Report: #127578

Complaint Review: Proshoppers

  • Submitted: Sun, January 16, 2005
  • Updated: Wed, November 21, 2012
  • Reported By: Overland Park Kansas
  • Proshoppers
  • Phone: 800-6241958
  • Web:
  • Category: Employers

Show customers why they should trust your business over your competitors...

I payed Proshoppers some thirty odd dollars after reading an add they placed in the paper; the man on the phone claimed it was an "investment." I knew it might be a ripoff when I did it, but I figured, "why not take a chance?"

Well, about a week after paying them, they started putting two weekly charges for twenty to thirty dollars on my bank account. I called and asked them why; they said it was for "web services."

I asked them to cease billing me, they said they would. I asked for a refund, they denied me. The next day, my account was billed >again.<

I highly doubt that what they are doing is legal.

Overland Park, Kansas
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#1 UPDATE Employee

Stolen and Fraudulently Used Identity

AUTHOR: Dawn Bode - ()

While a reader of these complaints may assume the companies being reported are factual, make NO mistake about it, we live in an era where ANYONE with access to a computer can go online and smear, mislead, deface and ruin ANY person, company or organization they wish. The real crime is, these "complaint reports" are not investigated or ever followed up on to determine the truth! The obvious reasons are: (1) The Rip Off Web site has not the funds, manpower, time or interest to determine the truth of the complaint. (2) With out a "crime", there is no story to hawk to the public. 

Yet, the bigger crime is, we can produce proof that our company's name was used fraudulently by scam artists, con men and other criminal element. But the welfare of the companies and individuals being wrongfully reported on are of no interest to the management of these "public interest" complaint sites. Some even brag:No matter what the truth is, WE never remove a complaint! The lost revenue from mislabled complaints submitted by nameless individuals has resulted in us having to layoff many good, hard working employees all over this country.

CRG ProShoppers has been providing superior quality customer feedback to retail organizations from Taco Bell to Sears since November 1994. But, all of the hard work by thousands of employees over the years in building a National reputation can be undone by one person stealing our name and using our image to bilk others of thier hard earned savings.

As a plea to the public for a solution, we are hereby offering a CASH REWARD of up to $5,000 (five thousand dollars) for anyone who can come up with a solution on how we can retain and repair our reputation due to these complaints stemming from fraudulent individuals stealing and using our company name. Simply submit your solution in confidence to: Your idea must contain a useable solution as to how we can prevent others from stealing our name, logos, and trademarks for the purpose of profiting from others. It must also include a means to prevent complaint sites, the Beter Business Bureau and other well meaning, self appointed "protectors of the public" from liabelous reference to our company. The deadline for all submissions shall be midnight EST of September 30, 2014. 

DE Bode, C.E.O.

CRG ProShoppers

America's Premier Mystery Shopping Service




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#2 Consumer Comment

NO charge to become a Mystery Shopper!

AUTHOR: D E Bode - (USA)

That is correct. NO legitimate Market Research companies in America specializing in Mystery Shopping charge anyone at anytime, who would like to become a mystery shopper. That includes, but is not limited to charges for Mystery Shopping company directories, mailing lists, training materials, contacts, etc.

Anyone who would like to enter the field of Mystery Shopping and avoid the con artists and scamsters, need only go to: to locate legitimate companies recruiting in their area. BEWARE: Anytime someone wants to charge for ANYTHING related to Mystery Shopping, simply cease communications.

This has been presented to you as a public service announcement.
Don Bode, CRG ProShoppers
Raleigh, North Carolina

WARNING: Anyone contacted in regards to shopping unrequested assignments that involve sending money orders or cashier's checks should contact their local Attorney General's office and the Federal Trade Commission.
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#3 Consumer Comment

Legitimate Mystery Shopping services do not charge monthly fees

AUTHOR: Laurie - (U.S.A.)

I am a registered Mystery Shopper and I paid a one time only fee and 6 years later they have never charged me again. They also did not tack on any fees for other services not requested.
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#4 UPDATE Employee

ProShoppersOnline is certainly not a scam!

AUTHOR: Proshoppersonline - (U.S.A.)

ProShoppersOnline is certainly not a rip off!

ProShoppersOnline is designed to help you get started with secret shopping. ProShoppersOnline is not employment. We do not provide assignments. We are an assistant service.

ProShoppersOnline has done the research online and have found the best places to register and receive assignments. We have centralized these websites in one location online. With the membership you will receive unlimited access to our live support team. You may contact us as many times as you like to get as much assistance as you may need to make sure you are successful in secret shopping. Our goal is to make sure that you are able to find the assignments in your area, accept them, complete them, and get paid!

Our service fee is $29.95 to sign on and $9.95 per month. The membership can be cancelled at anytime. We are here to help you get started with secret shopping. Once you feel that you no longer need our assistance, you are doing secret shopping on your own, you may cancel and continue with secret shopping. After cancellation you will still be able to accept assignments and get paid!

ProShoppersOnline strives in customer satisfaction. At any time if there are any problems or concerns regarding our company, service, or charges, you are more than welcome to contact us directly at 1-800-624-1958; we are here to help.

Valerie Torres
Customer Service Manager
1-800-624-1958 M-F 6AM-5PM Pacific Time
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