Mystery Shopping Fraud & Scams

IF YOU HAVE BEEN SENT AN EMAIL, A CHEQUE OR CONTACTED TO BE A MYSTERY SHOPPER WITHOUT APPLYING ON OUR WEBPAGE, IT IS A SCAM.

Do not reply, cash the cheque, or send any information/funds to this person.

Oculus hires mystery shoppers within North America. We do not participate in or offer available mystery shopping opportunities to independent mystery shoppers that involve check cashing, or money transfers. We value the work that mystery shoppers do for us, and that is why we pay our shoppers for their time and efforts. Oculus will never ask for any type of payment to become a mystery shopper. 

Check the sender's email address 

We are a professional company and have our own email domain. We do not use yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc. Should someone contact you from Oculus, the email address will come from one of our offices ending with oculussolutions.com or oculustraining.com, oculustraining.caoculustraininggroup.com or oculustraining.com. Oculus will only contact you if you have applied for a mystery shopping position through our website.

Check out the information we have uncovered.

We have listed below some of the email address, known scam names and email contents that we have been able to uncover from others who have reported the individuals representing themselves as Oculus employees.

 If you are interested in mystery shopping positions with Oculus, you can apply for a mystery shopping position here. Here are some actions you can take if someone has contacted you claiming they work for Oculus:

Step 1. 
Forward any documentation or correspondence to peoplecare@oculussolutions.com. 

Step 2. 
Contact your local non-emergency police department.

Step 3.
Please contact the Federal Trade Commission if you are in the USA:

Toll Free at 877-438-4338 
On the web at www.ftc.gov/id-theft

Step 4.
In Canada, you can report the crime online to www.antifraudcentre.ca


If you have been contacted by these numbers, emails or individuals, please do not reply and contact one of the reporting options mentioned above.

Scam Telephone: 

  • 1-562-888-4023 
  • 1-323-364-3445
  • 1-949-257-2796 

Scam Email Addresses:

  • pamvargas7@gmail.com
  • janerod94@yahoo.com
  • piedad4r5@gmail.com
  • evan3ed@gmail.com
  • getpaidtohavefunshopping@gmail.com
  • susie57f@gmail.com 
  • jessicavhi@gmail.com

Fake Employees Names

  • Maxwell Smith
  • Robert Rooney
  • Pam Vargis

Should you have any questions, please contact us at peoplecare@oculustraining.com and a representative will be delighted to assist you! 

Scam Email 1

Dear prospective employee/Candidate,

We have a mystery shopping assignment in your area and your wage is 200
dollars per assignment and you get at least 3 Assignments weekly. After you
sign up you will have access to training materials. This will not Affect
your present job. Please

JOB DESCRIPTION:
We hire Mystery Shoppers to evaluate companies or organization in the
United States.

1} When an assignment is given to you, you would be provided details to execute the assignment and in a timely fashion.
2} You would be asked to visit any Wal mart store or any Target store in your area and shop with them to know more about their sales and stock ,cost sales and more details as provided by the company then report back to us with report. But anything you buy at the shop belongs to you,you should buy any goods not more than $20 of your own choice.All we want is an effective/quick job and reports.

DETAILS:
1ST ASSIGNMENT: You will be Evaluating Wal-mart store or Target store outlet in your City,you will be receiving a United state certified Postal Money Order for the evaluation of the assignment,you will get the United state certified Postal Money Order or bank certified checks cash at your Bank and then go ahead with Wal-mart or Target shopping. The money order you received covers all expenditures including evaluation, shopping , transport and your compensation ( salary=$200 Per Assignment and you get 2 or More Assignments Weekly ) for these surveys. You are to purchase Goods of your own Choice for your own Use not more than $20, at any Wal-mart store or Target store close to you and also you will be using Western Union services to send the remaining balance of the funds to another Mystery shopper to carry out her own Assignment.

2ND ASSIGNMENT: You will be using Western Union services to send the balance of the total money sent to you after deducting your salary ($200) and also $20 for shopping at Wal mart. And then have the rest sent to another Mystery shopper to carry out her own Assignment.As a secret shopper, you should go there and study how to send money and memorize all you see at the outlet,such as;
-Name and Address of the stores
-Procedure of attendance:
-How many attendances in the outlet:
-How many minutes it took for them to attend to you: 

Our Finance department has just established a new system that you might have never heard of and it is called Alert pay,and this service is been
Privately owned and established under our management since 2004 with many competitors,we have a very low rating and few customers and we want to develop and upgrade our service to the best and fullest. So we only need the report you provide so we can work on our service. 

If you are READY and INTERESTED,respond with this Information's Below Now
for further processing;

1. Full Legal Names:
2. Mailing Address (NOT P.O BOX}:
3.City:
4.State:
5.Zip code:
6.Telephone Numbers( Cell & Home )
7. Have you done this kind of work before?

YES OR NO?

N.B: Make sure you check your email in box or spam folder twice daily for further instructions. 

Thanks And Best Regards,
Hiring Manager
Oculus Business Solutions
District office in Florida
Text me for further questions or comments on (323) 364-3445

Scam Email 3:

Dear Applicant,
I am glad to inform you that your contact details have been received by our team and will like to congratulate you as a member of our working team. Your first assignment has been assigned to you after looking at your location and assignments available there. Kindly acknowledge the receipt of this e-mail and let us know if there is any change(s) you have made in your NAME or HOME ADDRESS.. Oculus Business Solutions wants you to run surveys on a few prominent walmart locations in your area. Walmart was reported for evaluation for the following reasons:
1) Customers have reported their money missing.
2) Slow services.
3) Unbalanced transfer charges.
4) Rudeness to customers.
5) Late opening time and Closing before time.

Your Evaluation at the first walmart location would be:
1) To make a transfer of funds from this western union location to another mystery shopper (we will provide you with the needed funds; you will never use your own money).
2) You will have to record the time you spend sending the transfer.
3) You will also provide the name of the cashier that attended to you.
4) Make a detailed report about your personal impressions as an average customer.

To complete the surveys we will send you the money to cover your $200 commission for your first task and the money you need to use at the western union location. Upon receiving the funds, the exact instructions of the survey will be forwarded to you and the report is to be ready same day you receive the funds. You will have to keep a comprehensive report on every activity you carry out and send it by fax to our office. If you are ready to start evaluation confirm that you are ready by replying to this message with "I AM READY".

Regards.
Maxwell Smith

Scam Email 5:

Good day, 
At Oculus Business Solutions, we are offering interesting part-time job offer that can earn you up to $600 per week by paying you between $200 and $300 per mystery shopping assignment. No commitment is made on this job and you would have flexible hours but only for 18 years and above.  

Reply with the following for details if interested. 
Name: 
Phone number: 
Regards 
Maxwell Smith 
evan3ed@gmail.com 

 

Scam Email 7:

Good day,
At Oculus Business Solution, we are offering interesting job offer that can earn you up to $400 per week by paying you between $100 and $300 per mystery shopping assignment. No commitment is made on this job and you would have flexible hours but only for 18 years and above. 

Reply with the following for details if interested.
Name:
Occupation (if any):
Regards.
Hiring Manager,

Oculus Business Slution

Scam Email 2:

Dear prospective employee/Candidate,
We are a National Mystery Shopper Service Provider ,Quality, integrity,strong work ethics are our foundation to successful marketing research, mystery shopping, employee development and strategic planning.

Our goal is to partner with companies who use the program as a means to reward and recognize those people that are doing well. We like to catch people doing things right! We offer assignments across the country. We use shoppers that live near the location to be evaluated. We need shoppers in every part of the country. We encourage you, as well as your friends and family, to complete an application. We are always looking for good shoppers! The training consists in three evaluations which are to be made over a period of time of one week. You will receive a commission of $200 for each survey. Being accepted for the training doesn't mean you're already hired, it all depends on the quality of your reports.

The maximum is one assignment per day, five per week. You will have to let us know your optimal times available. During your one week training period, the first set of surveys you have to do will be at locations in your area, within 10 miles from your zip code, you will receive the exact address and instructions at the right time. The task is to go there as a customer and use their service(s). The funds to use will be provided for you .You have to be very natural but at the same time focus on small details as we need a comprehensive report from you.

Your report should include:
-how courteous the attendant is.
-how clean the location is.
-whether or not your presence was acknowledged within a short time of arrival and if you were greeted in a friendly manner.
-description of the attendant's clothes, whether they are professional or not.
-how well they know their services.
-exact amount of minutes you spend at the location.
-any other strange or unusual thing you may notice while you are there and worth mentioning.
-how would you rate them (Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor). 

Make sure you start writing down notes as soon as you finish the survey so you don't forget important details.
Remember ,to complete this first task we will be sending you the funds needed for the survey, plus your $200 commission.
Please confirm that you understand the above requirements. We wish that you will be a part of our shopping family for a long time. We will do our best to keep you informed of upcoming projects as well as provide you with a clear, concise, and complete understanding of the assignment.

Your identity will be kept confidential. You will receive a bonus for every survey you complete within minimun time. No commitment is required for this job, your hours will be flexible. If you are interested in becoming a mystery shopper, confirm that you are ready by replying to this message with "I AGREE" as the subject and the following information:
Full name
Address (No P O Box)
City
State
Zipcode
Telephone number
Cellular number
Age (Above 25)
Occupation

Regards

Thanks And Best Regards,
Maxwell Smith
Hiring Manager
Oculus Business Solutions
District office in Wisconsin

N.B: Make sure you check your email inbox or spam folder twice daily for further instructions.

Scam Email 4:

Congratulation,

After careful screening of applicants due to misbehavior and untrusthworthy acts of some of our former applicants, you are lucky to be one of the chosen ones to work with us. The assignment package along with instructions will be mail out to you in the form of a check in few days time. You will be instructed on how to carry out your task. Then you can go ahead and start the evaluation as soon as you have the check while the evaluator at the other end will be waiting on you to start his/her own part of the evaluation . Remember Your Evaluation at the first walmart location would be:
1) To make a transfer of funds from the Walmart location in your area to another mystery shopper.
2) You will have to record the time you spend sending the transfer.
3) You will also provide the name of the cashier that attended to you.
4) Make a detailed report about your personal impressions as an average customer.

Also remember you will have to deduct $200 for your commission and deduct the transfer charges after cashing the check at your bank . The information of the evaluator waiting at the other end will be made available to you . Reply this message with I AM READY to re-confirm your readiness before the package can be mailed out.

Regards.
Secret Customer®

Scam Email 6:

Oculus Business Solutions is looking for daytime mystery shoppers with life experience to do our mystery shops. Shoppers can work from home for this position. Applicants must:

-Have a mature voice with no identifiable accent.
-Be familiar with the hospitality industry and have stayed in hotels.
-Be 18 years +.
-Be flexible.
-Be prompt in carrying out assigned mystery calls.
-Be creative with mystery shop scenarios.
-Be comfortable roleplaying.
-Be able to handle check payments above 2,000usd.

Previous mystery shopping experience is not required. compensation: Up to $300/Assignment, benefits available
No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours as it suits you. If you are interested do send in these information:

FULL NAME:
CONTACT ADDRESS, NOT P.O BOX:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP-CODE:
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
MOBILE NUMBER:
AGE:
OCCUPATION:
EMAIL:
DOB:
LAST EMPLOYMENT:

So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put your service into, and your address would also be need for your payments.