UPDATE on mystery shopping invitation I received..SCAM !!!!!!!!!

@stephcjh (32303)
United States
September 11, 2007 8:07am CST
Hi. I got invited through postal mail to be a mystery shopper. I just emailed and contacted the actual website and asked them if they invite through postal mail and I also asked them why their contact mailing address was different from what is printed on my invitation. They said their site is legit and they do not ever send an invitation through postal mail. They said whoever sent me the invite is a scammer. I hate SCAMS. I knew it was too good to be true.
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@sunshine4 (8706)
• United States
11 Sep 07
I hate scams too. It is a good thing that you were smart enough to contact the company. I am a mystery shopper and work threw sites I found on the net only. I have never been contacted by any threw the mail, but they have scheduled me over the phone at times. Hope you don't give up on mystery shopping due to this unfortunate happening.
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
11 Sep 07
Yes. Thank you. I would love to know legit mystery shopping sites also that do not require a fee to join. Do you know of any of those? Most of them require a feeto join with them. Thanks.
@sunshine4 (8706)
• United States
11 Sep 07
You can always search free secret shopping and go from there. I can tell you that Shop N Check is a good one. Also try Pat Henry and Palm Scheduling. Good luck.
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Ok. Thanks alot for the tip and the information. I really appreciate it. I will check it out as soon as I get a chance.
@soccermom (3199)
• United States
11 Sep 07
I get one of these mail invitations once every couple months, and it has always been a scam. A few have even included "checks" for thousands of dollars. Makes me sad to think that people actually fall for this. My favorite is when my inbox gets flooded with the "10.5 million in a bank in Nigeria" emails. I've been getting a lot of those lately.
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
11 Sep 07
Yes. Same here. I hate scams and alot of people are getting rich fromthis stuff and the innocent people are being scammed and getting into alot of trouble. I hope this will be an eye opener for alot of people. Thanks.
@marciascott (25550)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Just press the Spam button, and that should get rid of all of them.
@marciascott (25550)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Just press the Spam button, and that should get rid of all of them.
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• United States
11 Sep 07
For legitimate mystery shopping companies, go to the Mystery Shopping Providers Associaton. Lot of companies belong to this organization and they have lists of their members you can sign up with.
@marciascott (25550)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Hi, Wavs, welcome to Mylot. I see this is your first post. read guideslines, that will help you a lot, answer everyone else's post you get more. reate everyone. post long topics and replys. I am just trying to help I have been here for a year.
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Thanks for the tip Wavs1952 and welcome to Mylot. Thank you for the tip. I will have to check that out also. I was invited through regular postal mail so I had alot of investigating to do to make sure this company was legit or not. Mystery shopping companies tell me they only invite through emails, so the mail I got in my mailbox was a scam.
@kgwat70 (13392)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Glad to hear that you verified with them whether this was legitimate or not before acting on the invitation. You were very smart to check and see if it was real or not. I hate scams too. I am sure others have fallen for it. I avoid those mystery shopping things since it is illegal in my state to participate in such a program.
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Hi. Thanks. I am glad to find out also. I am not sure if it is illegal in my state or not. That is a good possiblity. I will have to check that out also. Thank you for the congrats and I really appreciate the heads up you gave me.
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@lingli_78 (12834)
• Australia
12 Sep 07
i'm glad that you find out that it is a scam before you put any effort to it... it will be more annoying if you have waste your time and effort and then find out that it is a scam... that's why i always very careful with email or mail like that... i will be suspicious...
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Yes. Me too. This check they wrote me was for $4997.00 and I was to send them a wire transfer and a money gram plus shop at 2 different stores and keep $500.00 of it for my pay. I knew it was a scam to try to get me to cash that bad check and make them rich and I would be in trouble in the long run.
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• India
12 Sep 07
u r absolutely right.. scammers and spammers should be banned
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
12 Sep 07
I agree also. I got invited through my regular postal mail and I wish I could turn these people in. they have a Canada address supposedly so I'm not sure. The actual company that is not a scam is located in Virginia, is how I knew the letter I got was fake.
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@sizzle3000 (3038)
• United States
11 Sep 07
There are many many scams out there in cyberland. I know that I send paypal at least ten emails a day that are phishers trying to get my information. I also send emails to ebay that are not right. As for other well I use the rule of thumb and that is if it is too good to be true it usually is. I also check the detail line in the email address part. If the email has come from several servers before it hits your server it is a scam and they don't want it traced back. Most of the time when you check detail in the email you will see the actual website address there. You can look at the detail of your email from mylot. You will see alot of information and it all should look furmiliar to you and when you go down a little you will see the words mylot there as well. This detail is very informative and from this you can tell the email is legitamete. The other thing you can do is on the sites you use a lot check to see if they have spam or fraud departments that you can forward these emails to. They can tell right a way if the email is from them or not. Please do not hit on any link in the email if you are suspicious as that will open you up so the spam can get hold of information you do not want them to have. If you do open a link like this that is fake go right to your account and change passwords. Good luck. We must keep watching because there are so many people out there trying to take advantage any way they can.
• United States
12 Sep 07
That's very good advice.
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Yes. I know exactly what you mean and I do agree also but my invitation for this was through regular postal mail. That is why I had to do alot more investigating with it.
@usmcsgtwife (4997)
• United States
14 Sep 07
wow I am glad you found out it was a scam before you did anything, that is good to know
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
14 Sep 07
Thank you. I was also glad to find out before getting into trouble with them.
@gr8life (6252)
• Malaysia
12 Sep 07
Hello stephcjh, Glad that you found out that it was a scam. It is lucky that you don't believe it 100%. There are so many scams nowadays that it makes us difficult to believe the truth. I don't get involved too much on making money online anymore. I just hate it. I spent so much time and at the end, it is just another scam. Hope you will be more careful in future and good luck to you!
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Thanks. I was scammed a few years ago when I first started out on the internet. I knerw this company sounded too good to be truee and they were. I'm glad that I found the information out before ever going to the bank with the check. I called all of the phone numbers I could and it sounded so legit but they missed one thing and that busted the deal for them.
@marciascott (25550)
• United States
12 Sep 07
See Steph, I told you too be careful, because some are Scams.
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Yes. That is why I investigated it more to make sure before ever going to the bank. I knew it sounded too good to be true. I just had that feeling. The mystery shopping company that this person claimed to be, told me they only invite through emails not through my postal mail.
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
11 Sep 07
I am glad you didn't have to learn that the hard way. Whenever anything seems to good to be true, it probably is. You should always research any offer before signing on the bottom line, so I am glad you did your homework.
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Thanks alot cassidy22. I appreciate that. I knew it was too good to be true also is why I checked into it a little bit more. I'm glad I did also and I am glad that I asked my Mylot friends about it too.
• United States
11 Sep 07
im sorry that it was a scam, but i am glad that you found out before oyu went ahead and fell for it.
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Yes. Me too. I knew it was just too good to be true and it just seemed really weird with the amount the check was wrote out for.
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
11 Sep 07
I am glad that you found out more about it. I hate scams too.
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
11 Sep 07
Me too. I am so glad I looked into it more. I hate being scammed also. You have to be so careful these days. Thanks.