Mystery shopping is something that I see more and more people interested in. There are many positives of mystery shopping, which has lead to many people creating fraudulent mystery shopping companies. You are better than that though, don’t fall for any mystery shopping scams!
Mystery shopping most likely won’t get you rich, but it is a way to put some extra cash in your pocket. Be safe with what the mystery shopping companies that you do decide to use.
There are many ways that you can possibly be scammed when trying to find a good mystery shopping company.
They ask you to pay upfront.
Are you asked to pay for the products beforehand? This might be a scam. Or, maybe they asked you to send cash to them first before you are allowed to do any mystery shops, then that is most likely a scam as well.
You are asked to send a check.
Lots of scammers will ask if they can send you a check and then you refund the difference. That is a scam! Do not deposit a check and then give them the difference in cash. You will then be out of all of the money. Why would they even need you to do this? Surprisingly, many people fall for this scam each and every single day.
They ask you to pay for a bunch of certifications.
I have never had to pay for a certification before I mystery shopped, but I have heard that some companies prefer you to have certifications or licenses. However, be careful! You can do a license search such as on License Direct to see what other successful mystery shoppers have.
Some of these companies are just complete scams and they want you to pay high amounts for training and then their certification doesn’t actually mean anything. Make sure that you are going through a reputable company. Do plenty of research before you pay for anything.
What other mystery shopping scams have you heard of?