Here we go, I am basically a lazy girl who just loves to play...(stamping that is) but at the same time, I would like to make some extra money (DUH....all my stamping proceeds go back to stamping toys ) so I've been thinking about what I could do for a little extra cash, and realized I know a few secret shoppers and thought maybe that would be fun for me, then I received an email about becoming one! Cool! I sent in the application which was not very involved just a few generic questions about name and address etc. and waited for my acceptance.
A few days went by and I received a letter telling me I had been accepted and to watch my email for further instructions. This next morning I had my first acceptance......yippee I needed to go to Wal-Mart and Western Union! Hmmmm the letter read as follows...
You have been accepted as out Mystery Shopper Survey/Agent. You will be evaluating a Wal-Mart and Western Union Store in your neighborhood. You will need to locate the nearest store and let us know their addresses in your next email to us. That is where you will be conducting your evaluation. Please remember to act confident and appropriate while carrying out the survey as not to arouse suspicion. We will furnish you with directions and all transfer details to perform the surveys. You will write a report after shopping at Wal-Mart and send it back to us via email answering the following questions:
1) how long it took in line to purchase your items
2) ambiance and cleanliness of the store
3) courteousness of the cashier
4)reaction of personnel under pressure
5)your comments and impressions of the transaction
You will conduct a transfer of funds at Western Union and evaluate the ease and efficiency of that service.
Please respond to this email and funds will be sent to you to carry out all that is required of you including your compensation for this assignment. Be sure to check your email each day and you will be updated on when to commence your shopping. Your prompt attention to this and subsequent emails shows your ability of becoming a good Mystery Shopper!
Mystery Shopper, Inc
So, I sent the email back with the appropriate info regarding the stores in my area and they sent me an email saying they will send me the materials needed to conduct the surveys via FedEx overnight. Sure enough at 7:00 am this morning my door bell rang and I got an envelope from FedEx.....with this!!!! Um.... that is a check in the amount of $1900! Whoaaaa now that is easy! Here is the letter that accompanied it.
Here is your first assignment. You will be evaluating the Wal-Mart Store at 230 Oak Street and the Western Union Store at 600 Belmont St. The check sent to you for $1900, covers all expenditures including evaluation, shopping, transportation, and your compensation for this assignment.
Deposit this check into your account. $200 is for your compensation for this survey, $50 for a purchase at Wal-Mart, $30 for transportation, $80 for transfer fees at Western Union and $1540 for a transfer of funds at Western Union.
Go to Wal-Mart and purchase goods in the amount of not more than $50. Conduct the evaluation with the questions outlined below in mind, in order to fulfill the requirements of the survey.
Go to Western Union and conduct a transfer in the amount of $1540 to the address below, with the questions outlined below in mind to fulfill the requirements of the survey.
Please send all transaction details to the address below.
Pearsall, TX 7060
Once the funds transfer is complete provide the following information in your report.
-senders full name
-secret answer (if applicable)
-Western union transfer charge #
-Actual amount of transaction sent
-Money Transfer Control #
Transportation allowance: $30
Western Union Transfer Fee: $80
Western Union Transaction: $1540
Remember to follow the guidelines in the questions to facilitate this assignment.
_How long did transactions take
-Cleanliness and over all appearance of the stores
-Professionalism of the attendant
-courteousness of the cashier
-Information that you think that would be helpful
Please fill out the enclosed questionnaire for each establishment and send it back in the supplied envelope.
We are expect a detailed report. Please conduct this evaluation within the next 6 days.
Mystery Shopper, Inc.
Ok, so curiosity gets the best of me and I decide to check this out. I am on the phone with Wells Fargo, the bank that issued the check for over 45 minutes with absolutely no satisfaction on whether or not this is a scam. They have this person, with an account, with funds in it and see no problem with the check......hmmmmm well it is not going to be deposited in my account nosireee. I am still a little freaked out by the whole thing.
So what's next, well I called the Wells Fargo near me and found out that the account is in fact active, and that because the check is drawn off that account, in that bank I could just come on over and cash it there. ARE YOU GETTING THIS STUPIDITY? Some stranger sends out $1900 to Donna C , whom they do not know and then the bank says "come on down" and we'll give you some money! The bank is just as carazzzzy! This is insane ....so I asked the bank if I could mail it back to them and this is what they said and I quote...."we have no provisions in our policy to allow that".... WHAT! Silly wabbit..... I am flabbergasted! LOL!!!!! OH and don't worry I am not going to carry out the assignment or put that check into my account just gonna dump it in the trash! ~Enjoy your weekend!