Make Money Working from Home as a Mail Decoy Agent

Work from Home Mail Decoy AgentCan you really make money from home as a mail decoy agent? There is a great level of curiosity about becoming a mail decoy. Questions like, is it real or what exactly do you do are asked all the time. I must admit, when I first found out about it – I was a little skeptical as well.

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Though these are not “jobs”, you can earn extra cash and points that can be redeemed for doing something as easy as “sorting mail”.

Becoming a Mail Decoy Agent

After you have been chosen to become a mail decoy, you will start receiving mail at your address. The mail will have a different address, and possibly a series of numbers. Once you have signed up, you will need to notify your mailman that you will be receiving this kind of mail, so your mail person will not return it, thinking it's the wrong address.


You will then log each mail piece into the company's website each day. Simply filling out a quick form with specific details that the company will need. Being prompt is very important, as you must login each day to report each mail piece you receive.

You are required to store all mail received for 6 months, just in case they request for you to send in a specific mail piece. There could be various reasons but consider this part of the job and they will reimburse you for any shipping costs.

Mail Decoy Opportunities

Hausernet Decoy – They provide several tracking and marketing services for major national firms. You must report things such as the delivery date and condition of their decoy mail. You will earn $0.25 cents per piece of mail. I have seen several reviews online that some have had a hard time getting payment from Hausernet. I personally can't contest to that, but I would recommend doing your own research before signing up with any company.

Local Influencer –  You are paid a flat rate of  $15 per month. On this site, it seems you are basically giving them permission to market to you. Note: Due to costs, Local Influencer has put this program on hold.

Reportez – This company will give you a scanner to scan the barcode on each mail piece you receive. Even though you’re not paid in “cash”, you can earn points and redeem them.

SBK Center –  SBK Center allows you to earn points for each piece of decoy mail you receive. You can use those points earned toward gift cards.

US Monitor – This is a mail decoy tracking service, where different items are mailed to your mailing address, under a “decoy name.” You must log in each day on their website, even if you don't receive mail for that day, and are paid a small fee and for each piece of mail you process. Mail decoy agents receive a flat rate of $10 per month, plus an additional .25 per piece of mail. There's no guaranteed amount you can make, but I've heard some make as much as $100-$200 per month. How much you make, totally depends on the demand in your area.

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If you’re currently making money as mail decoy agent, please share your experience in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you. As well… if you know of other companies that offers mail decoy work that I have not listed, let me know. Thanks in advance.

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This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Kristina Adams

    I was a mail decoy agent for Reportez until recently. USPS recently has decided to most of their mail monitoring themselves. You can still do it for international mail and certified mail return receipt. I decided to stop participating because I didn’t think it would be worth it anymore because I fear it won’t be long before USPS ditches using the program all together.

    I only participated for about 6 months and it was easy to do and would have continued if the program hadn’t changed. I only earned a total of 30 points over the course of time I received mail from Reportez. I haven’t redeemed my points yet so I can’t speak about that process.

    1. Lashay H.

      Hi Kristina! I appreciate you for sharing your experience with Reportez. I really wish there were more opportunities like this around 🙂

  2. Divine Akakpo

    Please how do I get started

    1. Lashay H.

      Are you looking for something specific?

  3. Just Me

    For anyone “currently” working as a mail decoy agent with US Monitor, are you receiving your pay each month? I know someone working as an agent who has not received pay for almost 2 months. Searching the internet, there are not many reviews or information on the company.
    Any response is appreciated. Thank you in advance.

  4. Zenobia Drew

    Hey Ladies, I received a response from , however, they are thanking me for my interest as a “volunteer” for the company. Why is that ?

  5. Lashay H.

    You are so welcome! Good Luck 🙂

  6. Zenobia Drew

    I am definitely interested in this position , how do I sign up for each one or all of them

    1. Lashay H.

      Hi! You can apply by clicking on the company name, then you’ll be directed to their official site.

  7. Ladybug

    I was with US Monitor for 10 years and I was one of the agents that averaged $200. I have nothing but positives to say about this company. My problem was I work outside the home and couldn’t continue to meet the 24 hour turn around 6 days a week. Perfect for a stay at home mom or retiree.

  8. Pumpkinseven

    Avoid Hausernet like the plague! They don’t pay, you get tons of mail, and they will ignore your emails when you ask for payment. Have nothing to do with these people and PLEASE tell your friends to do the same.

    1. Janet Bjorklund Buck

      I too worked for Hausernet. Haven’t received any payment for a year & half. Started receiving less & less mail & now none. Haven’t been for work I entered since Jan. 2015. DO NOT RECOMMEND.

  9. Just saying

    US Monitor is o.k. I was with them for 2 years just stop at the beginning of this year. My check average from $25 to $38 every month. Like you stated depends on your area some areas receive more mail than others. It was easy and only took a few minutes to log in all your mail. The main reason I stop I was receiving a lot less mail and just lost intrest.I must say I got my check every month without a problem,, I have nothing bad to say about them……

  10. Ms T

    on us monitor how to apply on their site plz

  11. Clarice

    can you sign up for more than one company?

    1. Lashay H.

      From my understanding, you should maybe sign up for one. Just to make it easier for you as well as your mail carrier. This is only for extra cash.

    2. Andrea M

      Of course you can. There are possibilities that one or another company isn’t hiring for that position any longer. Apply for all of them, that is what I do.

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