I've spoken about mystery shopping jobs here in the past, but one of the major draw backs for my lazy “bum” was the fact that I actually had to leave my house to participate. I know this sounds ridiculous when the reality is most people leave their homes everyday to earn a living. I know I was one of those people for many years.
But as many of you know I worked myself out of that rat race to be at home full time as a successful Internet marketer/blogger. So now opportunities that requires any type of commute gives me the “heebie jeebies”. lol This is why I've personally avoided mystery shopping jobs. But I have always been happy to recommend them to others. I know they are a legitimate way to make money if leaving your house isn't an issue for you. lol
Well today I think I've found a way to get in on this legit opportunity that satisfies my need for all my income to be made at home. This unique mystery shopping opportunity that I will review today allows you to do all your shopping assignments from the phone, at home. For those of you who get a thrill out of shopping (i.e. Ladies) then this is probably for you. And for my fellow men who'd rather get kicked in the “nads” then shop with your wife/girlfriend, you may actually feel differently about shopping after reading this article.
Okay so the company we're discussing today is Intelichek. Please note the spelling because if you're off you'll have a hard time finding any information about this site. A lesson we learned the hard way.
What is Intelichek?
It is basically a market research company that hires independent contractors like you and I to “mystery shop” by phone. Well it's not really shopping per se. Intelichek Mystery shoppers are responsible for gathering information over the phone. Most of this data will be prices of certain items, warranty information, store hours of operation, when a sale starts and if something is in stock, etc. So you're basically being hired to collect data about different businesses and industries not really shopping. The information provided by a mystery shopper is later analyzed by the market research company and they present their findings to the customers that hired them. So it works a bit differently than conventional mystery shopping assignments where you visit a store and may be required to purchase something, take a test drive, etc.
In any event, Intelicheck has been around since 1997 and according to their website has endorsements from well know organizations which you can find out about here.
What are the Intelichek requirements?
You need to have a computer with high speed Internet, an unlimited phone calling plan and be fluent in English. You must be 18+ years old, have a US mailing address, be authorized to work in the United States and have a bank account in your name for your payment.
One interesting thing about this opportunity that differs from other phone based work we've discussed is you do not need a quiet environment! The normal background noises make it sound realistic, like you are really calling from home, which you are. So TV in the background, kids, doorbells and microwave beeping are all good. I know this is a God send for parents that have the little ones running around the house screaming at the top of their lungs like my daughter does when I'm trying to right this article! Sorry, I just had a moment. lol
How do you apply?
Click here to apply.
Once they get your application in, they will email you and let you know if you are a fit. If they are not currently hiring, you probably won't hear from them. If they are hiring and you seem a good fit there will be a phone interview. You will be asked to do a quick test shopping task. As long as your communication skills impress the interviewer, you follow directions and get the job done in a timely fashion, you will probably be hired. They have extensive training for phone shopping in general and sometimes training for a specific task. You work under a producer who keeps track of what you are doing and is available to answer questions or help you out. By the way you can work your way up to a producer and earn more money! But that's only after you've put in your time as a mystery shopper.
As with any employer, they have the right to pick who they want to be a part of their workforce. Depending on your application, telephone interview, and the shopping “test”, they will decide whether you are a good fit for this opportunity. Same goes for keeping you on their list, they can drop you at will.
How do you get jobs?
You sign up with them on their calendar, and let them know which days and which hours you are available. From what I've gathered they prefer if you can work at least 20 hours a week, which you can set it up to any way it suits you. I think there are those that can pull of 10 hours a week, but they need to be productive! Once you are hired you log on and look for available jobs. Each job has a deadline, which is why you use the calendar, so they know how many people are available. You make you calls, get the information, log on and submit your answers via a standard form. Once you successfully complete a job, you will be allowed to begin another one. Each call should only take 3-4 minutes, so you need to be quick, get the information they want submitted, and go to the next one in order to make any money at this.
How much money can you make?
Intelichek mystery shoppers are paid on a per task basis and by the prices they gather. These tasks range from $.30 to $1.90 and are based on how many hoops they want you to jump through in your phone call. Depending on how much time you are willing to put in and how efficient your are, you could possibly earn between $50 and $100 a day. (I'm inclined to think it is closer to the $50 or less) According to their FAQ, the better shoppers make more money.
How do you get paid?
Honestly, I'm not too sure. I've read that they pay every other week by check until you reach a certain level of expertise, then by direct deposit. But don't quote me on that. Maybe someone that works for the company can clarify this.
Fortunately you can contact them about their work at home options here.
OK, so far so good, but there are some minor caution bells that got my attention as I read about this, so lets get to the slight downside of this thing.
Can't Depend On This
The work isn't consistent. Even if you hired it doesn't guarantee that you'll have available phone jobs. So keep that in mind. You can't depend on this for a steady pay check. It's a nice way to make some additional money like many of our other favorite non-traditional work at home opportunities. But if you need a steady check you should try to land a work at home job like the ones we list every day here. Then use something like this as another source of side income.
Not A Real Job
This isn't a traditional job where you're paid a set salary and they have an hr department that takes taxes out of your paycheck. Like most work at home opportunities you're considered an independent contractor and that means you're responsible for your own taxes which turns a lot of people off because of the details I've discussed in my work at home taxes article. But it can also be a benefit depending on how you view it and have the right tax professional helping you with your taxes at the end of the year.
You May Get Caught!
To get some consistent data, Intelicheck will have multiple mystery shoppers calling a given company. Store owners and customer service folks may catch on when your are the fifth or sixth caller that day asking about the exact same thing. If you have kids you know how annoying it is to have your kids ask you the same question over and over again. I don't care how patient you are, eventually you get snippy with the kid or drop kick them like I do. (Just kidding.) Well the folks picking up the phone may become testy for the same reason which is a no no. But they may also react this way because they fear you are working for the competition. In which case they may ask you if you are a mystery shopper. You contract with Intelichek strictly prohibits you from stating you are a mystery shopper. So you will need to be okay with telling a little white lie and not get frazzled. That might make some of you feel uncomfortable so it's worth noting.
All and all, there aren't a lot of negative things I could dig up about this company. But I'm sure if i missed anything you'll be happy to fill in the gaps and share your experience.
So Is Intelichek legitimate?
From everything I can tell I'll give this opportunity a green light as long as you remember my yellow light cautions listed above which were minimal. It is a company that has been around awhile and there weren't many or any complaints about not getting paid. You can make your own hours, and normal household noise is allowed which is very unique for a phone opportunity. So given these unique qualities it's really an ideal opportunity for a stay at home parent.
In any event, I look forward to hearing from those of you who have worked with this company or plan to after reading this. By the way if this doesn't float your boat we list traditional work at home jobs here every day. Good luck to you either way.
39 thoughts on “Intelichek Review: Is Intelichek A Scam?”
I wish I could post a picture to show others what to look for…3 checks/ personal money orders &990.00/&instruction@Apple Stop….. plus checked Fidelity Banks…. Routing#don’t match neither….ITS A SCAM…. DEPOSIT A CHECK UR ACCOUNT WILL BE THAT MUCH SHORT/ DOES ON UR CREDIT REPORT…. THIS IS A WARNING….. Happy Holidays to Everyone Watch Out For like this
Thanks for re-affirming what I said. No legitimate company would ever offer such an opportunity. I don’t know why people hold out hope it might be real. If it were that easy, everyone would do it.
I received 3 personal money order checks today each for $990. The instructions said I needed to go the the Apple store and purchase 2 gift cards one for $1300 and one for $1350 and my salary would be $320. I read the previous comments and realize this is a scam. What I would like to know who do you turn these scam people into to get them stopped?
Your comment here will help a lot of people avoid this scam. And it’s almost impossible to find these scammers. But in this article i discuss some things you can do.
I received 2 Chas stating i have to deposit it into my account and wait for it to clear then buy a gift card worth 1700$!!!! Said when i finish doing that i have to text a number and tell them i purchased the card so that i can receive further instructions to buy apple products at the apple store in person. Is this what the company does as well?
The real company would never ask you to do that. That’s someone doing a check cashing scam and trying to reference a legit company like Intelichek. Whatever you do, do not deposit or cash any random checks from anyone.
I received two money orders today for $950 each. They want me to deposit them in my checking account. Then they want me to buy a $1700 gift card. Then they want me to go back and purchase items that they tell me to.
Don’t deposit or cash anything. There are a lot of scams that pretend to be legit companies by using their names. But they’re not actually affiliated with the real company.
Anything involving cashing or depositing payments as a work at home opportunity is a scam and should be avoided.
I received the same thing 3 checks for $990 each and my instructions said to go the my local Apple store and buy 2 gift cards.
This kind of thing needs to be turned in who do you turn them into?
I had my phone interview with them yesterday and I was offered the job. Yay! The lady I spoke with said she would send me the training info yesterday but I have not yet received it, does it usually take a while to get it?
Just give them a day or so. I’ve never worked with them so I can’t say for sure. But I would be patient.
Be sure to check your spam folder just in the case.
Katey, congratulations! I got hired on by InteliChek today, they also told me it would be probably be late July before I will get started. Eddy, all of the information under “How do you get paid?” is on par with what the hiring manager just told me on the phone. You start off as a “One-star” caller, and can move up in rank to five stars. It sounds like by doing a good job you can move up one star level every month or two. When you get to the three-star level, direct deposit is available. Thanks for the great review, Eddy. It is nice to know that they have some opportunity to move up to a producer.
Glad the info helped Laura!
I have an interview with Intelichek Thursday, everyone! Wish me luck 🙂
Good luck Katey!
Got the job! But they are ahead of their hiring schedule (whatever that means) so I don’t start until late July. Kudos to you Eddy because everything you stated above about this company was spot on. I will let you know how it goes. Thanks so much for the tip!!
Congrats! Glad to hear this. Keep us posted once you start working.
I have a phone interview with this company on Saturday! I hope I get it!
Good luck Kim! Keep us posted.
I NEED to maintain 81$/week (long story….) ANYway at .30 a call depending on how long a call takes (how long? I don’t know does anyone?) it would take me what…27 hours a day. lol I’m disabled and need to make this amount for a limited amount of time. Any comments would be appreciated. What I planned to do was work 2 or 3 companies to get time in but that is against the rules…it must be all worked at ONE company. 🙁
Sounds like some questions you need to ask Intelichek directly. I wouldn’t know. But your weekly goal seems totally doable in my mind. Have you looked into my courses here.
I got hired through Intelichek and they were very unhelpful. When they hired me, they refused to help me with any questions that I had as well as help me with the many issues that I had with their site. They sent me my login information incorrectly, then when I went back to them they rushed me to get my calls done. After I had completed my calls in a timely manner, I had issues with their site AGAIN. Instead of helping me with THEIR issues, they let me go. They were very unresponsive and the women working there are very rude! Do not work here!!
Thanks for sharing your experience with this company. I’m sorry to hear it was a bad one.
I received an email to get started. I was told to buy 3 Iphones and they will send me a check and I have to cash only at my bank. I wont do something like this because my friend was scammed with a company doing this before. Does Intelicheck do this?
No it doesn’t. It sounds like a combination of reshipping and check cashing scam list here and here. A lot of times these scam artists will use legitimate companies names to lure you into a sense of security. So I’m glad you asked.
I don’t think so for this telephone based mystery shopping company. But with some of the other non-phone ones you do. But you’re always reimbursed for those purchases.
You’re welcome ma! lol
Are you required to make a purchase during the shops?
You’re welcome Becky!
Thanks Eddy, filled out the ap just now! Another life saver 🙂
Thanks for this post! I sent in an application, and they contacted me! I’m going to start training tomorrow
Nice! Keep us posted!
Drop kick your princess? 🙂 I bet she runs faster than you …..lol:)
lol, She does. lol
Sounds like a fun way to earn some income! I did try the mystery shopping gig for a little while and it was fun but it requires a lot of keeping everything organized. From the actual papers you submit and remembering everything if they have questions on the forms you submitted. Thanks for finding new ways for making income at home! ; )
Agreed. Organization is a must with this opportunity! You’re welcome.
Thanks!! I applied and hope to hear back from them soon!
Sounds good. Keep us posted!