Mystery Shopping Inc.
A warning for WA job-seekers – don’t fall victim to overseas scammers who use mystery shoppers as money mules.
Under the guise of a ‘work-from-home’ or ‘second income opportunity’, Mystery Shopping Inc - a company that claims to be based in London - has been targeting Western Australians through newspaper adverts in both metropolitan and regional publications.
The advert offers potential mystery shoppers the chance to earn $300 per venture if they simply email their details. But the reality is that they are about to be lured into illegal money-laundering.
Applicants are sent traveller’s cheques, with the mystery shopper assignment being to note security and customer service details while cashing them. Afterward they can deduct their fee before wire transferring the left-over money back to Mystery Shopping Inc.
The traveller’s cheques are in fact counterfeit and the scammers hope that banks and businesses in WA lack the security-checks to realise.
WA Police Major Fraud Squad is aware of the mystery shopper scam and although at least one innocent party will not face charges, anyone who knowingly participates in this criminal activity could face a heavy fine or prison term.
If you have been in contact with these scammers, our advice is to cease communication immediately and contact WA ScamNet on 1300 30 40 54. Do not attempt to cash any traveller’s cheques you may have received.
Find out more about employment scams.