Mystery shopping is almost as magical and mystical of a job as the work at home opportunities that promise you a six figure income working only four hours a week. You get paid for going and getting free food, free clothes, and free car repairs? That has to be the definition of too good to be true.
But actually mystery shopping is a very real job. Companies pay you to take part of their services and then give detailed accounts of your experiences. This way companies are able to keep tabs on their local employees and store managers.
The Mystery Shopper Employment Agency is a website that offers you a career as a mystery shopper, either part or full time, with the only requirement being that you are at least 18 years of age. For a one time fee of $34.00, they promise to give you access to over 200 different mystery shopping companies, and guarantee that you will be given a mystery shopping assignment within two weeks of registering.
So is MysteryShopperAgency.org a Scam?
Mystery Shopper Employment Agency definitely has one very large red flag you should be aware of: you have to pay them money.
The problem is that in exchange for your $34.00, you get a list of companies that you could find free using Google. And once you receive this list, it’s then your job to go through all 200 companies, evaluate their options, find the ones that are best for you, and then apply to those companies for jobs.
That’s right. After you pay $34.00 for the list of companies, you must apply for your mystery shopping job, and despite what Mystery Shopper Employment Agency says, they cannot guarantee that you will be hired by anyone, because they are not the ones doing the hiring.
Mystery shopping is a real job, just like any other real job, and that means you have to be hired by an actual company who determines whether or not you fulfill the specific criteria that they are looking for in a job candidate. You should never have to pay someone to tell you the names of companies that do the type of work that you are looking for – that is public information and you can find it for free.