Nevada Mystery Shopping Laws
Nevada mystery shopping laws are very clear and precise. In fact, a licensed private investigator must facilitate mystery shops in the state of Nevada and only shoppers with a work permit from the Private Investigator License Board may fulfill the shops. As of this writing (May, 2015) Nevada defines a private investigator using these terms:
NRS 648.012 “Private investigator” defined. “Private investigator” means any person who for any consideration engages in business or accepts employment to furnish, or agrees to make or makes any investigation for the purpose of obtaining, including, without limitation, through the review, analysis and investigation of computerized data not available to the public, information with reference to:
1. The identity, habits, conduct, business, occupation, honesty, integrity, credibility, knowledge, trustworthiness, efficiency, loyalty, activity, movement, whereabouts, affiliations, associations, transactions, acts, reputation or character of any person;
2. The location, disposition or recovery of lost or stolen property;
3. The cause or responsibility for fires, libels, losses, accidents or damage or injury to persons or to property;
4. A crime or tort that has been committed, attempted, threatened or suspected, except an expert witness or a consultant who is retained for litigation or a trial, or in anticipation of litigation or a trial, and who performs duties and tasks within his or her field of expertise that are necessary to form his or her opinion;
5. Securing evidence to be used before any court, board, officer or investigating committee; or
6. The prevention, detection and removal of surreptitiously installed devices for eavesdropping or observation.
(Added to NRS by 1967, 1363; A 1985, 1333; 2013, 1426)
You can read more about NRS 648.012 on the Nevada Legislature Website.
Additionally, failure to comply with Nevada’s mystery shopping laws is not only illegal, it can be costly. As of this writing (May, 2015) Nevada’s Laws read as follows:
NRS 648.165 Issuance of citations for unauthorized practice; cease and desist order; administrative fines; appeal.
1. The Board may issue to a person who has violated NRS 648.060 a citation.
2. Such a citation must be in writing and describe with particularity the nature of the violation. The citation must also inform the person of the provisions of subsection 5. A separate citation must be issued for each such violation.
3. If appropriate, the citation must contain an order to cease and desist conduct fixing a reasonable time for abatement of the violation. If the order to cease and desist conduct is directed to a business, the order must expressly state that it applies to any person acting in the name of the business regardless of whether any such person is alleged to have previously violated any of the provisions of this chapter.
4. The Board shall assess an administrative fine of:
(a) For the first such violation, $2,500.
(b) For the second such violation, $5,000.
(c) For the third or subsequent such violation, $10,000.
5. To appeal the finding of such a violation, the person must request a hearing by written notice of appeal to the Board within 30 days after the date of issuance of the citation.
You can learn more about NRS 648.165 here, on the Nevada State Legislature website.
Bottom line: To Mystery shop in Nevada the company facilitating the shops must have a PI License and the mystery shoppers conducting the mystery shops must be employed by the Private Investigator.
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