The changing times in my life where, for one reason or another, I was looking for a job, I found the lure of work at home jobs tempting. The work at home Drachenlord Dad Hat jobs that were most readily available were either scams or they cost more to do than you could make. The best work at home jobs were hard to find or they required skills i always just did not have.
My true passion and calling is church ministry, which in my case has moved me around the world a couple of times. It also, until recently, did not pay at all. That meant I had to find some regular paying job that was flexible enough to let me do my church ministry.
My last move was from California back to my home state of Missouri. That left me in a position where I was not yet being paid by the church, and I still didn’t have a high-end job. After a short while of filling out applications, I got tired of it and just looked the city’s business directory and started calling. I didn’t get very far down the list before I was asked to come in for an interview. After the interview process I was hired. The job I landed was a on an hourly basis position at a mystery shopping company.
I have learned a lot about the mystery shopping industry and the problems they face with fake mystery shopping companies. These fake mystery shopping companies will often use the real mystery shopping companies name. They ofter refer to the real companies website to enhance their legitimacy. They sometimes even use the names of the employees at the real mystery shopping company.
This article’s purpose is to coach you on how to avoid the fakes and take advantage of the finds by; showing you what to look for in the fakes, where to look for the finds, and the best way to make genuine profitable. This article should give the person looking for a work at home job with flexible hours the information they need to make mystery shopping a profitable venture.
Beware of checks in the mail! If you receive checks in the mail from a mystery shopping company before you have done anything, chances are they are a fake. They may email you or even call, but if they send you money that has not yet been earned, forget. Be very afraid! Some unsuspicious people have called our office asking where their money is. They followed the instructions carefully. They put into the account the checks and wired the money, but now their bank account is overdrawn and they are demanding answers. My only answer is they are beguiled and we had nothing to do with it. It breaks my heart to tell them that they can probably never see any of that money again. If you have lost money due to one of these scams, you should contact any companies involved and the FBI as well as alert local authorities. Don’t expect any of them to be too reasuring though. Your money is probably overseas right now.
If the checks or money orders are fake, why doesn’t the bank catch them right away? The evil doers that will make these fakes are really good at what they do. The only way the banks can know for sure that the checks or money order are real, is to run the transaction. That swallows a couple days. Meanwhile your bank account if full of fabulous money. When you pay for something or use money from the bank account, that money is real. If you wired money to these people or in which they told you to line it, that money was real as well. When the fabulous money goes away, the bank holds you responsible for the difference.
There is a plethora of other schemes out there designed to make money off anyone who might be a little to relying. The reccommended rule is, you don’t give or use money that you couldn’t afford to lose. If you are given money in the form of a check, money order, or even cash, give the bank time to verify it is real. Do not spend the money or send the money until it is verified. Open a different account so as not to mix the potentially fake money with your real money. Be cautious about giving out information that is personal.
You might be thinking that you should just avoid whatever comes along with the words “mystery shopping” attached. Please don’t come to the conclusion that mystery shopping is always illegitimate. There are opportunities out there for those that wants to search businesses for cash. Businesses rely on mystery shopping to make sure their front line employees are meeting their standard of customer service. Sometimes they do the shops internally, turning in high management undercover. Sometimes they ask their regular customers to evaluate their service. The most common and most effective mystery shopping programs are done by alternative businesses.
Mystery shopping by its very nature is secretive. Companies do not want people or other companies to know about their mystery shopping program and buyers do not want visitors to know that they are mystery buyers. Mystery shopping companies have to be cautious about how they promote their business. They can not go around saying, “we have shops at McDonalds” to depends upon. They have to be somewhat simple. “We have take out shops in this city” they might say. These simple advertisements bring about suspicion those types of who mystery shopping companies would most like to reach. It is a catch twenty-two.
People who are looking to become buyers can find a few places where they can be sure the opportunities they are getting are real. One of those places in the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA). The MSPA is like the Better business bureau, except they deal exclusively with mystery buyers and mystery shopping companies. Their website is mysteryshop. org. They help connect buyers with legitimate companies.
You can also find mystery shopping community forums where buyers talk together in what companies are the best and worse. Most mystery shopping companies will have somebody out there calling them a scam on these community forums, but take those comments with a materials of salt. These buyers probably did not complete the shop according to the client details specified before they accepted the opportunity. There are always poisonous people out there who’s goal in life is to destroy the standing of businesses they feel cheated them out of a couple dollars. Check and see if everybody is protesting and complaining or if it is just one voice in a thousand.