Mystery Shopper Pay Policy
Compensation varies depending upon the complexity of the assignment and client requirements. We will tell you the compensation when we contact you about an assignment and prior to your acceptance. We may also post the compensation on our job board when mystery shopping assignments are made available.
Social Security Verification
To ensure that Confero complies with all IRS rules and to aid us in preventing individuals from falsifying reports and creating multiple accounts on our reporting system, we ask that all U.S. mystery shoppers provide their Social Security Numbers (SSN) or Tax ID numbers through our secure Compass mystery shopper website.
Information is encrypted and housed securely in a manner approved by the Internal Revenue Service. A SSN is required for payment for any shops conducted after November 1, 2008.
We do accept new mystery shoppers prior to SSN/EIN verification. This allows new mystery shoppers to preview Confero to decide if they want to conduct shops. Payments to mystery shoppers are not issued until SSN/EIN has been verified.
There are 3 ways to get SSN/EIN verified:
- Enter your SSN on our secure, encrypted website, or
- Enter the Employer ID (EIN) of your business. If you do not yet have an EIN, contact the IRS and request an Employer ID number for your mystery shopping contract business and enter that number instead of your SSN. This is a simple process that can be completed by visiting the website: www.irs.gov/businesses and clicking on Employer ID numbers, or by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-4933, or
- You may print a W-9 form, fill it out and mail it to us. When we receive the document, we will enter it onto the system for you. To obtain a W-9 form, please visit http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf Please understand that the delay for this service is about 14 working days to allow us time to enter the information for you. Supplier Verification, Confero Inc. 535 Keisler Dr Suite 204 Cary, NC 27512
For any of these three (3) options, if your name and SSN (or TIN) do not exactly match the Internal Revenue Service’s system, you (and Confero) will receive an email notice that there was not a match. Please do not be alarmed. Typically, the system will send back an “unverified” message if the name and SSN do not exactly match (e.g. you are John A Public in our system and you are John Anthony Public in the Social Security System). We can accept reasonably similar matches but it takes our system about 5 days for that to occur.
Payments via PayPal or Direct Deposit Only
Confero does not issue checks to mystery shoppers for any reason. We adhere to this policy so there can never be any confusion between the Confero and the scams involving fake “checks”. Please do not sign up to shop for Confero if you cannot accept PayPal payments or direct deposits.
DIRECT DEPOSIT (U.S. SHOPPERS ONLY): Mystery shoppers may choose the receive direct deposit payments into their checking or savings accounts. To elect direct deposit, on the Shopper Profile under "Payment Information", select the "Bank (US Only) option. Enter the bank routing number, account number and name on the account. This information is encrypted for security.
Mystery shoppers may change their payment method election at any time.
Payments are released two times per month as shown in the example below.
Shop date/report submitted:
|Payment released to PayPal:|
1st - 15th of January
On or around February 25th
16th – 31st of January
On or around March 10th
On the Spot Prize Payment Exception
Mystery shops that involve on the spot prizes follow the same payment processes as outlined above with one exception: if a payment is due to a mystery shopper and that shopper has not yet returned unused prizes for an on the spot rewards program, Confero will delay payment until the prizes are received. After prizes are received, the payment will be made on the next scheduled date for shopper payments to be released.
Income Reporting and Tax Forms
As required by law, for those shoppers earning more than $600 in a calendar year, Confero will provide you with a 1099-Misc Income form for use in filing your taxes. Forms are mailed before 1/31 for work completed the previous year.
We look forward to working with you on future mystery shopping projects!