Officials are warning consumers to steer clear of “Mystery Shopping Scams.” The way it works is: the victim gets a check in the mail, sometimes by UPS or Fed Ex, with instructions to cash the checks, and to spend the money at certain locations, then wire back a portion of the money to the alleged company making the offer. The Minnesota Better Business Bureau’s Dan Hendrickson says this is a bad idea–because the checks will bounce–and you’ll be out the money you spent. He says the checks will look real–but often they are not. Hendrickson recommends any time you receive such a mailing, you can contact the company directly to see if the check is legitimate. For a list of reputable mystery shopping companies- log on to www.mysteryshop.org.