Saturday, February 04, 2012

Don't be scam with mystery shopping

Beware of Mystery Shopping scams

Getting paid to go shopping may sound like a dream job to some, but buyer beware: For each legitimate mystery or secret shopper opportunity, probably hundreds more are scams. In fact, the National Consumers League (NCL) says complaints it received regarding fraudulent mystery shopper and work-at-home schemes were up nearly 9 percent during the past six months.
Why the increase? No doubt it's due in part to our nation's stubbornly high unemployment rates and how desperate people are to earn money while seeking full-time employment. Plus, many people get drawn in by offers that sound too good to be true (and are). Mystery shopper scam victims -- usually those who can least afford it -- often lose thousands of dollars with no recourse.

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