Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:13:00
Mystery Shoppers are being targeted by tricksters, who are trying to cash in on this increasingly popular activity.
Internet-based fraudsters are cashing in on would-be mystery shoppers asking them for personal information and bank account details. Potential victim are targeted by offers of lucrative work for very little commitment.
Unsuspecting people, seeking to earn extra money by monitoring customer service standards, risk falling prey to a series of scams by bogus companies.
The fraudsters have angered genuine Mystery Shopping companies, like Retail Active, which is one of Europe's leading Brand Audit and Mystery Shopping agencies. The company gets dozens of calls a week from people all over the world worried that they have been duped - or are about to be.
Retail Active's managing director, Julian Chamberlain says:
"No reputable Mystery Shopping Company would ever ask for money - so that is the first way to establish whether a company is genuine or not.
"We have received reports of people being asked for personal details, which are then sold off to use on marketing lists - or for other uses, such as fraudulently accessing people's bank accounts.
"We are very angry that fraudsters are trying to exploit people who genuinely want to earn some much-needed extra income, as well as help improve customer service.
"We have drawn up a five point guide to help mystery shoppers avoid being conned.