The term mystery shopper refers to an individual who is hired by retailers to evaluate the quality of service in their store by anonymously gathering information.
The scam promises individuals mystery shopper status after paying a fee for information about the certification program, a directory of mystery shopping companies or a guarantee of a mystery shopping job.
In reality, mystery shopper jobs require no certification.
Authorities are providing details on how one can identify mystery shopper scams, saying people should be sceptical about promoters who sell "certifications", guarantee employment, charge a fee to access job opportunities and sell directories of companies looking for this line of work.
If you believe you are being scammed, RCMP suggests to call The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501, or email email@example.com.