Mystery Shopper Jobs

 

Mystery Shopping can be a fun way to earn some extra money while not having to go out of your way. The idea behind Mystery Shopping is pretty simple. Retail stores, restaurants, and other businesses want to know how they’re employees are performing when management isn’t looking over their shoulders.

They send in mystery shoppers to assess how their store handles customer inquiries, sales techniques, or whatever else the owners think may need improvement. As a mystery shopper you are given a specific assignment for what to buy, what questions to ask, and instructions on how to complete a detailed report.

When you are asked to purchase things in most cases you will be reimbursed after you submit your report. The pay varies based on the job, which is why a lot of people sign up with several mystery shopping services at the same time.

There is one very important thing that you need to be aware of if you’re going to seriously pursue mystery shopping. Many scam artists have started masquerading as legitimate mystery shopping companies.

So here are some tips for staying safe with mystery shopping…

    1. Never pay money to become a mystery shopper, or for that matter any kind of certification programs.

 

    1. Keep a list of all the real companies that you’ve registered with and know what their email addresses look like. Scammers will send out emails pretending to be real companies, but these are easy to spot since they use free or foreign email addresses.

 

  1. Most importantly if you get an email asking you to cash a check or do a Western Union “mystery shop” immediately discard it. Real mystery shopping companies will never ask you to do anything involving sending money, cashing huge checks, or anything financially sensitive.

With that being said if you are careful about what you’re doing and only stick to the real companies provided in this list or other trusted online sources then you should have no problems with mystery shopping.

Below you will find a list of Legitimate Mystery Shopping Job Companies:


 

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Average Rating for " Mystery Shopper Jobs " is 4.27 out of 5 based on 15 reviews.

  • michele says:

    January 24th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I have been in the restaurant business for 25 years and i would love to review restaurants….which company would be best for me?

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    Jerri says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Research Services Group, A Closer Look, Reality Based Reports, Intellishop, GFK, Bare International are just a few that I have completed restaurant evaluations for. The list provided is in fact a very good list. I have been a mystery shopper since 2010 and have worked for many of the companies on the list. I have gotten paid by each one with no problems. You will on occasion encounter a scheduler or two that might not respond in ample time to an email or question that you have about a shop, but typically they try to help you as much as possible because it’s less hassle for them on the back-end when shoppers are well informed about the project specifications. Definitely pay attention to details, and my secret weapon: Take an audio recorder or use your smartphone to record the shop (especially if you tend to be slightly forgetful)!

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    Casha says:

    December 3rd, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I have worked with A Closer Look for a couple of months. I love it! There aren’t that many available assignments but there hasn’t been any trouble with me getting them. Payment comes as expected. I’ve never had a problem with payment and the editors are very easy to work with.

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  • Ashton says:

    October 31st, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Business Evaluation Services is in trouble for sending fake checks. Check the Better Business Bureau before signing up with any of the sites listed. It saved me a lot of headaches.

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    Jerri says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I have never worked with that particular company, but I can honestly say that I worked with many of the others and have not had any issues with them. Sorry you had a bad experience, but I would encourage you to give it another shot. I have created my own personal list of MSC’s that I’ve successfully completed shops for and gotten paid, and my list continues to grow. Don’t give up Ashton!

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    Angel W says:

    June 12th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Great list! I have experience working for several of these companies: BestMark, Market Force, and Second-to-None. All of these are reputable companies and have paid me after doing the job and the survey on time. You do need to be able to photograph and upload receipts or scan receipts for most every shop. Your opportunities are dependent on what shops are available in your area, so if you live in a bigger more urban area, you will get more opportunity than a more rural area. The shops usually take between fifteen minutes and an hour. You need to prepare by reading and sometimes rereading the directions and memorizing the specific things you have to do. Then after the shop it helps to do the survey questions immediately (in private) and then go home and do it online the same night. Once you have uploaded a picture of your receipt, you’re usually done at that point. Keep your payment methods up to date. If you change your bank account or paypal address, make sure you let them know or you won’t get paid. A typical shop takes about two to three hours total to do the work required and typical pay is about $8 plus reimbursement for whatever you need to buy for the shop, however it can vary a lot, and you may find higher ones or get offered bonus pay during certain times.

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    Jerri says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Cathy,

    I never accept the shops that pay very little like that! Don’t be fooled, there are definitely shops out there that pay anywhere from $20-$75. The apartment shops typically pay more, and you can also build a route of shops and really rack up on some money. There are recorded audio shops as well as hidden video shops. So check some of them out before you base your decision on one person’s statement about payouts. I automatically delete any emails with shops that are paying less than $25. I consider them a waste of my time and gas money!

    Lauren says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Cathy, I think she’s saying $8 total. But, it sounds like these companies also reimburse the purchase so you have to factor that in as well. If it’s a $20 item that you are reimbursed for and get to keep, that’s $28 for 2-3 hours.

    Cathy says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Wow! Three hours work for $8 (per hour?) I just wouldn’t be able to decide on how to spend all that money. Is that before taxes? A greeter at WalMart makes more than that.

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    Dori says:

    May 20th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    What a great free site Thanks so much for your research. I”ll chime back in after I research these co-s and see what the benefits are

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  • Wendy says:

    January 17th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I’ve got a couple of questions.
    Is there any ‘Mystery Shopper ‘type of work on ‘Australia’s Sunshine Coast’?.
    I would also like to know are there any business’s that are ‘HONEST’ and have employers that have ‘INTEGRITY’?.

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  • Beatrice NYeko says:

    January 5th, 2013 at 7:39 am

    A good mix of people’s experiences with MSPA. I certainly enjoyed reading all of your comments – much appreciated!

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    Chris says:

    December 22nd, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I’ve checked many, but not all, on the list and these appear to be legit companies. I can tell you first hand that Goodwin and Assoc. is legit. They are primarily a hospitality recruiting company located nationwide. They have a mystery shopper program in addition to those services. I am currently listed with them for job placement. They have been very professional.
    A legitimate company does not charge you up front. They, as all companies, need your personal information to hire you. IE; SS#, full name and address. I just don’t supply this information via any internet forum. I prefer to call the company myself and speak with HR directly. This way I initiated the call to the company not them calling me claiming to be someone they many not be. There are other ways to verify legitimate companies prior to doing business. Start with asking the internet. Next find where they are located. Verify the address and phone number. Make a call and inquire about their business. Any legit company would be happy to provide you with answers to any of your concerns. Hope this helps.

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  • Jessy says:

    December 16th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Hi,

    I need to know if there are any mystery shopping jobs in Bangalore, India

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    Trish says:

    November 14th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    No one ever responded to me from any of the companies I contacted on ths website.

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    Jerri says:
    January 4th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Trish,

    I have personally worked with many of these companies and they were all legit. I am a single mother who was struggling from paycheck to paycheck until I started making money part-time by doing mystery shopping. I haven’t gotten rich doing it, but I definitely have a bit less financial stress with a steady stream of checks and PayPal deposits coming in. I can personally vouch for Confero,Customer Impact,Customer Perspectives,Customer Service Experts,Ellis Property Management Services,Feedback Plus, GFk Mystery Shopping Goodwin & Associates,ICC/Decision Services, IMYST,IntelliShop. I started out only doing telephone shops with Intellishop just to see if they would actually pay me. They did, every time. Then I graduated to in person shops, but only two or three a month. Then I joined the MSPA, and registered with Volition and JobSlinger…since they are extremely helpful mystery shopping forums and all offer lists of legitimate mystery shopping companies. And they NEVER ask you to pay a dime for the information that is provided. I then decided to take it very seriously, and I paid $15 to get a Silver Certification from MSPA.All I had to do was study the information they provided about mystery shopping and then take a quiz on it. Now,I get so many legitimate shop offers on a daily basis that I can pick and choose which ones are worth my time and energy. Do not give up or get frustrated. I promise that if you go ahead and sign up with just one or two of the companies, you won’t regret it. The catch is, you must be able to follow instructions, meet deadlines and you must be honest about your evaluations. You will get paid!

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    Sandy says:

    November 4th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    If you are diligent at choosing the right companies to work for, and follow through, then yes, you can supplement your income. I started off with over 20 companies and now after 7 years, I work for 3. I get good money and I have fun at the same time as working hard. I am loyal to them and the benefits at doing what I do are worth it.

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    Patty says:
    March 18th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Sandi how can I get in touch with legitimate companies to work for? I would like to speak with someone with your experience, if possible. Please reply to PLawson5@TampaBay.rr.com Thanks for your help

    danielle says:
    June 30th, 2013 at 7:11 am

    what are the top 5 to look at?

    Trisha says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Can you please tell me what companies you work for.

    Rochelle says:
    January 13th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I would like some info on some of those companies. Please im in financial need real deep.

    Leonna says:
    November 26th, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Hi I was wondering if you would share what companies you do work for please!!! Thank you

    Lillie says:
    November 22nd, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Sandy, can you please share what companies do you work for? I’d like to get in touch with you, if it’s ok please reply to lillienewyork at gmail dot com. Thanks.

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    Star Salvadore says:

    August 21st, 2012 at 10:13 am

    theres nothing to do but on the computer

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  • spamrocket says:

    August 20th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    You need to “WORK” to get “PAID” nothing is free in today’s world.

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    Ed says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I am getting ready to retire in a couple of years and looking for something to supplement my income, that is not hard work and is enjoyable. My background has been in the military, law enforcement, private investigation and security at management level for the banking industry (not a security guard). Is this legit and can you make a little money each month?

    Thanks,
    Ed

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    PGallagher says:

    August 20th, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I was a Mystery Shopper in Calif for several years , mostly doing restaurants. The reports were not that hard and I was reimbursed a certain amount for the job as well as my lunch. There was always a thorough explanation of what was needed in the reviewing process and what the report should entail.
    I think this site is wonderful and wish I had found it years ago. It would have saved me TONS of research. What others have said above is true concerning the pay… It’s not much..but it’s fun ..and I was doing it part time.. If you want to make money..you have to put forth the effort.. and YES you do have to give them your SS #..but you have to do that when you apply for a job in person also..but you don’t hesitate there… This website has taken the “fear” and uncertainty out of the equation .. so I hope those of you that keep asking the same question will listen and go forward to better yourselves. I’ve moved to Ga now and am ready to start over ..Thank you for this website!

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    Kathy says:

    July 11th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Does anyone have any information on MSPA? – Mistery Shopping Providers Association? http://www.mspanorthamerica.com/

    Thanks!
    K

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    Larry says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 7:25 am

    I actually signed up to be certified and was. I like the certification because some mystery shopping companies will ask if you are certified and they will wave some of their own certification tests. Which is helpful “timewise”. I beleive that the companies listed above are very legitimate and have used any number of them and still do. There are assignment companies out there as well like Marketforce that list a groupp of shops available in your immediate area that involve none or almost no out of pocket expense. I like these the best although they dont pay a lot of money they are always available and they pay on a 2 week cycle which I really love and is very hard to find.
    I hope this helps.
    Larry

    Leigh says:
    August 28th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Yes. I am an MSPA certified Mystery Shopper. MSPA certification is not necessary to mystery shop, but it gives you a level of legitimacy when you apply to new companies. I mystery shopped for nearly a year before I decided to get MSPA certified. Once I was able to put MSPA certified on my profile (even on the companies that I had been working for previously) I suddenly began having them email or call me with work. Many mystery shopping companies are MSPA affiliates, and so your MSPA certification puts you at the top of scheduling lists.

    The big question is, “Is it worth the $15 to become MSPA certified?” For me, the answer is a clear “Yes!”, because it shows potential clients that you are serious about your job.

    The Silver level exam is easy. The silver is primarily ensuring that you understand and agree with standard contractual obligations of privacy, non-disclosure, and integrity. I haven’t yet seen the need to get the Gold level certification which is considerably more expensive. I may decide to add that to my resume one day.

    The nice thing about having companies call you, is that they are generally anxious to get a job completed right away, and will usually add some pretty decent bonuses if you are willing to do the job immediately.

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    Lorris says:

    July 11th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Is this kind of work applicable to Filipinos in the Philippines?

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    Leigh says:
    August 28th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Yes. Just google “Mystery Shopping Philippines” and you’ll see several sites listed. Just be sure you know how to identify the scams from the legitimate schedulers. Obviously, the US and Canadian schedulers won’t do you any good in the Philippines, so I can’t tell you which ones are legitimate.

  • Mary says:

    May 9th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    The site mentioned the scam sites don’t let you post so I am testing. :)

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    Sandy says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    The took my info for my e-mail address first name and the last digit of my phone number did not take. – ? Called the phone number and the girl disconnected me.

  • anthonyharris says:

    May 3rd, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    i believe its a 60 40 chance of success when dealing with internet marketing not saying its all scamms but ill have to research every bit of information with precaution

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  • red says:

    April 19th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    My application for BestMark was accepted. I don’t like that they ask for your Social Security # before you even make any money to be issued a 1099 form.
    That’s a bit of a red flag for identity theft. A bit worried to do it.
    Thoughts???

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    Leigh says:
    August 28th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    No different than any other employer/contractor agreement. They need to be able to give your info to the IRS to prevent tax evasion.

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    Heather says:

    April 16th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    @Chrissy–

    holy wow. its as real as it is. lol. I mean, they’ve given you a ton of information, what else are you looking for? YES- it can work. NO- it wont work if you don’t do the work. Like the old saying goes “it works if you work it!”

    what they’re saying, if you haven’t figured this out, YET, is it does work because its legit work. You go to stores (for these companies that want you to go), purchase items, they reimburse you what you’ve spent (usually up to 5 or so dollars), then pay you what their offered pay is. SIMPLE.

    GOOD LUCK.

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    Sandy says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    But Chrissy you don’t even give your SS# out, esp on the internet.

  • MysteryShopper says:

    April 12th, 2012 at 12:29 am

    As I wrote, I am enrolled with four of these companies, which are fully legit – Bestmark, SecretShopper, GFK and Customer Perspectives.

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    Sandy says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Is it just me that I can’t get into these sights after they get my e-mail address?

  • MysteryShopper says:

    April 12th, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I used to be a regular mystery shopper (still am, just don’t do it much anymore), so I know the inside scoop.

    First and foremost, these are legit mystery shop companies as listed above, and you can make some twos and fews, some of which I am already enrolled, actually.

    Second, you have to do a lot of shops in order to make a somewhat decent amount of money, and as it goes with most mystery shopping companies, you usually won’t see a paycheck for about 30 days AFTER you’ve completed the shop(s), unless as defined by their terms and conditions, they pay you sooner. As someone else wrote, your reports have to be very detailed along with being correct and on time, of course. Sometimes, an employee at a store can challenge you about your interaction with them during a particular shop. (This did happen to me once a long time ago. I got a call from a representative working for the mystery shop company telling me that the employee said I was wrong about what happened during my shop! I know what did and didn’t happen; they just didn’t want to get in trouble!) You can be docked pay/not get paid at all for late shops or inaccurate shops.

    Lastly, with almost all mystery shop companies, you get a 1099-R when you make $500 as an independent contractor doing mystery shopping; however, I never made that much, maybe $200, if that, and that entailed my doing A LOT of mystery shops, but perhaps some one else could if they have the time to do tons of mystery shops every week. Otherwise, don’t expect to make much money doing it.

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  • sandy sue says:

    March 15th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Why doesn’t anyone state a review of any or many mystery shopping companies that are reliable and state the benefits??

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    Tammy says:
    March 21st, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    The article above already identifies reliable companies. That should be enough for you to check out and compare the benefits of each one. This is, after all, a free consumer help site that has already taken the time to compile this very helpful information in one place.

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    Deeva says:

    March 6th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Yes, these are legitimate companies I have worked for several for years.
    I make on average 10.00 for 20 minutes sometimes the report takes longer. I am going to sign up for some of the others.

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  • darlene ludwikoski says:

    February 4th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I applied a few years ago to a mystery shopper ad in our local new paper. It ended up being a big SCAM. The job requirement was for me to take this huge check of over $2k and cash it and take a couple hundred dollars out for myself and buy a money order for the balance and send it to some address in Canada.

    When I tried to cash their check at my bank, the bank teller told me that there was no such bank that wrote the check to me and that it was a fraudulent company trying to cheat people and that we were only one of many that have tried to cash their checks.

    I was advised that the FBI was checking the company out.

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    Joan says:
    July 29th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    If you read the guidelines for mystery shopping before becoming a mystery shopper, you’ll understand that no legit mystery shopper will require you to cash checks or do anything involving financial transactions. You should know better than to go to a bank with a check from anyone and try to cash it….especially if they told you to “take a couple of hundred” for yourself. Wake up!

    Vic says:
    March 12th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I am so glad that your bank wouldn’t take those checks, I too got a couple of them with the Western Union stuff on them, and I went to my bank and asked if the checks were legit and was told probably not, I trashed them, and have found out since then that a friend of a friend went to prison for cashing those checks, all the other outstanding checks bounced, all for one innocent mistake. Not good.

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    Rick says:

    December 18th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    This site is good and from my experience the information is accurate, just don’t plan to make a huge amount of money without any work. The assignments I’ve received pay from $7 – $10 plus they give me money back for things like sandwiches and donuts that they have me buy. The reports you have to submit are usually quite detailed and it is best if you have a scanner. I haven’t accepted any assignments in a while because the cost of gas to drive to and from the location was costing as much as I was getting paid. I haven’t checked all the companies listed but I’m signed up with 3 and they all pay about the same.

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    yolande says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    your comments are so appreciated

    you have no idea – or maybe you do – of how many scams I have been sent…but thank god – I now know what to look for – I am ashamed to admit I was scammed last summer out of almost 2,000 which I didn’t really have – as soon as I see the words ‘send western union’ I move on…and when I see you get a check and you can cash it and then send monies – I move on

    how disgusted I am with those out there who prey on those of us who are in need of work/money – who have lost jobs, homes, etc. – and these folks make a fine living off us….they should be arrested and I can’t quite understand why they haven’t been

    again…thank you for this info

  • Aaron says:

    December 9th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I second that, does this really work where you can actually make money?

    Thanks.

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  • City says:

    December 8th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Why cant anybody answer chrissy unless this IS a SCAM

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    Pam says:
    January 28th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Why cant anyone answer Sandy?

    Countryfairy says:
    March 26th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Let me just say this one, this website is the best and most honest site with legitimate work that can be done at home. Thanks to this site I am actually finding great resources and jobs from home. The listings are legit and here is why: Companies like Alpine Access, West at Home, and several others are legitimate companies you can apply with.

    I have not done much with mystery shopping, because of the reputation but the ones that are scams are not on this site.
    If anyone believes they can make he big bucks without working, that doesn’t work. So please keep that in mind. The creators of this site make the best effort to provide legitimate and accurate info.

    rosa says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    good grief thats what I’m thinking

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    Olurinmade Victoria says:

    December 7th, 2011 at 6:27 am

    This is truelly setup from a compassionate heart because from experience, you’ve got to be compassionate from within to offer such. Keep it up

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    thomas page says:

    November 19th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    this is far and away the most informative site for legitimate work at home opportunities! It gives you all the information you need to start working at a legit company immediately!

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    Nana says:
    April 2nd, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Chrissy
    If you believe everything you read 100% you will be taken for a ride. This site has done an excellent job giving you insights into scams and what works. You have to test the waters. First, click on any of those companies listed and read their profile. Then Google that company for reviews e.g. Data Quest reviews. You should get some feedback as to whether anyone has been scammed or not and also call BBB in their area(s) of operation. I was almost scammed by work at home “Online Profit Masters” because I am desperate for work had it not been this website. Now I know what to do so put in some fact finding yourself with the information they have given you. I am leaning towards virtual shopper but do I want to burn that much fuel as it is now…..maybe I will need a motor bike….so consider things like that…don’t just jump. Oh well.

    Chrissy says:
    December 4th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    So this really works?


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