Appendix C: Work-
at- Home, Mystery
and Lottery Schemes
Appendix C consists of actual unsolicited e- mails sent in an attempt to gener-
ate work- at- home, mystery shopping, inheritance, lottery schemes, and phishing
e- mail scams. No changes were made to the e- mails as far as the From, To, and
Subject lines. ese lines are posted exactly as received. No changes were made to
the actual e- mails regarding the written wording. Poor spelling and grammar issues
are common in many advance fee fraud letters and are a warning sign of potential
fraud. All of the examples provided were received in 2014.
is example is an actual unsolicited e- mail received from a person claiming to
represent a legitimate mystery shopping company. e actual mystery shopping
company name and business address used in the e- mail are legitimate, but the
contact name provided in the e- mail is not a legitimate employee of the orga-
nization. Individuals committing mystery shopping frauds will hijack the trade
name of a legitimate mystery shopping company to add credibility to their work-
at- home oﬀer.
SUBJECT: Become a Mystery Shopper Today
We have a mystery shopping assignment in your area and we would like you to
Mystery Shopper is accepting applications for qualiﬁed individuals to become
mystery shoppers. It’s fun and rewarding, and you choose when and where you
want to shop.
You are never obligated to accept an assignment. ere is no charge to become
a shopper and you do not need previous experience.