BARE INTERNATIONAL Mystery Shopping — Unethical Practices / Scam
This complaint is targeted to BARE INTERNATIONAL (bareinternational.com) business conduct.
I have been a registered shopper with the business entity and have received several payments for mystery shop services I performed on their behalf. As a registered shopper, I frequently visit my profile.
What bothers me most about this business is the fact that I am not able to check the direct deposit information I entered. The only time I know that I have entered the information incorrectly is when they tell me that the direct deposit is rejected. In that case they have to deduct $2.00 from shop payment to cover the cost of "cutting" a check to me. This is indicated in the independent contractor agreement. In the shopper profile section, you could not see what you entered because it is indicated as "**************" If anybody can tell me what number that is, please don't hesitate to tell me. Neither do their system do verification if the number is being entered incorrectly.
So, they shovel the independent contractor agreement down my throat and I have to accept it ... what's the problem you may ask? Well, there is a lot of wiggle room where they did this on purpose. First, they have at their liberty to opt for a different payment method such as paypal, disclosing the last four digit of checking account, do internal verification of data entered, etc. I know for a fact that the system/software that they used are also used by other mystery shopping businesses. You may also say ... why not just
update your account information? well, I did to no avail and I will not know until I am informed that payment has been rejected.
So, my complaint is $2.00 continue to be deducted each time they make payment. Of course they cut check per assignment instead of one lump sum. I got $2.00 less per assignment.
Multiply this with a number of other shoppers they subject this to their policy. They sure make a hefty profits at the expense of other pathetic shoppers. Now, this sound more like a SCAM.
I warned them that I would not hesitate to file a complaint. Of course, I was ignored.
Who would care if a shopper complaints? However, I am sure I can post my complaint and warn other shoppers when they decide to do business with BARE INTERNATIONAL that they would deliberately cut checks to deduct $2.00 for every shop that you do.
For technical information, this business does not have registration with the Better Business Bureau.