• Report: #992833

Complaint Review: Mystery Shopper Providers Association (MSPA)

  • Submitted: Mon, January 07, 2013
  • Updated: Mon, January 07, 2013

  • Reported By: Jamie — Machias Maine United States of America
Mystery Shopper Providers Association (MSPA)
1031 S Jackson St Apt 3 Louisville KY 40203-3432 Internet United States of America

Mystery Shopper Providers Association ,MSPA, Denise Burton MSPA is a SCAM. I just recieved a money order for $985 and was suppose to keep $200 for my comission and Western Union the rest back to a person in the Philippines. I never did anything with it and tw Manila, Internet

*Consumer Comment: MSPA-NA IS NOT a SCAM!!

*UPDATE Employee: mystery shoppin 

*Consumer Suggestion: Recognize classic check cashing scams

*Consumer Comment: Mystery Shopper Providers Association is Scam!

*General Comment: MSPA

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     I recieved a money order in the amount of $985 from an address listed as: Cobi Morris 1031 S Jackson St Apt 3 Louisville, KY 40203-3432.  My first assignment was to go to the closest Walmart and purchase $50 worth of items.  Then I was to keep $200 for my commission, then go to a Western Union and send the remaining money to a Lina Love at 402 Wassey Rd. Manila, Philippines.  I never cashed the check because I wanted to verify it was legitimate.  Two days later I recieved a check (not a money order) for $3,400. This came from a different address and person this time.  This assignment involved going to Walmart, CVS, Walgreens or a Rite Aid and purchase more items, keep out my commission, take notes of store cleanliness, employee curtiousness, so on and so forth, and load the remaining $3,000 onto Green Dot Money Pak cards, to send off.  There was numerous errors and improper use of grammar on both of these instruction sheets.  When I contacted Denise Burton (the lady who sent me the first assignment) with my concerns about this being a scam, she never replied!  A cpl days later I sent her an email.  She then contacted me through my gmail chat and when I told her I was waiting to hear back from my bank, regarding the legitimacy of the money order, she logged off...DO NOT cash anything from these people!!!!

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#1 Consumer Comment

MSPA-NA IS NOT a SCAM!!

AUTHOR: WoodyCA - (USA)

I am a Member of this association!!  It is NOT a SCAM!  I am 100 percent sure you did not receive ANY check from this association. 

If you received a check from somewhere I understand the frustration as I have received them from the scammers more than once.  You should really consider retraction to your complaint!  They have a rating with the BBB!  This Company is NO scam I assure you!

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#2 UPDATE Employee

mystery shoppin 

AUTHOR: Ambrr - (USA)

I just got this assignment and I didn't understand what to do the numbers were not workin what did u do with yhe money order they gave u and how did u get out?

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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Recognize classic check cashing scams

AUTHOR: Kevin Fields - (USA)

Although I do not work for or officially represent MSPA, I am a registered member of MSPA and I regularly work with the organization to provide mystery shops. 

I am sorry to read that this individual was the victim of a scam. Unfortunately, as with many scams, MSPA is not the party responsible for the scam. MSPA is a credible organization that represents the mystery shopping industries and the companies that provide service. This particular scam is nasty because it trades on the credibility and reputation of MSPA. Check cashign fraud like this is illegal and is prosecuted under "theft by deception". Unfortunately it's probably impossible to discover who perpetrated this scam. Although this is an old report, many retail locations that offer check cashing and wire transfer services now recognize this scam, and may ask you questions as to the purpose of sending your money in order to help combat it.

As a general reminder, keep these three things in mind if you are interested in performing work as a mystery shopper:

1) No legitimate company will ever ask you to pay to start working for them, to pay them for training, or to offer leads. 

2) No legitimate comany will ever pay you in advance for work you have not yet performed. 

3) No legimate company will ever ask you to send them money as part of completing an assignment.

Any company asking you to do any of the above is likely fraudulent and will disappear as soon as they earn your cooperation. 

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#4 Consumer Comment

Mystery Shopper Providers Association is Scam!

AUTHOR: Davehnstl - ()

I also received a money order for $970 and a paper with similar grammatical errors and similar instructions but with different names. My contact is Thomas James and I'm supposed to send the money to a Jack Lukas in Chicago who is apparently a money gram agent. They texted my phone yesterday saying they were the Walgreen shopper manager. Then they started getting pushy and sent texts saying I needed to hurry up with my assignment. Then they actually called me! It was a clearly middle eastern man claiming to be Thomas James and could barely speak english. He hung up on me when I said I didn't have a bank account and I started texting the contact number they gave me and told them I was going to the bank they said good but when I said the bank told me it was Fake I still have not got a response.

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#5 General Comment

MSPA

AUTHOR: Jazz - ()

The MSPA is actually an organization, not a shopping company.  Whoever contacted you and was sending the checks is not from the MSPA, and I am quite sure that her name wasn't really what she said it was, eiether.  I am an MSPA certified shopper and have been since 2003.  The MSPA is sort of like the BBB of mystery shopping.  Mystery shopping companies pay to join the MSPA but the MSPA does not do any types of shops.  Someone was trying to scam you for sure!



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