By Steve Bass
My mother got a letter from a company in Canada. The cover letter, on decent-looking stationery, and with a real signature, congratulated her for agreeing to be a secret shopper. There were three pages of instructions and an honest-to-goodness Citibank check for $1,500.
The letter said she was to cash the check, use the money to buy items at Sears, Best Buy, and a supermarket, and then rate the stores. On top of that, she could keep whatever she purchased — and get a $300 fee for her time. Sweet, no?
The last part of the job wasn’t very glamorous, it said. She had to rate the service at Western Union and use a Money Gram to wire the remainder of the money back to the Canadian Secret Shopper company.
I told her to hold off while I scoured the Web.
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