The BBB is issuing a red alert about a Minnesota company trying to lure job seekers with phony promises of mystery shopping and lucrative salaries. In addition, the company is capitalizing on the name of a similar, legitimate company and falsely claiming to be "listed with the Better Business Bureau."
CotterWeb Market Research Inc apparently is tweaking the name of Cotterweb Enterprises, Inc., located in Mendota Heights, MN, because that company has an A+ rating with the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota.
The fraudulent company sends unsolicited letters, accompanied by a check, congratulating the recipient on being selected as a mystery shopper. The letter gives instructions on how to complete the first shopping assignment, including shopping at retail stores and then "evaluating" Western Union by wiring a significant portion of the enclosed check to an address provided by the company.