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Shadow Shopper Informative - Ripoff, fraudulent tactics

Review by pretty butterfly on 2006-07-07
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Wanted a mystery shopper job. Wrote my resume, downloaded a picture, used my credit card to pay $10 for one month to try it out. Applied for a few jobs sending my qualifications and e mails returned with message that delivery failed. When I e-mailed the company, they said I had to take the auditor test and qualify before I can apply for a job. The company does not have a phone number stating they are trying to keep costs down.

They told me they turned off my automatic renewal feature and will cancel my account on 7/28/06.
Comments:10 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-07-08
Posted by Sparticus on 2006-07-07:
What's a shadow shopper?
Posted by Sparticus on 2006-07-07:
Oops. I meant to say what is a mystery shopper?
Posted by miketech on 2006-07-07:
A mystery shopper is hired to go into a store and shop, call on the phone, basically deal with a company in whatever way they need. Then you fill out a report and submit it to the company and are either paid or get free merchandise or both.
I was a mystery shopper for Captain D's. It was pretty cool for awhile but I got tired of the food eventually.
I got shopped once when I was selling cars by the owner of a local mystery shopping program. That's a stroy for another day but it was funny. In retrospect.
Posted by miketech on 2006-07-07:
I wasn't endorsing Shadow Shopper at all. Never heard of them. Sorry that happened to you Butterfly
Posted by Doc J on 2006-07-07:
I've often heard radio ads for companies looking for mystery shoppers. I always thought they sounded much like work from home schemes where you pay the company a "fee" to get started and then you earn $0. Given Mike's personal experience, it sounds like some are good, some are bad. It's a great concept and it would be nice if the CS departments at Microsoft and Dell (among others) had employees who had to deal with their own CSRs and report back to management about their "pleasant experience".
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-07-07:
Some of these, notice the word 'some' of these mystery shopper scheme's are scams. You shouldn't have to pay to be a shopper, they should be paying you. Alot of paper work from what I've heard. Here's some advice to heed. The consenus is don't pay, and research the company.
http://clarkhoward.com/shownotes/2004/11/23
Posted by warddw1526 on 2006-07-07:
A lot of call centers use mystery shoppers. Internal quality reps might be biased towards certain reps.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-07-07:
What business doesn't have a phone? Do they have lights or are those too costly too? More like Shady Oper'.
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2006-07-08:
You have to be carefull when you are looking for a mystery shopping company. It took me almost a year of looking before I found this company. Passed the auditors test and have never had any problems since. You get paid to go to different companies and either purchase merchandise or services and you rate the company, salesperson, cleanliness, orderliness and other aspects of the company. You can also use hidden cameras, audio devices and other hidden devices to do the job. It can be alot of fun.
Posted by pretty butterfly on 2006-07-08:
Thanks all you guys, look under rip-off report.com. You will see others that lost more than I did. Just need to keep these creeps from doing business.

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