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Mystery Shopping Business Gives Sketchy Contact Information

BBB Warns, CRG Mystery Shopper is Giving False Addresses to Inquiring Employees

Anchorage, Alaska – Sept. 24, 2009 – CRG Mystery Shopper is raising concern with your Better Business Bureau. CRG, a mystery shopping job opportunity reaching consumers around the country, is claiming addresses that belong to other, unaffiliated businesses or organizations - including a Better Business Bureau.

BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has received 51 inquiries in the last 60 days about CRG Mystery Shopper. The company has an "F" – BBB's lowest rating: http://www.bbb.org/western-washington/business-reviews/work-at-home-cos/c-r-g-mystery-shopper-in-seattle-wa-22513652.

According to BBB's Reliability Report, consumers allege that CRG Mystery Shopper is providing a Seattle, WA address of 800 Stewart St. Other companies located at this address have a suite number and BBB has not been able to locate a suite number for CRG Mystery Shopper at this location. Consumers also allege the company is providing two different Columbus, Ohio mailing addresses of 1169 Dublin Rd. and 77 S High St. 18th Floor; which belong to the Ohio BBB and a state office building, respectively. This company is not affiliated with either of the addresses mentioned.

"It is an automatic red flag if a possible employer won't give you legitimate contact information," said Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon, and Western Washington.

BBB provides the following red flags to help identify secret shopping employment schemes:

- The job offer comes via mail or e-mail from an unknown sender, yet the receiver did not apply for the job.

- The employment opportunity advertises in a 'help wanted' section or Web site, but instead of hiring, the company is charging for a certification program, directory or guarantee of a mystery shopping job.

- The business sends work or requests personal information before a formal job offer is made.

- An up-front fee or investment is required. Consumers should not have to pay to be employed.

- Bank account or credit card information is needed to learn more or become employed. Beware if opening a new bank account through a specific bank is presented as a job requirement.

- The employee is asked to forward funds. Be wary of companies that overpay employees and ask that the extra money be forwarded to the business or another location, or give instructions to use those funds to secret shop or test a money wire service.

Although many employers will request a Social Security number, BBB advises job seekers to protect their personal information. Do not provide private data before verifying the company's legitimacy. Research the employment offer online, ask for business contact information and verify that it matches the company. If anything looks suspicious, don't pursue the offer.

Consumers can get a free BBB Reliability Report on businesses at www.bbb.org.

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