Don't pay for a mystery shopping company list when you can get it here for free!
If you are looking for a free list of companies hiring mystery shoppers then you have come to the right place. Have you ever wanted to try mystery shopping but did not know where to start?
Or perhaps you went to a website that wanted to charge you for the privilege of using their site to contact mystery shopping companies.
(Yeah, I fell for that)
I got tired of seeing these "companies" take advantage of people who are trying to earn an extra few dollars, so I decided to create a free secret shoppers list containing 190 business that hire mystery shoppers.
This free list of companies hiring mystery shoppers should keep you busy for awhile, but I will be updating this directory as I come across other companies that want to hire shoppers.
I hope that you find this mystery shoppers list useful and that it helps you to become a successful secret shopper.
What is Mystery Shopping?
Mystery shopping is a phrase which refers to the procedure for assessing the overall performance and is an evaluation of an employee from the point of view of an everyday informed shopper.
Educated mystery shoppers pretend to be prospective customers to be able to provide organizations with an unbiased view of their customer service and determine how accurately workers are adopting the instructions that have been given to them.
The member of staff is completely unaware of the mystery shopper's true goals and therefore the sales rep offers them exactly the same service they provide to the greater part of their potential customers.
Typically the mystery shopper will be able to complete a customized survey and write an in depth written review regarding the overall shopping experience, enabling the boss to better be informed of the way the common consumer is being serviced.
This allows the boss and their personnel the chance to improve and move forward. Mystery shopping is definitely the only efficient solution to objectively appraise the performance and longevity of a organization's customer support experiences and training programs.
Before You Start Mystery Shopping
Things you should know about the companies on this list
Some mystery shopping companies do not openly advertise themselves as secret shopping companies. They prefer to call their shoppers an evaluator, analyst, assessor or even Business Development Associate.
This is to prevent just anyone from finding them using common keywords and pestering them with applications that they will just give up on or not follow through with.
Also, doesn't calling yourself a business development associate sound so much better than mystery shopper? Much more professional.
Some secret shopper companies will not advertise about mystery shopping on their homepage. Their thinking is that if a potential employee cannot be bothered to go past their home page, it is probably not someone that they would want to hire.
If you do not see "Mystery Shopper Apply Here" when you first visit a website, this is the reason.
Just explore the site a little bit and you will find what you are looking for. Look for headings titled Employment Opportunities, Careers, Jobs and other such names.
These companies sometimes represent muli-million dollar companies and want professionals that can be counted on. If you know the lingo, have decent English writing skills and you are serious about becoming a secret shopper, you are already half-way there.
I would also like to take this opportunity to state for the record that I am in No Way affiliated at all with any of these mystery shopping companies. I make no money (0 dollars) when you sign up with these secret shopping companies.
Like I said, information about jobs should be given out for free, not sold.
Free List Of Compaines Hiring Mystery Shoppers A-Z
Well here it is ladies and gentlemen. I give to you a free mystery shoppers list. I have personally visited every one of the websites listed on this page to ensure that they actually are legitimate mystery shopping companies, that they are in business and actively seeking out independent contractors.
While I screen each company before I add it here, I do not work with every company and do not personally endorse them. Always use caution when supplying your personal information online.
Thank you all for visiting and utilizing this free list of mystery shopping companies.
- A Closer Look
Retail, Restaurants, Hotels, Entertainment, Gas Station, Convenience Store, Grocery, Transportation, Health Care, Home / Apartment, Automotive, Insurance
- A Customers Point of View
Retailers, food service providers, financial institutions and more
- A Step Above
Retail and hospitality
- A Top Shop
Retail outlets, Restaurants, Automobile Dealerships, Fast Food Chains, Hotels, Self Storage Facilities, Real Estate Rentals & Developers
- Ace Mystery Shopping
Restaurants, Retail Outlets, Automotive industry
Theater mystery shopping
- Amusement Advantage
Oh boy, one of my favorites. Arcades, Theme Parks, Amusement Parks, Family Entertainment Centers, Water Parks. Such fun being a secret shopper.
- Ann Michaels & Associates
Restaurant (casual & fine dining), Entertainment (theater, theme park), Retail (general), Casino / Gaming, Hotel / Motel, Fast Food, Grocery, Health Care, Automotive, Insurance, Banking / Financial, Home / Apartment
- Anonymous Insights Inc.
Retail (general), Hotel / Motel, Restaurants, Entertainment (theater, theme park), Gas Station, Convenience Store, Grocery, Health Care, Financial Industry
- Apartment Shoppe
Use your skills as a mystery shopper to provide services to apartment communities throughout the United States
- Asset Protection Associates
Security and Investigative services
- Assured Customer Experience
- At Your Service Marketing
Hotel / Motel, Restaurant (casual & fine dining), Retail - General, Fast Food, Gas Station, Convenience Stores, Grocery, Health Care
- Ath Power Consulting
Insurance, Banking / Financial, Retail (general), Gas Station, Convenience Store
- Baird Consulting
Health care industry
- Bare Associates International
Mystery Shopping opportunities available in the Restaurant, Bar, Golf Course, Health Club and Hotel industries
- Benchmark Collaboratives
Automotive, Banking/Financial, Business-to-business, Entertainment, Fast Food, Gas Station/Convenience Store, Government, Grocery, Health Care, Home/Apartment, Hotel/Motel, Insurance, Restaurant, Retail, Storage, Transportation
- Best Mark
Restaurants, Retail Stores, Casinos, Shopping Malls, Banks, Hotels
Bars and Restaurants
- Beyond Hello
Restaurant (casual & fine dining), Retail (general), Fast Food, Health Care, Banking / Financial
- Beyond Marketing Group
Retail Stores, Banks, Shopping Centers, Hotels, Restaurants and Medical Centers
- BMA Mystery Shopping
Apartments, Automotive, Gas Station, Convenience Stores
- Business Evaluation Services
Would you like to secret shop an Automotive, Banking, Theme Park, Restaurant, Retail, Gas Station business?
- California Marketing Specialists
- Campus Consulting
Serving businesses from Bookstore Chains to Financial Services to Shopping Centers
- Capstone Research
Restaurant, Retail, Fast Food, Convenience Stores, Banking / Financial, Gas Station
- Certified Marketing Research
Entertainment (theater, theme park), Fast Food, Gas Station, Convenience Store, Automotive, Banking / Financial
- Check Point Systems
Be a floorwalker and prevent theft in supermarkets and major clothing retailers.
- Check-Up Marketing
Department Stores, Specialty Shops, Restaurants, Convenience Stores, Gas Stations, Hotel, Banks, etc.
- Cirrus Marketing Consultants
Mystery Shoppers needed for Hotel / Motel, Restaurant (casual & fine dining), Entertainment (theater, theme park), Retail (general), Fast Food, Grocery, Storage, Transportation, Automotive Industry, Home / Apartment
- CKA Group
Restaurant (casual & fine dining), Retail (general), Banking / Financial, Business-to-business
- Coast to Coast Scheduling Services
Human resources, sales, business management, merchandising, scheduling
Automobile, call centers, hotels, energy, financial, industrial, insurance sectors, telecommunications, tourism and trades.
- Confero Inc.
Retailers, Restaurants, Financial Institutions, Automotive Service Centers
- Consumer Critique
Restaurants, Retail, Real Estate, Fitness Centers, Financial Institutions, Hotels, Casinos
- Consumer Research Group
Retail Chains, Fast Food Chains
- Corporate Research International
Retail, Entertainment, Multi-family Housing, Convenience Store, Banking
- Corporate Risk Solutions
Retail (clothing), Restaurant & Bar, Specialty Stores, Office Supply, Sporting Goods, Grocery, Home Improvement, Telecommunications,
- Count On Us
Banks, Bars & Taverns, Convenience Stores, Department Stores, Entrepreneurial Establishments, Hotels / Motels, Restaurants, Retail Stores, Service Stations, Specialty Stores, Supermarkets
- Coyle Hospitality Group
Specialize in fine Hotels, Restaurants, and Spas
- Creative Image Associates
Insurance industry, Banking/Financial
Bars, Pubs and banks are just a few of the things that CRG covers with their mystery shopping company
- Cross Financial Group
- Customer Feedback
Hotel / Motel, Restaurant (casual & fine dining), Retail (general), Fast Food, Gas Station, Convenience Store, Grocery
- Customer First
Banking, Retail, Fast Food, Fine Dining, Medical, New Home Construction
- Customer Perspective
Shopping Centers, Food Service Providers, Restaurants, Airport Concessions, Business to Business Programs, Entertainment/Destination Clients, Health Care Providers
- Customer Service Experts
Shopping Centers, Food Service Providers, Restaurants, Airport Concessions, Business to Business Programs, Entertainment/Destination Clients, Health Care Providers
- Customer Service Profiles
Banking, Financial, Insurance, Hotel / Motel, Retail
- Data Quest
Entertainment (theater, theme park), Fast Food, Hotel / Motel, Retail, Restaurant
- David Sparks & Associates
Retail, Financial, Health Care, Business to Business, other service industries
- Devon Hill Associates
Hospitals, Clinics, Retirement Communities, Assisted Living Communities, Nursing Homes
- Draude Marketing Services
Banking / Financial, Restaurant (Casual, Fast Food & Fine Dining), Retail (General), Gas Station/Convenience Store, Grocery Store
- DSG Associates
Apartment, Automotive, Banking, Entertainment, Fast Food, Gas Station, Grocery, Insurance, Hotel / Motel, Retail, Restaurants
- Dynamic Advantage
Restaurant (Casual & Fine Dining), Fast Food, Gas Station, Convenience Store, Grocery
- Ellis Property Management
Auto Dealers, Banking, Government, Health care, Hospitality, Retail, Storage facilities, Travel
- Examine Your Practice
Be a mystery-patient for this company working solely with the health-care industry
- Experience Exchange
Banks and financial institutions
- Feedback Plus
Automotive, Banking, Entertainment, Fast Food, Gas Station, Retail, Restaurant
- Franchise Compliance
- Freeeman Group Solutions
Secret Shoppers List Bonus Tip #1
Use The Phone Book
In almost every city, there are mystery shopping companies right down the street from you that are looking to hire new employees. The problem is in finding them. They don't openly advertise their services in order to keep some form privacy for their clients. The following ideas may help you find additional secret shopping opportunities in your city. Use these tips along with this free secret shoppers list in order to maximize your earning potential.
Depending on the size of the city or town that you live in, there may be mystery shopping companies in your local Yellow Pages. If you live in a large city, (New York) mystery shopping companies can be found in the phone book. They are not so concerned with privacy as there are tons of companies offering the same services. Search listings under Personal Shopper, Secret Shopping, Mystery Shopping, Market Research, Employee Evaluators, Business Analysts. Create your own shoppers list.
If you live in a small town, use the online Yellow Pages and look up the same headings in any larger city that is close by. Even small businesses need secret shoppers and your local businesses will more than likely use these companies.
When you find the companies, give them a call and ask them if they hire mystery shoppers. The worst they can say is no, right? That phone call will only have cost you two minutes of your time. If, however, they do hire mystery shoppers, then you just made yourself a new contact that may potentially provide you with a steady stream of employment opportunities.
- GAP Buster
Food & Hospitality, Health Care, Entertainment, Telecommunications, Petroleum and other Retail and Customer Service
- Goodwin & Associates Hospitality Services
Restaurant & Bar shops
- Grass Roots
Banks, Restaurants and Supermarkets
- Greymark Security Services
Retail stores, Restaurants, Nightclubs, Hotels, Cruise lines, other customer oriented companies
- Guest Check
Hotels and Restaurants
- Hidden Concepts
Retail, Restaurant, Hotels
- I-Spy Mystery Shoppers
Travel & Recreation, Restaurants, Tanning Salons, Bakeries, Tax Services, Airlines, Gas & Automotive, Hotels
- ICC Decision Services
Fast Food, Grocery, Retail
Automotive, Banking, Fast Food, Grocery, Retail, Restaurant
- Informa Research Services
Banking / Financial, Fast Food, Gas Station / Convenience Store, Grocery, Hotel / Motel, Retail
Apartment, Banking, Fast Food, Gas Station, Retail, Restaurant
- Instant Reply
- Insula Research
Business-to-business, Retail (General), Fast Food, Gas Station/Convenience Store
Apartment communities, Luxury Products Retailers, Automotive Manufacturers, Mobile Communications Companies, Auto Services, Restaurants, Banks and Financial Services, Retailers, Convenience Stores, Grocery
Retail, Restaurant, and Service Industries. Rental/Housing Research
- JM Ridgway
Grocery, Retail, Other
- Kinesis CEM
Various Retail Shops
Shoppers List Bonus Tip #2
Unexpected Or Hidden Resources
Double check your bills as they arrive in the mail. There may be some good news. Big businesses like banks and department stores have started putting toll-free phone numbers on their bills to find current customers who wish to do mystery shopping jobs.
You could always approach local advertising agencies. Some advertising agencies use mystery shoppers to determine which retailers they want to use for special promotions. Quite often they only use "friends of friends" because they are concerned about confidentiality. The key to success with the obtaining mystery shopping work with an ad agency is to respect for the client's confidentiality, enthusiasm about the project, and returning the evaluation forms in a timely manner.
Or, keep your eye open when you go to amusement parks, arcades, restaurants and movie theaters. Some people have found regular mystery shopping jobs by noticing a poster, comment card or even a line on the bill that says this restaurant, theater or park is looking for mystery shoppers.
Credit: Debra Levine
- Management Consultant Group
Fast Food, Hotel / Motel, Restaurant
- Market Viewpoint
Mystery shopping opportunities in Restaurants, Real Estate, Apartments, New Homes & Senior Housing, Grocery Stores, Retail Stores of All Kinds, Child Care Centers, Health Care, Financial Institutions, Automotive, Theaters, Amusement Parks & E
- Market Wise Consulting
Banking / Financial, Retail (General), Home/Apartment
- Marketing Systems Unlimited
Fast Food, Gas Station, Convenience Store, Hotel / Motel
- Measure Consumer Perspectives
Automotive, Insurance, Banking/Financial, Hotel/Motel, Restaurant (Casual & Fine Dining), Entertainment (theater, theme park), Retail (general), Fast Food, Gas Station, Convenience Store, Health Care, more
- Mercantile Systems & Surveys
Restaurants, Hotels, Entertainment
- Merchandise Concepts
Retail, Hospitality, Service industries
- Michelson & Associates
Automotive, Financial, Grocery, Drug Stores, Property Management, Restaurant, Hospitality, Retail
- Mintel International Group
Entertainment (theater, theme park), Fast Food, Restaurant
Apartments, Automobile, Banks, Casinos, Fast Food, Fitness Clubs, Golf Courses, Grocery, Health Care, Home Improvement, Hospitality (Hotel, Resort), Retail, Restaurant, Spas, Travel (Airlines, Travel Agencies)
- Mystery Clicks
Various Mystery Shopping duties. Mystery Clicks Serves many Fortune 200 companies
- Mystery Shopping Canada
These guys do it all. Mystery Shopping Canada is my personal favorite. They will even help you to start your own Mystery Shopping company.
- Mystery Guest
- National Shopping Service
Amusement Parks, Home Improvement, Automotive, Banks, Jewelry, Clothing, Storage Facilities, Books / Music, Pets, Grocery, Drug Stores, Fast Food, Fine Dining, Hair Salon, Car Rental, Gas Stations
- National Shopping Network
Automotive, Banking, Fast Food, Entertainment, Retail (department stores, gift shops, hardware stores, home improvement stores, grocery stores, jewelry stores, video rental stores, etc.), Restaurants These guys offer loss prevention jobs (Floor Walke
- Nationwide Services Group
Restaurant (casual & fine dining), Retail (general), Gas Station, Convenience Store
- Northwest Loss Prevention Consultants
Gas Station, Convenience Store, Retail (general), Restaurant
Hospitality, Retailers, Financial Institutions, Government Entities, Health Clubs, Casinos, Home Services, Law Firms, Realtor
- Oculus Solutions
Oculus provides mystery shopping opportunities in the hotel industry.
- Pacific Research Group
- Pat Henry Group
Automotive Services, Financial Services, Health Care, Retailers, Restaurants, Telecommunications, Travel & Leisure, Service Providers (Dry Cleaners, Video Stores)
- Perception Strategies
Health Care, Insurance, Business-to-business
- Performance Edge
Hospitality, Retail, Service industries
- Person To Person Quality
Use your mystery shopping skills critiquing industries including the Apartment, Automotive, Banking / Financial, Government, Health Care, Insurance, Retail and Restaurant industries.
- Phantom Shoppers
Restaurants, Resorts, Hotels, Casinos, Banks, Car Dealerships, Retail outlets
- Premier Service
Retail, Hotel & Restaurant, Financial Institutions, Convenience Stores & Gas Stations, Consumer & Financial Services, Entertainment Services
- QSI Specialists
Hotel, Gaming, Hospitality, and Retail Industries
- Quality Assessments Mystery Shoppers
Automotive, Banking / Financial, Entertainment, Fast Food, Gas Station, Retail, Restaurant
- Quality Assurance Consulting
Hospitality: Bar, Restaurant
- Quality Shopper
- Quality Works
Entertainment, Restaurant, Retail
- Quest For Best
Fast Food, Gas Station, Hotel / Motel, Retail, Restaurant
- Remington Evaluations
Mystery shop and evaluate the New Home Sales industry.
- Rentrak Corporation
Provides secret shopping services across a large section of retail locations throughout the United States.
- Restaurant Cops
Yeah enough said. Great secret shopper opportunities in the restaurant industry.
- Restaurant Evaluators
Another restaurant mystery shopping company along with hotels.
- Retail Track
Banks, retail, restaurants
- Ritter Associates
Banking, Fast Food, Gas Station, Grocery, Hotel / Motel, Retail, Restaurant
- RQA Inc.
Fast Food, Gas Stations, Retail Stores and Restaurants are just a few of the secret shopping jobs available at RQA Inc.
Shoppers List Bonus Tip #3
Start your own mystery shopping company
This definitely is not for everyone but, if you are going to do this, do it right. Start by contacting your government and obtaining a business license. It took me 15 minutes on the phone with a very nice lady and I was set. After you obtain this license, companies will be able to legally hire you to do secret shops, just as they do with the other secret shopping companies listed on this free shoppers list.
What is the main benefit to doing this? You will not have anybody dipping their fingers into your pie, meaning more profit for you. Remember, those mainstream secret shopper companies are the ones who contract you, and therefore take a portion of the fee paid by the client. (Quite a large portion of it actually)
Because you are self-employed, you will be able to set your own rates. Charge less than the mainstream secret shopping companies, provide excellent quality reports and you will have jobs in no time.
The toughest contact will be your first. Use the Yellow Pages to find potential clients, or approach local businesses in person. Let them know what services you provide and what you expect to be paid. Maybe make up a promotional flier or sample form and mail it to the business in a sealed envelope. If you visit a potential contact in person, under no circumstance let an employee know what you are doing there.
The boss will not like it and probably will not contact you.
- Satisfaction Services Inc.
Retail, Restaurant, Hospitality,
- Second To None
Banking, Fast Food, Gas Station, Government, Grocery, Hotel / Motel, Retail, Restaurant
- Secret Shopper
Restaurant, Retail, Automotive, Grocery, Hotels, Services
- Secret Shopper Company
Automotive, Grocery, Retail, Restaurant
- Secret Shopping Services
Tons of secret shopping opportunities in the following industries: Retail, Apartment Communities, Restaurants, Casinos, Professional (Dentists, Accounting etc.), Colleges, Fast Food, Grocery stores, Government Entities, Coffee Houses, Housing Develop
- Sensus Shop
Automotive, Restaurants, Retail
- Sentry Marketing Group
Automotive, Hotel/Motel, Restaurant (casual & fine dining), Retail
- Service Alliance Inc.
Apartment, Hotel / Motel, Retail
- Service Check
Fast Food, Gas Station, Retail, Restaurant
- Service Evaluation
Mystery shopping opportunities in the Banking, Retail and Restaurant industries.
- Service Excellence Group
Automotive, Banking, Business-to-business, Entertainment, Fast Food, Health Care, Restaurant, Retail
- Service Impressions
Airport, Apartment, Golf Course, Health Club, Hotel, Restaurant, Retail
- Service Intelligence
Automotive, Banking, Business-to-business, Entertainment, Fast Food, Gas Station, Government, Grocery, Health Care, Hotel/Motel, Retail, Restaurant
- Service Performance Group
Banking, Business-to-business, Hotel/Motel, Retail, Restaurant
- Service Probe
Apartment, Fast Food, Other
- Service Sense
- Service Sleuth
Automotive, Lodging (hotel, motel, inns, etc.), Restaurant (Casual & Fine Dining), Entertainment (theater, theme parks), Retail (general), Fast Food, Telephone, Grocery Stores, Health Care
- Service Scouts
Sporting Events, Health Clubs, Golf Courses, Restaurants, Retail
- Shoppers Critique
Automotive, Banking & Financial, Entertainment & Theme Parks, Food & Beverage Services, Home Builder & Condo Sales, Property Management, Resort Hotels & Hospitality, Retail Business
- Shopper Jobs
Banks, Restaurants, Retail
- Shoppers Canada
Canadian Shoppers Needed
- Shoppers View
Mystery Shopping needed in the following areas: Automotive centers, Auto glass replacement centers, Apartment management, Banks / Credit Unions, Check-cashing centers, Eye-care centers, General and specialty retail, Health clubs, Hotels, Mortgage cen
- Spies In Disguise
Business-to-business transactions, Retail industry, Transportation (taxi, buses) secret shopping opportunities
- Stratigic Reflections
Retail, restaurant, grocery, convenience store, and banks.
- Texas Shoppers Network
Restaurants, Grocery Stores, Health Care, Personnel Agencies, Banks, Apartments, Home Builders, Retail Stores
- Trend Source
Fast Food, Government, Hotel / Motel, Restaurants, Retail, Transportation
- Vision Client
Banking/Financial, Hotel/Motel, Restaurant (casual & fine dining), General Retail and Grocery mystery shops
- Winning Research Groups
Winning Research Groups offers live online support.
- Winthrop Douglas
Retail, Gas Station, Convenience Store, Grocery
- Zellman Group
Secret Shoppers will find that retail and hospitality are the main focus at the Zellman Group.
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How Mystery Shopping Scams Work
and what you can do to protect yourself
Whether it's a job, loan, grant, sweepstakes or lottery, do not fall for "paid in advance" scams. All of these scams work the same way: The bad guy will send an unsuspecting victim a check, which is counterfeit or stolen. They request that the victim deposit the cheque in their bank account and then forward a portion of it to the person or company while being told to keep some for payment in advance for work to be completed. The victim does not find out that the check is fraudulent until after the payment has been sent.
Although the funds from a deposited check may be available for use within one to five business days of deposit, it can take several weeks for the bank to determine that the check is counterfeit or otherwise invalid. Instructions to draw money on checks shortly after they have been deposited may be the work of unscrupulous people trying to take advantage of this technicality.
Once the scam artist receives the money, you will never hear from them again.
Never wire-transfer money to any unknown person with whom you have never had personal contact and always check with the BBB before doing business with any online company.
Are you a victim?
File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission by phone at (877) FTC-HELP or at
File a report with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at
If the postmark of the envelope is from Canada, you an report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at (888) 495-8501
I hope you found this free mystery shoppers list helpful. Please feel free to leave any comments you may have. Thank-you for taking the time to visit this page and I hope to see you again.
Be sure to check out the new section above for mystery shopping scam news.
Free Mystery Shoppers List Guestbook
Rick on December 09, 2015:
I like all the positive comments! What does a typical list of things that a mystery shopper go over for perhaps a rest., or hotel business? Thanks again, Rick
Bumibet on November 14, 2014:
mysiteisgreen on March 27, 2014:
Great list! I am a successful mystery shopper and contract with many of the companies on your list. My advice to anyone interested is to vet all potential mystery shopping companies with the MSPA. (mysteryshop.org) This is also a fantastic resource for finding new opportunities.
Entrance Mats on November 21, 2013:
Excellent list of mystery shopper providers. Can anyone make a specific recommendation for evaluating an ecommerce store?
rcaieftinacasa on November 12, 2013:
Very interesting and excellent job on this article!
anonymous on July 20, 2013:
I also received a check for amost 2000.00$ from christie-d. The letter looked like it was from Walmart, it looked official. The check also had Walmart on it. I didn't know it was from christie D until i logged in. I acted like i deposited the check and logged into website to perform tasks and it asked me to send money on both assignments to western union and money gram, then to fax or scan receipts to let them know it was complete. The first assignment was to send 944.00 & 2 nd was to send 433.00. They even used MY NAME as the person receiving the money !!!!!!!! So, i sent them an email, not of the scanned receipts they asked for, but i sent them a nice little note instead!!!!!! These people need to ne stopped. This can really mess up your checking account and cause you to overdraw on funds, it may take weeks before the bank realizes the check is no good. Meanwhile, they have cash and are lkng gone.
dellesmith on June 24, 2013:
This is a great lens, btw. I have a lot of experience with due diligence on "money making" opportunities on the web. I am new to Squidoo, and look forward to creating a lens on the steps to take to verify legitimate programs.
dellesmith on June 24, 2013:
@brandonmotz lm: I also searched "whois" for information on the domain - Registrant Contact Details:the registered agent is in Alabama, using a ...@live.com address.
also found that it is not a dedicated domain:
Registration Service Provided IP Address which is 22.214.171.124. The domain resides at SoftLayer Technologies in Dallas, TX, United States. and was first registered on 06/02/2013 which was 23 days ago and is set to expire on June, 06, 2014. - meaning this is company does not host its own website, and it was just registered. The offer letter I received was dated 6 June 13. Quick work for a new domain. Also, note the registration is just for 12 months which infers this is a quick in and out of business site, typical of a scam set up.
I generated my first assignment with Christie D with the understanding that I have deposited their check with cash in hand, since there is no verification from Christie D that the check sent to me has cleared from their account...My first assignment was to send money through Money Gram to someone in Alabama. My second assignment was also to send money to someone in Alabama. What a surprise!
brandonmotz lm (author) on June 23, 2013:
@dellesmith: Wow! Thank you very much for doing all of this. I am very happy that people are doing their research out there to avoid mystery shopping scams. You my friend have hit the nail right on the head.
To anyone who might read that comment, that is how you check on companies that send you huge cheques and claim that you have to send them money back.
Dellesmith, thank you very much for taking the time to post your thoughts and comments on this matter. While I have no person experience with this particular "company", I am 100% sure that you are on the right track. Don't do it :)
Everyone should ask themselves, "Would I send that much money to a stranger?" I'm guessing the answer is going to be no.
dellesmith on June 18, 2013:
@anonymous: Gypsy and any other interested readers, I posted a reply with detailed information about the "Acceptance Letter" from Christie-D System, Inc, which was sent for review. I hope it will be posted so others may be advised.
dellesmith on June 18, 2013:
@anonymous: I also received an "acceptance Letter" from Christie D-System, Inc along with a 4 figure check to work as a "Consumer Service Evaluator". The check is printed in a manner to appear 'fraud-proof' with watermarks and fingerprint features and claims to contain security features covered under 6 US Patents. The check is written from Union Bank of California, and the account is verifiable. Instructions are to login at the site with the UID and P/w, (which immediately recognized me by name and check number), which was activated by my login. "This process is mandatory to those that accept this offer and wish to participate in the ongoing SHOPPERS SELECT TRIAL ASSIGNMENT." The letter further instructs after activation, deposit the check into "your regular bank account, when funds cleared and are available, deduct your stipulated participation salary" (as indicated on the letter),"withdraw balance and get started immediately with assigned task". The task is generated online "only when money provided to cover expenses is ready in hand... Assignment generated must be completed within 24 hrs,"
The website is www.christiedinc.com, however there is no available information there unless you have a UID and P/w included in the letter. The site information is verbatim what is written on the letter, claiming "over 800,000 shoppers have registered at our website, performing millions of mystery shops through Europe and North America."
If this many 'shoppers' have registered and are out working for this company, why does nothing come up- not even the website- when searching for info on Christie D-System?
Also, the address is:10500 Camden Drive Cyress, CA 90630. Searched this address and found there is a business called Christie Digital Systems located there, but the business, website and phone numbers are entirely different. The phone # given in the letter is (714)820 9940. Called this number and got a recorded message focused on response to the "Acceptance Letter". Searched this number and Spokeo found:
"We could not find any property information for (714) 820-9940"
Though certain things 'appear' legit, others do not...scammers typically will copy cat the name of a real existing business and address, to give the impression of legitimacy for those who don't look deeper. It is also possible that the operators have set up a phone # with a recorded message without there being a physical presence but I doubt that, IF there are 800,000 + out working in the field it could not be sustained by a home-based operation. Could be wrong about this.
I am interested in any further information from others who have participated and/or have experience with Christie D-System, Inc.
anonymous on June 10, 2013:
I think I may be a victim of a mystery shpper scam has anyone ever heard of Christie D-System, Inc.?
brandonmotz lm (author) on April 23, 2013:
@brandonmotz lm: As a side note, legitimate mystery shopping companies will never use gmail, ymail or any other types of those email accounts. Using your example of Front Line Focus, it would ALWAYS appear with their company name as the email server.
It would look like this: email@example.com
brandonmotz lm (author) on April 23, 2013:
@anonymous: Hey Maggie, thanks for stopping by and for your question,
Yes, absolutely trust your gut feeling on this one and do not attempt to cash this cheque. I have see this scenario happen countless times and without exception it has always been a scam. This is such a serious problem that it has made many different consumer report stories on the major news networks.
I cannot stress enough that no company would just send somebody $3000 hoping that they would be honest enough to send them $2700 in return.
What will happen is that you will get the money from the bank and a few days later they will find out that the cheque is bad. Of course they will be none too thrilled with losing this much money. Your account will be charged for the entire amount and you will have some very serious questions to answer. I will go so far as to say that you will be lucky if you do not get some fraud charges out of the deal. Of course, since you would have sent the money through Western Union (in another country to boot) there will be no way to catch the scoundrel and you will be stuck paying the money back to the bank. This could end up on your credit history and seriously mess you up.
My advice is to turn the cheque into the bank or even to the police and explain what happened. Also you could just tear it up and forget the whole ordeal but then this person is free to try this again with the next unsuspecting mystery shopper. Chances are that they will not be able to catch this peron anyway, but even a little chance is better than none.
Thank you again for stopping by and showing us all that these kind of mystery shopping scams are still happening. I hope this helps and prevents you from having to go through the troubles that many other mystery shoppers have already gone through.
anonymous on April 19, 2013:
I just got accepted as a Secret Shopper, and received my first assignment with a cheque in the amount of $2950.00 from a Michael Storm of HR Dept from Frontlinefocus46@gmail.com and my assignment is to deposit the cheque in my bank acct., then with draw the Equivalent Value, then deduct $300.00 for my commission frm the ttl payment received, after completion of first assignment which is to go to walmart and spend $50.00 on an electronic or any item worth $50.00 and i can keep it. Then western Union the remaining balance to two separate Mystery Shoppers in Ecuador. The cheque is frm First Metro Bank, I looked up the bank and its legit. But my gut feeling is saying that this is a scam. can you pls help to confirm my gut feeling. Thanks..
jura on April 06, 2013:
It is a large list of firms i think some firms pay for mystr shoping , great lens.
brandonmotz lm (author) on March 31, 2013:
@jt_smith: Hey thank you very much. I am always happy to provide information that helps people make extra money :)
jt_smith on March 31, 2013:
Thank you for this useful information. I am putting together a web-site that offers information on "How to Become a Mystery Shopper" and I would like to offer my visitors a link to this post so that they can find mystery shopping companies looking to hire them. Again, Thank you & keep up the good work. BestMysteryShops.com
anonymous on February 24, 2013:
Ah Ha finally a legit reputable source. I have been contacted by so many scummy type people who say they can help me to become a mystery shopper. I'm so glad that this site is so on point. Thanks for all your research and being kind enough to share it. I can't wait to start on my journey of being a mystery shopper. :)
anonymous on February 10, 2013:
Hi, Thanks for a gr8 post!" I found it very useful. I have a site that offers jobs for work at home and I would like to link to this site to offer my guest more insight and work opportunities. Thanx, Keep up the good work, Clickit-n-Getit
whats4dinner on February 01, 2013:
A comprehensive list of companies seeking mystery shoppers. Great lens.
Mala Papachan from Matlock Bath, England on January 21, 2013:
Thank you Brandon, it must have taken sometime to compile. I've clicked on a few, is there any chance of doing a UK or European based list for us? Your lens is definitely worth a mention to my readers. Once again, thank you.
anonymous on January 10, 2013:
List is good however I see one issue. MSI and Trendsource are one in the same now. And a tip for any of the new shoppers, pay is always higher at the end of the month. $7 fast food shops go as high $30 but in most cases these shops are at least double.
anonymous on January 10, 2013:
@anonymous: Market Force was one of the first two companies I signed up with when I started back in 2009. Just one word of advice don't be too eager in picking jobs at the begging of the month. Pay is higher at the end of the month.
ArdivJauhari on December 31, 2012:
Thank you for sharing this big list of companies, I'll be sure to check them out :)
Come visit my lens about passive income, you might be interested to in the topic!
fathomblueEG on December 28, 2012:
I didn't know there were so many options in the mystery shopping category. Awesome lens:-)
webhostingrevie on December 03, 2012:
anonymous on November 03, 2012:
Very impressive list and excellent resource!
Totus Mundus on October 25, 2012:
Helpful list, thanks.
myspace9 on October 24, 2012:
Big list of companies. Nice lens and helpful.
anonymous on October 13, 2012:
Yes there are a lot of legit jobs doing mystery shopping and some scams also, never pay upfront to apply to companies, I found a new one today, and paid me $10 right away,
JHstudios on September 02, 2012:
I always wondered about this. A lot of times, locally, they've been scams. Helpful information. Thanks.
fathomblueEG on August 28, 2012:
Super info packed lens here!
Lou Martin from Atlanta, Georgia on August 09, 2012:
Wow great list and great lens!!!
Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on July 20, 2012:
You are right. This list can make me busy for a while. Thanks for all the info about possible scams!
anonymous on July 20, 2012:
Yes,I was a victim too,Neither the police or the bank wanted to help me out.In fact,the bank where I was a customer for over twenty-five years accused me of being involoved in the scam too.Isn't that crazy and they wanted me to pay back all the money from a fixed income.
steph-naylor on July 18, 2012:
I've been searching high and low for a lens providing this information! thank you for all your efforts!
anonymous on July 10, 2012:
Hello, Your list is empressive. I work for ShopAngels, a global mystery shopping company. I am interested in our company being added to your list. Please let me know if you require further information.
csanders1990 on June 23, 2012:
Great lens. Happened to me too.
anonymous on June 10, 2012:
I truly appreciate your hard work. I've entered the senior phase of my life and mystery shopping sounds like the perfect addition! Thanks so much for the scamming info as well.
anonymous on May 30, 2012:
Beware of Hubert Duke with a uk email - HE emails & HE is a SCAM !! Been a victim B4.
anonymous on May 30, 2012:
I worked for Market Force for over a year. I got canned for constant late reporting. They dealt with Phillip 66 stations, McDonalds, churches Chicken and various other clients. I found them a very good company to work for & I always had my pay by paypal on the 10th of the following month.
gradientcat on April 16, 2012:
Very informative. I have seen a few mystery shoppers ads recently and have wondered what it was all about.
anonymous on April 16, 2012:
@brandonmotz lm: URGENT... be aware this is a true SCAM. I took their bait. They sent 2 very poorly counterfeited Postal Money Orders with instruction to cash them and evaluate Western Union (go figure) which included sending $1,700 of the money through Western Union to a person in Manila, Philippines. I took everything I received to post office. They were very glad to get this information in hopes that the Post Office can do something about this type of crime. They also recommended that I not reply to the email that I have since received or the text message. These criminals try to blame the victim somehowâ¦ saying they are part of the scam. PLEASE EVERYONE BE AWARE !!!
anonymous on April 13, 2012:
What I would like to see is a state by state listing - 90% of the open job emails I get are not useful to me.
brandonmotz lm (author) on April 12, 2012:
James Martin seems to be a busy man sending out a lot of emails to many people for a company that does not exist :)
I have just been in contact with Market Force and they do not use email addresses like "mforcegroups". They only use @marketforce. Any deviation from that is an attempt to deceive people into thinking that it is from Marketforce.
Also, the person I was speaking to informed me that they actually have a legal team trying to deal with these scams. People can forward copies of emails or any other suspicious communications to them for Marketforce to investigate.
anonymous on April 11, 2012:
I saw this ad in a job website and sent in my application. Minutes later I received e-mail from James Martin. Asking for my information. I have been
involved in the hiring process and know that you definitely cannot ask for applicant age nor ethnic background. He promises to send cashier's check to pay me in advance for assignment. This definitely sounds like a scam.
Glad I found your site!
"Get back with the following details if interested; Email me the below details:"
* Full Name:
* Full Residetial Address (NOT P.O.BOX):
* Zip Code:
* Mobile Number:
* Email Address:
Time: 24 Hours daily by e-mail
People Business Edge Secret ShopperÂ®
anonymous on April 11, 2012:
Some time ago I received a check to cash in my bank account and deduct like $200.00. But I got suspicious of someone just sending me a check. I searched the web and found a scam that was going on where those checks were bounced afterwards. I just received today an email from a James Martin, People Market Edge (Market Force) to start this mystery shopping with. I'm checking the web for any complaints about this company. I don't know who to trust.
anonymous on April 11, 2012:
@Nesli: I have been paid from Bestmark, they sent a cheque for each shop that I did.
anonymous on April 09, 2012:
@anonymous: I have completed 3 assignments with MarketForce, I have yet to be paid, but it hasn't been long enough yet to get paid. The website that I use with them is similar to the ones used by other Mystery Shopping companies that have paid me and are legitimate. Market Force emails me when there are jobs near me that have sat around for awhile, their clients are big companies in Canada so I feel good about this one so far. The merchandising jobs are different (I can see them because I'm near them, I live in a border town) and I haven't seen them available in Canada.
anonymous on April 08, 2012:
Has any one completed an assignment with "Market Force" they seem legitimate yet the store themselves are putting out the product on the shelves before I can do it. Any comments!!!!
brandonmotz lm (author) on April 07, 2012:
@anonymous: Ugg sure sounds like a mystery shopping scam to me as well. I wouldn't touch that one with a ten foot pole :)
Like you noticed, a "company" that does not have a proper company email address will probably always be a scam. I Googled the name in the email mforcegroups and only got a profile for some guy who is a DJ in Israel. Nothing about mystery shopping.
Thank you for sharing.
anonymous on April 07, 2012:
I just received an "assignment" and they want to send me a check, bla, blah, blah.... the email doesn't have a company name and was signed.
24 Hours daily by e-mail
Any idea about this one... I think it may be a scam.
anonymous on March 15, 2012:
Hi there, is there any from your list that allow to shop in the Philippines? thanks.
sousababy on March 01, 2012:
Very interesting and thank you for warning folks about the scams too.
RestlessKnights on February 27, 2012:
Excellent lens! You've obviously put some work into it.
brandonmotz lm (author) on February 16, 2012:
@anonymous: Hi John,
I tried to find anything to do with a company called People Business Edge Secret Shopper and could not find a single thing about them. Not one website, review or news press release about them. Mystery shopping companies will always have a website and reviews from people who have been paid or scammed from them.
I advise extreme caution with this one.
Like I mentioned to Regina, secret shopping companies will never pay you in advance and it will never be for large amounts. With any legitimate company you will have to do the work first then you get paid for the work you have completed. Mystery shopping jobs do not pay in advance. This way they cover their own butts and do not get scammed by people who would take the money and run.
My advice is to tear up any cheque they send you or turn it in to the police. The only person who benefits from mystery shopping scams would be the person who sent out the cheque.
Hope this helps :)
anonymous on February 15, 2012:
I registered to become part of a focus group in S. Florida from an ad on Craigs list. Days later I received an e-mail from a James Martins in care of a company called People Business Edge Secret Shopper asking me to re-register for the same ad as a secret shopper. They will send me a check to cash and instructions to evaluate certain companies. Have you ever heard of this company and what do you think of this scenario?
brandonmotz lm (author) on February 14, 2012:
Hello there and thank you for posting your comment. I would absolutely recommended NOT attempting to cash that cheque. I will say with no uncertain terms that the cheque you received was not for mystery shopping and is a scam.
Did the cheque come with a note saying something to the effect of "Please cash this cheque and send most of it to such and such an address and you keep some for you services"?
No business person in their right mind would send some stranger a cheque for that amount and pray that that person sent them their money. Business Suicide :)
If that cheque is cashed you will have to pay the money back to the bank (since the money would have been drawn from your account) and have some very stern conversations with the police.
Best idea (in my opinion) is to take the cheque to your local police department. Perhaps they could lay down some trap to catch this person when they try to pick up the money.
anonymous on February 12, 2012:
I just received a $4300.00 check and correspondence from a supposed company called Mintel Intelligence in time for investigative shopping I have yet to complete. I do not believe this is legitimate. I await your comments. Thank You!
waldenthreenet on January 08, 2012:
This is an interesting topic and list. I had no idea that there were such things as mystery shoppers.
brandonmotz lm (author) on January 05, 2012:
@Nspired2: You're welcome :) Please feel free to add this to your top 6
brandonmotz lm (author) on January 05, 2012:
@Service: :) Thanks alot Service.
Service on January 04, 2012:
One of the best Lenses. I will add you as a feature Lens to my new Lens secret-shopper-online. I know how much work you have put into your Lens. Brilliant.
AngelaKane on December 20, 2011:
Very good lens of free mystery shopping companies, I work with job seekers every day and the details in this lens will be useful to my followers.
Nspired2 on December 11, 2011:
BLESS YOU for putting up this lens! About 7 years ago, I tried to break into the secret shopping game & I wound up quitting because of all of the scammers, lies & tricks to get the lists that you have posted FREE here! I'd like to put this lens in my top 6 if it's ok w/you? You just took 75% of the headache out of Secret Shopping...Way to Go!
anonymous on October 24, 2011:
great insight on such a topic, 'thumbs up' from this guy.
ananimoss2 on October 10, 2011:
Wow, you did quite a research! I am a shopaholic and this sounds like a dream job. We will see.
adamfrench on October 08, 2011:
Impressive lens, thumbs up
anonymous on October 05, 2011:
Now this is mystery shopper heaven, well done Brandon, aspiring mystery shoppers will love this!
hamshi5433 on October 05, 2011:
Mygosh bookmarked! Me and my older sister do mystery shopping so I will tell her to visit this page as well. Thank you for creating this. Blessed.
MoonMaa on August 25, 2011:
Very extensive list of mystery shopping companies. Thank you for sharing!
sushilkin lm on May 01, 2011:
Thanks for sharing your information here. Nice Lens ! Please PRAY FOR JAPAN by vising my lens.
Iulian LM on April 28, 2011:
Very impressive list!
promotional-coupons-codes on April 18, 2011:
Thanks I was looking for such information from long time.
careermom on April 03, 2011:
Wow. This is so much information, I don't know where to start. Great job
UKGhostwriter on March 21, 2011:
Very good lens
fashionality lm on February 06, 2011:
Def need to get in on this.
MridupabanKalita on January 14, 2011:
@brandonmotz lm: Thanks a lot for sharing those sites ,Brandon.It's really helpful.
brandonmotz lm (author) on January 11, 2011:
@MridupabanKalita: Hi there MridupabanKalita,
I am sorry to say that these companies focus on hiring mystery shoppers in North America.
However, I have found you a couple of companies that focus in the India market. Hope this gets you at least started.
As sort of a disclaimer for myself, I don't know anything about these companies. I found them using common keywords just like I did building this free list of companies hiring mystery shoppers in North America, but they at least look legit.
DQS India www.dqsindia.com
Grassroots India www.grassrootsindia.in
AQ Services Internatinal (India subsidiary) www.aq-services.com
Bare Associates India www.bareinternational.com
The last one is international, not just in India
MridupabanKalita on January 11, 2011:
I am from India and I once did mystery shopping for a company here in India called Kaiz hospitality service.I think most of the sites above don't have clients in India ,right?
Oracle Post on January 07, 2011:
an amazing list of websites, i have recently signed up for some of the websites, getting my assignment next week. thanks!
jackieb99 on January 03, 2011:
joelo_32 on December 27, 2010:
Wow amazing I've long been looking for this information and it was right under my nose, thank you very much and much success
ezpostcard on December 19, 2010:
Impressive, very impressive!
anonymous on December 06, 2010:
I could easily get into this!
This is a great resource!
Much, much better than Google!
It's lenses like this one
that makes being part of the Squidoo community so worthwhile.
D Williams on November 29, 2010:
I am going to look into these opportunities. Thanks for the time spent. May you be rewarded generously for your efforts.
Darla Dixon on November 08, 2010:
I worked with A Closer Look in the past. They are good folks. They do want a lot for the money, however. In the end, my husband and I decided we'd rather just pay for our food lol
anonymous on November 07, 2010:
Thanks for going to all the work of putting this together and putting it out for free...really free. So many sites claimed to be free but 20 or 30 minutes into their spiel, Wham...they hit you with some bogus charge. Then I'm forced to take another 20 minutes to berate them for being lying, greedy bastards.
squid-pinkchic18 on November 05, 2010:
Very cool lens! Thanks for taking the time to put it together.
SmBizGuru LM on October 27, 2010:
I have been a mystery shopper for a couple of months now and I was surprised at how easy it is. I live in the middle of no where in Montana and have to travel 60 miles to the nearest Walmart - but when I mystery shop I consider that the mystery shop is paying for my other errands and sometimes free pizza! (once I secret shopped a pizza chain)
juliasenesac on October 24, 2010:
cool! I am sharing and liking this page! In fact, I am bookmarking it so I can come back to it and get some revenue rolling. Thanks!
Nesli on October 20, 2010:
if anyone uses any of these companies, and get paid...please let us know. I'm reaally curios if this's reaaly working or not. Great list though...
whatnextk on October 15, 2010:
Nice work, I will be bookmarking this page. I twitt this one for u, keep up the good work.
SofiaMann on October 08, 2010:
A large job! Congratulations.
brandonmotz lm (author) on October 08, 2010:
@anonymous: You are welcome King. I am very glad that this list is going to help you. That's why I made it :)
anonymous on October 07, 2010:
Wow! This list is superb!! Thank you very much for giving this out for free. I paid $30 for a mystery shoppers list and it was only a paper emailed copy! I was so mad. I am going to use this list to become a secret shopper! Thank you again.
anonymous on October 05, 2010:
Impressive list. Thumbs Up!
anonymous on August 13, 2010:
Congratulations on this very helpful lens. Good on you!
Jerry_David on August 04, 2010:
very helpful info in your lens, great job.