Mystery Shopping Scams and FTC

by Robert ~ March 23rd, 2008. Filed under: Mystery Shopper Specialty, Mystery Shopping Scams, Mystery-Shopper, Mystery-Shopping.

From The Desk Of B. Robert

The subject of Mystery Shopping Scams
deserves story replication.

“Bona fide Mystery Shopper Companies will not charge you to sign up for Secret Shopping positions.

Legitimate companies hiring Shoppers
have no fees for sign-up.

Paying for jobs is not the same as expense
for a Mystery Shopping education.

Verify any companies you sign up with
to perform services.


Mystery Shopping Scams and FTC

The practice of fraudulent marketing companies promoting bogus offers is a common practice amongst sham operations.

The FTC will execute charges against companies that deliberately defraud the consumer.

If you experience any company that misrepresents available jobs and assignments or your potential Income, you should immediately contact The Federal Trade Commission.

The FTC will charge the mystery shopping operation for violations.

One particular scam, advertised to consumers they would be hired as mystery shoppers earning a high income.

That operation faced Federal Trade Commission charges that their claims about job availability and income potential were deceptive.

“The FTC alleged that in exchange for the $99.95 fee for one year of service, consumers thought they would be trained and certified as mystery shoppers, and would gain access to job postings available through the company, with enough paid assignments available to ensure a steady part-time or full-time income. Instead, consumers received a worthless certification and access to re-postings of other mystery shopping assignments posted by other companies.”

Consumers still had to apply for jobs with Mystery Shopping companies and at much lower-paying rates.


According to the FTC, the company charging $99.50 misrepresented the following:

  1. there were a specific number of mystery shopping jobs available in the consumers’ area;

  2. a large percentage of mystery shopping jobs go unfilled due to a lack of mystery shoppers; and

  3. Consumers who paid the defendants’ fee were likely to earn a high income

the operation itself was hiring mystery shoppers, or hiring mystery shoppers on behalf of others;

The operation advertised in newspapers, radio, and cable television, inviting consumers to call a toll-free number for more information.

Telemarketers working for the company assured consumers who phoned that there were a specific number of mystery shopping jobs available in their area; often stating a number in the hundreds or even thousands, and that consumers could make as much money as they wanted by deciding how many assignments to accept.

Additionally, telemarketers guaranteed consumers they would earn from $200 to $500 plus per week, and make their fee paid back within one to two weeks.

You can learn the details from the FTC’s Web site at and also from the FTC’s Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580.

The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them.

To file a complaint in English or Spanish or to get free information on any of 150 consumer topics, call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357),

Below are a few shops mentioned by Bona Fide Companies:


You must be reliable, observant, have an attention to details and be
able to follow specific instructions.

Satisfaction Services Inc. has mystery shops in all areas

NEW Shoppers ONLY sign up with the following link

DO NOT AUTO REPLY OR FORWARD BACK use this link also SEE our Today show
segment here

If you are already a Shopper for us email us

shoppers or call 954-564-6570 / 800-564-6574

We have shops all over the United States, Canada, and Latin
Americas. If you are looking to shop for us, please register online
then give us a call!


2-Person Assemble Wood Play House

Teams of 2 for Play House Assemblers Needed-

Employee Application (Form-JOB CODE EM-PH)

Send your contact info, cities requested and

Individuals and Teams

4-5 Hours/Store for 2 people to assemble a wood play house

1 Lead plus 1 Helper

Reps May Schedule 1 Store Per Day

Team Member $12/hr

3/31 – 4/12 Completion Dates

Daytime hours-approximate 8 AM start time


– Must be able to use tools

– Lead needs to bring tools

– Must have e-mail and internet access

-Team Leads also needed-do you have lead experience?

Each team member must pass a background check.

Many locations listed below!

Send an email with YOUR City, State & Zip in the subject line, giving

your Contact Information to:

***Locations will fill fast, please respond quickly***

***Please forward to family & friends that might be interested***

Please Provide:

1. Locations you are requesting (List please!)

2. Complete contact information

3. Are you available 3/3-3/17?

4. Do you have your own tools?

5. Do you have Team Lead experience and would you like to be a lead?

6. Do you have someone you would like to work with?


Fairbanks AK 99701


Prescott AZ 86301

Sahuarita AZ 85629

Tucson AZ 85746

Tucson AZ 85741

Winslow AZ 86047

Yuma AZ 85364


Anaheim CA 92801

Baldwin Park CA 91706

Brea CA 92821

Cerritos CA 90703

City Of Industry CA 91745

Colton CA 92324

Fairfield CA 94534

Fremont CA 94539

Huntington Beach CA 92646

Lakewood CA 90712

Lancaster CA 93536

Livermore CA 94550

Los Angeles CA 90008

Moreno Valley CA 92555

Napa CA 94558

Orange CA 92865

Oxnard CA 93030

Paramount CA 90723

Perris CA 92570

Pico Rivera CA 90660

Pittsburg CA 94565

Pomona CA 91766

Rosemead CA 91770

San Bernardino CA 92346

Santa Ana CA 92704

Santa Clarita (E) CA 91350

Stevenson Ranch CA 91381

Stockton CA 95212

Tracey CA 95304

Union City CA 94587

Westminster CA 92683


Aurora CO 80012

Aurora CO 80015


Hilo HI 96720

Honolulu (C) HI 96814

Kahului HI 96732

Pearl City HI 96782

Waipahu HI 96797


Caldwell ID 83607

Idaho Falls ID 83402

Jerome ID 83338

Meridian ID 83642

Nampa (Northeast) ID 83687


Billings MT 59105

Bozeman MT 59771

Butte MT 59701

Great Falls MT 59404

Helena MT 59601

Kalispell MT 59901

Miles City MT 59301

Missoula MT 59801

Missoula MT 59808

New Mexico:

Alamogordo NM 88310

Albuquerque NM 87108

Albuquerque NM 87123

Albuquerque NM 87110

Albuquerque NM 87120

Albuquerque (S) NM 87105

Artesia NM 88210

Bernalillo NM 87004

Carlsbad NM 88220

Clovis NM 88101

Edgewood NM 87015

Farmington NM 87402

Gallup NM 87301

Hobbs NM 88240

Las Cruces NM 88001

Las Cruces NM 88005

Rio Rancho (W) NM 87124

Roswell NM 88201

Santa Fe NM 87505


Winnemucca NV 89445


Clackamas OR 97015

Coos Bay OR 97420

Eugene OR 97408

Eugene (W) OR 97402

Klamath Falls OR 97603

Ontario OR 97914

Portland OR 97266

Salem OR 97305

Salem OR 97302

Wood Village OR 97060

Woodburn OR 97071


Abilene TX 79606

Abilene (NE) TX 79601

Lubbock TX 79423

Lubbock TX 79416

Lubbock TX 79424

Pampa TX 79065

Sweetwater TX 79556


Airway Height WA 99001

College Place WA 99324

Ephrata WA 98823

Kennewick WA 99337

Lacey WA 98503

Longview WA 98632

Pasco WA 99301

Port Angeles WA 98362

Puyallup WA 98374

Sequim WA 98382

Tulalip WA 98271

Vancouver WA 98665

Vancouver (East) WA 98664

Wenatchee WA 98801

Yakima WA 98901

Yelm WA 98597

Cindy Brown

National Recruiter

Premium Retail Services

Please Apply Online!

Action Research has the following apartment shops available.

No appointment is made. We want you to do a drop in visit.

You can
shop any leasing consultant. You do not need to reach the same
consultant for the phone evaluation as the onsite.

Paperwork is very
easy, mostly yes/no questions. Explain “no” answers but a narrative
is not required. We need just three or four lines giving your total
impression of the visit and also of the hone call that is made AFTER
the visit.

This call is the phone evaluation. You may not have
shopped the location within the past 12 months.

Only serious shoppers need reply and only if you are sure you can do
the shop(s) and complete by the due date. Paperwork must be submitted
within 24 hours of completion and we must have it in by Sunday night,
March 23rd.

You must call to verify they are open before going to the apartments
to do the onsite visit.

The commission is $20 plus $5 bonus.

Following are the locations:

Old Decatur Road Ft. Worth 76106

M-F 9-5/Sat. 10-6/Sun. 12-6

Income Restrictions Family community

Please reply with ALL of the following information.


Complete Address (street, city and zip code):

Phone number:

Email address:

Do you have Excel? If not do you have Works?

Do you have Word?

Do you have access to a fax to fax back to a toll free number or scan

and email?

Which location(s) are you applying for?

When do you plan to do the shop(s)?


Action Research Group

Market Viewpoint has APARTMENT mystery shops available in the
following locations:

Locations for any shopper for Apartment shops!!!

Kansas City KS 66112

Bensalem PA 19020

Time Period Available:

due by 3/25

Payment for completed shops is $25


I need the following information even if you
are a registered shopper with us:


Address :

Phone :

Paypal Email address:

We prefer shoppers who have PAYPAL. If you don’t have Paypal, please
let me know.

Please follow these directions carefully to be
considered for a shop.

We have an exciting and unique shop opportunity available.

We are
looking for shoppers who have or know young children between the ages
of 2-13.

The shop entails a visit to a local store to first locate a
specific item and note where you found it, what shelf its on, is it
displayed attractively, etc. You will then approach a sales
associate with a specific scenario (ie. looking for a birthday gift,
looking for something suitable for a child who likes to draw, etc.)
and then report back the associates responses.

You must purchase the
item specified. Depending on the scenario, you may need to pay by
credit card or cash/debit, and you may also be required to purchase
additional items of your choice. You get to keep the merchandise you
purchase. A copy of the receipt must be emailed or faxed to us, PLUS
you must mail the original receipt to our office.

This is an interesting shop because you may be invited to report back

your opinion about the product within 48 hours to a week of

purchasing the product. (A link to a survey would be emailed to

those invited.) So, not only are you helping the client to gain much

appreciated information about the sales associate who assists you,

but you also may have the opportunity to share your thoughts and

ideas about the product.

This is absolutely a great shop for those of you who have a child’s

birthday coming up, or some other special occasion. The product

makes an excellent gift!

If you are interested, and are not currently registered as a shopper

for Shoppers Confidential, please visit to register.

Remember to
check your email for a link to activate your shopper account! Once
registered, please reply to

with “Retail Shop” in the subject line.

Please provide us with your
full name, the city/town you’re inquiring about (see below for
locations), and the age of the child you will use during the shop
scenario. – The child does not need to attend the shop with you.


CA – Bakersfield, Dublin, Gilroy

CO – Grand Junction

FL – Orlando

GA – Hiram

KS – Lawrence

LA – Shreveport

MN – Bloomington

NC – Asheville-Arden

NJ – Howell, Paramus, Rockaway

NY – Watertown

OH – Toledo

OR – Bend

PA – Pittsburgh

TX – Denton

WA – Silverdale, Veradale

Come work for a great company, Servicing top of the line products.

REPS, a Handleman company, is a leading 3rd party Merchandising

company. We are a division of The Handleman Company who does a high
volume of sales every year.

Thanks for replying to our opening for Retail Reset Merchandisers. We

currently have Reset Projects getting ready to start in April 2008.

These are cosmetic resets at Pamida stores nation wide. Pay for this

Reset work is based upon experience and location.

If you are
interested in any of the locations posted on line please click on the
link below and fill out a short application. We will review your

application and contact you in a timely manner! Looking forward to

hearing from you!

Paste this link in your browser:


Wheatland WY 82201

TorringtonWY 82240

Rawlins WY 82301

Worland WY 82401

Powell WY 82435

ThermopolisWY 82443

Lander WY 82520

Douglas WY 82633

Newcastle WY 82701

Green RiverWY 82935

Madison SD 57042

Sisseton SD 57262

Winner SD 57580

Belle FourcheSD 57717

Hot SpringsSD 57747

Sturgis SD 57785

PlattsmouthNE 68048

Auburn NE 68305

BeatriceNE 68310

Crete NE 68333

Falls CityNE 68355

Nebraska CityNE 68410

York NE 68467

O’Neill NE 68763

Wayne NE 68787

West PointNE 68788

Broken BowNE 68822

HoldregeNE 68949

SuperiorNE 68978

GothenburgNE 69138

OgallalaNE 69153

AinsworthNE 69210

AllianceNE 69301

BlairNE 68008-2540

Valley CityND 58072

WahpetonND 58075

CavalierND 58220

Grafton ND 58237

BottineauND 58318

Rugby ND 58368

Beulah ND 58523

LivingstonMT 59047

Glasgow MT 59230

Sidney MT 59270

LewistownMT 59457

Shelby MT 59474

Columbia FallsMT59912

Libby MT 59923

Seneca KS 66538

Clay CenterKS 67432

Norton KS 67654

Scott CityKS 67871

LancasterWI 53813

Adams WI 53910

ReedsburgWI 53959

Waupun WI 53963

EllsworthWI 54011

Oconto WI 54153

KewauneeWI 54216

Sister BayWI 54234

AbbotsfordWI 54405

NeillsvilleWI 54456

Eagle RiverWI 54521

Park FallsWI 54552

Arcadia WI 54612

Spooner WI 54801

Ashland WI 54806

LadysmithWI 54848

ClintonvilleWI 54929

Wautoma WI 54982

Hayward WI 54843-0966

CentervilleTN 37033

Mt. GileadOH 43338

MontpelierOH 43543

Newton FallsOH 44444

Minerva OH 44657

GeorgetownOH 45121

CarrolltonMO 64633

Trenton MO 64683

El Dorado SpringsMO 64744

CaliforniaMO 65018

Mora MN 55051

Pine CityMN 55063

Glencoe MN 55336

LitchfieldMN 55355

PrincetonMN 55371

Two HarborsMN 55616

Ely MN 55731

St. JamesMN 56081

Windom MN 56101

Luverne MN 56156

PipestoneMN 56164

Morris MN 56267

GlenwoodMN 56334

Aitkin MN 56431

Park RapidsMN 56470

Wadena MN 56482

Detroit LakesMN 56502

Fergus FallsMN 56538

Perham MN 56573

Bemidji MN 56601

CrookstonMN 56716

East Grand ForksMN 56721

Roseau MN 56751

Chelsea MI 48118

Imlay CityMI 48444

Clare MI 48617

Gladwin MI 48624

StandishMI 48658

Allegan MI 49010

DowagiacMI 49047

BrooklynMI 49230

TecumsehMI 49286

Newaygo MI 49337

Sparta MI 49345

Hart MI 49420

WhitehallMI 49461

IshpemingMI 49849

ManistiqueMI 49854

Wetmore MI 49895

Calumet MI 49913

Iron RiverMI 49935

SyracuseIN 46567

BatesvilleIN 47006

Attica IN 47918

Hoopeston IL 60942

Savanna IL 61074

MonticelloIL 61856

Tuscola IL 61953

Mt. CarmelIL 62863

CharitonIA 50049

JeffersonIA 50129

Osceola IA 50213

Perry IA 50220

WintersetIA 50273

Forest CityIA 50436

Hampton IA 50441

Clarion IA 50525

HumboldtIA 50548

New HamptonIA 50659

Oelwein IA 50662

GreenfieldIA 50849

Onawa IA 51040

Sheldon IA 51201

Ida GroveIA 51445

GlenwoodIA 51534

Harlan IA 51537

Missouri Valley IA 51555

Red Oak IA 51566

DyersvilleIA 52040

Waukon IA 52172

Toledo IA 52342

Hello Shoppers,

My name is Becky, I am with Satisfaction Services. We
have some shops available in many areas.

These shops are Phil Long Auto Sales. You would be required to test

drive a car either new or used depending on what is on your survey.

You can do up to 3 different locations.

We pay you $20 dollars with
a $5 bonus because these shops need to be completed by the end of the

The following locations available to shop are as follows:

1565 Auto Mall Loop Colorado Springs, CO

1540 Auto Mall Loop Colorado Springs, CO

1510 Auto Mall Loop Colorado Springs, CO

1212 Motor City Drive Colorado Springs, CO

1020 Motor City Drive Colorado Springs, CO

1133 Motor City Drive Colorado Springs, CO

1226 Motor City Drive Colorado Springs, CO

1109 Motor City Drive Colorado Springs, CO

1329 Motor City Drive Colorado Springs, CO

150 West Motor Way Colorado Springs, CO

170 West Motor Way Colorado Springs, CO

The dates available to shop all these locations are as follows:






If interested please email me the locations address and one of the

dates above. Remember you can do up to 3 different locations.



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