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Secret Shopper Scams

Security and Fraud Information

Some Members have reported fraudulent solicitations for secret shopper jobs at various retailers (they may also be referred to as "mystery shoppers").

If a secret shopper opportunity is legitimate, you will never be asked to pay an application fee or deposit a check and wire money to someone else.

Here are a few tips to avoid this type of scam:

  • It's unnecessary to pay anyone to get into the mystery shopper business.
  • It’s never a good idea to deposit a check from someone you don’t know.
  • Fraudulent mystery shopper programs commonly ask you to evaluate a money transfer service, like Western Union or MoneyGram.

You can learn more about this type of scam on the Federal Trade Commission Website.

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