Beware of SCAMS
We have seen increased activity among scammers attempting to take your money or information as a trusted mystery shopping provider.
We’re here to help. See below on ways to protect yourself, and additional information about current scams.
How you can stay safe:
Beware of advertisements and emails offering lots of easy money or free gifts.
Fraudulent jobs such as these often involve asking you to cash checks, wire money from Western Union, or a particular bank. We have seen some that ask you to take a trial job that can lead to a large salaried position. ARC does not charge shoppers any fees to work with us, and we do not offer jobs that entail check cashing or wiring of money transfers. Also, we do not use a free email service such as Yahoo, Live, or Hotmail to contact shoppers or to have shoppers respond to us.
Emails can be sent to look like they are coming from ARC, but always look at the actual email. You will see that is NEVER is from our @arccps.com email domain. If you spot any fraudulent e-mails or advertisements please report it immediately:
Forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (860) 365-6655.
For more information and to learn the correct steps of reporting this to the authorities, please check out the Mystery Shopping Providers Association website along with the Federal Trade Commission website, detailing what you can do in response.
IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE BEEN APPROACHED BY A FRAUDULENT MYSTERY SHOP COMPANY, WE SUGGEST YOU CONTACT ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
Your local police department. Ask for the Cyber Crimes department or an investigator.
The FBI. See FBI Complaints
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which handles complaints about deceptive or unfair business practices. To file a complaint, visit FTC Contact, call 1-877-FTC-HELP, or write to Federal Trade Commission, CRC-240, Washington, DC 20580.
The e-mail service provider of the person contacting you such as AOL, Google, Yahoo, etc., visit their ‘Contact Us’ page to file a complaint. Remember to provide accurate information about the person or persons perpetrating the fraud so that the authorities can assist you in stopping this activity.
Consumer Information is a great site to help recognize and avoid phishing scams.
Remember this: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.