We have a warning about a scam making its way into your mailbox. It's called the mystery shopping scam and it works by sending you a letter saying you've been selected for a part time job as a mystery shopper. Along with that letter is a big fat check.
Tempting as it is to try and cash it, one local woman knew something wasn't right and contacted 3 News. Bill Churchwell had her story during 3 News at 10.
The Better Business Bureau offers this advice about mystery shopping offers.
· Remember that anyone can place a newspaper or online ad. Do not confuse the appearance of such solicitations in reputable forums with proof of the offers having been thoroughly evaluated by those publications or job search services.
· Do not be lulled into a false sense of security by official-sounding corporate names. Some scam artists operate under business names that can be confused with those of long-standing, reputable firms.
· Don't pay a company to hire you, not even if such payment is presented as necessary for buying training materials, obtaining required certification or registering with databases of available mystery shoppers. Remember, if the process involves you sending money to your potential employers, it's probably a scam.
· Be wary of companies that ask you to disburse money from your own pocket for the goods you buy as their secret shopper.
· Do not wire money to strangers or to firms that have supposedly hired you. Once cash is out the door, it's gone for ever.
· If you have questions about the legitimacy of a job listing, contact your BBB at www.bbb.org
Check out www.mysteryshop.org to search mystery shopping providers.
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