Category: Scam Questions

Mall Surveyor Job Ad: Is it real or a scam?

Dear WAHFAQ, Is this a legitimate job post? You mention surveying in your Mystery Shopping book, is that what this is? Mystery Shopping and market research companies conduct spot checks and exit interviews where you’re placed at a particular location and required to count people. You may see these for movie theatres where someone is stationed outside of a particular theatre with a little clicker counting the number of people going to see a particular movie on a particular day. In this case, a surveyor is required to count the number of people going on a train at a mall!…

Is stuffing envelopes a legit way to earn money?

Dear WAHFAQ, I heard that a long time ago, you could make money while stuffing envelopes at home. Does this job still exist? How can I get started?   Wow. This question is a blast from the past! Ok, I’ll admit it. When I was in college, I sent away $19.95 so that I could become a millionaire…stuffing envelopes at home. Surprisingly it didn’t work out the way I thought. (Note the sarcasm.) I did actually receive something for my money: a one page piece of paper that had been xeroxed a million times. It said that all I had to…

Identifying rental scams

Dear WAHFAQ, I thought I did everything right. I’ve been looking for a place to live, and found this listing. I drove by the home and it actually existed and was listed for sale! But it turned out to be a scam and I lost $2100. I’m working with the bank to try and get my money back, but it doesn’t look good. How could I have known? What did I miss? The rental property you are interested in is 1 Standard Bedroom 1 full bathroom apartment, located at (Address redacted) Seattle, WA 98116 of which the fixed monthly rental fee…

I know it’s a scam, now what?

Dear WAHFAQ, I just found your website, and I’m writing because I’m a little bit scared. Through Craigslist, I tried to become a mystery shopper, and after a volley of poorly written emails from a guy named “Paul”, I just received a check on my doorstep for $3501.00 and instructions to email this HOTMAIL account for more information on the next step. Obviously, I don’t want to touch this check with a ten foot pole. But, what do I do now? Can I safely shred it and forget the whole thing? Am I liable for anything? I really want to…

Is this a real job offer or scam? (Mystery Shopping WalMart)

Dear WAHFAQ, I got this email the other day, and I was wondering…is it a real job or a scam?  I know you like Mystery Shopping, and I just wanted to get your professional opinion~ Thanks! One of  America’s largest, discount departmental outlet is re-branding. The Retail Industry is a competitive world, with each retailer vying for the attention of consumers in an increasingly clustered market. We do not want to rely on proprietary data collection processes and technology alone, we need appraisers to collect specific data about their experience and opinions when they visit this any of our outlets,…

Would you recognize this scam on CNBC?

**Note: Since writing this article, the scammers have changed the landing page to make it look like MSNBC. If you visit the site it may have changed again. Darn those sneaky scammers!** Once upon a time, I received an email from someone telling me that she saw an article on CNBC spouting off a great work at home job. Her exact words were, “It seems scam-ish, but it’s on CNBC?” I went to the site, and this is what I saw:     I’m used to the “(Insert city name here) Mom makes a Bazillion dollars working part-time” ads. I…

How do spammers get my email address?

Dear WAHFAQ, I had to finally close an old email account because I was getting too much Spam. How can I prevent this from happening with my new account? I’ve already gotten a few pieces of Spam and I just don’t want it to override my account like last time! Ah yes, the everlasting quest to stay one step ahead of the spammers! Feels like a game of whack-a-mole, no? I’m not really quite sure how “Spam” got its name. Sure there’s the meat, which we’ve all (ahem) enjoyed over the years…some more than others. But Spam in the online…

Is CashCrate a Scam?

Dear WAHFAQ, Have you heard of Cashcrate.com?  Do you think it’s a scam?  I’ve been thinking about joining, but I’m not sure if it’s real or not.  Can you help me out? Ah, yes…Cashcrate.  They’re one of the more popular “get paid to try” companies out there. In short answer: No, they’re not a scam.  However, the method in which you earn income is a bit tricky, and frankly, for what you’re getting paid, I wouldn’t recommend them. Basically, you’re playing the rebate game.  You sign up to try out an offer for free for 30 days. As an incentive…

Is Next Job at Home a Scam?

Dear WAHFAQ, I came across this website for work at home job listings.  Have you heard of it?  Is it real or is it a scam:  www.NextJobatHome.com   NextJobatHome is a site that will send you way too many emails.  Once upon a time I signed up for them because I was curious too.  They stated that they would send legitimate job offers and I was really curious.  Well, it didn’t take too long for me to realize what they were doing! In each email they highlight a different work at home oppourtunity.  Notice, I said “opportunity” not “job“.  When you…

Why does someone from Belgium want to buy my TV?

Dear WAHFAQ, I have started cleaning out my attic and basement and garage and selling things online through Craigslist, eBay local, and OfferUp. Recently, I’ve gotten a ton of contacts from people overseas who want to buy my things. This seems a bit odd. I’m tempted to reply, just because I want to sell my stuff, but it just seems fishy to me. Do you have any thoughts on this? Ohhh, boy. Do I have thoughts! Congrats…you are being targeted for what is commonly called an “over-payment scam.” Several years ago, I was in a similar situation to you. My…