Beware of scams & shop safe with AboutFace
We have seen increased activity among scammers attempting to take your money or information as a trusted mystery shopping provider.
We’re here to help.
See below on ways to protect yourself, and additional information about current scams.
Gift Card Survey Scam
September 11th, 2019
SCAMMER’s have duplicated our website, aboutfacecorp.com, and placed it on this URL: aboutfacecorps.com (with the ‘s’ added).
They have retained our chat and other forms, but this is not our site. Make sure to look up and check the URL before proceeding.
Shoppers may receive opportunities from the SCAM. Here is the first:
GIFT CARDS for E-bay, Kroger and more. AboutFace DOES NOT HAVE ANY GIFT CARD SHOPS.
How you can stay safe:
Beware of advertisements and emails offering lots of easy money or free gifts.
Fraudulent jobs such as these often involve asking you to cash checks, wire money from Western Union or a particular bank. We have seen some that ask you to take a trial job that can lead to a large salaried position. AboutFace does not charge shoppers any fees to work with us, and we do not offer jobs that entail check cashing or wiring of money transfers.
We, also, do not use a free email service such as Yahoo, Live or Hotmail to contact shoppers or to have shoppers respond to us.
If you spot any fraudulent e-mails or advertisements please report it immediately:
Forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us at 678-989-2290 and ask to speak to the Shopper Ambassador about a SCAM.
For more information and to learn the correct steps of reporting this to the authorities, please check out the Mystery Shopping Providers Association website along with the Federal Trade Commission website, where a warning has been issued detailing the scam and what you can do in response.
*WE ARE IN NO WAY ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SCAM*
Please email email@example.com if you have been subject to this, or any other, scam.
ways to protect yourself from scams
Make sure to take a close look at the website URL
Our trusted website will always be listed as: https://aboutfacecorp.com/ | Any other version of that URL will be a scam.
We have found that some scammers are:
- Using the AboutFace logo and other brand materials
- Pretending to be AboutFace employees (and using a real AboutFace employee name)
- Copying our website, or taking text to provide a similar look and feel
If you believe you have been approached by a fraudulent mystery shop company, we suggest you contact one or all of the following:
- Your local police department. Ask for the Cyber Crimes department or an investigator.
- The FBI. See FBI Complaints
- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which handles complaints about deceptive or unfair business practices. To file a complaint, visit FTC Contact, call 1-877-FTC-HELP, or write to Federal Trade Commission, CRC-240, Washington, DC 20580.
- The e-mail service provider of the person contacting you such as AOL, Google, Yahoo, etc., visit their ‘Contact Us’ page to file a complaint. Remember to provide accurate information about the person or persons perpetuating the fraud so that the authorities can assist you in stopping this activity.
- Here is a great site to help recognize and avoid phishing scams.