Question by loveparrolets: Is the company “Corporate Research International” a legitimate company?
My question has nothing to do with any kind of phones. This is a company that I wish to work with as a mystery shopper or auditor and need to know if they are a scam or fraud company. Where do you go to find out if a company on the internet is legitimate?
The company did not contact me. I contacted them. Its so hard to believe that no one at yahoo answers knows where to go to check and see if a company is a fraud or not.This is my first time to ask a question and I received 1 reply.

Best answer:

Answer by wally4u_1968
dont know where to find info, but if u got a unsolicited email my guess would be it is a scam.

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One Response to “Is the company “Corporate Research International” a legitimate company?”

  • Cathy_Stucker says:

    Yes, CRI is legitimate. Here are some things to look for to determine whether a company is a legitimate mystery shopping company or a scam.

    There are hundreds of legitimate mystery shopping companies in the U.S. alone. The quickest way to determine that a company is NOT legitimate is that they require you to pay a fee to register. Or, they make you sign up for a bunch of phony “offers.”

    Legitimate mystery shopping companies will ask you to complete a detailed application. This is similar to a job application, however, it may include questions about your age, gender, buying habits, family income, even race. That is because some clients need shoppers who fit a certain profile.

    You will also be asked, on most applications, for your Social Security Number. They need this because they may have to file a 1099 form with the IRS. Before entering your SSN or other sensitive information, check to see that the site is secure. (Look for “https” in the URL, or for the “lock” in the bottom status bar.) If you are still uncomfortable about entering your SSN online, you may be able to enter a dummy number, and provide the real number another way.

    I have listed two sites below where you can get feedback about companies. If a company is a member of the Mystery Shopping Providers Association, they are legitimate. Companies are screened before joining, and they sign an ethics pledge. You can also search the archives in the shopper forums at the MSPA site and Volition.com to see what other shoppers have to say about a company.

    In checking on CRI, I found that they do not belong to the MSPA, but shoppers have indicated they have had good experiences with them. So, they are legitimate.

    Do not limit yourself to applying to this one company. Apply to as many as you can. Generally, one company can not give you many assignments.

    Cathy Stucker
    Author of “The Mystery Shopper’s Manual”
    http://www.MysteryShoppersManual.com/

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