wondering if I am getting scammed

I received a check and letter from W.ROHLIG USA INC. today inviting me to be a mystery shopper for them. This is my first experience doing this. I want to know if it is legitimate.

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No, it is a scam.

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Mike T
Looking for shops in Western Canada

"Life is good because the alternative is forever "
I've never had the good fortune of getting a check first before doing a job.

Scam written all over this one, huh.
No, it is not legitimate. The check is bogus. Please see all the listings about mystery shopping scams. Good lord, do not deposit it! How many companies send you a check before you apply with them? In this field, with certain companies, you are lucky to see a check AFTER you have done work for them.
Nanny~coe:

Don't you think it's strange, that someone that lives 1000's of miles away, who has never met you, would send you a check for $1,000's of dollars, have you cash that check and THEN send money via Western Union to some Joe Shmo? tongue sticking out smiley

Don't you think it's also odd, that this person who has never met you, would tell you to HURRY and cash the check within 2 days and send off the money to someone else?

In this industry, (for all newbies reading this) you get paid AFTER you do mystery shopping assignments.

The pay is low, between $7-15 (average) and it can take months, to get that $7 dollar check. smiling smiley
The only thing I've ever seen given upfront to shoppers is that there's an entertainment-shopping MSC that will advance money for tickets, because that upfront cost if you take a family of 4, for example, can be close to, or exceed, $200. But I think you have to have a good history with them, and you don't get "all" your payment upfront. If the shop "pays" 5 park tickets, then I think you get enough upfront to cover the cost of up to 4, and the last ticket later. I've never done one of these, but I assume there's some sort of binding agreement that will ensure the MSC gets its money back if the shopper fails to complete the assignment. Have no idea what the details might be.

But if someone sends you thousands of dollars, it's a scam!!!!!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/01/2013 12:59PM by BirdyC.
The "biggest" thing I received in advance: I was sent was a box of #20 Gas Cards ($10 value each) for the Sonoco Gas Spotter Job.

So, I had $200 in gas cards. What ever gas cards I did not award, I had to mail back. (they must have trusted me by thensmiling smiley )

That's "as close" as you are going to get to getting money "up front."
Thank you all for your comments, even though I am not a secret shopper I sure would like to be. Good luck to you all.
cindy55 Wrote:
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> No, it is not legitimate. The check is bogus.
> Please see all the listings about mystery shopping
> scams. Good lord, do not deposit it! How many
> companies send you a check before you apply with
> them? In this field, with certain companies, you
> are lucky to see a check AFTER you have done work
> for them.


Ain't THAT the truth!
IMTrashman Wrote:
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> Hi nannycoe. Want to buy a bridge?


lol

Silver Certified ~ Shopping all of Toronto and beyond
This is the classic scam - check out the FBI's (and your state's Attorney General's) warnings about them. The business is irrelevant - mystery shopping, work at home, investments, etc. The crook sends you a check to deposit and you in turn send a check (or money order or some such negotiable instrument) right away. By the time the bank tries to clear the check you deposited and finds it's bogus, the crook has already cashed your check which clears. You then are on the hook for the loss.

NEVER accept a "free lunch" unless price of the beer is high enough to cover it.
FrankInDe Wrote:
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> This is the classic scam - check out the FBI's
> (and your state's Attorney General's) warnings
> about them. The business is irrelevant - mystery
> shopping, work at home, investments, etc. The
> crook sends you a check to deposit and you in turn
> send a check (or money order or some such
> negotiable instrument) right away. By the time
> the bank tries to clear the check you deposited
> and finds it's bogus, the crook has already cashed
> your check which clears. You then are on the hook
> for the loss.
>
> NEVER accept a "free lunch" unless price of the
> beer is high enough to cover it.

WHAT???? You mean I DIDN'T win the lottery in England and I shouldn't have have sent that money order???

(heart)

I looked fear in the eye and fear blinked.
999 out of a 1000 times. If you think you're getting scammed, you are.

did you exchange your walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
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