Don't respond to mystery shopping offers.

The “mystery shopper” scam is active and still victimizing Canadian consumers. It works when a victim answers an enticing ad to become a mystery shopper. The “employer” sends a letter, with mystery shopping tasks to be completed, and a cheque to help the victim fulfill his or her mystery shopping tasks.

The victim will likely cash the cheque he or she received. One of the assigned tasks will be to use a money transfer to wire a large portion of the money to a name provided, to test the company’s procedure and customer service skills. The victim will find out later that the cheque is counterfeit, thus making the victim accountable for the funds he or she wired.

Source: Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (