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There are legit mystery shopping opportunities out there..I was one once years ago and it’s an interesting job for a time.  However, this was in the news today - so if you‘re interested in doing this, be very careful where you go.  

Mystery shopper scam affects Knoxville company  

It’s been a frustrating week for Mystery Shoppers Incorporated in Knoxville. The 15-year-old company hires shoppers to rate businesses on things like appearance and customer service.

“We’ve had some pretty angry people wanting money. People want to know who to contact,” said employee Tiffany Gleason.

Those people who are contacting Gleason are saying they’ve been scammed through an e-mail, which uses Mystery Shoppers Incorporated’s company name.

The e-mail is an advertisement looking for shoppers willing to work. It was written by a scam artist, not the Knoxville-based business.

In one case, a $4,000 check was sent to the potential mystery shopper. The shopper’s assignment was to evaluate a bank’s service.

The shopper was asked to wire the money through one bank to another. The problem—the check was bad.

“You’ve sent $3,000 dollars overseas to somebody that you’ll never ever see again, and you’ll owe another $3,000 back to the bank. It’s very unfortunate,” said Tiffany Gleason.

So how can you avoid falling for a mystery shopper scam?

Gleason said her company will never send future shoppers anything. Instead, you have to sign up on their website and they will contact you.

Mystery Shoppers Incorporated has information concerning the scams on their website. You can look at the information by clicking [Link Removed] 

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