Mystery Survey

Lucas – Jul 23, 2020

Victim Location 54304

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

They wanted me to be a Mystery Shopper, but they sent me fake money orders! They wanted me to buy a bunch of Google Play cards! I believe I had found an app that wanted me to be a Mystery Shopper and then they sent me stuff in the mail with directions on whom to contact as soon as you get it and text only and then go buy Google Play cards with the so-called money that they give you! Which in reality they most likely wanted my bank information and then I would get slammed with having to pay the money back that the bank gave to me! The money orders have been stolen out of my apt so I hope no one is trying to cash them!

Antonio – Mar 09, 2020

Victim Location 32505

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

received package USPS priority mail with enclosed letter for "mystery shopper" opportunity including a money order for $1000.00. the bank stated it was a scam and though the letter states they are accredited displaying the logo, the has no record of the business.

James – Oct 15, 2020

Victim Location 52627

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I saw it on indeed or ilinked job search. Received a letter with instructions to cash a check of $995 and buy $800 total worth of eBay gift cards from 2 different places at $400 a place, and send them the PIN numbers. Have different names and addresses on envelope and check. Claim to be apart of BBB. The man’s name is Jim Mont

Eduardo – Oct 15, 2020

Victim Location 75901

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I saw it on indeed or ilinked job search. Received a letter with instructions to cash a check and buy $500 worth of eBay gift cards and send them the PIN numbers. Have different names and addresses on address and check. Claim to be apart of BBB. The man name is Jim Mont

Rachel –

omg this Jim Mont guy just got me. I have already spent my part of the money on bills but thank god I havent gone out and bought the gift cards yet so I can atleast return that to the bank and inform them of what happened. I cant afford this. Covid has financially drained our family resources smh. It was a check for $1950. I feel so stupid.

Aaron –

omg I feel so stupid. I applied for a Mystery Shopper job a few months ago and just a few days ago I got a usps cashiers check and letter with my assignment. Cash a check for 1950.70 keep 300 and buy 1600 worth in cards. I deposited it and pulled out the money and already spent my part of it on bills thank god I havent bought the gift cards yet because atleast I can return most of the money to the bank and report what happened

Jaime –

Victim Location 27527

Type of a scam Employment

DO NOT ACCEPT A SECRET SHOPPER JOB FROM THEM!!! They will send you emails upon emails and then eventually they will send you a package via the US Postal Service and it will have a letter in it and a check that they want you to deposit into your account; DO NOT DEPOSIT the check because it is a counterfeit check and it will cause your bank account to close out. xzbn vbgd

Jose –

Victim Location 28306

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

Answered an add for a mystery shopper. I was fedex a letter of instruction and what appears to be real post office money order.

Brenda –

Victim Location 77504

Total money lost $2,340

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Received a text and email from a person named Crystal Keith claiming I was hired For a mystery shopper position I applied for through indeed. I had completed so many applications I could not recall if I had applied for this position. She tells me I have received a package in the mail containing my first assignment and payment, inside was a paper with detailed instructions and a check for $2340. As per the instructions I deposited the check and withdrew $2000 as that was what was needed to complete the assignment l, the other $340 was my supposed payment. I was tasked to purchase $2000 worth of gift cards to Walmart, Sephora, eBay, Amazon, and Steam, in cash and then send pictures of the cards, front and back with codes scratched off and visible, and “reviews” of my experience with the employee. A week later I get notified by my bank the check has bounced. Leaving me with a balance of negative $2340. I have not been able to get in contact with anyone from that “company” again. I am between jobs and the offer was too good to be true, I fell for it and am now paying the price.

Teresa –

Victim Location 90731

Type of a scam Employment

The scam is that this company sends you out a postal money order check for $950.37 cents and wants you to deposit the money into your checking account to pay for the $800.00 ebay gift cards that you are to go to 2 stores that are in your area and purchase these cards, and then you are supposed to scratch the cards and send the pin numbers and take pictures of the cards with your cellphone and then email it back to them, but then also don’t tell the employee that you are customer service or evaluating there store for effective evaluation while purchasing the cards, and that the $950.37 cents is to cover your assignment bills and evaluation costs, and that leaves you with just $150.00 for commission payment.

Luis –

Victim Location 62801

Type of a scam Employment

I recieved a first class envelope. Inside was a money order for $950.37 and instructions to go to at least 2 different store and buy $800 worth of Ebay gift cards and scratch off the pin numbers and send them in an email or text. The company doesnt exist and you cant call the phone numbers, only text. Clearly a scam.

Carrie –

Victim Location 79938

Type of a scam Debt Collections

I do not really know if this is a scam, just want to make sure if it is or if it’s legit. Thank you. Received priority mail with $2,300 check with instructions to deposit check in my bank account and the buy Walmart Gift cards in denominations of $500 or $100 only, scratch the card, and send the pin/serial number to e-mail or phone stated.

Brandon –

Victim Location 63031

Type of a scam Employment

I received and email stating that I had been offered a position as a secret shopper/ customer. Two days later I received another email saying that my application had been approved. I have applied for Secret shopper positions in the past but nothing ever came of them so I was unsure if this was a result of one of those applications or not. A few days later I received a priority mail envelope with a cashiers check for $2300 and instructions on how to go about the survey which included going to at least two stores to purchase gift cards in either $100 or $500 dollar increments with the total purchase equaling $1,000 at each store. I was then to take pictures of the cards, making sure to include all edges and corners, scratch off the silver pin area (which must show in the pictures), and then send the images and the pin numbers via text to a Scott Coleman at 619-363-3215. The emails I received (3 in total) each came from a different address: 1st- from Walmart at [email protected], 2nd- from Chris Knutsen at [email protected], and 3rd- Scott Coleman at [email protected] I found this fishy so I called Walmart’s corporate office and spoke with a customer service representative who confirmed that this was a scam. I gave them all the information that I had and they were going to forward it to their fraud department. She also told me that if Walmart was going to send anyone anything the email would have an suffix to it.

Fernando –

Victim Location 20785

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received an email message. and there was a mystery shopping job. I was sent a check to deposit in their banking account and told to deduct their commission. I was instructed to purchase Walmart gift cards of varying amounts, so they may "evaluate" the store’s customer service. To prove they performed the task they must send a picture of the code on the back of the gift cards to Mystery Survey. I determined that this was a Scam and told them so. I looked on the internet and determine it was a scam and a fraud.

Jennifer –

Victim Location 43230

Type of a scam Employment

I received a Customer Service Evaluation Tool (CSET) and a cashiers check from Mystery Survey. The check was written against First National Bank in Abilene, TX for $1955. I was to deposit check and purchase iTunes Gift card worth $1655.  I was to evaluate the store from which i purchased the iTunes gift cards: Kroger, Target, Walgreen, Costco, Rite Aid, Kmart, Publix, Best Buy, Home Depot, Speedway, CVS, 7/11, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar General, or Rite Aid. I was told not to disclose for any reason that I am a customer service, or let them know I am evaluating their store for effective evaluation while purchasing the cards. The CSET also said I was to purchase $400 worth of cards from each store, in denominations of $100 or $50 only. I was to scratch the cards where the pin/serial numbers are and use my cell phone to take a picture of each iTunes gift card adn email or text them. 

The letter was signed by Adam Phillips, and has the BBB logo on it. 

Fernando –

Victim Location 19508

Type of a scam Employment

I received a letter in the mail priority mail once I opened it I noticed it had a mystery survey letter in it saying confidential with the stamp at the bottom I read through it saying that I signed up to do this but I never did I wanted me to go to Walmart purchase gift cards worth $800 and $400 denominations in other words to Walmart gift cards they sent me a cashier’s check was $988 on it saying that it was too support gas in the gift cards and then I had to take pictures of the pin on the back of the card scratch them off and all this information that they sent me they I want to email to the email addresses they sent me the only other former communications by text message Emily and when I contacted them and tell them that I never signed up for this they told me that I had to do it and there was no way out of it and to quit after I did the first assignment I told them all in order to prove that this is really a legit company that they needed to send me their EIN number so that I could check them on the website myself they never answered me after that I did not deposit the check they gave me and I refuse to do anything when it says they won’t take it back.

Gerald –

Victim Location 42501

Type of a scam Employment

No legal forms to fill out for employment

No email address or website provided

Phone number provided but receives texts only

Has logo on letter, but it’s fake

They told me to but 2 Walmart gift cards at $400 each and send them pictures of the PIN numbers.

I called the first tom as about it.


Bethany –

Victim Location 76208

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Employment Ref: RW0056

I received a U.S. Postal money order for $989.00 with the name of Kaliegh Kogers 7711 Waterford Lakes Dr. charlotte NC 28210. I also received 2 pages of instructions describing how to be a mystery shopper. I was to immediately deposit the (U.S. money order which definitely looked legitimate) and transfer back $720 back to the name of Genevieve Fuller, and it had Saco, Maine 04072 for the recipient. My ‘job’ was to be a ‘secret shopper’ to the Walmart store in my area and upon arrival of the envelope, I was to either email ‘them’ or send a text to the above number letting them know I received everything. I was to also ‘evaluate’ the moneygram and Walgreens in my area.

I was told that the evaluation should be completed in 48hrs, and the instruction letter had a typed name of ‘Christopher Glass’.

Angelica –

Victim Location 70726

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I was online everyday looking for a job…then I received this letter and a money order to me for $998.00. They wanted me to go to Walmart and get two $400.00 gift cards and scratch the card pin number and take a picture and send it to them : text two different phone numbers: Collins Hickman (713) 903-7148 and (814) 757-6139. their E-mails were [email protected] and the other was [email protected]! I did NOT deposit the check because I knew better and wanted to research this first.

Kelly –

Victim Location 63116

Total money lost $1,250

Type of a scam Employment

I’ve been scammed by an job market company promising my a job. They had me deposit a check that later ended up bouncing two day after I completed the job. It left me so in the hole that I’m still trying to climb out of. Please beware of these people.

Tamara –

Victim Location 28716

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received a check for $1850.00….it was went from California for a "mystery shopper" job that I don’t even remember applying to. I was informed in the letter to use the money to buy iTunes gift cards from various stores, scratch the pin/serial numbers and email or text them pics of the cards. I was also informed to keep $350 for myself.

I checked the and read about several scams like this so I decided to report this one as well.

Candace –

Victim Location 53222

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Sent fake US POSTAL MONEY order for $*** To shop at wallmart and walgreens. Keep $*** Moneygram back to Denise Pena Pearsall, TX 78061.

Alan –

Victim Location 85383

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Signed up to be a Secret Shopper. One of the responses was this company asking me to shop Walmart employees. Well gave then my info and then this 1000.00 check came certified mail(from Orland Florida) . The letter wanted me to deposit the check and then go out and buy ITunes gift cards and take pictures of the card #s and pins and send them out via text. Please don’t be taken by these people be aware!

Robin –

Victim Location 75181

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Recieve in the mail a priority mail package. Inside was a usps money order and instruction for me to do a evaluation of stores. The money order was for 1000.00. I went to cash and deposit it to my bank account and they did a verification and it came back as fake. Do not recieve money order or check from this company. They say they are real and with the BBB BUT THEY ARE NOT. REPORT THIS. THEY ARE NOT REAL AND ARE A SCAM TRYING TO GET YOUR INFORMATION AND ACCOUNT INFORMATION. James Carr with the phone number of 408-641-6118 will hang up when you tell them you are reporting them and that they are a scam.Please be careful with these people.

Travis –

Victim Location 33073

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

Received a $1000,00 money order , requesting me to buy 800,00 on amazon cards and send then all PIN numbers with my personal information and keep $200,00 for my self. And go visit same store to check customer service.

Jenna –

Victim Location 43619

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Posting on indeed for job as a mystery shopper for Kroger’s. Sent me a check for 2480 asking to go to nearest Walmart asking to deposit in my account and send money transfers to two different addresses and individuals and keep 250 for my salary.

Wendy –

Victim Location 43223

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received via U. S. Priority Mail a Postal Money Order with instructions for a Mystery Survey. I proceeded to deposit the Postal Money Order and afterwards followed the instructions. My bank returned the item because it was altered. A cancellation request was filled with the money transfer service and is in process.

Heidi –

Victim Location 35622

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I had received an email about the *** Mystery Shoppers program where I would be paid to be a mystery shopper. I received a UPS overnight package today from "*** *** *** *** ***". Inside the package were instructions of how to do the mystery shopping and the money transfer deal. The money order was for $975.00. I was to keep $200 for myself, spend $30 at any Kroger store, transfer $730 from Walmart to Walmart and keeping another $15 for the Walmart transfer evaluation. All seems too unreal to me. I contacted the company and said they could have it all back. I intend to do nothing with the package. The Walmart Transfer is to be made to *** ***, Paterson, New Jersey 07505.

Emily –

Victim Location 92407

Type of a scam Employment

They offered a mystery shopper assignment and sent a postal money order in the amount or 930.00. $200. Was for me to keep, $700. Was for a Walmart transfer, and $30 was for Kroger shopping. I called the us post office to verify the money order and was told is was fraudulent.

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