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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Anybody here do work as a " Mystery Shopper" ?

I jsut got my first job as one, to evaluate the moneygram at a local Wal-Mart.

the company that is doing it is this one....


http://www.corp-evaluation.com/


does it look legit? i woudnt mind doing it as they pay well and upfront. they sent a check for expenses with the job information.
post #2 of 26
My friend did it for a while and she liked it. Did you try to look the company up online @ the Better Business Bureau?
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
i looked it up online, and checked there website. i remember applying too, just wasent sure how it all worked.
post #4 of 26
When my friend did it she was paid after she completed the assignment, she had to submit receipts if she went to a restaurant or movies and then she got paid.
post #5 of 26
Can someone explain to me what a Mystery Shopper is? And what they do? I've only seen those weird signs about it but it never said what they did. Frankly, I thought they were like undercover police to make sure people don't shoplift or something along those lines.
post #6 of 26
A mystery shopper just goes to a place of buisness and acts as a regular customer. They evaluate their experience there and get paid for their time. I think anybody can be one. I think its a great idea.
post #7 of 26
I am a mystery shopper for Service Intelligence. You should check them out www.serviceintelligence.com I know they are legit because I work for them, plus they are the company that shopped where my boyfriend used to work.
post #8 of 26
There are jobs that pay you to shop???
post #9 of 26
Maybe I should apply I have much experience in shopping!!
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
Maybe I should apply I have much experience in shopping!!
I know me too!
post #11 of 26
It sounds a touch fishy ... due to saying they pay you first and then they have a payment deduction system if something is missing...

I have mystery shopped for many companies .... I usually wait an ave of a month to six weeks to be paid or reibursed depending on type of shop....

Yes you can get paid to shop..Sometimes you get paid other times they reimburse you and yet others you get paid and reimbursed.. In the last to weeks I got paid to shop two big stores .... My last oil change was a shop
post #12 of 26
My hubby gets the BBB newsletter and last issue was a notice to watch out for a scam involving these types of businesses. If this company has issued you a check prior to you making any purchases and submitting receipts, then you could be accidentally depositing a phoney check. You will be liable for all the charges and fees and hope and pray that the company doesn't make you send them the balance or your account could be in jeporady. If I were you, I'd call the BBB to see if the company is legit.
post #13 of 26
Thread Starter 
i checked the BBB, and they said that havent had any problems with this company, but dont have alot of info on it either.
post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by Liza24 View Post
Anybody here do work as a " Mystery Shopper" ?

I jsut got my first job as one, to evaluate the moneygram at a local Wal-Mart.

the company that is doing it is this one....


http://www.corp-evaluation.com/


does it look legit? i woudnt mind doing it as they pay well and upfront. they sent a check for expenses with the job information.

not to alarm you, but they SOOO just had a story on our local news last night about a lady who did this (and she DID check to see if the company was ledgit and all) and it was a scam. I would be very cautious.
post #15 of 26
My mom was (is?) a mystery shopper. Usually she sent in the receipt and they reimbursed her. It does seem fishy to me too that they prepay you, obviously a lot of people would cash the check and not to the shop.

I hate this whole idea. No offense, I would love to be one too, but my manager and my job to some degree lives and dies on what these mystery shoppers say. And some of them are just plain nuts. We had one call in and say they were a mystery shopper, we've had one show up 5 minutes before close (you aren't allowed to do that), etc. Some are rude to you just to get you to react, some grade really harshly but their justification doesn't sound like it deserved that grade.

People literally freak out over these evaluations, and I can see why corporate wants them done, but really sometimes people get unfairly punished over these things. That gripe is more with my managers than with the actual people doing the mystery shopping... but one completely subjective thing every few months and suddenly our hours are cut, people are fired, etc (she gets big bonuses for having good shops, and if she doesn't she cuts the budget big time). And no, I've never been mystery shopped.
post #16 of 26
here's a link to the story i mentioned. i would be very leary...
http://www.myeyewitnessnews.com/cont...3-2a579477b117
post #17 of 26
Thread Starter 
thanks for that!!!


I sent a email to a watchdog group for mystery shoppers, and am going to wait on their reply as well.


Thanks to all that replied, it helped!
post #18 of 26
The check they sent you is probably fake. If you wait, your bank will tell you that. Do not send these people any of your money using MoneyGram.

This is a scam!!!

Take a look at domain information on corp-evaluation.com at http://samspade.org/whois/corp-evaluation.com

This says the domain was created July 7, 2007.

corp-evaluation.com says they started in 1998.

There is a blog about mystery shopper scam at http://www.consumerkarma.com/blog/2007/07/phony-check-scammers-target-mystery-shoppers/
post #19 of 26
My daughter in law and sister are both mystery shoppers. The DIL has been doing it for years, and she gave my sister info on which ones are good/legit to do business with.. You can also become certified, it costs 15 dollars, but companies will use you more. They mystery shop banks, restaurants, bars, Starbucks, all the chains really. It does take time, effort, gas/car to get there and a written report after the visit. They can be very demanding about the reports and choose shoppers by certain demographics. You certainly won't get rich, but it's a nice way to add extra income. Make sure you can control your shopping impulse as you do these mystery shops or you can end up in the red on these. Be smart and careful about the companies you do business with. I'm sure there are scams, but there are legitimate ones also.
~Rhonda
post #20 of 26
i filled out an application for Service Intelligence. thanks for posting that link, catlover19!
post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
It sounds a touch fishy ... due to saying they pay you first and then they have a payment deduction system if something is missing...
I have mystery shopped for many companies .... I usually wait an ave of a month to six weeks to be paid or reibursed depending on type of shop....
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Originally Posted by jean-ji View Post
You certainly won't get rich, but it's a nice way to add extra income. Be smart and careful about the companies you do business with. I'm sure there are scams, but there are legitimate ones also.
~Rhonda
We've done it before. DH used to get all his oil changes for free by being a mystery shopper. Except the people figured it out pretty quick, so he wasn't a "mystery".

Interesting to hear about the scams. It would definitely raise a red flag for me if they wanted to pay you first. Who does that?! We always got paid after, usually a month afterwards.
post #22 of 26
What do they usually pay the mystery shoppers?

Are you given several assignments by the company you work for?

Is it steady work?

How long does it take to complete an assignment?

Do you need to belong to several companies as a mystery shopper to make any kind of money at it?

I'm asking because when I was checking out the want ads in my local paper I saw an add looking for mystery shoppers but was very sceptical about it.

I did some research on the internate about mystery shopping and was put off by what I read because it always said to be VERY careful about who you worked for. I mean, how is one to know what is legit or not?
post #23 of 26
What do they usually pay the mystery shoppers?
Pay varies...I did a fast food chain that was local to where I lived ... they paid you $5 to cover your meal.... Others pay 18-30$ and dont cover a purchase ... yet other s are $5 -10 for an item and 5-20 for your time... some are strait reimburse
Are you given several assignments by the company you work for?
You choose or try to get the assignments

Is it steady work?
Where I live it is "pocket money"... I live near one city that is mid size and my town is "podunk" so I ave only one to five shops a month... This is due to me not wanting to go over an hour from home

How long does it take to complete an assignment?
10 minutes ( drive thru) to several hours ( my dept store multiple purchases )

Do you need to belong to several companies as a mystery shopper to make any kind of money at it?
If you live in a big city ( ie Phoenix Seattle ) yes full time income is possible

I'm asking because when I was checking out the want ads in my local paper I saw an add looking for mystery shoppers but was very sceptical about it.

I did some research on the internate about mystery shopping and was put off by what I read because it always said to be VERY careful about who you worked for. I mean, how is one to know what is legit or not?
If it sounds to good to be true RUN ... If they want you to pay them RUN ...
post #24 of 26
Wow.

That news report link named Corp-evaluation specifically in a scam.

I checked their web page out of curiousity.
I am amazed they are still up and running.
It is also looks soooo legit.

OP - I hope you did nothave to supply your SSN.
In the last year, the shopper sites have been requiring it due to (US) tax regs. That is what made me not sign up with new companies.

OP - I hope you return to this thread and read about this scam before it is too late.
post #25 of 26
Wow! I hope you're not going to get scammed!!!

I've been very curious about mystery shopping too. I used to work at Godiva Chocolatier when in college and all of us could spot the mystery shopper (mainly because our boss posted the evaluations so we knew what the mystery shopper was suppose to ask us )

Anyway, it does sound like fun and definitely get in contact with a legit company to do it.
post #26 of 26
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CDubbie View Post
Wow.

That news report link named Corp-evaluation specifically in a scam.

I checked their web page out of curiousity.
I am amazed they are still up and running.
It is also looks soooo legit.

OP - I hope you did nothave to supply your SSN.
In the last year, the shopper sites have been requiring it due to (US) tax regs. That is what made me not sign up with new companies.

OP - I hope you return to this thread and read about this scam before it is too late.





thanks for the concern!!!

no i havent given any personal information. I still have all the paperwork sitting here with me, including the check. i havent done anything cause i emailed a watchdog group for mystery shoppers, and am awaiting their response. i am sooooo NOT going to do this one,lol. i will find a REAL one, and work for them,lol.
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