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Mystery Shopper Scams are Hoaxes

WASHINGTON.,--The Better Business Bureau says the internet is littered with hundreds of secret shopper programs claiming you'll get rich. But only a handful of sites are actually legitimate.

Web sites like ask wanna be shoppers to pay for employment up front. Then, after the shopper purchases various items of which they are to be reimbursed for, the company sends a check which turns out to be bogus. Although, the Better Business Bureau says someone else is behind this scam.

" does not operate with counterfeit checks and they don't send any counterfeit checks or any checks up front, as part of their service and program," says BBB Communications/Investigator Zan Deery.

The website has a disclaimer, telling others that their good name is being taken advantage of. If that's the case, the BBB says ShoppingAce already had an agency worst rating of "F."