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Mystery Shopping Scams


Getting paid to shop sounds like a dream job — especially if you’re looking for a side job or going to school full-time. Don’t let your dream job turn into a nightmare. Bank of New Hampshire recommends these tips to avoid falling victim to mystery shopper scams.

What’s Mystery Shopping?

To learn more about their customers’ experiences, some retailers and restaurants might hire people to go into their businesses to try their products or services and report on their experiences. These mystery shoppers, or secret shoppers, typically pay for the product or service themselves and then get reimbursed by the retailer. Sometimes the retailer will also pay them a little bit extra for their work. Keep in mind, many professionals in the field think of mystery shopping assignments as part-time or occasional work — not something to replace a full-time job.

Avoid Mystery Shopper Job Scams

If you have to pay an upfront fee to become a mystery shopper, that’s always a scam. When you’re looking for mystery shopper jobs, here are ways you can avoid scams:

Also, search online for the company name with the words “review,” “complaint,” or “scam.” It’s a good idea to see what others are saying about the company before you pursue a job with them. And talk with someone you trust to get their opinion before you take the job.

If you suspect that you are the victim of a mystery shopping scam, please contact Bank of New Hampshire immediately at 1.800.832.0912.

Credit: Federal Trade Commission