Is a Mystery Shopper Gift Card a Legitimate Opportunity?
If you encounter a mystery shopping assignment that asks you to buy a gift card, chances are it’s a scam.
In fact, mystery shopper gift card fraud is rife amongst the mystery shopping industry.
One recent scam was on the website UK Mystery Shopper. They were offering people the chance to win a £100 card gift card simply for visiting their local Aldi.
Aldi later confirmed they only advertise mystery shopping opportunities on their own website. They also said they were in no way connected with UK Mystery Shopper. In fact, the most common way they gather customer feedback is by requesting it from customers after they’ve completed a shop there.
How to Avoid Mystery Shopper Gift Card Scams
It’s not just mystery shopper gift cards where you can be scammed. Another popular scam is to deposit a cheque in your bank account. Once you realise it’s fake and try to reclaim the money, the scammer has scarpered. So you’re left to pick up the pieces.
There are a number of things to look out for to avoid such mystery shopping scams.
- Avoid depositing checks from mystery shopping companies or mailing gift cards
- Don’t pay to become a mystery shopper
- Don’t accept jobs involving money transfer services
- Take jobs with generous cash rewards with caution. They’re probably too good to be true
- Unless you’re registered with a company, don’t trust unsolicited e-mails
- Don’t accept upfront payments for mystery shopping assignments
- Research mystery shopping companies before registering with them. The MSPA or Google are good places to start