• Report: #622865

Complaint Review: Spies in Disguise

  • Submitted: Tue, July 13, 2010
  • Updated: Thu, March 31, 2011

  • Reported By: Not listed — Not listed United States of America
Spies in Disguise
Unknown Internet United States of America

Spies in Disguise Unknown Spies in Disguise, Employment Scam, Mystery Shopper, Western Union, Money Order Unknown, Internet

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Clarification - Not sent by Spies in Disguise (a legitimate company)

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This e-mail is a scam, and the person that wrote it is also extremely stupid (notice the misspells, wrong capitalization, and the person can't even count right) If you receive an e-mail like this about an employment opportunity please report it to Career Builder, or other applicable job site and your Attorney General's office. I have included the e-mail I received below:

Dear Applicant ,

We got your resume on careerbuilder for the position of CSR, but right now the position is filled and we thought you might be interested in this part-time job offer. Here's your chance to get paid for shopping and dining out. You'll be paid to shop and dine out, plus you can also get free meals, free merchandise, free services, free entertainment, and free travel. This opportunity includes great pay, enjoyable work, flexible schedules, and no experience required. If you can shop, you are qualified! Spies in Disguise is a company that conduct surveys and evaluate other companies, we get hired to go to other peoples companies and act like customers in order to know how the staffs are handling their services in relation to their customers, once we have a contract to do so, we direct our agent / secret shoppers to the company or outlet to carry out the evaluation, and you will be given the money you need to do the job( either purchase things or require services), after which you will write a comment on the staffs activities and give a detailed record of your experience. Examples of details you would forward to us are 1) How long it took you to get services. 2) Smartness of the attendant 3)Customer service professionalism 4)Sometimes you might be required to upset the attendant, to see how they react to clients when they get tensed. And we then turn the information over to the company executives and they would carry out their own duties in improving there services. Most companies employ our assistance when people give complains about their services, or when they feel there are needs for them to improve their customer service. your identity would be kept confidential as the job states (secrets shopper) you would be paid $200 for every duty you carry out, and bonus on your transportation allowance, and funds would be given to you if you have to dine as part of the duty. We currently have a contract to evaluate a local western outlet in your area , your first assignment will be to run a survey on this western union outlets within 6 miles of your area ( which will be disclose to you in our subsequent email as soon as you accept the responsibilities to carry out this assignment). The Western union location was reported for evaluation for the following reasons. I) Customers has file report for unprofessional customer service ii) Slow services iii) Unbalanced exchange rate (Iv) Poor services (v) Rudeness to customers (vi) Excess charge (vii) Late opening time and Closing before time. Your Secret Evaluation would be 1) To make a transfer of fund from this western union location to our Mystery shopper and the funds would be picked up by our based mystery shopper at the other location. ( Note : the money you will be needing for this services will be provided in advance by our company before you carry out the assignment)

2) You would have to record your time of arrival, departure and how long it takes to get the transaction done.You would be sent funds in form of money orders which will cover your commission for the duty and the amount you will be sending at western union.

4) You will also provide me with the name of the cashier that attended to you, you will have to keep a comprehensive report on every activity that happens within the time you are carry out the transaction. As soon as you reply back with your mailing address and information below, the funds you will be needing to carry out the assignment plus your commission , will be sent to you in form of money orders , the Western Union outlet address will be disclose to you, and also the Name and address of the other Mystery shoppers you will be sending the money to , will be provided . If you are still interested in this job opportunity, reply this e mail with the follow information and your readiness to carry out this assignment.

FULL NAME .......................... MAILING ADDRESS (no P.O.Box please) .......................... CITY.......................... STATE.......................... ZIP CODE.......................... CELL PHONE.......................... HOME PHONE.......................... GENDER.......................... MARITAL STATUS.......................... BEST TIME TO CALL.......................... PRESENT JOB STATUS/POSITION.......................... As soon , as you get back to us with this information, then we can proceed to the next step. Best Regards Mark Cadozo HR Manager Spies in Disguise

These people are counting on you responding, and then cashing their money order. What they don't tell you is that the money order is a fake, and most of the time your bank doesn't catch it until days afterwards... that is until after your bank has given you the money and you turn around and Western Union the funds. Once your bank finds out the money order is fraudulent (usually about 7-10 days later), then it goes back against YOUR checking account and YOU become liable for the fraudulent act. I've received several e-mails to the nature, and know that this is a scheme due to having prior experience in lending (dealing with money orders, etc) and catching fraudulent behavior. I would also suggest that if you receive an e-mail of these nature to report it to your local police, who will most likely refer you to a special division within the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Clarification - Not sent by Spies in Disguise (a legitimate company)

AUTHOR: Brian @ Spies in Disguise - (United States of America)

The report titled #622865 Spies in Disguise - does not correctly explain the issue and is not the company that the complaint is about.  Spies in Disguise, Inc. is a legitimate mystery shopping company that works with both local and national companies across the United States that have us send in mystery shoppers to evaluate their restaurant, retail store, theater, amusement park, etc. and return a report on how the employees performed at the location.

The reported complaint is associated with a spoofing crime where the perpetrators use legitimate company names, like Spies in Disguise, to give themselves instant credibility.  The ad for the cashier check scam that is listed has a contact name and phone number that does not belong to Spies in Disguise.  If you call the number from the ad, you are directly connected to the people performing the scam, not Spies in Disguise.

Spies in Disguise, along with other companies (including those in the mystery shopping industry), have been targets before in this type of spoofing business.  We work with both local and federal law enforcement agencies to stop and apprehend any individual that perpetrates these types of crimes.  We have filed reports with the Michigan State police, where we are headquartered, and the federal internet crime agency: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx.

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If you have any questions regarding Spies in Disguise, Inc. please feel free to write or email:

Brian Brooks, President

Spies in Disguise, Inc.




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