Secret Shopper scam

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Pyrrho
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Secret Shopper scam

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Got this message on a social media platform. From a relative, and it is so obviously a scam. I'm wrapping it in NSFW tags to hide it from the search engines.
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Do you have a little time to offer? You need something to work with and have fun? Being a Secret Shopper is it. Or you have the zeal for shopping .Intelli Shops will be needing you to evaluate, assess stores and customer service professionalism.  I have personal experience working with them. It has been amazing and i would like you to try it out ,Plus the HR Director wanted me to share this.  You will be assigned to visit a shop ,pretend to be a normal potential customer who's looking for a particular service or product. You are entitled to USD300.00 per task   Not sure you'll be interested , send the bellow information to intellishopsrv@gmail.com if interested.  Full Name : Home Address : City/state : Postal Code : Phone # :  They will contact you immediately as your application has been received.  You can thank me later .
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Re: Secret Shopper scam

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Abdul Alhazred wrote:The whole tone certainly sets off scam alarm bells, but I'm not seeing exactly what the sting is supposed to be.

Just collecting names and addresses for future sucker lists?
Does it really matter exactly how the scam works?

They get your name, address and phone number. Then, presumably they'll call you with whatever the scam is. Maybe taking back stolen products to be returned for a refund. It could be lots of things.
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Re: Secret Shopper scam

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Identity theft.

--J.D.
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Re: Secret Shopper scam

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Doctor X wrote:Identity theft.

--J.D.
Yeah, could be that too. Maybe they'll get a credit card in your name and run it up, ruin your credit score.
Ben Trovado
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Re: Secret Shopper scam

Post by Ben Trovado »

As an aside, it has been said that many scammer put in deliberate mistakes (misspellings, word choices, odd grammar) to weed out those who notice it and decide to pass on that basis -- leaving them more time to prey on those with less education or who are not paying as much attention.
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Re: Secret Shopper scam

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Pyrrho wrote:Got this message on a social media platform. From a relative, and it is so obviously a scam. I'm wrapping it in NSFW tags to hide it from the search engines.
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Do you have a little time to offer? You need something to work with and have fun? Being a Secret Shopper is it. Or you have the zeal for shopping .Intelli Shops will be needing you to evaluate, assess stores and customer service professionalism.  I have personal experience working with them. It has been amazing and i would like you to try it out ,Plus the HR Director wanted me to share this.  You will be assigned to visit a shop ,pretend to be a normal potential customer who's looking for a particular service or product. You are entitled to USD300.00 per task   Not sure you'll be interested , send the bellow information to intellishopsrv@gmail.com if interested.  Full Name : Home Address : City/state : Postal Code : Phone # :  They will contact you immediately as your application has been received.  You can thank me later .
Snopes has your answer.

Short version = It's just a variant on the old check cashing swindle. If you take them up on the offer, part of the "job" will require cashing a check at the store and wiring the money to the scammer. Then the scamee will be on the hook for the amount of the (bad) check.
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Re: Secret Shopper scam

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There are people who go after these Cunts who, literally, decorate their walls with the bogus checks. Not that anyone HERE needs to be told, but they warn neophytes that a "screw the bank/store/man" attitude WILL get their asses reamed by the Feds. Further, interestingly, it can take months for a check to clear. I did not know this, but then I tend to avoid transactions drawn from Banco De Nigeria. So well-meaning neophytes who want to believe will ask "what if it clears?"

It can, initially.

Then a few months later you will be lucky to just be out the face-value of the check along with the hefty fees.

Why I have no sympathy for these Cunts: the scammers. They prey on the desperate, who see an opportunity to pay off bills--not just fools who waste the "wind-fall" on some "thing" they do not need: food, electricity, et cetera. Why I appreciate those who scam the scammers . . . sometimes with very unpleasant results for the scammer.

--J.D.