5 High Street Scams To Avoid

Summer is a fantastic time to be out enjoying the sun and browsing the shops, either as a normal shopper or a mystery shopper. However, it can all go wrong very quickly if you are targeted by scammers.

Distraction based scams are favourites within large cities. For this reason, you should always be dubious of anyone within close proximity to you. In this article we outline some well known scams you can look out for this summer.

1. Squirt
Classic scam where thieves will distract you by squirting something such as ketchup on your clothing. Whilst offering to help clean it up, possessions such as your wallet may be stolen. Our advice is to swiftly remove yourself from the area and do not accept any assistance.

2. Photo
Two or more people will ask you to take a photo of them and explain how the camera works in detail. When you are listening carefully to instructions, items will be taken from you. Our advice is do not take photos for people you do not know.

3. Escalator
When you are on an escalator at a busy time of the day, it is easy to not take notice of people brushing closely against you. Often working in a team, pickpockets will find it simply to remove possessions. Our advice is to be alert about your possessions when in closely crammed areas.

4. Surfers
Thefts often occur at cash machines, even when you may think you are being careful. One well known method thieves use is to ask you a question whilst you are using the machine; an accomplice will swiftly remove your card when you answer. Our advice is avoid being distracted and do not talk to anybody whilst using a cash machine.

5. Change
Street hustlers will often disguise their appearance in order to be more convincing. Within big cities such as London, it is not uncommon to see smartly dressed people asking for small amounts of change for what appears to be a valid reason. Our advice is do not give money to any random street requests.

7 Ways To Improve Customer Service

At the heart of every successful business is great customer service. Businesses can reduce prices and offer special promotions an unlimited amount of times, but it doesn’t mean customers will come back for more in future!

High levels of customer service are especially important when there is a possibility a mystery shopper may visit at any time and make judgements about service quality. In our guide below you can follow some of our tips. Whether you are in a customer position wanting to know what to look out for or a business looking to improve, you should find this helpful!

1. Answering the telephone
Businesses should never miss a call from a potential customer. If there is no answering machine or call forwarding in place when required, it doesn’t give customers a great impression.

2. Keeping promises
Reliability is a crucial factor in sustainable marketing to keep customers coming back. Imagine if a mystery shopper places an order for a product expecting it to be delivered at a certain time and it doesn’t happen – not good!

3. Listening to customers
As the old saying goes, “the customer is always right”. As a customer you should always be able to get your point across and know that the person responsible is listening and taking notice.

4. Complaining
In the modern world, many businesses seem to disregard complaints and not take them seriously enough. Nobody likes to hear a complaint, although they should be taken as genuine feedback no matter how they are phrased.

5. Being helpful
Being a mystery shopper, you will often not be required to purchase anything. Businesses should realise this and still be helpful even though they cannot see an immediate sale being made. Just because money may not be made today, doesn’t mean it won’t be in future.

6. Going over the top
As a customer or mystery shopper, how great would it be for a business to go over the top of expected service? For example, you ask where a product is in a shop and the member of staff walks with you to show you the exact location. Fantastic!

7. Throwing in extras
Even if it is not something of significant value, everyone loves a freebie. Whether it is a simple discount voucher for future use or an optional extra thrown in with a purchase – you can be sure that the customer will appreciate it.