The Mystery Shoppers Providers Association
Mystery shopping is a great way to earn extra income, as well as get some freebies along the way too! Unfortunately, it is an area that is increasingly prone to scams. Just look at any major broadsheet newspaper website and you’ll struggle not to find stories about victims to mystery shopping scams here in the UK. For example, this one happened in February this year. Thankfully, many mystery shopping companies are recognizing this problem and are protecting themselves and their customers by becoming members of the MSPA (The mystery shoppers providers association).
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE MYSTERY SHOPPERS PROVIDERS ASSOCIATION
Although the mystery shoppers providers association has a number of different objectives, one of them is aimed at protecting innocent people from being scammed of their hard-earned money. So, when you look for your next mystery shopper opportunity, try and choose one which has an MSPA accreditation. This means the company abides by certain professional standards and is more likely to be a genuine opportunity as opposed to a scam.
PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM SCAMS
Spotting the difference between real and scam mystery shopper opportunities really does take a trained eye. If you are new to mystery shopping, you may browse a site that is seemingly legitimate but is, in fact, a scam. So, how do you spot something that’s fake? Try to spot some of the telltale signs:
- The mystery shopping opportunity is trying to take your money during registration
- The website in question has a number of negative reviews
- The advertisement seems too good to be true
- You’ve never heard of the mystery shopper company
- There is a lack of detailed information on their website