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28
Oct
2011

From: [email protected]
Subject: {Definitely Spam?} SECRET SHOPPING JOB AVAILABLE/URGENT REPLY NEEDED
Message body:
“We have a mystery shopping assignment in your area and we would like you to participate”

Secret Shopper(R) is accepting applications for qualified individuals to become mystery shoppers. It’s fun and rewarding, and you choose when and where you want to shop. You are never obligated to accept an assignment.

There is no charge to become a shopper and you do not need previous experience. After you sign up, you will have access to training materials via e-mail, fax or postal mail.

ABOUT US

Secret Shopper(R) is the premier mystery shopping company, serving clients across America with over 500,000 shoppers available and ready to help businesses better serve their customers. Continual investment in the latest internet and communication technologies coupled with over 16 years of know-how means working with Secret Shopper(R) is a satisfying and rewarding experience.

Secret shopping as seen on ABC NEWS, NBC NEWS, L.A.TIMES.

Stores and organizations such as The Gap, Walmart, Pizza Hut, and Bank. One amongst many others pay for Secret Shoppers to shop in their establishments and report their experiences. On top of being paid for shopping you are also allowed to keep purchases for free. Secret Shopper(R) NEVER charge fees to the shopper. Training, tips for improvement, and shopping opportunities are provided free to registered shoppers. Mystery shoppers are either paid a pre-arranged fee for a particular shop, a reimbursement for a purchase or a combination of both.

You will be required to interact with the shop clerk.

You may conduct the shop alone or as a couple.

The assignment will pay $200.00/ Assignment

Kindly Fill Out the application form below and we will get back to you shortly with the assignment to this email

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

First Name:
Last Name:
Street Address:
City, State, Zip Code:
Cell Phone Number:
Home Phone Number:

AVAILABILITY:

Days/Hours Available

Monday ………………………………………
Tuesday ………………………………………
Wednesday ………………………………………
Thursday ………………………………………
Friday ………………………………………
Saturday ………………………………………
Sunday ………………………………………

Hours Available: from _______ to ______

We await your urgent response.

Thank you for your help.

We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Frank James
Secret Shopper(R)

If you’ve received the above email in your inbox and thought to yourself, “This is a scam!”-you are right. It’s a 419 scam that gives off that too-ludicrously-good-to-be-true vibes and doesn’t really want you to be a secret shopper but would love to have your money, if not information that personally identifies you, which is exactly the case for this particular scam.

There’s nothing generally new about this one since it began making its rounds in the later part of 2010 apart from the “{Definitely Spam?}” on the subject line, as if challenging recipients to suddenly question their earlier conclusion of it being something other than legitimate.

Don’t fall for it. Don’t fall for it. Don’t fall for it.

Despite the abundant and readily available information on the Web, people are still ending up victims to such scams. And, sadly, the worst thing that could happen is that in the end, someone other than the victim pays the price. These false promises scammers make may seem irresistible to pass up, but believing an email from someone you don’t know who offers to help you make money in exchange for your information (but more often than not, money) should be a cause for alarm.

So how does one spot a 419 scam? There are a lot of articles available on-line for that, too, but I think this is more complete than the rest. It’s quite an old post but still holds some wisdom. Here is a more straight-forward FAQ page.

If you suspect that you received is a 419 scam mail, ignore or delete it from your inbox. If you want to be more proactive, check out this page for who to report it to. Most importantly, tell your friends and family members about this scam.

Jovi Umawing (Thanks to Wendy)

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