Fraud Alerts!


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American Consumer Opinion Panel -ACOP
Mystery Shopper Scam

A fraudulent Canadian company is using the American Consumer Opinion® name to mail counterfeit checks for thousands of dollars, instructing you to deposit the check and then wire part of the money back to them. The company falsely claims the money you wire will go towards your training to become a mystery shopper. This is a criminal and illegal scam. Do not attempt to cash or deposit the check. Do not wire any money to anyone. Membership in American Consumer Opinion® is always free.

Thank you.

Anne Parks,
Vice President of American Consumer Opinion®

HCD Research, Inc. (HCD)

HCD Research, Inc. (HCD) has been made aware that an unidentified third party has been mailing out false checks with offers requesting participation in surveys, secret shopper, mystery shopper, or investigative shopper opportunities that require you to submit personal information in order to win a cash prize. These checks and requests are not real and are not from HCD. For your own protection, do NOT give away any personal information as it relates to this fraud.

We take matters such as this very seriously and are investigating the situation. If you are a recipient of this information, please contact us online or fax the letter to us at 908-788-7179. For more information, please click here.

Survey Savvy
"If you receive a letter or notification that you have won money or a prize from and you are asked to send money for any reason, this is a scam. does not ask you for any monetary payment to receive money, a gift or a prize."

Opinion Outpost

Check Fraud is a common way for criminals to steal money. This is one of the reasons we have stopped issuing checks. If you receive a check with our name on it for any reason DO NOT cash or deposit it. We do not engage in any sort of secret shopper or transaction-based research. If you receive a check like this, please report it to local authorities.
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Opinion Square
Recently it has come to our attention that a third party has been using the OpinionSquare name and logo on fraudulent checks for mystery or secret shopping assignments. Please be aware that OpinionSquare does not run a mystery shopping program and is not responsible for these mailings. This is a scam and should be reported to your local law enforcement agency or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer Response Center at