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Is Mystery Shoppers Inc in Knoxville TN one of the scammers?

alilfaith 645 199 August 7, 2014 at 12:03 PM in Question
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Thankyou in advance on this since ive only done a few mystery shops so far & first time getting email from Mystery Shoppers, Inc in Knoxville TN and something doesn't feel right even though it looked pretty professional. Says Mystery Shoppers, Inc was founded in 1994 by Beverly Gleason, Tiffany Gleason and Trish Overton. We are a nationwide company, based out of Knoxville, Tennessee. We have a mystery shopping assignment in your area and we would like you to participate.
I really cant remember signing up with them. Its not the known western union scam ive read of here but for a mystery shop in my area for a Walmart store and because it says it pays $170 that feels like too much for a Walmart shop and it has me hesitant to reply.

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it pays $170
For a Walmart shop?
O M G - If MS shops paid that much for a Walmart shop

Please be careful about any contact you get from a company wanting you to do mystery shopping for them, because it is more than likely a scam.

What is the email address .com .br, etc.? and how is the grammar?
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it pays $170
For a Walmart shop?
O M G - If MS shops paid that much for a Walmart shop

Please be careful about any contact you get from a company wanting you to do mystery shopping for them, because it is more than likely a scam.

What is the email address .com .br, etc.? and how is the grammar?
Thankyou. You know when you already get a bad feel about one of these things, but you also really want to earn that much $ for a shop...so i had to ask here as i know others will confirm what i already suspected. I googled some more and all the scams say its about a western union shop but Walmart stores do western union transactions so maybe they get you to apply and then tell you its really about a western union transaction and that's the scam. I deleted their email now and thanks for confirming what i suspected.
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Thankyou. You know when you already get a bad feel about one of these things, but you also really want to earn that much $ for a shop...so i had to ask here as i know others will confirm what i already suspected. I googled some more and all the scams say its about a western union shop but Walmart stores do western union transactions so maybe they get you to apply and then tell you its really about a western union transaction and that's the scam. I deleted their email now and thanks for confirming what i suspected.
I don't think the store itself is shopped, optical might be. I know there's merchandisers for Walmart. And that's about all we can talk about laugh out loud
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A thread of interest on this subject:

http://www.mysteryshopforum.com/read/6/84841
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What did it ask you to do at Walmart? I did a search on the company name. They have an A+ rating at BBB and you can easily find their address and phone number, plus the founders names as mentioned. That info is not available on scammers. Sometimes you get emails from places you are not signed up with because they sometimes share names. I stopped mystery shopping, but that used to happen to me a lot because I am in an area with very few mystery shoppers.
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I did a search on the company name. They have an A+ rating at BBB and you can easily find their address and phone number, plus the founders names as mentioned.
Many, many Mystery Shop companies are 100% legit.
But then you get the scammers who make an email look like it's coming from the reputable MS company when it's not the MS company at all, they're spoof emails.
So then one does a search and see they're reputable and figure it must be OK, when it's not. That's what the scammers want you to think.

This will tell you "Mystery Shoppers does not contact you to do mystery shops unless you have signed up with our company first."
http://mystery-shoppers.com/consu...rnings.htm

This goes along with the large $$ amount legit looking cashiers checks that arrive in the mail, so many have fallen for that, it's Frown
Plus, the Western Union scam..
http://corporate.walmart.com/priv...ry-shopper
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A thread of interest on this subject:

http://www.mysteryshopforum.com/read/6/84841
Thankyou. I was confused over if this is real or not but i did more reading and looking so im going to pass to be safer than sorry. ill copy and paste their invite here if it helps others who may get it. I google searched their company and it does show Mystery shoppers are real but the things that make me nervous are
the email address my invite came from is from someones .edu email account
in my browser window after I clicked their invite link I noticed their application is on a site titled vtspc.components.com so that didn't look right either
and re reading the application, it has a few grammar mistakes so im going to be safe than sorry and passed on this. Thankyou to everyone for your input


Application Form

Mystery Shoppers, Inc was founded in 1994 by Beverly Gleason, Tiffany Gleason and Trish Overton. We are a nationwide company, based out of Knoxville, Tennessee.

We have a mystery shopping assignment in your area and we would like you to participate" Secret Shopper(R) is accepting applications for qualified individuals to become mystery shoppers. It's fun and rewarding, and you choose when and where you want to shop. You are never obligated to accept an assignment. 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 via e-mail, fax or postal mail.

ABOUT US

Secret Shopper(R) is the premier mystery shopping company, serving clients across America and Canada with over 500,000 shoppers available and ready to help businesses better serve their customers. Continual investment in the latest internet and communication technologies coupled with over 16 years of know-how means working with Secret Shopper(R) is a satisfying and rewarding experience. Secret shopping as seen on ABC NEWS, NBC NEWS, L.A.TIMES. Stores and organizations such as The Gap, Walmart, Pizza Hut, and Bank. One amongst many others pay for Secret Shoppers to shop in their establishments and report their experiences. On top of being paid for shopping you are also allowed to keep purchases for free. Secret Shopper(R) NEVER charge fees to the shopper. Training, tips for improvement, and shopping opportunities are provided free to registered shoppers. Mystery shoppers are either paid a pre-arranged fee for a particular shop, a reimbursement for a purchase or a combination of both.
Secret Shopper(R) has available for immediate assignment an inspection of the customer service of any walmart in your area. You are to shop secretly and invest just $10. This fee will be paid upfront. During this shop you will visit the location and make several observations as regards the customer service.

You will be required to interact with the shop clerk.

You may conduct the shop alone or as a couple.

The assignment will pay $170.00/ Assignment

Kindly Fill Out the application form below and we will get back to you shortly with the assignment:

Our whole aim is to help companies become more effective. We want our clients to be better than anyone else, because that's what keeps the customer coming back. Mystery Shoppers, Inc. can provide your business with the following services:

* customer service evaluations via in store visits
* customer service evaluations via phone - recorded or not recorded
* competitor shops
* opinion surveys
* market research
* customer satisfaction surveys
* Shopper Training - Interactive Video or Slide Show
* IVR or ICR surveys

Please fill out the form below and we will get back in touch with you as quickly as possible.and also indicate if you have done this kind and job before, Please share your past experience with us in the comment space been provied

Application Form

First Name:
Middle Name:
Last Name:
Date Of Birth :
Street Address:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Telephone Number:
Occupation:
Email Address:


MSPA Member
(C) 2014 Mystery Shoppers, Inc.
PO Box 50578 o Knoxville, TN 37950

Quote from TattyBear View Post :
Many, many Mystery Shop companies are 100% legit.
But then you get the scammers who make an email look like it's coming from the reputable MS company when it's not the MS company at all, they're spoof emails.
So then one does a search and see they're reputable and figure it must be OK, when it's not. That's what the scammers want you to think.

This will tell you "Mystery Shoppers does not contact you to do mystery shops unless you have signed up with our company first."
http://mystery-shoppers.com/consu...rnings.htm

This goes along with the large $$ amount legit looking cashiers checks that arrive in the mail, so many have fallen for that, it's Frown
Plus, the Western Union scam..
http://corporate.walmart.com/priv...ry-shopper
Thankyou again for your info. I passed as several things did not look or feel right on this to me and I wanted to be safe than so
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I think you made the right decision. Better safe than sorry, as you said! Smilie
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I think you made the right decision. Better safe than sorry, as you said! Smilie
Oh, you are absolutely right, I'm sure. Better safe than sorry!!
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Think about the type of shop, company, client, work involved etc. $170 shop fee involves a lot of work. This screams SCAM. Also, even though it doesn't state Western Union, the format they use is exactly the same as pretty much all the SCAMs I've seen. You can also check MSPA and mystery shopping forums.
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Be extremely careful. For a mystery shop to pay that much typically involves at least a few days' work for the whole day. Typically mystery shops are extra pocket money and not real lucrative. The legit ones sound more normal and do not raise any red flags. You get those from the reputable places and usually they have you either write a paragraph sample/example or so and/or have you take tests on each shop in some cases. Once those are okay with them then you can shop.
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Look what I received today...this email IS for the Western Union Scam from Mystery Shoppers, INC

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Rule of thumb:
if it sounds too good to be true....Stop....Think....Then simply walk away


So many Red Flags
P.O. Box
No Phone #
invest just $10.00 This fee will be paid upfront.
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Last edited by victor4461 August 27, 2014 at 08:48 AM
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Mystery Shoppers Inc is definitely a legitimate site. I have done a few shops for them and http://mystshopper.com/company/My...pers,_Inc. has a good review to back it up.

With that said, that shop sounds very sketchy. If you received it via email and do not see it on the actual website, there is most likely something wrong here.
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