How to Avoid Mystery Shopping Scams
Mystery shopping is a very fun way to earn some free stuff, eat some free meals, and make some great money while helping to improve a business. Unfortunately, there are a lot of mystery shopping scams out there. Follow these tips to avoid those scams:
- DO NOT pay a registration fee to a mystery shopping company.
- DO NOT pay for “certification”, “training materials”, or “secret lists”.
- DO expect that the mystery shopping company will prescreen you in some way – this is a job after all! If they don’t, run fast the other way.
- DO NOT provide a debit or credit card, even if they say they won’t charge it.
- DO NOT respond to mystery shopping ads in the classifieds or ones you hear on the radio.
- DO remember that if something is too good to be true, it probably is – don’t expect to make thousands of dollars from a shop or get to keep high-end items such as TVs.
- DO NOT accept a cashier’s check as payment, these are often time fakes.
- DO contact the Better Business Bureau to make sure the mystery shopping company is legit.