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Get Paid to Spy on the Mailman

by - February 10, 2011 - 18 Comments

Grandma Penny Hoarder has always been a big influence on me and she has been a bit of a mentor as well when it comes to finding new ways to save or make extra money. Today I’m revealing one of her favorite ways to make side money….spying on the mailman.

My grandma is what’s known as a “mail decoy”. Companies add her to their mailing list and she reports back to them whenever she receives mail from them. This information is invaluable as it allows companies to know that their mail is being properly delivered in a timely manner. She reports what day she received the mail and in what condition it came.

Companies also use “mail decoys” to ensure that their mailing list is never stolen. For example, let’s say an employee steals a mailing list and sends out an advertisement for their own business use. When my grandma reports that she received a piece of mail that the company has no record of sending, they will know there has been a possible theft.

Most of the decoy mail that my grandma receives are catalogs and magazines, but she also gets a few advertisements as well. The mail is marked with a special code in the address bar so she knows what pieces are junk mail and what pieces needed to be reported back to the company as having been received.

The company that employs her is called The Hauser Group. From the looks of their website they don’t look to be a very big company, but it appears as though they are hiring. The company will pay you 25 cents for each piece of decoy mail that you report receiving.

My grandma reports that it started out slow, but once she became consistent with her reports, the company began sending her more mail. She now gets around 10-15 pieces of decoy mail each day and makes nearly an extra $100 a month. Not bad for side work.

If you are interested in signing up, here is a link to the application: Mail Decoy Application

I’m happy to pass any questions about The Hauser Group on to Grandma Penny Hoarder. Just leave a comment below or send me an email.

Good luck Penny Hoarders!

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  • Kai

    Boo they had no need for me lol

    • The Penny Hoarder

      Aw…sorry Kai. Yeah, I forgot to mention that in some zip codes they have already reached the maximum number of participants.

  • http://contest-for-that.blogspot.com Auqakuh

    Ooh, I so wish they had this in Canada. I’d love to participate! :)

  • http://51audio.info Winston Caver

    Very cool! They said there might be an opening for my zip code
    & had me send an application in. Thanx..

  • http://freedom48.net Julie @ Freedom 48

    What a brilliant idea! It’s like the “mystery shoppers” for the retail stores…. but “mail decoys” for the mailmen!

  • Mary Quillen

    Dear Sirs:
    I would like application in spying on the US Mail Service as was
    just stated. And my email address: silverldy67@yahoo.com

  • Jessica Ward

    This is such an interesting and unique type of side job – who would have thought!!

  • Adri

    All this is really great but I am from Quebec Canada – anything for me??? Thanks.

  • http://www.whatmommydoes.com Lena Gott

    I’m gonna try this out…I applied and got accepted!

  • Amelia

    I just tried applying and was asked for my SSN or tax id and I had to fax the application back after signing it. Is that the same process everyone went thru. It seems a little concerning to me. Thanks for your feedbacks.

    • Brandon

      I tried to do that too. They asked for Tax ID or SSN and signature. Did you sign and Fax it, Amelia?

  • jason

    I just got accepted, excited to see how this works/

  • Tosha

    Has anyone gotten paid from this yet? I’ve been doing it for about six months, and I don’t know if I’m supposed to request payment somehow?

  • Roz

    I started working for one of these companies 2 years ago. The work is easy and I did get a couple of magazine subscriptions out of the deal. The biggest problem is they do not pay on time-ever. Originally I was told they pay quarterly, and to expect first payment during second qtr. that I worked. Didn’t receive first payment for nearly a year! Whenever I asked about payment I was told that I was scheduled to receive a payment the 3rd week of the month. That would come and go and I would again inquire, and finally receive a payment perhaps the second or third week two months later. I received payment for Aug – Dec 2011 in May of 2012. I finally got tired of this game and asked to be removed from their program. At this point I have been paid for May and June of 2012, but not for Jan-April. I keep asking about it but have yet to receive an answer. I stopped the program at the end of August, so I am still waiting to be paid for a total of 6 months of work. The work is easy and if you can put up with the runaround of payment, it can be for you. But I don’t like to work for free, and that’s how I ended up feeling.

  • Loesje Shema

    Do not work for Hauser. They never pay on time and there is no way a person can make the amount of money per month as claimed.

    I stopped working for them because they owed me $198.00 for the period of March 2011 through January 2012. (That works out to earnings of $19.80 per month for a lot of heartache and junk mail stored in the basement.)

    I got all sorts of excuses but no action until they started to pay me an average of $30.00 every three or four months. Here it is a full year later and they still owe me $54.75. I can provide copies of all my emails to them and a list of how much they paid and when, if anyone doubts what I am saying.

    I can’t say this strongly enough: DO NOT WORK FOR THESE PEOPLE!

  • Christy

    I signed up after reading this post. I have been accepted and I am awaiting my first piece of decoy mail. :)

    • Loesje Shema

      Christy, it’s a lot of annoying tedious work on a penny-ante website and the payments are slow and incomplete. They still owe me money.

  • Danielle

    I’ve been with them for about 3 years now, in three different addresses (all in the same zip code, however). I receive People, Time, Sports Illustrated, and Entertainment Weekly on a weekly basis, and also 4-5 regular catalogs. YOU WILL NOT BE PAID ON ANY FORM OF SCHEDULE. With this being said, if you like spending two or three minutes a day quickly typing in free magazines codes and like getting random $5 to $11 dollar payouts every few months, then this job is for you! They never did answer any of my questions about a pay schedule, but have responsive in other queries. It never seems like work to type in the codes, and my workplace now gets free magazines XD Also, since this is a side job, I love the random PayPal payment notifications. Huzzah! A free coffee! LOL

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