Another Bad Mystery Shopper Score

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Mad Monday, Mystery Shopper, Spam, Wire Fraud

The Mystery Shopper scam is so popular that I have no problem covering it over and over again. Today’s fraudster tries to take me for a ride using the classic four pronged attack: 1. Scammer Baits a Victim On a mailbox that does not exist, I received the following spam: From: SSN 2013 [mailto:danela@sympatico.ca] Sent: […]

Mystery Shopper & USPS

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in Mad Monday, Mystery Shopper, Spam

It’s always surprising to me just how popular the Mystery Shopper scam is. If you’re a chap that has stumbled upon this site because you are investigating what this Mystery Shopper offer you’ve recently received is all about, know this: don’t take a chance, it’s probably a scam! From an earlier post, we already know […]

PPC and the Mystery Shopper Scam

In affiliate marketing, the Pay Per Call (PPC) model has advertisers paying publishers for calls from potential buyers. The way it works is simple: Advertiser signs up to the PPC program with an affiliate network Publisher applies to join the program Advertiser reviews the publisher’s marketing strategy Advertiser accepts the publisher into the program Affiliate […]

FBI Warns of Mystery Shopper Scam

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Mystery Shopper, Spam, Work From Home

Here’s a quick summary of the Mystery Shopper Scam, courtesy of the FBI, as they warn Dayton-area residents of the potential dangers. A snippet: In other versions of mystery shopper scams reported to IC3, victims were contacted via e-mail and U.S. mail to apply to be a mystery shopper. Applicants were asked to send resumes and […]

The Work From Home Scam

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Money Laundering, Mystery Shopper, Spam, Work From Home

The Work From Home (WFH) scam is also known as the Mystery Shopper or Personal Assistant scam. It’s not new on the scene, but enough people get caught by it every day that it’s worth taking a deeper look at. The primary objective of the scam is to get people (usually the honest ones) to send […]