Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fake Mystery Shopper Job Offer

I found this (now deleted) Help Wanted ad on Backpage, which claimed to be an advert looking to hire people for jobs as "Mystery Shoppers".

Mystery Shopper Urgent Needed
posted: September 18, 2010, 03:06 PM

    Dear Job Seeker,

    Mystery Shopper Needed. Get paid $300 per Task... Read more about the job at

    Wish you luck!

    James Lorimer & Co Ltd

    Salary/Wage: $300

    Status: Full-time, Part-time, Temp/Contract, Internship

    Shift: Days, Nights and Weekends
    • Location: Big Island, Honolulu (Oahu), Kauai, Maui

Clicking the link took me to this page (now deleted), which looks like an application form for the job being offered. It was set-up on Pandaform, which is a website out of Hong Kong where users can create forms of different types.

The form page claims that the job is being offered by a company called "James Lorimer & Co Ltd" and the phone number given - 206–984-3533.- is a registered land line in Seattle, WA, according to an Intellius search. I also found a link between that phone number and a now-deleted post on which pointed me to the website which has been suspended and the WHOIS registry gives no information about who the website owner was. That website address has been connected to other ads for Mystery Shoppers or personal assistants here, here, and here.

But, their story even more quickly falls apart when you do a simple Internet search for
"James Lorimer and Company", where you will discover that it is actually a Canadian company based in Toronto, Ontario that publishes childrens' books. So the whole job offer is obviously a scam.

I have already sent an email to Pandaform and I am awaiting their reply and/or any action they may choose to take.

UPDATE: Pandaform has removed the "job application" link. If the scammer wants it back, they'll have to contact Pandaform. While the scammer may likely just set-up a new page, it will only be a matter of time before they surface, I find them and they get shutdown again.

Duane Browning

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