Greensboro, NC -- It really is too good to be true. A job offer and a nearly $2,000 check all through the mail.
A mystery shopper scheme is going around. The Better Business Bureau put out an alert earlier this week and 2WTK viewers called saying they got the letter and check in their mailbox.
Here is what makes this confusing. Mystery shopper jobs are real. So how do you tell the real businesses from the fake businesses?
David Dalrymple of the Winston-Salem BBB says these are the warning signs:
- A complete stranger has trusted you with a check for several thousand dollars
- They ask you to contact them to "activate" the check
- You must wire some portion of the check using Western Union or MoneyGram
- No real training or job application has taken place
But there are plenty of Mystery Shopper jobs out there. Dalrymple suggests figuring out if it is real by:
- Seek an outside third party for confirmation of a positive history and reputation for the business.
- Search bbb.org for more details
- Understand a little about the industry before believing everything you are told
- Don't blindly respond to an email or provide any information on a website base solely on a recognized name or logo
The Mystery Shopper Providers Association has a website job seekers can look through to gain employment and check out possible companies