Confero Warns of Scam Using Confero Name- Job Offer Scam – John Paula- It’s a Fake!

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Nov 03, 2017 by Confero Inc.

Confero learned about a scam regarding "John Paula" who claims to work for Confero. The fraudster’s email was sent out as a phishing scam. 

John Paula falsely claims to be an employee of Confero and attempts to recruit secret shoppers (mystery shoppers) through emails. We have no employee named John Paula. 

Please do not contact John Paula, as this person is trying to scam people.  These scams almost always result in consumers becoming duped into a fake check scam. In fake check scams, shoppers are sent checks to deposit, and then told to wire most of the funds elsewhere and keep the difference. Ultimately, the check the scammer sent the shopper turns out to be worthless and the shopper is on the hook to cover the entire check with the bank. Some of the checks look quite real - so real in fact that bank tellers see them all the time. BE CAREFUL! 

Please be aware that emails from Confero employees will come from 

Confero NEVER issues checks to shoppers for any reason. Our payments to shoppers are sent via PayPal or Direct Deposit.  

We thank the consumers who brought this to our attention, so that we were able to warn others of this scam.  If you would like to read more about scams, please visit our website:

Here's the text of the most recent phishing message:


From: John Paula 


You submitted your information to one of our recruitment agency  Via a Referral from Linked-in to work as an Confero Customer Experience secret shopper..Your details have been verified and you are shortlisted as one of our representatives. Here is your unique I.D number MS6953, your details have been stored in our database.

Our company has recently been contracted to do a quality survey on Apple, Walmart stores, best buy, CVS, and Target, we have shortlisted few representatives from various states and cities to visit any of those stores listed randomly, to buy merchandise and share their experience via our feedback assessment form.

You will receive an envelope containing a Cashier's Check, Instruction Letter and Assessment Form soon.Please check your mailbox daily.

Please signify your interest with  a Yes, I'm Ready

Best Regards,

John Paula.

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