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Work from Home: 5 Ways to Recognize a Legitimate Secret Shopper Company

Posted: 08/31/11 2:30 PM (Modified: 08/31/11 2:30 PM)

Be sure to check out our Make Money at Home series on our Financial Freedom page. Mystery shopping was one of my favorite ways to earn extra cash and try products for free.

A couple of years ago I was trying hard to make extra money from home and I started researching mystery shopping. The only problem was that I found most companies were asking for upfront fees or just didn't look right. That's when I heard about ShopperJobs.com.

ShopperJobs.com (or Shoppers, Inc), is a reputable Secret Shopper company. If you're interested in earning some extra income doing this line of work, I highly recommend you follow their 5 guidelines so you don't get trapped into a mystery shopping scam:

Five ways to recognize a reputable, legitimate mystery shopping company:

1.  A legitimate company shows their contact information on their website.

2.  A legitimate company email's have their actual web address after the "@" sign in their email address. If you aren't sure, take the words after the "@" sign and type it in your browser; that should open their website.  Example: suzie@yahoo.com.  Yahoo.com is not a shopper company. Info@shopperjobs.com: www.shopperjobs.com is a legitimate company.

3. Legitimate companies pay YOU.  They DO NOT ask you for a fee to sign up.

4. Legitimate companies do not send you a check, then ask you to cash it or deposit it in your bank account, and then ask you to send money back, via money wiring service. THIS IS A SCAM!!

5. Legitimate companies offer you shopping jobs and you decide whether or not to accept them.

If you ever question if a company is legitimate or not, you can contact the MSPA (Mystery Shopping Providers Association).  The MSPA certifies only reputable and ethical mystery shopping companies.

You can go to their website, www.mysteryshop.org, click on NORTH AMERICA on the world map, then click on SHOPPERS, and finally click on MEMBER COMPANIES on the left side menu.  This displays companies that are reputable, ethical, and legitimate. 

***Check this list first BEFORE you give any personal information online or by phone to ANY mystery shopping company.  You may also contact the MSPA by phone at 972-406-1104.

Please Note:  Scammers set up bogus/fraudulent websites, making you think they are legitimate by copying the MSPA logo to their website.  This is how they scam people. This is why checking the MSPA Member List FIRST is so important!!! We must put these scammers out of business and make them get REAL jobs!

Shoppers, Inc. has been in business since 1986 and are based in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. We survey businesses all over the United States and are members of the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA).

Study these great guidelines from Shoppers, Inc and PLEASE be careful out there when trying to find ways to earn extra cash. I had a great experience with this company, if think mystery shopping is for you, please take these guidelines to heart and you'll have fun earning that extra cash!

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Mar 30, 2011 11:41 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


Do NOT give these people this information;

Hair Color
Social Security # !!!duh

Banks that you have or had past or present accounts!!!

The sign up on this "secret shoppers" website asks for sensitive information that you should never give out over the phone or internet!!!

They can walk right into a bank in the neighboring town, looking similar to you, and use your social security # to access your MONEY!!

If they really are legit, call, ask to make an appointment to see them in their office.

Mar 30, 2011 01:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Good advice. I will say though with a legit place of employment such as ShopperJobs.com, you may have to give your SS# to get a real paycheck. It's just like any other job you would apply for. Bottomline, use common sense.

Mar 30, 2011 01:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I second Sarah- I've had GREAT experiences with Shoppers, Inc. They are a great company that is easy to work with- and totally legit.

One of my favorite sources of mystery shopping jobs is from jobslinger.com
The website allows you to search for different mystery shop jobs in your area available from a variety of legit companies. It is a great way to see what is available in your area without having to sign up with a bunch of different companies first. It has really helped me get started in mystery shopping.

Mar 30, 2011 02:00 pm
 Posted by  momma

That first comment is a good caution but also a bit ridiculous. I have worked at banks, there is no no way any bank will let you withdraw money from an account UNLESS YOU HAVE PROPER ID. Just having a SSN doesn't work. And Shoppers, Inc. doesn't ask for the account number.

Mar 30, 2011 06:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Using common sense is good advice! Any company you work for would ask for your SS# in order to make sure you are who you say you are. Also, they do not ask for any account numbers at banks, only the name of your bank, in case your bank is a client, to give you more jobs. I have worked for this company for years and have never had a problem with payment or anything else. The staff is great to work with, and it says a lot that they have been in business since 1986!

Apr 1, 2011 08:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I have been mystery shopping for a company called BestMark for the past few years and I love working with them! They pay like clockwork, the schedulers are nice, and they have a lot of opportunities in my area. I am a stay-at-home mom and working as a mystery shopper gives me the opportunity to make money when my busy schedule allows it (there is not a required number of shops I have to do). I even did some mystery shops for them when I went to a different state on vacation!
You should never pay a fee to be a mystery shopper, and don’t fall for the “get rich overnight” scams. Mystery shopping companies should be paying YOU, you should not be paying them. If you want to try being a mystery shopper, you can find the BestMark application here: http://www.bestmark.com/become_a_shopper.htm

Jun 2, 2011 07:15 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

If you are just curious as to what Shoppers Inc. has to offer and don't want to give your SS# at this time, then you can defer. You will still be able to view the jobs in your area. To get a job and to get paid you have to enter the number.

Aug 31, 2011 11:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I just received my first paycheck from shopperjobs. I had a lot of fun doing my shops. A great way to make a little extra money and get to try new things/get products for free.

Sep 1, 2011 09:24 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

does anybody now of any legit work at home were u dont have to leave ur house i need the extra money but cant really leave my house.. thnx

Sep 3, 2011 09:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How does secret shoppers work? Just looking for a little extra money.

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