I have to admit that this is one of my all time favorites. The deal is, someone sends you money, you buy whatever it is they want, usually a western union transaction, you get $200, and send the rest back. It sounds too good to be true, and it is.

Today I got a doozy. Unlike other offers It only paid $170 per assignment. But hey $170 is not to be sneezed at! It is only when you pick the email apart that you start to see the problem.

Try this:


Try this one that supposedly shows where it originated.



One thing is crystal clear, the university student is guilty of only one thing, being lazy with the password to his email account.

The story gets better. I did click on the link provided. The first thing to look at is the URL you are taken to.



I had not realized that South Africa was so keen on doing ‘mystery shopping’ in the US.

Let me give you some quotes:

Mystery Shoppers, Inc was founded in 1994 by Beverly Gleason, Tiffany Gleason and Trish Overton. We are a nationwide company, based out of Knoxville, Tennessee.

We have a mystery shopping assignment in your area and we would like you to participate” Secret Shopper® is accepting applications for qualified individuals to become mystery shoppers. It’s fun and rewarding, and you choose when and where you want to shop. You are never obligated to accept an assignment. There is no charge to become a shopper and you do not need previous experience. After you sign up, you will have access to training materials via e-mail, fax or postal mail.

Wow, it must be super secret! I don’t think I could have come up with the idea of reaching out to me from South Africa to take on such an important task!

Simon Barrett

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