'Mystery Shopper' scam looks legitimate

Feb 9, 2008 | Posted by: Kentucky.com | Full story: Kentucky.com

“Ultimately, the consumer is left holding the bag.”

It all seems very legitimate.

A letter arrives from Mystery Shoppers PLC that offers the recipient a part-time job at $800 a week for evaluating the cleanliness and employee effectiveness at local stores.

With the letter is a cashier's check for $4,550 from an Oklahoma bank. It has the right color pattern, watermark and signatures.

The recipient is told to evaluate one of seven retailers by spending $150 of the $4,550 there and a Western Union or Money Gram office by wiring $3,800 to 'our training agents' in New York or Canada. Read more

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Since: Aug 08

Somerset, KY

#81 Aug 23, 2008
East 80 Yard Sale Labor Day weekend
22 miles long from London to Manchester KY
on Hwy 80 EAST (old 80 or East Laurel Rd.)
Anyone can set up a sale and everyone is invited to attend!
Food, clothing, antiques, bedding, furniture,tools,cars,pool accessories,shoes,atvs,plus sizes,infant items, etc.
Tracy

Altoona, PA

#82 Aug 25, 2008
I got the same kind of letter and my bank made me research thank goodness. i see you do secret shopping thats real. would you be able to point me in the right direction to get ahold of the company?? mccurdy.tracy@yahoo.com
KPLikesItInTheBa dPlace

Lexington, KY

#83 Aug 25, 2008
Tera wrote:
East 80 Yard Sale Labor Day weekend
22 miles long from London to Manchester KY
on Hwy 80 EAST (old 80 or East Laurel Rd.)
Anyone can set up a sale and everyone is invited to attend!
Food, clothing, antiques, bedding, furniture,tools,cars,pool accessories,shoes,atvs,plus sizes,infant items, etc.
I dont want 2 buy your garbage!!!
James Williams

San Francisco, CA

#84 Aug 28, 2008
I got it too in California:$2250 from CONway National Bank - I'd say they have a sense of humor except there actually IS a Conway National Bank. I strung them along a bit to see what I could find out and got this reply to something I sent them:

"I got your evaluation report and am impressed with your writting "

"writting?" they're so witty!
Rlyne26

Kingsburg, CA

#85 Aug 29, 2008
Yesterday I received a check work 4,500 however they want me to send them back 3.900! What's wrong with these people! I showed my co-workers, we googled their not legit. I'm so glad I didn't take action. Hey! You know what they say, If it's too good to be true... U know the rest!
Lisa

Manchester, NH

#86 Sep 5, 2008
I recieved a mystery shopper check. My husband said you should do this it will bring in extra bucks. We deposited the check in our account and planed on sending the money gram this weekend. I got this funny feeling about the whole thing and went online to the BBBureu. They warned me on the whole Mystery shopping thing. I am so glad I never sent any money to Canada. I have a feeling the check will come back a fraud in a week or so.
Holly

Miami, FL

#87 Sep 11, 2008
Ok. I am convinced now. I am so glad I checked this out. I was trying to convince myself this was not a scam. I believe it is a scam. I received a cashiers check 2 days ago from SCR, inc in the amount of $1985. The bank is Commonwealth Credit Union in KY but the phone number to call SCR is in Canada...Yep. looked that up too. I WILL NOT DEPOSIT THIS CHECK OR TRY TO CASH IT AT WAL-MART... that is just wrong! If I try to get away with the money even though I need it. I will be just as bad as these scammers.
Ron

AOL

#88 Sep 15, 2008
Hi I received one of those checks on Friday & i called the bank listed on the front to see if the funds were there, they verified the check was good and I took the check to the check cashing place to cash. The cashier asked me for my Id I gave it to them and I heard the rep on the phone verifing the check just as I did and all I know is that 4 police cars came and arrested my and my boyfriend and I am just now getting out of jail. Anybody who receives this check rip it up the check even if they verify it It's not worth!!!!
Holly

AOL

#89 Sep 22, 2008
I am 16, and I got one of these letters today from Canada for the "Myster Shopper" thing. I'm so glad I found this site, because everything on the letter looked so real that it fooled me for a second, though I did think it was odd that there was no return address. So thanks to all of you! You have no idea what you just saved me from! And curses to whoever really sent the letter to me, an innocent, naive teenager! Grrrr.......
Meredith in Boston

Marlborough, MA

#90 Sep 24, 2008
I received a check to be a mystery shopper for $3960.
please let me know if this is a scam? It sounds like it is but want to be sure. I did sign up to become a mystery shopper some time ago. The letter is from BLUEDEER SHOPPER'S INC
35 West 64th St New York
10462
lalalalala

Philadelphia, PA

#91 Sep 24, 2008
i got the check cashed it but i kept all the money im not wiring noboby nothing now i owe the bank but oh well i already got bad credit i don't care just someone else i owe but i was 4999 richer for a minute
Rockcreekagent

South River, NJ

#92 Sep 26, 2008
Unbelievable< I received the same offer. I got a check in the amount of $3,780.00. The breakdown was $300 for me,$200 to shop at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes or JCPenny.$180 processing fee and $3,100 to send via Money Gram or Western Union to these people. That was the red flag for me. What does that have to do with Mystery shopping? This is truly a shame. I feel bad for the elderly people who may receive this and deposit the money into their bank and then end up having to pay their banks back. Someone needs to stop these people!
joeysmom

Fall River, MA

#93 Sep 26, 2008
I just got the same thing as Rockcreekagent in the mail yesterday. If it looks to good to be true then it is. I called the number an asian lady answered saying golden rice can i help you, these people need to get caught I wish there was something we could do.
Rob

Redding, CT

#95 Sep 28, 2008
throbs2 wrote:
I received the same information and check for $4,350.00. Fortunately my roommate is an attorney and I pass everything that seems too good to be true by him before believing it. He spotted the hook right away. You deposit the check into youre account and wait a few days for it to "clear". By law a bank must give you access to any funds deposited within 5 days. So, you send the $3,700.00 or whatever via western union or money gram. Then a week or more later, the check comes back to your bank as a fraud. You are rwesponsable for the 3,700.00 western unioned.
It is not a law to have your funds available in 5 days. It's people like this that make banks seem like crooks. the law is 10 days. and 20 for international checks.
chad

Harrison, AR

#96 Sep 28, 2008
Lisa what company did you recive this check from?
Lisa wrote:
I recieved a mystery shopper check. My husband said you should do this it will bring in extra bucks. We deposited the check in our account and planed on sending the money gram this weekend. I got this funny feeling about the whole thing and went online to the BBBureu. They warned me on the whole Mystery shopping thing. I am so glad I never sent any money to Canada. I have a feeling the check will come back a fraud in a week or so.
chad

Harrison, AR

#97 Sep 28, 2008
also I was wondering what did you do with the check that you deposited into your account?
VERO

Taunton, MA

#98 Sep 29, 2008
Hi, i recieved this check from bluedeer also in the amount of 3,780. so i called the place a lady answerd asked me for my rep id # thats on the letter, as we spoke for awhile she told me thait's a leget job for people who want t work n that she has been in this bisness for 10 years.also that i'll continue to recieve work as long as i want. so i have been continplating all weekend
soonergirl827

Oklahoma City, OK

#99 Sep 29, 2008
I received a check for $3780.00 and I was so Happy, thought I could get caught up on my bills and stuff. Then Reality hit me!!!! This is impossible, no one is going to just send me a check for almost 4 grand, to so one they do not even know.... I almost fell for it, but thanks to my hubby, we did some research and found this web site and new right then that it was a scam!~!!!! can't we all do something with these people>? they need to be stopped and Damn I wish I could cash that check, and ideals? lol...... These people are crazy and think us americans are stupid, I wish I could just find a way to put them in jail...... where they need to go.... soonergirl827..........
jwick

Doylestown, PA

#101 Sep 30, 2008
I just received the Bluedeer letter in the mail today. I also wondered why a money transfer would be part of a mystery shopping opportunity. I would love to make extra cash (who wouldn't?), but this has to be a scam. Who would just send me a check for amost 4k? I smell a fraud!
Pretty girl

Mechanicsburg, PA

#102 Sep 30, 2008
I work for K-Mart and two ladies came in the store with the letter and papers for management to sign. I copied all the information down and this was what I found. She has already deposited the check in her account..... I hope she reads this!

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