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Victim Location 32128
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Offered as a mystery shopper. Recieved check in the mail from a credit union with a totally different name. They provide superspy message asking for text messaging communication for each step beginning with depositing check in your account. I read reviews and didnt cash check

Victim Location 93065
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I've recently applied to become a mystery shopper, and today I received a check in the mail. The check comes with instructions, and it's from a company called Prospect Shoppers. The check comes with the money I am to spend with my "assignment" and my "salary". So for example, I get $2250 for my assignment, and $200 for my pay, for a total of $2450. And in the instruction, I'm supposed to tell them when the check is in and available in my account.

The check is fake. It will bounce, and you will be left holding the bag (i.e., your account will be negative $2450 once the bank reverses the deposit). Do not deposit it under any circumstances.

Victim Location 64086
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

They send a "fake" cashier's check and want you to be a "secret shopper". If you don't deposit the check the same day they send it they harass you through texts. I would guess after you spend the money and send them whatever they asked for, the check bounces.

Victim Location 60118
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received an check from them as well. I saw the post how the checks from this company are fraudulent. I did not cash mine. Seemed like a scam after I received the check.

Victim Location 28723
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I applied for a secret shopper job in hopes to receive money. I saw on my LinkEd account with a message about becoming a secret shopper. I received a check and a letter through US postal service and thought “ wow” that’s a lot of money. I made sure that I wasn’t getting scammed by checking each clue that they left in the letter. That’s when I realized they were not real and also have a band width limit on their website. Moral of the story is THEY DIDNT GET ME lol. But no really I’m really upset that they tried to fake this, and play with my emotions

Victim Location 95815
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received a check in the mail from prospect shoppers for the amount of $2450; I did deposit the check but my bank flagged it so the check is fake and if do get money from this it will be reversed immediately!!!!! SO STAY AWAY FROM PROSPECT SHOPPERS IT’S A SCAM!!!!!

Victim Location 14094
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I inquired with the bank to see if this was legit. checked on the bbb website to see this company was. A fraud so I didn't follow thru with the scam

Victim Location 10465
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Received a usps priority mail 3 day envelope with a check for $2450 & instructions on what to do. I didn’t attempt to follow instructions as I immediately went online to find that this is a scam per bbb site. This initial contact was from an ad on LinkedIn. Signed up to make some extra cash as a mystery shopper. I know the job exists as I’ve done it back in 1998/99 for a company that provided mystery shipping services in NYC. I would shop at Duane reade, & Hudson news. I figured ad on LinkedIn would be legit but I am proven wrong. Hope the authorities catch these people

Victim Location 30815
Type of a scam Employment

Prospect shoppers sent me a job request on LINKEDIN. I responded to their job request as interested. They sent me a response to my request stating I was selected to be a secret shopper. They would pay me $800 a week plus pay for my shopping experience. They sent me a text message the next day saying if I would like to accept the job they had lined up. Once you accept the job they mail you in a check in the next few days with direction on what to do next. They want you to text them when you receive the letter. Then they want you to deposit the check within 24 hours and text them back deposited. Next they give you your task. I didn’t go past the second step of depositing the check. I looked up the website on ScamPulse.com and I was informed that it was a scam.

Victim Location 33166
Type of a scam Employment

There was an ad on LinkedIn to become a mystery and secret shopper. I applied through a link that asked for my contact information. I received a check through the mail a month later. It was a total of $2450, $200 of which was my fee to keep. I was to spend 2250 at Walmart. There was specific instructions to deposit and use the funds within 24 hours of posting. I was to send a text to 406-414-9811 after every action, receipt, deposit, posting. The name on the Priority correspondence was Sarah Masias. the website they say is theirs is prospectshoppers.com

Victim Location 89128
Type of a scam Employment

on 11/13/18 received a text message from 833-825-9664 asking if i want to be a mystery shopper and if interested respond back with accepted then i will receive letter in 5 days. well on 11/19/18 i received a priority us mail letter with tracking in the mail. it contained a cashiers check of $2450.00 from Firstlight Federal Credit Union that's located in El Paso, TX 78914 and Las Cruces, NM. then instructions stating: Assignment location any walmart store, salary $200 from the check sent. once receive letter to text # 4062729683 using term:"exercise received" with your name. then deposit check in bank and text again to same number using term:"draft lodged" with your name. then wait 24 hrs then send another text message to same number using term:" total sum of 2450 ready" with your name. then you wait for a text responds on what next to do. explanation stated after you put money in bank the plan that they wanted you to do was "suppose" to shop with 2250 and you keep 200 for your service (salary).

Victim Location 40601
Type of a scam Other

I was at contacted via email about becoming a secret shopper for major stores. After a brief application, I was notified I had been accepted as a representative. A few days later I received my first "assignment" which was a large check with instructions to deposit the check, T letter with the check gives instructions about depositing the check and notifying the company of your status. Nothing from that point is said about making a purchase or what to do with products from the purchase. It says to notify the company when the deposit was credited and instructions would be given from there. It then said a certain amount of the money could be kept as a "salary".

Strange: The letter and check came from an insurance business in Texas, The corp is supposedly located in Montana, and the "Treasurer's" Check is from Virginia! The website is new with no reviews.

Victim Location 33912
Type of a scam Employment

They sent me a check for $2450.00 which I am supposed to deposit and then send them money apparently. This is a bogus mystery shopper scam that says you need to go to Walmart after depositing the check at your bank in person. Please beware - see below, this happened to me as well except the check was sent from Texas.

Per BBB:

On November 2, 2018, ScamPulse.com received a report from a consumer stating they were contacted by Prospect Shoppers to conduct a mystery shop at any Walmart location of their choice. The consumer was sent a check to deposit in their bank account to cover both their salary and money for the task. The check, which is counterfeit, was issued by an unrelated third party in New York whose account information was compromised. The check and agreement were sent from a residential address in Illinois. With the timing requirements in the instructions, the consumer would not have known the check was counterfeit until after they sent the money from their own bank account for the task.


ScamPulse.com found the website, www.prospectshoppers.com was created on October 20, 2018. In addition, ScamPulse.com found the language used on the website has been copied from another website. The identities and photos of the “executives” are stolen identities. The advertised address is a virtual office in Billings, MT. ScamPulse.com could not find the business registered with Montana Secretary of State. ScamPulse.com has reasons to believe the company does not physically exist in the State of Montana. Finally, this company is advertising the ScamPulse.com Accredited Business seal without authorization.

If you are contacted by this company by US mail, ScamPulse.com recommends reporting your experience to BBB’s Scam Tracker, https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us and the United States Postal Inspector, https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/contactUs/filecomplaint.aspx

Victim Location 90036
Type of a scam Employment

On November 13, 2018, I received a priority mail envelope enclosed with a cover letter with directions and a cashier's check for $2450. This secret shopper program did not seem legit so I searched the ScamPulse.com and realized that it was a scam. I have enclosed a copy of the cover letter that was sent to me.

Victim Location 48323
Type of a scam Employment

I had received a message on LinkedIn about becoming a "mystery shopper". I though the opportunity sounded fun. upon receiving a large check I was suspecting that this was a scam. I decided to look into the company and noticed that they had no way to contact the company from their website, the only way to be contacted is if you leave your information for them to contact you. I was told to deposit $2,450 dollars into my account. The check looked fake and did not have the credentials that other checks have. I then looked on the MSPA website and did not see their name on the list. On their website I also saw that they stated they were accredited by the BBB upon more investigation i saw that this "company" was reported as a scam.

Victim Location 10001
Type of a scam Employment

Someone messaged me via my LinkedIn mail about becoming a secret shopper. The job posting looked like it was on Career Builder. They asked me to fill out a survey and provide my mailing address and email and phone number. I received a check for $2,450 in the mail stating that I was to use $2,250 to go shopping and would keep 200. I was to deposit the check and then text Draft Lodged to the supervisor Charles Cole. Then text Total Sum of 2450 ready and you’re suppose to let them know when you are at the assignment location for more details. I didn’t realize this was a scam until I started doing reasearch on the company Prospect Shoppers. This Charles Cole manager has been used in other scams. I have reported it to the Federal Trade comisssion.

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