Beware of Emails or Letters Soliciting your services as an evaluator for services or programs
BEWARE OF ADS AND/OR LETTERS OFFERING QUICK RETURNS FOR CASHING A CHECK
GfK and its GfK Mystery Shopping division will rarely, if ever, conduct mystery shops involving check cashing or money transfers. We never ask shoppers, consumers or survey respondents to send us money.
A new twist on this scam is shoppers are being contacted by GfK “HR Representatives” via email and provided with a GfK Agreement and Q&A Document. Once the documents are signed the first check cashing or money transfer assignment is provided.
BEWARE OF EMAILS OR LETTERS SOLICITING YOUR SERVICES AS AN EVALUATOR FOR SERVICES OR PROGRAMS
GfK will rarely, if ever, reach out to consumers via unsolicited email in order to engage them as service providers for our clients. We have been made aware of a scam where consumers are contacted via a false GfK email address and asked to become Service Evaluators for GfK. The email asks consumers to respond with their personal information.
For both of the scams noted above, and in general, an additional warning sign that the ad, email or letter may be the work of a scam artist is the inclusion of incorrect or false company contact information, including our name, address, phone number or other details. Please note: representatives of GfK only send emails from @gfk.com or other trusted partner domains. Emails from ISPs such as gmail, hotmail, outlook, yahoo should be questioned.
If you have received an ad, email or letter and you are unsure whether the correspondence is actually from GfK, DO NOT attempt to cash any included check or respond to the email or letter with the requested information. Instead, call 212-240-5402 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
GfK is working with the MSPA (Mystery Shopper Providers Association) as well as the appropriate local, state and Federal authorities to crack down on all individuals involved in perpetrating these schemes.
For more information about these scams, including how to protect yourself and the steps to take if you’ve been victimized, please follow this link.