Without knowing who emailed you and about what exactly, I wouldn't be able to say with absolute certainty, but it does sound like a scam. iSecretShop does not use Snail mail, nor do any of the MSPs which posts shops on iSecretShop.
Here are a few pointers to help you determine of the opportunities you get emailed about are legitimate, and originating from MSPs on iSecretShop:
One of the surest ways to check if you are still in doubt is to ask the person who emailed you to give you the Shop ID number for the shop in question. If they do - you can look it up on the iSecretShop website, and find that it's a legitimate shop. If they refuse to, you should be very careful as it could be a scam.
These are just some of the tell-tell signs of a possible scam, so always be sure to check, and you can even open a support ticket for iSecretShop, to check if the person that sent you an email is registered as a scheduler for any MSP.
I hope this helps!
They sent you a check to cover the cost? Still be cautious-there is an age old scam where the scammer will send you a check for a large amount of money for you to deposit into your checking account. Then, request for you to get a few money orders in different amounts for the majority of the money but tell you to keep the remaining XXX amount. It usually comes with postal instructions on where to send it and to "evaluate" the postal service workers helping you as part of the survey. The check is usually fake and by the time you send off the money orders it has bounced in your account and now you are left holding the debt.
Crystale @ Jul 4, 2018 9:34:28 PM
TThank you for your time. This helps. As a follow up I was sent the assignment and a check to cover my cost
Crystale @ Jul 4, 2018 9:34:28 PM
Thank you for your time. This helps. As a follow up I was sent the assignment and a check to cover my cost
Was this a shop where you had to deposit the check and then buy gift cards? If so, shred the check (or report it to the police) as it's a scam. I just saw a story on the local news in NYC about a woman who was out $2500 because the check she was sent bounced and she had already sent the gift card info to the scammer.
As I've mentioned on another thread, we have received similar reports from various people lately, who have received letters from "Prism Intelligence" with checks for $2,300, claiming that the project has something to do with WalMart.
These letters and checks did not come from Prim Intelligence (or other MSPs in the iSS system) - this is a scam. Please do not give these people any identifying information, and you should absolutely not cash in, deposit, or otherwise negotiate the item in any way.
Prism Intelligence is a legitimate company, and the only mystery shopping opportunities offered by it are offered via the iSecretShop platform - it does not not send out any letters and checks, nor request any advanced payments. You can find legitimate mystery shopping opportunities offered by Prism Intelligence on the iSecretShop website - other sources claiming to be Prism Intelligence opportunities should always be verified as it may be a potential scam, such as this one.
Sometimes unfortunately, an MSP's good name is being used fraudulently by scammers trying to rip off good people.Several months ago, another MSP's name was used in a nearly identical scam, and last year, yet another MSP's name. It's always good to be cautious.