***Market Viewpoint has been targeted in a mystery shopping scam*** Updated 6/28/2017
Scammers using a similar email handle to ours, but NOT ours, our logo, and our name are emailing shoppers with an opportunity to shop and earn hundreds or thousands of dollars!
Please note they are now using Angela Megasko’s name and possibly others in our organization in their signature. Look to see if the address is from @marketviewpoint.com or @marketviewspoint.com (note the ‘s’ – there is no ‘s’ in our name).
They are also contacting people through Linked In and Facebook – acting as a referal from your friends.
A check is mailed to your home and the shopper is asked to purchase specific gift cards, take pictures of the front and back and send them to the company.
This is NOT Market Viewpoint!
Should you receive an email or check, do not follow through with the instructions. The check will bounce and you will be held liable by your bank for the funds.
Market Viewpoint is not the only mystery shopping company being targeted, so be alert!
How to Spot a Mystery Shopping Scam
Mystery shopping companies will not:
1. Send you a check before a shop. Especially with a brand new shopper. And never in thousands of dollars.
2. Ask you to deposit that check and immediately make a transaction to purchase gift cards or send money.
3. Not provide a phone number where you can reach them.
If something doesn’t seem right, please double check with the company who is being represented. Do not take any action until someone from that organization confirms this is a legitimate mystery shopping assignment.
Market Viewpoint lists all our account managers at our contact page. If you receive an email from someone who is not listed – assume they are a scammer. If you see someone WHO is listed, check the email address. They have started using our names with an @marketviewspoint.com (note the ‘s’ in the name – this is not us!) Or contact us for verification. Contact information is at the bottom of this page.
Please share this information with your friends and family. We do not want to see anyone be bilked out of thousands of dollars – especially under the premise of working with Market Viewpoint.
More information about these scams is available at MSPA-NA’s industry trade association website.