Mystery Shopper Craigslist
There are many places on-line where mystery shopping opportunities are advertised. One such place is mystery shopper Craigslist. However, it doesn’t tend to be particularly popular for this purpose. We imagine that there are some legitimate opportunities on there, but what we advise is not to jump into any opportunities straight away. Be careful that the job is legitimate by following up through checking any web links or speaking to a customer service team. If basic information such as this is missing, signs point to the possibility that it could be a scam.
AN EXAMPLE OF A MYSTERY SHOPPER CRAIGSLIST SCAM
Recently, an individual created a post on craigslist saying they were seeking employment. As a result of this, they received an email asking them if they’d be interested in an open mystery shopping opportunity. The person in question accepted the offer, believing it was legitimate. As part of the job, they were told that they needed to buy supplies, and to cover these costs, they would be sent a cheque. $400 would be taken out of it for fees, whilst the rest would be cashed through Western Union. It turned out in the end that the entire thing was a scam.
BE CAREFUL WHICH MYSTERY SHOPPER OPPORTUNITIES YOU CHOOSE
As you can see from above, this is a classic example of an employment scam, which is frequent with work from home positions such as mystery shopper Craigslist. Often, people who accept these jobs will be sent a cheque, some of which is to be used to purchase supplies, and they are told where to wire the money from. The scam works by depositing a cheque into the individual’s account. They are then informed to send money to a company such as MoneyGram or Western Union. The cheque is then returned as counterfeit and the victim receives no compensation as the cheque is fraudulent.
PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM MYSTERY SHOPPING SCAMS
- Always use legitimate mystery shopping sites such as Marketforce
- Use mystery shopping sites that are accredited by the MSPA
- Never pay money upfront. Legitimate mystery shopping companies won’t ask for this