Report: #733527

Complaint Review: CRG Mystery Shoppers

  • Submitted: Thu, May 26, 2011
  • Updated: Wed, November 09, 2011
  • Reported By: Dianna — McGregor Texas United States of America
  • CRG Mystery Shoppers
    Suite 502, 66 West Flager St
    Miami, Florida
    United States of America

CRG Mystery Shoppers recieved ck $3650.00 Paid Survey as an evaluator for Western Union, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, K-Mart Miami, Florida

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: CEO / Founder

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If it sounds to good to be true its probably to good to be true.  I heard about scams like this so when I received a ck in the mail for the amout of $3650.00 asking me to be a mystery shopper I thought I better research this further.
This company CRG Mystery Shoppers was offering me 300.00 for my wages, $3000 was to be western union wired, $150.00 for the wire fee, $200 to go  shopping at either Wal-Mart, Best Buy or K-Mart to purchase anything I wanted and it was mine to keep.  The check was from Finance Center Federal Credit Union and was a certified draft.
I was smart enough not to deposit this check in my accout and thought I ought to research this company.  When I researched this company that is when I found your web site.  I did see this company but didn't see any address in Florida.  So this is why I'm filing this report so it will show this company with the Florida addrsss.
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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

CEO / Founder

AUTHOR: D E Bode - (United States of America)

We, at the Consumer Research Group, also known globally as "CRG", "CRG Mystery Shoppers" and "CRG ProShoppers" have been in the practice of monitoring retail customer service, utilizing "mystery shoppers" or "secret shoppers" for over 16 years. In the past 3 years we have taken on the burden of waging a time and effort consuming battle against scam artists, con artist and others with a little basic knowledge of the use of computers in illegally getting money from unsuspecting American citizens.

There methods are very simple. They illegally copy a website and logo of any company and reproduce it, altering the contact information to their own, and mailing there materials out to hundreds, it not thousands of unsuspecting individuals. The materials commonly involve a scheme using a dummy (but very real looking) cashiers check and a request to deposit the check and immediately use the funds for some ficticous mystery shopping assignments, but more importantly sending a cashiers check to the dastardly culprits, usually residing in Canada, Great Britain, Nigeria, etc. While most people see the obsurdity in the request, there is and always will be those who disregard the old warning "If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!" thinking this may be that one exception to the rule, while risking thousands of their own dollars.

After getting burned by the con men, these desperate victims lash out at anyone they can blame (not themselves). These individuals then embark on a campaign to smear the company listed on the ficticious letterhead with calls to the BBB, local attorney general, postmaster, media and anyone else who will listen. Unfortunately these unwarranted accusations are actually slanderous and illegal themselves!

Needless to say, anyone receiving these materials should hand them over to their local post master or attorney general.

Don Bode
Consumer Research Group
Raleigh, North Carolina
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