We are glad to receive an email from a site visitor with a series of email transaction with a “Worldwide Evaluation”.
If you had received an unsolicited email about “job offer” to be a mystery shopper, please note that it is a scam.
There are genuine part-time job for “mystery shopper”. However, you don’t them through unsolicited emails like this. A friend of mine actually worked as a “mystery shopper”, but there is a difference because his job is real:
1) The job is offered by a friend who is an agent. The agent was engaged by the Airport to find part-timers to help survey the shops and find out the quality of the sales people.
2) The shopper is Not given any money. Instead, he just visit the shops and talk to the sales people, and grade their service.
3) Everything can be seen… the agent, the airport authorities, and no checks.
Anyway, attached below are the emails by the scammer in this particular scam:
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From: jerry august <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, April 4, 2009 3:38:14 AM
Subject: EVALUATION PACKAGE DELIVERED AND EVALUATION INSTRUCTIONS
Good Morning ……..,
How was your night and hope everything is going smooth ?Your package
for evaluation have been sent is been scheduled to be delivered
yesterday via Ups courier service .
Here is a tracking number for you to confirm it has been delivered to
you: J 223 521 897 4 at www.ups.com or www.iship.com
You have to start your evaluation process immediately you receive the
package, in the package you will find a payment of $1700 in form of
company certified check.You will use the fund to carry out your
evaluation at Western Union and the Wal-Mart store .
The Evaluation Instruction has been attached to this email, make sure
you read and understand all the instructions given to you in the
evaluation instruction letter before you go out to evaluate the stores
you choose.You have to evaluate the two store withing 24 hours after
you have received the package .Your confirmation will be needed via
email after you received package .
Worldwide Evaluation Ltd
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> From: jerry august <email@example.com>
> Sent: Monday, March 23, 2009 7:29:17 AM
> Subject: WELCOME ON BOARD!!!
> You have been Accepted as one of our Mystery shopper/Survey Agent. We
> want you to give us your names in full. You will be evaluating
> Wal-Mart Stores and Western Union Services in your neighborhood.Kindly
> check out for one Wal-Mart store and one western union agent outlet
> you will like to evaluate , make sure the store and the outlet you
> will chose are close to your area as much as possible , you will have
> to send the name and address of the two location to us.Please note
> that you are to act Cool,Calm and Confident through out the period
> which you will be carrying out your survey at the store, in order not
> to arouse any suspicion.You will be shopping at Wal-Mart stores and
> also make a transaction at the Western union , you will write a report
> about their customer services , you will send your report back to us
> via Email , you will have to use the following pointers to prepare
> your report
> 1) How long it took you to get services.
> 2)Ambiance/Outlook of the Shop/Outlet
> 3) Smartness of the attendant
> 4)Customer service professionalism
> 5)Reaction of personnel under pressure
> 6)Information that you think would be helpful
> 7)Your comments and impressions.
> Payments has be mailed out to you,which you will spend in carrying out
> all that will be required of you including your compensation and
> Transportation fee.
> All Other Instructions will be sent out to you as soon as Evaluation
> commences. Please reply this Email and give us the name and address of
> the Wal-mart and western union location you will be evaluating .
> Jerry August
>> From: WORLDWIDE EVALUATION <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Sent: Saturday, March 21, 2009 2:06:06 PM
>> Subject: EVALUATION AGENT/SECRET SHOPPER
>> I am John Steinman the recruiting Manager of Worldwide Evaluation Ltd. We
>> are known to be a company that conduct surveys and evaluate other
>> We get hired to go to other peoples companies and act like customers in
>> order to know how the staffs are handling their services in relation to
>> their customers.
>> Once we have a contract to do,so you would be directed to the company or
>> outlet,and you would be given the funds you need to do the job(either
>> purchase things or require services),after which you would write a comment
>> on the staffs activities and give a detailed record of your
>> experience.Examples of details you would forward to us are
>> 1)How long it took you to get services.
>> 2)Smartness of the attendant
>> 3)Customer service professionalism
>> 4)Sometimes you might be required to upset the attendant,to see how they
>> react to clients when they get tensed(under pressure).
>> And we turn the information over to the company executives and they would
>> carry out their own duties in improving there services.Most companies
>> our assistance when people give complaints about their services,or when
>> feel there are needs for them to improve their customer service.Your
>> Identity would be kept confidential as the job states (secret shopper).You
>> would be paid $100 for every survey you carry out,and bonus on your
>> transportation allowance,and funds would be given to you if you have to
>> as part of the duty.Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer
>> service in a wide variety of shops,stores,restaurant and services in your
>> area.No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours
>> it suits you. If you are interested, Do send in your:
>> (I)Your Full Name:
>> (II)Your Residence address: City: State: Zip Code:
>> (III)Present work address:
>> (IV)Home and mobile Phone numbers:
>> (V)Email address:
>> (VI)Your Age and Current Occupation:
>> (VII)Your Gender:
>> So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put
>> your service into,and your address would also be needed for your
>> also implore you to send a scanned copy of any form of Identification for
>> the processing of your application form and also for record purpose but if
>> you cannot provide it presently then you can provide it later..
>> Recruiting Manager.