phones:

As soon your application has been accepted for processing.

We will send you details about the next step.

Thanks

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.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers in email samples on this website may have been impersonated.

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  • October 26, 2018 at 12:02 PM by info

    Received via email:

    "Hello,

    The correspondence below is from Mystery Shoppers LLC.

    I'd heard of Mystery Shoppers from years ago and thought this was legitimate.

    It was only after I responded to them that I thought to do an online search on them and found your site identifying them as a scam. I received a check from them today (via UPS) but obviously will not deposited the check.

    From: Jerry Lee <JerryLee20181@outlook.com>

    Sent: Friday, October 26, 2018 11:15 AM

    Subject: Re: Jean

    Good morning you will receive a UPS envelope this morning containing your payment (Cashiers check) and Instruction kindly get back if you have received

    Here is the UPS tracking number: J460 006 747 0

    Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2018 5:15 PM

    Subject: Re: Jean

    Hello Jerry,

    Thank you for your email. I am just seeing.

    I am available tomorrow afternoon Friday, Oct 26.

    From: Jerry Lee <JerryLee20181@outlook.com>

    Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2018 8:29 AM

    Subject: Jean

    Good Morning ,

    This message is in continuation of your selection as

    our 'evaluation Shopper' you will be evaluating a store by purchasing gift cards at the store and write about there customer care service

    You will be paid $300-$400 same day

    We have confirmed your details and a payment has been issued out in your name and shipped to the address provided in the email when applying for the job

    This is great and rewarding ! Kindly reply to this email and also confirm your readiness by text you will sent a text message to proceed this morning

    Job Instructor

    Jerry Lee

    7747776136

    From: hostPOTO@UPENN.EDU <hostPOTO@UPENN.EDU>

    Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 6:41 PM

    To: 280483@caramail.fr

    Cc: hostmast@uab.edu

    Subject: <MS Selection_2018>

    Description Job-

    You will be assigned to visit a shop

    You will then FINISH an online question to share with us your customer experience

    Requirement-

    18 Years Can speak local language well

    No experience needed like shopping

    Pay Job-

    Most of the time you will only need to spend 20 Minutes on the visit.

    You will get $450 for each assignment.

    Give me information for register :

    #. FULL NAME :

    #. ADDRESS LINE :

    #. CITY :

    #. STATE :

    #. ZIP-CODES :

    #. A.G.E :

    #. PHONE-NUMBER :

    Thank you for participation.

    Regards.

    monica elizabeth

    Recruitment officer

    Copyright @ 2019 MSA-Agency LLC"

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  • September 19, 2018 at 3:25 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: c.lazzarini@lynx.wroc.pl <c.lazzarini@lynx.wroc.pl>

    Sent: September 19, 2018 9:35 AM

    Cc: abuse@jmdi.pl

    Subject: `JOB OFFER`

    Hi Dear,

    We have a customer service survey assignment in your location and

    we will pay $450 per assignment, which would come in the form

    of a cashiers check for you to perform your assignment.

    The job Entails an Evaluation process such as visiting

    W-MART/K-MART,etc. Send information below to get started.

    -F.u.l.l N.a.m.e_

    -F.u.l.l A.d.d.r.e.s.s_

    -StAte/City/Zip_

    -Current-Job_

    -P.h.o.n.e.s_

    -Gender_

    Thanks for registering in our service!

    Thanks

    Head of Recruitment

    Copyright @ 2018 MSA-Agency LLC"

    remove

  • September 17, 2018 at 12:05 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: 22@structbio.vanderbilt.edu <22@structbio.vanderbilt.edu>

    Sent: Sunday, September 16, 2018 11:42:54 PM

    Subject: National Shopping LLC

    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:

    2. Gender,Ages:

    3. Address Line:

    4. State,City,Zip:

    5. # Phones:

    As soon your application has been accepted for processing.

    We will send you details about the next step.

    Thanks

    Head of Recruitment

    Copyright @ 2018-2019 MSA-Agency LLC"

    remove

  • September 13, 2018 at 7:37 PM by an anonymous user from San Diego, California, United States

    I too got a scam letter, from today:

    Sender: Position.Opening01@administrator.vodafone.ie

    With about the same wording,

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

    Ends with:

    Copyright @ 2018-2019 MSA-Agency LLC,..

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