• Report: #495498

Complaint Review: Premier Service Shopping, Inc.

  • Submitted: Tue, September 15, 2009
  • Updated: Tue, December 01, 2009

  • Reported By: DrenDeb — Temple Texas USA
Premier Service Shopping, Inc.
http://www.premierservice.ca/home/ Internet United States of America

Premier Service Shopping, Inc. Premier Mystery Shopper Survey Division; Premier Mystery Shopper Outlet Division; Premier Group, Inc. Received letter and a cashier's check to be a Mystery or Secret Shopper as a part-time job from Premier Group, Inc using SunTrust Bank Logo. Internet

*General Comment: secret shopper offer

*Consumer Comment: Premier Service legitimate company.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Here is a message from the REAL Premier Service Inc.!

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RECEIVED A LETTER THAT INCLUDED A CHECK FOR THE AMOUNT OF $3,750.00 AND A CUSTOMER SERVICE EVALUATION FORM (CSEF). THE LETTER WAS TO INFORM ME THAT BASED ON A PREVIOUS SURVEY BY THEIR AFFILIATE CONSUMER SURVEY SPECIALIST I INDICATED THAT I WAS INTERSTED IN ADDITIONAL INCOME ON A PART-TIME BASIS I HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN A PAID CONSUMER RESEARCH PROGRAM KNOWN AS "SECRET SHOPPING". AS ONE OF THE PEOPLE SELECTED TO REPRESENT THEIR FIRM, I WILL BE ACTING AS A CUSTOMER SERVICE EVALUATOR OF SELECTED COMPANIES IN MY AREA. THIS CAMPAIGN IS AN EXCELLENT MEANS OF EARNING HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS WEEKLY!


THEN COMPANY CONTINUES ON THE NEXT COUPLE OF PARAGRAPHS EXPLAINING THE 'SECRET SHOPPING" EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY WITH THE FIRM. AND HOW THIS SERVICE IS PROVIED ALL OVER NORTH AMERICA. HOW I WAS SELECTED AMONG 58,000 PEOPLE WHO RESPONDED TO THE SURVEY.


NOW FOR THE TRUE SCAM.......THEY ARE SO CALLED DOING RESEARCH PROJECT FOR MONEYGRAM, THE OBJECTIVE FOR THE FIRST ASSIGNMENT IS TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY OF THE PAYMENT SYSTEM. THEY WANTED ME TO KNOW THAT ANY MONEYGRAM STORE IN MY AREA WHICH BY THE WAY THEY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT ANY WALMART LOCATION..........I'M SUPPOSE TO BE ON THE D.L. (DOWN LOW OR UNCOVER) AND PAY ATTENTION THEIR PAY PROCESSING SYSTEM. I'M SUPPOSE TO ACT LIKE A REGULAR CUSTOMER TRYING TO SEND SOME MONEY TO RELATIVE AT ANOTHER MONEYGRAM.


SUPPOSEDLY THE MONEYGRAM ON THE RECEIVING SIDE HAS 'POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE'.


I WILL BE COMPENSATED $350 FLAT WAGE FOR MY TIME AND TRAVEL EXPENSES. MY SECOND ASSIGNMENT WOULD BE AT A FAST-FOOD LOCATION WHICH WOULD BE ASSIGNED BY MY COORDINATOR. ALSO, THE LETTER ENDS BY TELLING THAT THE FUNDS NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE ASSISGNMENT ARE ENCLOSED IN THIS LETTER......(THIS IS THE FAKE CASHIER'S CHECK). AND I'M TOLD THAT I NEED TO CONTACT MR.DAVID CAMPELL 'IMMEDIATLEY UPON RECEIPT OF THIS LETTER AT (416)554-5014 TO CONFIRM I RECEIVED THE LETTER AND THE CHECK. MR. CAMPBELL IS SUPPOSE TO GIVE ME FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS NEEDED TO CARRY OUT THE 'ASSIGNMENT'. ALSO, SO THEY CAN RELEASE THE ENCLOSE CHECK FOR PAYMENT. NOTE: THIS LETTER STATES ITS 'TIME-SENSITIVE AND MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN 24HRS OF RECEIPT OF THIS PACKAGE'.


NOW I HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE LETTER....


FIRST.... THE COMPANY SENDS ME A 'CASHIER'S CHECK' FOR A SURVEY I NEVER TOOK.


SECOND... THE COMPANY SENDS THE CHECK WITH MY FIRST AND LAST NAME ON IT BUT THE LETTER BEGINS WITH 'DEAR SHOPPER' AND NOT MY NAME, (I THOUGHT THE POSITION WAS FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE EVALUATOR NOT SHOPPER, JUST SAYING)


THIRD....THE FLAT $350 FLAT WAGE...OKAY IT HAS BEEN ALONG TIME SINCE I'VE DONE MATH BUT THEY WANT ME TAKE MY $350 OUT OF THE $3,750... THIS MEANS THAT I HAVE TO SEND MY UNKNOWN RELATIVE $3,400...(I WAS WONDERING WHY CAN'T KEEP THE $3,400 AND SEND THIS UNKNOW RELATIVE $350..IT'S AN EVALUATION, RIGHT? COMPANY JUST NEEDS TO KNOW "EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY OF THE PAYMENT SYSTEM OR THE PROCESS...THEY DON'T NEED ALL THAT MONEY JUST TO FIGURE THAT OUT...I THINK $350 WILL DO)


FOURTH..... THE CHECK HAS A BANK NAME, SUN TRUST, WHICH CONTAINS NO CONTACT INFORMATION TO VERIFY THE CHECK IS GOOD OR BAD; THERE IS NOT ADDRESS, NOT PHONE NUMBER TO THE BANK; THE VOID OVER IS FOR THE EXACT AMOUNT OF $3,750 (I KNOW THAT PHONE NUMBER MEANS LITTLE BECAUSE IT COULD LEAD ME RIGHT TO MR. CAMPBELL OR REAL CON ARTIST....I TOOK IT ONE STEP FURTHER AND WENT TO THE BACK'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE)


FIFTH......THE CHECK IS NOT GUARANEETED BY THE FDIC. LOGO IS NOT WHERE ON THE CHECK.


SIXTH.....THE LETTER STATED THAT ONCE I CALL THAT ONCE I CALL THE COORDINATOR I WILL RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS NEEDED TO CARRY OUT MY ASSIGNMENT.....(THE LETTER ALREADY GAVE ME INSTRUCTIONS ON THE FIRST ASSIGNMENT....I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OTHER ASSIGNMENTS.....THE SECOND ASSIGNMENT THAT THEY BRIEFLY MENTIONED.)


BEWARE!!!BEWARE!!!BEWARE!!! BEWARE OF PREMIER SERVICE SHOPPING, INC OR SECRET SHOPPERS!!! BEWARE


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#1 General Comment

secret shopper offer

AUTHOR: Roguegirl - (USA)

I was sent a secret shopper offer. The original email came from an "Emily Secreto" with an email address of ESecreto@mail2.cu-portland.edu.  This was for a survey shopper that is needed in my area for a reasonable weekly pay and to reply Jmanning001@outlook.com for more details.  I was curious so I did send an email to the Jmanning address.

I received an email reply back within half an hour from "Josephine Manning" at Premier Service, offering a mystery shopping assignment where I would receive a check to be a mystery shopper and my wages would be $300 per survey. My "employment packet inclkues business/stores evalutaiton (Macy's, Vons, Wal-Mart, CVS, McDonald's Best Buy and many more).  It requested your name, address and contact number. It was sign Joseph Manning Premier Service inc ®.

I repllied to the email with my contact information thinking they would send me a letter. I have not heard anything back.

After reading the original complaint and the reply from the actual company this sounds similar and is most likely a scam.

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#2 Consumer Comment

Premier Service legitimate company.

AUTHOR: Charlene - ()

What you are describing, with the large check being sent to you from a company you were not aware of, IS a scam. This is prevalent in the mystery shopping world. Mystery shopping is mysterious, people don't know about it, and there are many scams perpetrated in the names of legitimate mystery companies.

A mystery shopping company does not recruit by mass mailings. They do not send out legitimate checks to people they have no knowledge of. You would be required to fill out an application, and almost always have to do a job before you get paid. Beginner jobs usually pay less than $25.00, but as you gain experience you may become eligible for more lucrative assignments. Mystery shopping is real, and it is work. The scams based on the names of real mystery shopping companies are being sent and some people believe them because they want to believe that could happen. It's great to research the scam and prove it to be a scam. There is another step to take if you are interested in part time work. Search for the legitimate company with the same name. Then search for related companies and topics. You can find the real thing if you're interested.

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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Here is a message from the REAL Premier Service Inc.!

AUTHOR: Premier Service CEO - (United States of America)

Hello from Montreal, and thank you for reading!

I am the CEO and Attorney for Premier Service Inc., situated in Montreal, Canada.

PLEASE be very careful with this scam!

Some scammers are using a company name similar to ours, sending out phony checks in the mail, exactly like is reported here.

We receive calls every single day from people who have been targeted.  Most of the time, the potential victims are aware that our company is the "real" Premier Service Inc., and they call us to warn us about our name being used illegally.

However, sometimes people call and tell us that they have actually deposited the checks, sent the money, only to find the checks bounce.

We receive calls like this from devastated people.

If you receive such a check in the mail, PLEASE call your State's Attorney General's office.  PLEASE do your part in putting these people out of business.

If you go to our website, www.premierservice.ca, you will see a file we posted that describes the scam and which authorities may help.

I am happy to see that this was "Ripoff Report" was pasted here, however, there is a small problem:

The poster listed our website (the REAL one!) in her complaint.  Our site is www.premierservice.ca, and our English homepage is www.premierservice.ca/home.  This was listed in the scam!

For our company, this has been an inconvenience, and nothing more.  However, for the victims, they have lost up to $4,000 each.  (The scam is usually kept below $5,000, because different laws apply).

If you are a reporter or a law enforcement agency reading this, please do not hesitate to contact our company for a statement and any assistance we may provide.  We have already filed police reports here in Montreal, Canada.

Thank you!
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