Should you give out your social security number?

Dear WAHFAQ, It seems like every Mystery Shopping company that I sign up for wants my social security number. I don’t feel comfortable giving it out. What should I do? I know that Mystery Shopping does sound a little too good to be true, and it can feel like a scam when you’re first getting started, but, believe it or not, this is a job! Your employer, the mystery shopping company, needs to know that you’re legally authorized to work in the US, (or Canada, or wherever you’re shopping) and because of that, they need your social security number. Even Read More…

Do I need an EIN for mystery shopping?

Dear WAHFAQ, I was signing up with some mystery shopping companies that you recommended in your training program, and one of them stated that you had to have an EIN to shop for them.  Here is what is in their IC agreement: “Shoppers are independent contractors. In being an IC you must register yourself as a business in the state in which you live and to obtain a Federal Employer Tax ID number to file your taxes. This is the responsibility of all shoppers.” Can you give me some advice as to where I might go to get this?  Do Read More…