Have you been sent an invitation or a money order to become a mystery shopper? You could be the recipient of a mystery shopper scam. Scammers will often recruit “mystery shoppers” using a check or money order sent to your home. Then, they’ll request you return a certain amount of money back. Before you know it, the bank will declare the check or money order as counterfeit and you’ll be on the hook for any money withdrawn from your account or wired to scammers.
Protect Yourself From Mystery Shopper Fraud
Research potential employers
Research any potential employer. Sometimes a simple Internet search can reveal if a job offer is a scam.
Check the sender before depositing a check
Know where your money comes from. Don’t deposit a check or money order if you don’t know the sender.
Have You Witnessed This Scam?
If you’ve been affected by a mystery shopper scam and the U.S. Mail® has been used in any way, we want to help. Please report the crime.Report Now