Mystery Shoppers are often targeted for scams, so it's important to be on the look-out.
Learn more about current scam attempts and how you can spot them.
Top tips for identifying mystery shopping scams so you can shop smart:
Offers from Ipsos Mystery Shopping US will always:
If you believe you received a scam attempt: Report, Don’t Respond. Here are the steps you can take to report a scam:
We have recently been made aware of a mystery shopping check cashing scam perpetuated by a party claiming to represent Ipsos. The party collects your contact information and will send a check and instructions (with an Ipsos logo) for you to deposit the check and use it to purchase various gift cards which you will mail to a third party. You are also instructed to take your payment from the leftover funds. These checks are generally in excess of $2,000. These checks are fake, and the fraudster is counting on the bank making a portion of the funds available immediately upon deposit. The idea is for you to believe the check has cleared, so you purchase and ship the requested items (in this case, gift cards). Several days later, the check is discovered to be a fake, the fraudster has received the goods, and you are responsible for paying back the bank.
Scammers are sending recruitment messages via LinkedIn or WhatsApp. LinkedIn messages tend to target small business owners or the self-employed. WhatsApp messages often reference the opening of a new Ipsos location, typically in a non-U.S. locale (especially, in Aruba).
These messages often exhibit the following characteristics: