Mystery Shopping Fraud Alerts
Signature Worldwide does not participate in or offer available shops/projects to independent mystery shoppers that involve check cashing, or money transfers. Signature Worldwide works with the Mystery Shopping Providers Association and all appropriate Local, State and Federal authorities in order to crack down on individuals or organizations that perpetrate this type of fraud.
As with all reputable mystery-shopping companies, Signature Worldwide will never ask for payment to become a mystery shopper. In addition, you will only ever be asked to contact or be contacted in return by someone with a Signature Worldwide email address, such as firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or think you may have been a victim of a scam, please notify us immediately by filling in the form to your left and also notify the MSPA at email@example.com.
Update: Check Cashing Scam
Avoid responding to, or accepting solicitations from, recruiters that are not working on behalf of Signature Worldwide. Here are recommendations to follow to assure you do not fall victim to a scam:
- Valid email addresses from Signature Worldwide will always contain ‘@signatureworldwide.com’.
- Signature Worldwide will never ask you for money to become a shopper.
- Signature Worldwide does not offer opportunities to shoppers that involve check cashing or purchasing money orders.
- Scammers who use our name sometimes communicate with potential shoppers by phone. If in doubt, call us at 800-398-0518 or 614-766-5101 to verify any project/shop before accepting the opportunity.
Update: Protecting Yourself from the Federal Trade Commission
Here’s how to avoid a counterfeit check scam:
- Throw away any offer that asks you to pay for a prize or a gift. If it’s free or a gift, you shouldn’t have to pay for it. Free is free.
- Resist the urge to enter foreign lotteries. It’s illegal to play a foreign lottery through the mail or the telephone, and most foreign lottery solicitations are phony.
- Know who you’re dealing with, and never wire money to strangers.
- If you’re selling something, don’t accept a check for more than the selling price, no matter how tempting the offer or how convincing the story. Ask the buyer to write the check for the correct amount. If the buyer refuses to send the correct amount, return the check. Don’t send the merchandise.
- If you accept payment by check, ask for a check drawn on a local bank, or a bank with a local branch. That way, you can make a personal visit to make sure the check is valid. If that’s not possible, call the bank where the check was purchased, and ask if it is valid. Get the bank’s phone number from directory assistance or an Internet site that you know and trust, not from the check or from the person who gave you the check.
- If the buyer insists that you wire back funds, end the transaction immediately. Legitimate buyers don’t pressure you to send money by wire transfer services. In addition, you have little recourse if there’s a problem with a wire transaction.
- Resist any pressure to “act now.” If the buyer’s offer is good now, it should be good after the check clears.