It has come to our attention in the last several days that there are scammers out there trying to take advantage of professional shoppers like yourself. A couple things to keep in mind. These types of scams go on all the time, so there is a wave of them now and there will be more later as long as they are successful. So let’s make them end by never being a victim of this type of scam.
It may seem obvious, but never send money to a mystery shopping company. We would never ask this of our shoppers and it is a scam. Never send a cashiers check to any individual claiming to work for a mystery shopping company, another scam.
Our schedulers and employees all use @realitybasedgroup.com as their email extension, so if you receive an email from anyone claiming to be from our organization and they are using gmail or any other email extension, they are scammers.
The best advice I can give you is, trust your instincts, if it seems too good to be true, it is more than likely a scam. Protect yourselves and report this type of scam to your local authorities and to the MSPA.
Reality Based Group, Inc.
Yes.. I was smart enough to check out this company Reality Based Group, Inc before getting wrapped up in this scam. David Jones was individual w/ gmail return address. Asked me to do an assignment on Walmart. I was to accept their check and deposit into my account and drawl from it after compleating the assignment . This is a way for them to get access to your account.. Thanks for the head's up.. Not yet a shopper , however would like to be.
Yes I had the same experience! I have reported to USPOSTAL due to I still have the check! They have contacted me about it. Telling me this one concerns international fraud because they ask me to send the balance to another country.