Jul 14, 2010 by Confero Inc.
The Federal Trade Commission has issued a new warning about mystery shopping scams. This particular warning is intended to caution recent college graduates about potential scammers targeting young people looking for work. Check out the FTC new release .
May 04, 2010 by Confero Inc.
Last week brought some great news for consumers who were victimized in some of the recent money-wiring scams.
Feb 12, 2010 by Confero Inc.
You may already be aware of the fake check scams that have been attached to the mystery shopping industry for the past couple of years.
Jan 29, 2010 by Confero Inc.
We would like to remind consumers about the fake check scams that have attached the the mystery shopping industry for the past couple of years.
Jan 08, 2010 by Confero Inc.
Confero was recently made aware of a new scam in the mystery shopping industry. Over the last few days, scammers posing as employees of the Mystery Shopping Providers Association have been contacting unsuspecting consumers with fake offers to become mystery shoppers.
Nov 24, 2009 by Confero Inc.
As a reputable company with 24 years in business, we are always concerned about scams involving mystery shopping. The scam typically plays out like this: the consumer receives a certified check from the bogus mystery shopping company, along with an “assignment” to deposit the check and then send funds via Western Union or Moneygram to a person designated on the assignment.
Nov 06, 2009 by Confero Inc.
Please add the names Jimmy Bruce to the list of fake Confero employees.
As discussed in earlier posts, we have received requests from would-be mystery shoppers asking that we validate the employment of Robert Preston, Michael Thomforde, James Clayton, Paula Moore, Carlos Burnett, Chris Jordan, Alexander Hopkins, Mark Dwane, Kevin Jones, Melissa Hillman and now Jimmy Bruce. None of these persons work for Confero.
Nov 02, 2009 by Confero Inc.
*Updated: 11/2/09 *
Please take a few minutes to watch these videos recently release by the Federal Trade Commission. David Vladeck, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection explains several money transfer scams, including The Grandparent Scam, The Counterfeit Check Scam and the Mystery Shopper Scam.
Oct 19, 2009 by Confero Inc.
Many consumers have received checks in the mail along with a letter on official-looking Confero letterhead. These are fake.
Confero does not send checks to shoppers as payment to shoppers.
Confero does not issue certified checks for shoppers to use during mystery shops.
Confero does not shop Western Union or Moneygram.
Aug 03, 2009 by Confero Inc.
As discussed in earlier posts, we have received requests from would-be mystery shoppers asking that we validate the employment of Robert Preston, Micheal Thomforde, James Clayton, Paula Moore, Carlos Burnett, Chris Jordan and now Alexander Hopkins. None of these persons work for Confero. These are made-up names used in official-looking email messages from people trying to scam unsuspecting consumers. Sometimes, the scam emails have been spoofed to look like the message is from Confero and to hide the true origin of the email. Other times, the sender simply pastes the Confero name or website into his or her email message. Either way, these scammers are attempting to fool consumers into thinking they are dealing with Confero.
Persons interested in legitimate mystery shopping may visit the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) website for information about ethical, legitimate mystery shopping companies. Confero is a member of the MSPA. To register your interest to mystery shop for Confero,please visit the Shoppers’ Center tab above for complete details.
If you have fallen victim to this scam, or if you have been contacted by any of these scammers, please file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).. The FTC also offers information about mystery shopping and the Mystery Shopping Providers Association at
Check out the BBB video about three (3) common fake check scams.
What can consumers do to steer clear of this?