Though it happened a long time ago, and has never been brought up since, I still remember the scam that my family fell for.
Back in those days, before the World Wide Web, telemarketing calls were probably at an all time high. You probably couldn't go a day without having the phone ring and the person on the other end wanting your opinion, your time, your money, your donations, or wanting you to claim a prize.
Speaking of claiming a prize, imagine my mom's excitement when she received a call that she won a $300 camera. I can't remember how much it was exactly, but back in the 80's it would have been quite the camera.
The catch was we would have to go to Washington state to claim our prize. We were living in a smaller city in British Columbia, so we had to trek over the border. So it was 3.5 hours to Vancouver, and then there was the highway border process, and then another drive to get to our destination.
I remember my family, and our relatives that journeyed with us, arriving to our destination, only to become circumvented by the handful of coupons we left with.
No camera. No expensive camera. No win. Scam. Joy.
In this day and age, what has shifted away from telemarketing scams has maneuvered into online scams. There is an abundance of junk we get in our email, on the sites that we visit, on the pop-ups we try and close. Trying to sift through what a legit win is versus a scam can leave anyone scratching their head.
Secret shopping isn't immune from the scams that are out there. There have been reports of scammers using the names of actual legitimate companies to get what they want - your money. So no wonder it's confusing and daunting when we want to start out secret shopping, but don't know which way to go. We want to avoid getting scammed, but we also want to go for the money opportunity. Trying to get one while avoiding the other is not an easy task.
Luckily, my secret shopping journey has been devoid of scams. But others have not been so lucky. There are various forms of secrets shoppers scams out there. Unfortunately, this has given the secret shopping field of market research a bad rap. You constantly here that secret shopping is nothing but a scam. It's frustrating to hear this, 'cause I'm a Secret Shopper. How am I getting those secret shopping jobs, if secret shopping is nothing but a scam? Does it mean that I'm a Scammer too? I hope not. I mean, my integrity wouldn't allow me to pursue such avenues. I assure you not all secret shopping jobs are scams.
So what is and what is not a valid secret shopping opportunity?
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