The President/CEO of our credit union got this charming little email message today. I’m just going to post the full text here, and you see how many warning signs you can spot that this is not a legitimate job offer, and is in fact a scam:
From: [CEO’s email address here]
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 8:03 AM
To: [CEO’s email address here]
Subject: Regional Representatives Needed
Our company(US Surveys) is glad to let you know that we now have a vacancy for the Secret/Shopper Position.
This is a part time position as it requires no longer then 30 minutes to an hour to complete an evaluation.
For each assignment you carry out you will receive a commission of $100. Most of the time a shopper gets assignments on daily basis.
The requirements for this position is to be no younger then 21 years old and to own a Citibank account.
Regarding the account, it is recommended to apply for a new one that you will use for this position only.
If you need more information about applying for this position you can reply to [removed]@gmail.com.
Needless to say, she wasn’t interested. Tomorrow I’ll post my list of warning signs that this thing is an attempt at fraud. There are tons of them.
Seriously, if there was a Mystery Shopper Scams Hall of Fame, this one would have its own room dedicated to it. It’s just a classic example.