The "Bradbury Crafts Shopper 2019" Scam
From: Mystery Shopping <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2019 2:20 PM
Subject: Mystery Shopper Needed !+*+>
We are accepting applications from qualified individuals from all-over the world to become Secret-Shopper.There is no charge to become a shopper and you do not need previous experience.
After you sign up, you will have access to training materials from us. Should you be interested,your wages would be $200 to $250 per assignment. No commitment is made on this job and you would have flexible hours. At least 2 evaluations a week will be assigned to you because this is a part time job and we think this job suits you.
We will provide you the money for all of your evaluations. Money order/Certified check would be in a certain amount which you would be required to Cash at your Bank,then deduct your salary and have the rest used for the evaluation at the store that would be given to you for evaluations.
Provide the following information if you interested and we will get back shortly with an your assignment.
Contact/Direct Mailing Address:
State and Zip:
Home Phone Number(s):
We are waiting your good response, Thank you.
(Candidate from USA alone is allowed to apply for this offer))
Bradbury Crafts Shopper®2019
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.