ED Magedson – Founder
Secret Shopping Cart130 Fifth Avenue 4th Floor New York, NY 10019 Internet United States of America
Secret Shopping Cart e-mailed me saying they are a secret shopping company that secret shops all online websites, where you can earn some extra money. They set up the date to work my first job. It was all through instant message with a guy named Peter. They did reimburse me up front (through paypal) for the shipping and handling charges (ON MY OWN CREDIT CARD) so I wasn't out any money, AND on top of it I would be paid $12 an hour. It took me THREE HOURS to fill out all my info on the 10 websites of free trials on the excel sheet they provided me, so I was glad I was going to be paid $36. He said it had to be reviewed before I would be paid.
I had to keep track of all the trials so my credit card wouldn't be charged for all of them. I canceled all of them in the time of each trial ending. I had to return a couple of the trials back to the companies to prevent being charged which came out to about $11.00. I e-mailed Secret Shopping Cart, asking to be reimbursed for that shipping and then be paid (it had been 30 days now). I heard nothing.
AND THEN I looked at my credit card statement and there was a couple of charges that I had no idea where it came from! Calling both companies where the charges came from, both said they were "extra" things I signed up for when I did the free trial (even thought I KNOW I was never told about it. One company refunded the money, one didn't so I had to dispute it to my credit card company and they refunded it.
It seems like secret shopping cart gets paid money by these companies to make people sign up for these free trials and then be roped in to all these credit card charges.
I have called them, e-mailed over and over, instant messaged and nobody responds to me.
SECRET SHOPPING CART IS A SCAM!
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 02/04/2010 02:55 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/secret-shopping-cart/internet/secret-shopping-cart-secret-shopping-online-internet-564600. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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