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Helpful Tips to Avoid Mystery Shopper Scams

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Helpful Tips to Avoid Mystery Shopping Scams

  • Do not deposit unexpected paper checks into your personal account and then wire funds or purchase and mail gift cards, as this is almost certainly a mystery shopping scam.
  • You should never pay to become a Mystery Shopper
  • Do not accept assignments involving evaluating money-transfer services
  • Be cautious of any jobs with outlandish rewards or cash payments.  If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Do not trust unsolicited emails if you did not already directly sign up with a legitimate company.
  • Avoid all  ‘companies’ that claim to pay in advance of shop completions.
  • Take the time to research and conduct due diligence on any company you might wish to work with and always contact them directly through a Google search or the MSPA industry trade association. Scammers will often spoof popular mystery shopping company names.
  • Always avoid and ignore unsolicited emails and text messages, especially if they are coming from Gmail, Yahoo, etc. rather than a real company email account.

 

Second To None’s Mystery Shopping Practices

  • Second To None never sends paper checks to be used in conducting a mystery shopping assignment.
  • Second To None never offers mystery shopping jobs that require making a wire transfer, check deposit or purchase and forwarding of gift cards.
  • Second To None email messages only come from name@second-to-none.com or name@secondtonone.com.
    We do not email shoppers from Yahoo, Gmail, etc.
  • Second To None only accepts shopper applications at our official sites: second-to-none.com or joinstn.com. We never assign jobs to shoppers who have not applied through our website.
  • Second To None only offers shopping assignments through the secure ShopperHub website portal
  • Second To None does not make shopper payments in advance of work being completed.
  • Second To None only pays our shoppers by PayPal or direct deposit; never a mailed check.
  • For additional information on legitimate mystery shopping companies, visit the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) at www.mysteryshop.org.

 

Are You The Victim of a Check/Wire Transfer Scam? Do This:

  • File a Police Report
    • Mail-based check cashing/fund wiring scams that cross state lines may be considered a federal offense. If you are a victim of this, you should contact your local police or sheriff’s department where you live, to file a formal report.
  • File a Mail Fraud Complaint with U.S. Postal Inspection Service
    • If you received a scam check, letter, instructions, etc. through the U.S. Postal Service, this may be considered federal mail fraud.
      You should file a complaint through the Postal Inspection Service online form here: https://www.uspis.gov/report/
  • File a Complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • If you are the victim of a check-cashing scam and have lost money through it, file a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Service here.
  • File Online Report with National Consumers League
    • If you are the victim of scam, you should file a complaint with the National Consumers League here.
  • Report Check Scams to the Federal Trade Commission
    • The Federal Trade Commission encourages all scam victims to file a report through their website here.