Mystery shopping company wants my last 3 credit card statments.

I got this in my e-mail for a mystery shop offer.

"We are conducting a project that compares how credit card companies present the information on their credit card statements. Please note that all personal and private information will be redacted from your statements for your privacy and protection. We are looking to collect 3 previous bills from your most used credit card. Shopper fee is $45 ($15 ea). "

They promise to remove all personal information......I don't think so. Has anyone else gotten this offer?

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Yes, I did it and was paid timely.

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It's a scam. Anyone asking for your credit card information is running a scam.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/30/2019 03:19PM by johnb974.
The thing is....there are a limited number of banks out there offering credit cards and online portals. You would not need a MS program to compile that data. I probably have access to 50% of the online credit portals myself!

If if the offer is semi-legit and they are not stealing your credit information, they are more interested in your purchasing habits than how it's presented on the form, since they are specifically asked for the MOST USED card!
I would not trust them to remove the personal and private information. They should ask you to remove that information, it's not needed by them.
@johnb974 wrote:

It's a scam. Anyone asking for your credit card information is running a scam.

@Harley1963 wrote:

I agree with johnb974

If this is the company I believe this is from that does a lot of this kind of data collection projects, it's not a scam.... It's from a reputable company.

Shopping the Greater Denver Area, Colorado Springs and in-between in Colorado. 28 year old male and willing to travel! Badged for Denver International Airport.
VERY reputable company. Yes, you can redact your personal info. It is not a scam.

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Extremely reputable company. This is a trust issue and I am very careful about whom I trust. Long ago this company earned my trust. I was more than pleased to provide them with statements and promptly receive my fee.
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Not a scam but a reputable MSC. I just did not want anyone having 3 months of my credit card statements.
@johnb974 wrote:

It's a scam. Anyone asking for your credit card information is running a scam.

That's quite the misinformed generalization.

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Seriously, nobody cares that you're offended.
I did it, have been paid and wish I could do it again. Took about 5 minutes. This company has so many interesting and well paying opportunities.
@teriraia wrote:

Not a scam but a reputable MSC. I just did not want anyone having 3 months of my credit card statements.

My credit card statements have no surprises--grocery stores, gas stations, home improvement stores, a local clothing store--ho hum, nothing scandalous to keep anyone awake! smiling smiley
I don't have any credit cards, but if I did, I wouldn't give anyone 3 months worth of information. Too much information as to where you shop and when. Also how much you spend. A scammer could use this to avoid tripping any fraud alerts.
Mine would just be confusing. It's a bunch of hotel charges...and then all of those charges being reversed off the card.
@SteveSoCal wrote:

Mine would just be confusing. It's a bunch of hotel charges...and then all of those charges being reversed off the card.

I imagine that would not be a problem.

And for everyone hollering about their personal data, get a sharpie.
This is a highly reliable and reputable company that I have shopped with for over a decade. I personally trust them and was accepted to send them the statements. I will, and I will get paid.

Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008
I redacted the information myself and was paid.

A Dad shopping the Ark-LA-Tex and beyond.
I did it. I used MS Paint to block out my ID info.

@johnb974 wrote:

I would not trust them to remove the personal and private information. They should ask you to remove that information, it's not needed by them.

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Did it and already got paid. Very reputable company and the offer came directly from a scheduler I know and trust.

About a month before that they had a screener that was sent out so I knew what it was in response from.

What data they are trying to gleen exactly I’m not sure... but I’ve been paid to do much more esoteric stuff than this... so it didn’t surprise me lol
Yes, very reputable company. I emailed them and learned that I could redact the information myself before sending the statements in. The Client is apparently interested in the layout of the statements, or something like that. As long as you redact the info yourself, there's no issue. This MSC did something like this for a Cable/Satellite Client several years ago, which I partook of. Again, back then I redacted the info myself and never had a problem getting paid. Great MSC if you can get jobs with them...they go quickly!
I would do this, but I don't carry over a balance on my card. Are there other versions of this project for that scenario?
Wait--if you don't have a credit card, then what were you worried about?


@johnb974 wrote:

I don't have any credit cards, but if I did, I wouldn't give anyone 3 months worth of information. Too much information as to where you shop and when. Also how much you spend. A scammer could use this to avoid tripping any fraud alerts.
I don't think it matters if you carry a balance (I haven't carried a balance on any of my cards since I was in my early 20s). I think you just need to use the card 3 months consecutively. If you pay it off each month, that makes no difference.

@Threemom wrote:

I would do this, but I don't carry over a balance on my card. Are there other versions of this project for that scenario?
Hmm, I might be looking at a different MSC than everyone else. Mine says they're looking for someone who carries a balance.


@JASFLALMT wrote:

I don't think it matters if you carry a balance
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