Secret Shopper Scam

We get a lot of emails from viewers about mystery shopping scams. There are some legitimate mystery shopping companies out there. However, the Better Business Bureau has a direct warning about one that is a scam.

The BBB of Eastern North Carolina says watch out for an organization posing as A & A Merchandising, LTD. The scammers are sending letters and fake checks for $3,921 to people who would agree to serve as a mystery shopper.

The BBB says you're asked to take part in a research program before becoming a permanent part-time employee. You are asked to deposit the check in your personal bank account, then evaluate the performance of a major retail store. You are then asked to wire $3,500 to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the wire service. A & A Merchandising, LTD. has several different post office boxes that people send money to, including one in Wendell, North Carolina. The BBB says this is a scam.


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  • by Jenn Location: San Diego, CA on Feb 8, 2010 at 03:51 PM
    I received something similar to A & A Marketing except it was from Global Compliance. How do we check if it is a scam &/or how do we report these companies?
  • by Ernestine Location: Windsor NC on Mar 23, 2009 at 07:31 AM
    I received a letter from a letter with a check for $2,980 and was asked to wired $2,460 through Western Union. I think this a scam because I had gotten a letter like that before for $3,940, but that was a scam because it two different banks on the check and this just have one bank name on it. It came from Aurora Market Research in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • by Rebecca Location: Jacksonville on Jan 22, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    I got something in the mail yesterday who do I go to, to find out if it is a scam?
  • by cynthia turner Location: kinston nnc on Jan 18, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    yeah i got a check while back for 4000.00 to send to western union but i thik it was a scam
  • by PCMHRN Location: Greenville on Dec 8, 2008 at 02:23 AM
    It blows my mind to think people really don't think before they act. Common sense is all you need. I'm not trying to be rude, but seriously....THINK PEOPLE! My Grandmother was scammed last year because she actually believed a bogus phone call. I really don't see why people believe these things
  • by Corrine Location: Baltimore, MD on Dec 3, 2008 at 09:06 AM
    I received a check last night, just a check with no instructions from a Martim Arnold in Georgia for 3600.90. I went to WoodForest Bank and they confiscated the check. I'm glad I didn't do anything with the check, other than try to cash it.
  • by NEKISHA Location: Mont. Al on Dec 2, 2008 at 12:32 PM
    Money Order scam from David Barnes
  • by NEKISHA Robinson Location: Mont. Al on Dec 2, 2008 at 12:30 PM
    David Barnes is sending money orders to people from mystery shoppers for the amount of 925.00 a piece with 2 signatures saying Barnes & Nobles on them and their not real. Do not respond to email
  • by Winfield Location: Tarboro,NC on Nov 28, 2008 at 09:48 AM
    I just got a delivery from UPS containing a check for $3,600.90 which I am to use to send money to 2 locations in England.From this, I am to keep $300 as my pay. The check is a cashier's check drawn on Woodforest National Bank in Texas. The email was from David Barnes and the check was signed by Martin Arnold and two other people whose names I cannot make out.I wanted you to know about this and, to add to the news, the email contained misspelled words along w/ some incorrect grammar. Please let your viewers be on the lookout for a similar letter,etc. Thanks
  • by Winfield Location: Tarboro, NC on Nov 28, 2008 at 05:45 AM
    I just got an email fromn a compnay asking me to deposit a check in my personal checking account, complete a "survey" of a local Western Union, send money to two different people and keep a certain amount as my payment. They also claim that I will have a check delivered to me by UPS. I really think this is crazy and have no intention of accepting and/or using a check from that place.
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