News and Alerts

Recruitment Scam

Please be aware that people misrepresenting themselves as employees of IntelliShop have been attempting to recruit individuals to participate in a fraudulent mystery shopping program.  The scammers are recruiting on LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter, as well as other job posting sites.  They have gone as far as creating fake websites to recruit shoppers/victims.  The scams vary slightly, but the overarching structure is the same.  After signing up, a packet is mailed to participants in this “program”.  Included in the packet is a check or money order, which is to be deposited into the shopper/victim’s bank account.  A portion of the funds is to be wired to a specific account, through a specific company/money wiring service or used to buy gift cards and the remainder is to be retained as compensation for the services rendered.  The check/money order is not real and will bounce. The victim will then be responsible for covering the amount of the fraudulent check.  The scammer, of course, pockets the portion of money that was wired back or has already used the gift card codes and disappears.  IntelliShop NEVER sends checks/money orders, we ONLY pay our shoppers through PayPal. 

If you think that you have been contacted by a scammer or you do receive a check/money order in the mail, please report it to your local authorities. We also suggest that you contact your nearest Postal Inspection Service Office by calling 1-877-876-2455, then press option “4” or say “Fraud.”  You can also make a report online by visiting postalinspectors.uspis.gov. We recommend blocking the scammers from your email and phone so they can no longer contact you. If you ever have questions about the legitimacy of a shop offer, please call our office directly at 419-872-5103.

Like A Mystery Shopper

by Matt Liasse, Field Staff Coordinator

Mystery shopping is a way to provide companies with vital information on customer experience. It’s also a way for someone to get paid while running an everyday errand. Below are five tips to remember while trekking on a mystery shopping endeavor.

Like you’re in school, think ahead.

When I was in school, there were plenty nights I crammed the night before an exam. Sometimes I would try to rush a paper done the morning it was due. When leaving tasks for the last minute, important details can be missed. The same goes for mystery shopping.

Plan for each shop that you do. Read over the guidelines in advance and make sure you know exactly what is expected. If there are any questions, create a dialog with your scheduler with enough time for possible back and forth. Go into a shop knowledgeable of expectations.

Like you’re on a mission, pay attention to detail.

There is no need to pretend to be a secret agent; just act natural. If you are going into a restaurant, don’t be stressed over all the things you need to remember. Just act like it’s a normal outing but be observant. Make sure you note what details (names, times) to report on.

Like a friend, remember names.

Most shops will require a photo of the location or a business card. Always keep this in mind when completing a shop. Unfortunately, this minor detail can make or break your shop.

Always get the name of the employees you speak to, even if they do not have a nametag on. Ask for their name if you must; that does not give you away as a mystery shopper. You can say something like, “Oh, you’ve been really helpful. What was your name again?” The clients use your reports to reward or coach the employees that you mention, so it’s important that they know exactly who it is you are referring to.

Like a millennial, keep your phone in your hand.

These days, everyone has their phone in their hand. In all public spaces, you can easily spot someone texting, reading, scrolling, posting, tweeting, pinning, linking, snapping – it’s endless.

I wouldn’t recommend being on social media during a mystery shop, but you would benefit from keeping your phone out. You can text yourself notes or utilize a notepad app – this will help you not to forget important details. Because having a phone out is so common in 2019, it doesn’t give you away as a shopper if you do too.

Like a reporter, just record the facts.

No matter your experience, it’s easy to embellish when writing narratives. In order to be objective, act like a journalist covering a major event. Write everything that happened from start to finish. The reader should be able to clearly visualize your experience. Instead of writing, “the employee was not nice and I felt like I was bothering them,” say something like, “When I arrived at the location, it took 45 seconds for an employee to greet me.” The client is aware what is acceptable and what is not. You just have to state the facts.

The most important thing is that shoppers have fun. With IntelliShop, you can find yourself evaluating restaurants, sporting events, concerts, etc. … the possibilities are endless. 

Glassdoor Job Posting Fraud

Please be aware of this job posting on Glassdoor seeking mystery shoppers for IntelliShop as it is NOT a posting that WE put on the site. We wanted all of our interested shoppers to be aware of this fraudulent posting that does not even link to our appropriate shopper sign up panel. Please know that if you apply to be a shopper from this posting, it is not through IntelliShop and is a SCAM.

If you have any further questions, please call our office directly.

Website Fraud

Please be aware of the site www.unitedwholesale.net as it is NOT our company’s website. This is a fraudulent website that is a direct copy of our IntelliShop website that all shoppers should be aware of. Please know that if you receive any form of communication either from this site or directing you to this site, that it is NOT from IntelliShop.

If you have any further questions, please call our office directly.

Checking Scam

Please be aware that persons misrepresenting themselves as employees of IntelliShop have been attempting to recruit individuals to participate in a fraudulent mystery shopping program.  The scams vary slightly, but the overarching structure is the same, wherein a packet is mailed to participants in this “program”.  Included in the packet is a check, which is  to be deposited into the shoppers/victims account.  A portion of the funds is to be wired to a specific account, through a specific company/money wiring service, and the remainder is to be retained as compensation for the services rendered.  The check is not real, and will bounce, and the victim will be deprived of the funds wired to the criminals perpetrating this scam. 

Please know that If you receive any email communication referring to a check being mailed to you, a check through the mail, or any text messages, please report it to your local authorities. We recommend blocking them from your email and phone so they can no longer contact you. If you ever have questions about the legitimacy of a shop offer please call our office directly.