Job scam quick guide: it's a scam if...

  • they want you to collect and forward money in any way (a "money mule" job). You'll wind up engaged in money laundering, personally defrauded via expertly forged cheques, money orders, etc, or defrauding someone else who pays for goods that never arrive.
  • they want you to receive packages and reship them somewhere else. The goods will have been obtained fraudulently, and they're just using you to make the shipping address appear local. You will be aiding fraud.
  • they want up-front payment (either to them or someone else) of any sort for anything before you can get the job. This is advance fee fraud: there is no job -- it's just a big con to extract money from you.
  • they want you to buy any kind of "membership" or "kit" in order to start. Forget it -- it's not a real job at all: they're trying to sell you something, and they're probably making a bunch of other false claims about it if they're pitching it as a "job".
  • it's a job offer, and it's spam. There are LOTS of these scams about, as you can see.

Friday, November 07, 2008

David Weasley, Mystery Shoppers Ltd

This is a cheque/money order forgery scam disguised as a Mystery Shopper offer. The source of the email appears to be, which is currently registered to a network service provider in Lagos, Nigeria (big surprise). The website mentioned in this spam is not actually related to the scam -- it's just part of the scammer's cover story. What's really going on here is that the scammer wants to send you forged cheques or money orders and have you cash them at some facility and wire back the bulk of the money via Western Union or similar, all under the pretext that you're trying out the associated services, and are going to write a report on it. The truth of the matter is that he just needs willing suckers to take the legal risks associated with cashing forged cheques and money orders.

Steer clear of this Nigerian scammer crap, and rest assured that ANY "mystery shopper" offer you receive by email is just another cover story for a scam.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mystery Shoppers Ltd. <mysteryshopper[@]>
Date: 2008/11/6 UTC
Subject: Get Paid To Shop ?.
To: recipients <Undisclosed>

Dear Sir/Ma,

Performance analysis and mystery shopping is crucial for any modern business. It is an important part of improving quality of service and enhancing sales so that the business progresses and rules the market. The company that proves its competence gains maximum number of clients.

The stores and companies try out various ways of improving their customer services. They go out of their ways to find out where the drawback lies. Some managers do it stealthily but the smarter ones hire someone else to do the job. Mystery shopping service is one of the mysterious ways of building the relationship with the customers.

We are a company that conduct surveys and evaluate for other companies. We get hired to go to other peoples companies and act like customers in order to know how the staffs are handling their services in relation to their customers.

So we are looking for person(s) that can play the role of a mystery shopper.Once we have a contract to do, you would be given the funds and directed to the company or outlet, all you need to do the is (either purchase goods or their services), after which you would write a comment on the staffs activities and give a detailed record of your experience

Examples of details you would forward to us are

1) How long it took you to get services.
2) Smartness of the attendant.
3)Customer service professionalism.
4)Sometimes you might be required to upset the attendant, to see how they react to clients when they get tensed.

And we turn the information over to the company executives and they would carry out their own duties in improving there services.We will pay Ј150 on every evaulation carried out. We need to run a background check on you.

Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops, stores, restaurant and services in your area.No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours as it suits you. If you are interested do send in these information:

AGE : (18 and Above)

N:B. You will entitled to 5% on each payment you receive in your account on
outing you make. So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put your service into, and your address would also be needed for your payments.

David Weasley (0702-407-1528)

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