Scammers are operating by pretending to be the MSPA or our member companies, and seeking shopper details by email or telephone. MSPA North America neither advises shoppers to respond to any email requesting payment from them in advance of conducting assessments, nor to any requests that they cash checks and wire the funds to someone else.
Unfortunately, scammers sometimes use the MSPA name or the name of a member. Never click a link you are not sure is real. If there is any question, reach MSPA and our members only through this site.
Please be aware that scammers are sending emails and letters with the MSPA logo and MSPA member logos. It is not the operating procedure of a mystery shopping provider to send you a check prior to completing a mystery shopping assignment. If you have any questions about a check, contact the company; don't just go to the website. Hackers are stealing the website identities of companies and creating websites that look legitimate. A little extra time in checking the validity will save you a lot of money in the long run.
If you have already received checks or money orders from a scammer, you can report it to the National Consumers League at www.fraud.org via the online complaint form. In addition, you can report scams for further investigation to the Federal Trade Commission by clicking here: Federal Trade Commission Scam Reporting.