MYSTERY SHOPPING LEGITIMATE FACTS and SCAMS
Do you like to shop?
Do you like undercover activity?
Would you like to be reimbursed for all or some of your purchases?
Would you like to earn a fee for shopping?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you might enjoy becoming a Mystery Shopper.
It is very important you do not confuse Legitimate Mystery Shopper companies with fraudulent promoters.
First, you must enjoy shopping.
Second, you must be aware of fraudulent mystery shopper marketing campaigners.
Third, you must realize, especially, when you first begin, Mystery shopping is regarded a part-time activity.
Fourth, you should not pay for any listing of companies who hire Mystery Shoppers.
Fifth, you can become a Mystery Shopper without having to spend a great deal of money.
Sixth, you should consider reading and learning more about Legitimate Mystery Shopping.
THINGS YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO:
If you enjoy shopping including observing your surroundings, Mystery Shopping may be the perfect type of activity that avails you of extra income.
You can find legitimate mystery shopping assignments that offer you to dine at fast food, lunch and elegant dinner restaurants.
You can find secret shops on assignments at movie theaters, shoe stores, vision centers, oil change and automotive dealers, car sales dealerships, apartments, bars, cell phone and retail outlets, hotels, grocery stores, home improvements and club warehouses and almost any type of shopping event.
However, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC); consumers must be conscientious of fraudulent marketers who promise lucrative jobs as mystery shoppers; then do not offer genuine opportunities.
Many retailers employ marketing research companies to evaluate the quality of service in their stores along with gathered data to evaluate personnel, policies, promotions, products and more.
Market Research companies recruit mystery shoppers to obtain the information required and request they shop anonymously.
Researchers assign a mystery shopper to purchase in a store or restaurant, for example, and then report on their experience. There are many different type shops also known as evaluations, audits and investigative encounters. On many ‘shops’ a purchase may not be required; however, typically, a secret shopper is reimbursed if any products are paid for, and they can keep the product or service.
Many professional mystery-shopping companies will post available secret shops online using their websites, forums and list services.
Unfortunately, fraudulent mystery shopping promoters also use the same advertisements and online gateways to create the impression that they are a lucrative mystery shopping company with available jobs.
A mystery shopper must frequent the online sites and forums to learn which companies are reputable.
99.9% of websites where consumers can “register” to become a mystery shopper for a fee to receive a list of mystery shopping companies are not the legitimate websites you should patronize.
The truth is that it is unnecessary to pay money to anyone to get into the mystery shopper business.
There is the exception to becoming Certified with http://mysteryshop.org/
Do not confuse some websites that offer Mystery Shopping Certification with professional Mystery Shopper Associations and Organizations that provide legitimate certification plans.
A list of companies who hire mystery shoppers is available at no cost on a few different sites.
Legitimate Mystery Shopping Associations –
You can learn a great deal more on becoming a legitimate mystery shopper for a legitimate company at;
• The Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) website at www.mysteryshop.org You can obtain more information on how to register to be a mystery shopper with a MSPA-member company, a database of available jobs, and additional information on the industry in general.
• Here is a reputable Mystery Shopping company to sign up with if you are interested; http://www.aboutfacecorp.com/
If you think you have encountered a mystery-shopping swindle, file a complaint with your local consumer protection agency, the Better Business Bureau, your State Attorney General, or the FTC (ftc.gov).
The FTC works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid swindlers and scammers.
You can file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
Mystery Shopper Scams
Legitimate mystery shopping opportunities are available, and so are many scams.
If any mystery shopping opportunity is NOT A SCAM, you will not have to pay any application fee or deposit any check and/or wire (transfer) money to anyone else.