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"Mystery Shopper" Email Scams

May 21, 2018

Drexel Police are advising the campus community of an increasing number of reports of electronic and email "mystery shopper" and job posting scams, which attempt to steal money, information, or both. Thieves prey on people who are looking for side work or part-time jobs, sending unsolicited offers via email. They are hoping that recipients will take the bait, providing passwords or personal information that the thief can misuse or resell, or a bank account that the thief can overdraw under the guise of "depositing" the victim's pay.

Delete these unsolicited emails unanswered. If you are looking for a job, use the proper channels: job sites, career development centers, job fairs, etc.

Additional information regarding how to identify these scams and tips to better protect yourself can be found on the Drexel IT website at drexel.edu/it/help/viruses/scams and also on the Federal Trade Commission website, consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0053-mystery-shopper-scams.