Money Monday: 6 Financial Scams to Watch Out For

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  • Top Over-Payment/ Fake Check Scam: Car Ads
  • Top Emergency Scam: Grandparents Scam
  • Top Employment Scam: Mystery Shopping
  • Top Advance Fee/ Prepayment Scam: Nonexistent Loans
  • Top Sweepstakes/Lottery Scam: Jamaican Phone Lottery
  • Top Sales/Rental Scams: Real Stars Fake Goods
  • Don't Get Hooked
  • Financial Scams

Top Employment Scam: Mystery Shopping

If you love to shop, working as a secret shopper may sound like an ideal way to supplement your income. But scammers have figured that out, too, and many job offers are nothing more than a variation on the Overpayment/Fake Check Scam (detailed in #1 on this list). Sometimes they even tell you that evaluating the wire service company is part of the job, which is why you need to send back part of the money. (Photo: Yellow Dog Productions/Getty Images)

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