Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mystery Shopper Scam 2014

It sounds pretty good: you walk into a store like any other customer. Then 20 minutes later, you’re done, ready to write a report that will earn you $50. And then you can do it again.
If Shopper Systems and some companies like it were to be believed, mystery shopping jobs like this were not only widely available, but could generate “insane profit.” All for just $2.95 for training and a week’s trial, then $49.95 a month after that for an up-to-date list of interested retailers — and you’d be free to cancel any time.
But they couldn’t be believed, the FTC says. According to the FTC’s complaint, people who paid to be mystery shoppers found there were few, if any, jobs in their area. And the jobs that did exist paid a lot less than $50. People who tried to cancel found they were still charged $49.95 a month, not knowing they were also enrolled in a second “opportunity” running their own webstore.
The companies and people behind the alleged scam have agreed to settlements with the FTC that ban them from selling business or work-at-home opportunities and require them to surrender assets to the FTC.
Legitimate mystery shopping opportunities are out there, but so are plenty of scams. Don’t pay to be a mystery shopper — information about mystery shopping jobs should be free, and certifications offered are often of little value. Many professionals in the field consider mystery shopping a part-time activity, at best, and opportunities generally are posted online by marketing research or merchandising companies.
Want to learn more about these kinds of scams and get tips on finding legitimate mystery shopping jobs? Read Mystery Shopper Scams at
Originally published by by 
Amy Hebert
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

The Coaching Department Email Scam - 2014

The FTC’s case against the Coaching Department and its related companies, which the FTC alleges strung people along in a three-part scam that raked in tens of millions of dollars. For out-of-work people who got caught up in this business opportunity scam, it was a problem that went from bad to worse.
Here’s how it worked, according to the FTC:
Phase 1: It started with an email or online search result telling people they could run their own internet business from home. When people clicked through to the company’s sites, they found success stories of people who supposedly made real money with the system, and warnings that the program was quickly filling up. At a cost of less than $100, many people jumped at the chance.
Phase 2: Once people paid and got their work-at-home kit, the next pitch began. For anywhere from $3,000-$12,000 — often depending on a person’s available credit — they could be part of the business coaching program. Not just any program, the company said, but one for select, motivated people that could be “success stories” for marketing materials or infomercials. People “interviewed” for the opportunity would work hand-in-hand with coaches to help them succeed, so they’d easily make enough to pay off their debt in 3-6 months, the company said.
Phase 3: After people paid for the coaching program, they were hit up a third time. This time the pitch was for add-on services like website design or accounting services that would ensure success. People wanting to protect their already substantial investments in the company spent thousands more.
But no matter how much people bought or how hard they worked, most didn’t end up with a working online business. Besides making little to no money, they also ended up heavily in debt, the FTC says. The scam ended when people realized they’d been ripped off or reached the limits on their credit cards.
Many work-at-home opportunities are promoted by scam artists and will cost you more than you can earn. Learn more about evaluatingwork-at-home and other business opportunities at

This article was originally published by by 
Amy Hebert
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Yahoo/MSN and Microsoft Windows Lottery Scam 2013

Yahoo/MSN and Microsoft Windows Lottery Scam 2013

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of Eight hundred thousand USD (£800,000.00 USD) for this month of 2013:

 Lottery promotion which is organized by YAHOO& MSN LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS 8 LIVE. The YAHOO/MSN & MICROSOFT WINDOWS collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail, Gmail we only select five people every Month as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winner applying, we congratulate you for being one of the people selected.


I think you should know about this. and if it's true then email back.

This is a Scam! Do Not Reply or Give Any Information to the Senders of this email.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Is BeeZid A Scam 2013

Many are complaining about BeeZid. BeeZid is a penny auction site. These sites like BeeZid, DealDash, PisoBid, Ziinga, and Quibids are facing criticism about their business models.

We don not feel that BeeZid is a scam. However, the whole penny auction model is ripe for fraud and confusion. So, buyer beware.

We welcome you to comment about your thoughts on BeeZid. Do you feel it is a scam or is it a legitimate website/business.

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AT&T Yahoo! email Scam

There is a scam email being circulated that urges you to sign in to your Yahoo Mail! AT&T Account. This is a scam, do not login from the link that they provide.

Example of the Scam Email:
I received the following email from: at&t Yahoo! Mail© [] Is this from you? Dear Customer, Your E-mail account needs to be updated within 24Hours, If this is not done we shall suspend your account. Sign in to your account now Thank you Customer Care Copyright ? 2013 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved

Monday, May 13, 2013

Apple iPad Africa Prom Scam: Mr. Raymond SMS Text

There is a scam email being circulated that texts you that you have won an Apple iPad from the Apple Africa Promo. This is a scam, do not respond or give the senders your information.

I received a sms stating that my sim number have won R1.000.000 + an ipad in the Apple Africa Promo.

The so-called Apple agent -Mr. Raymond, wants me to pay R5000 at my nearest Western Union office for delivery for receiver Collins Peters. Number for Apple head office as per Mr Raymond +44744832X553-My ref no: SA237M -received sms from 08X 79X 933X.

 I received a confirmation sms on Saturady stating approval of my cheque payout from +2784XXXX12018x106 I just want to know whether this is a scam or not? Thanking you in advance. Bronwyn

Answer: Yes this is a scam!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Budweiser Car Wrap Scam Email

There is a scam email being circulated that offers cash for car owners who will wrap their car with the Budweiser Beer logo.

This is a scam. Budweiser does not offer the general public cash for wrapping their cars. The contact information for Budweiser ( Anheuser-Busch InBev) is listed below, so you may confirm this.

Budweiser 800 Number:

Anheuser-Busch InBev Global Headquarters
Brouwerijplein, 1
3000 Leuven
Tel +32 16 27 61 11
Fax +32 16 50 61 11

Anheuser-Busch InBev Functional Management Office
250 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10177 USA
United States
Phone Number: 1-212-573-8800

This is to inform you that you will be receiving the upfront payment envelope for your Budweiser Car Advert, which will be delivered to you today via FedEx. Below is the tracking details, Kindly be on the lookout for the delivery.

Tracking Details :


Tracking Number: 799392789789
Check Amount : $ 1318
Track at :

Follow the Instructions below Carefully
You will make use of the Funds in completing your Budweiser Car Advert, It also covers part of your weekly salary. Upon receiving the Payment, I would want you to proceed to your Bank and Deposit the check and funds will be available for withdrawal 24hrs after it has been deposited, Withdraw Immediately at the point of deposit or after 24 hrs. Remove your Upfront Payment of $300, and forward the rest balance of $698 to our new graphic agent and advert license officer who will be responsible for the advert placement on your car who is waiting to receive funds in other to get the materials and necessary docs. needed for the advert placement. I hope all is clear to you and well understood. Please send the balance as stated below and send to the agents within an hour via WESTERN UNION after you have immediately withdraw at the point of deposit :

This transfer should be done via WESTERN UNION TRANSFER (Money in Minutes)
SEND TO^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
(Graphic agent).......
Receiver's Name: L. Jones
Receiver's Address: Ave
City : Detroit
State : Michigan
Zipcode : 48219

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Red Bull Energy Drink Car Wrap Scam

There is a scam email being circulated that offers cash for car owners who will wrap their car with the Red Bull logo.

This is a scam. Red Bull does not offer the general public cash for wrapping their cars. The contact information for Rockstar is listed below, so you may confirm this.

Red Bull GmbH
Am Brunnen 1
Fuschl am See, 5330 AUT
Phone Number: 43-662-6582-0
Fax Number: 43-662-6582-7010

Red Bull USA
1740 Stewart St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404 USA
Phone Number: 1-310-393-4647
Fax Number: 1-310-230-2361

SCAM ALERT from REDBULL If you are contacted by an individual or company claiming to be Red Bull and offering you employment, gift cards or some other promotion in exchange for personal information and/or payment - PLEASE DISREGARD as they are not authorized Red Bull representatives or programs, and this may be an unlawful attempt to obtain your information or money.