Secret Shopping and Work at Home Scams

I had a random thought this morning about one of the girls I tried out for the Colts’ Cheerleaders with.  Lots of the girls were unemployed, students, or house wives.  One girl was a Secret Shopper.  In my plan to be a stay at home wife and mom, I thought I’d do a little premature research.

I googled “Secret Shopper” and popped up a bunch of sites asking me to do it, and 1 that stood out with “Secret-Shopping Scam” by MSNBC.  That article talks about one secret shopper’s experience that led to a scam.  Basically, 1. The Company sends him a check for $2,500.  2. He cashes the check at his bank.  3. He keeps $250 and sends back $2,250 to secret shop and evaluate the local MoneyGram.  4. After the check has been sent to The Company, the check to your bank account bounces.  5. The Company has your money and you must repay your bank from your own pockets!  Sucks right?!

After seeing that stuff, there was a link on the page talking about Working From Home using your computer.  I went to their page where there is a great story by a beautiful woman holding a baby with a caption about her losing her job (with which of us can relate).  There is a big banner of their “accreditations” about being seen on NBC, Reader’s Digest, Good Morning America, and The New York Times.  Their site connects to their main web page with even more references.  Of course, being a good blogger, I wanted to do a little research so you guys don’t have to 😉  I found these 2 failed searches on The New York Times and MSNBC before I got to a very good news report on the work at home scam.  The embedded video shows the same “mom” in a Buffalo news report.  There still is nothing that tells the actual detail of the scam, but that was enough for me.

I have actually been scammed before with Primerica, an insurance company.  Don’t feel bad or embarrassed if you’ve been hustled.  I ended up getting all of my money back, but it wasn’t without hassle.  I thought because I went to high school with the guy that invited me, and it is approved by the Better Business Bureau, I was golden.  It was indeed a pyramid scheme from which I would get little to no profit.

In conclusion, there’s no job bandwagon that you can just jump onto.  If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.  I think the only companies that you can really guarantee won’t scam you are ones that you start on you own in a highly desired field!

2 thoughts on “Secret Shopping and Work at Home Scams

  1. It’s great how we can just google something and find out if it’s legit or not. I’ve had the wool pulled over my eyes too. But thanks to my lovely credit card company, I got the numbers removed from my account (since it wasn’t actually money, just numbers on a computer screen).

  2. Yeah, it was awful and stressful. I opened a new gmail account with a professional sounding man’s name to pose as my recruiter. Then when I had to call the company, I posed as his secretary. It was a mess.

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