Mystery shopper scams.
I want to warn people about one of the many scams going around right now. The letter comes in a plain white envelope with a Canada stamp, no return address. I have received two of these letters so far.
If you’re like me, you are looking for ways to make some extra money. I have signed up to participate in several online surveys, I’m guessing that’s how they were able to get my name and address. First glance it looks to be a legitimate offer but having received two letters I am able to compare them.
In the letters I am told to take $300 and go to a specific store and shop, after my shopping spree I am to fax the enclosed document along with my receipt to a specific person with a New York address, afterwards I’m instructed to wire the remaining balance using Western Union, then call with a confirmation number. One check is for $3800 the other one was $3600. This part of the job is supposed to be my training.
Upon completion of my trainning I am supposed to start recieving around $800 a month to be a secret shopper. I took both letters and looked at them side by side, the name of the company and the last name of my contacts were the only things different in these letters. I did not deposit these checks.
If you receive anything that resemble what I have talked about please report it to someone, if you deposit any of the checks they will come back marked fraud and you will have to pay back the money along with other fees charged by banks.
It’s a shame that there are people out there that take advantage of others, knowing the economy is in such bad shape and with so many Americans out of work. If it sounds to good to be true it’s probably a scam.