The Mystery Shopping Providers Association has alerted its members of a scam. In response to that, we in turn are alerting our shoppers accordingly.
You may visit the MSPA website at www.mysteryshop.org.
Shopper’s Critique never conducts mystery shops involving check cashing or money transfers. We never ask shoppers to send us or anyone else money for any reason. If someone posing as a representative of Shopper’s Critique ever contacts you with a cashier’s check they would like to send you to have cashed or mails one to you, call us before you try to cash the check…it is a scam!
To report incidents of a check scam, report it to any or all of the following agencies:
Federal Trade Commission
Your local FBI Field Office
Go to the site to find local information.
Internet Crime Complaint Center
If you received a cashier’s check, notify the bank the check it was drawn on so they can alert their branches and other banks not to process the checks.
If the scam was delivered using United States Mail
Make certain you document everything you do with dates, times and names of people you speak with. Save all correspondence. Some of the agencies above will issue a reference number for the complaint; make sure you retain that information as well.
These issues should be reported whether you incurred a loss or not. Your reports may help stop the scam before someone else gets hurt.
If anyone contacts you by email claiming to be representing Shoppers’ Critique, check out their email address. If it’s a gmail.com address, a hotmail.com address, or any other address that does not look like a legitimate business address, contact US before falling for a scam! Legitimate emails from Shoppers’ Critique staff will always have @shopperscritique.com. More importantly, if you hit “reply,” make sure it will go BACK to this address. Scammers could attempt to spoof our email addresses. Be careful. Don’t get scammed!
Mystery Shopper Recruiting Scam
Shoppers’ Critique NEVER charges shoppers any registration fees. In fact
Shoppers’ Critique NEVER charges shoppers for ANYTHING. Using our name as
well as other company names, scammers attempt to recruit mystery shoppers
via email. The angle is they try to collect a fee from you and/or your
personal information. The emails contain text stolen from our website in an
attempt to add legitimacy.