Posted Tuesday, June 09, 2009
After a stroll around the office this afternoon, I poked my head into our Non-Member Complaints representative's office to ask what sort of crazy calls had been coming through the public lines today. Usually there is something off the wall that makes me laugh and brightens the rest of my afternoon. Today though, I was told 5 calls had come in regarding mystery shopper scams based out of Canada. These are nothing new because we see them all the time, but 5 calls to 1 representative in a single day was pretty high.
The thing to remember about the "mystery shopper" scam is that the person who wants to hire you will almost always send you a bogus check and ask that you deposit it in your bank account and then wire the money back. The reason why a lot of these scams recently are from Canada is that they are harder to track down across the border...also why you have to wire the money. Just remember that a legit mystery shopping company will make you qualify and train before they hire you and they won't charge you a fee to complete an application. BBB is here to help too so ask for the company's name and check them out with us just to be on the safe side.