At first glance my thought was kewl! Feasible as I have had contact with many programs and on-line surveys; I have also had free samples sent to my home for "testing". Have also inquired about 'mystery shopping" in a round-about way but nothing definitive.
So like a smart person I started checking for information. Nothing listed in the BBB, which in itself doesn't mean anything. Googled the company, again nothing. Re-read the letter, noticed the Canadian mailing address<--RED FLAG. Then I remembered reading somewhere about a similar scenario that was determined a scam, so started looking for that information. Here it is, (taken directly from American Consumer Opinion website:
Mystery Shopper Scam
A fraudulent Canadian company is using the American Consumer Opinion® name [ACOP not mentioned by name in my letter] to mail counterfeit checks for thousands of dollars, instructing you to deposit the check and then wire part of the money back to them. The company falsely claims the money you wire will go toward your training to become a mystery shopper. This is a criminal and illegal scam. Do not attempt to cash or deposit the check. Do not wire any money to anyone. Membership in American Consumer Opinion® is always free.
Vice President of American Consumer Opinion®
Watch out peoples, I almost fell for it. As the ole adage goes, "if it sounds to good to be true,,,"