'Mystery Shopper' scam looks legitimate

'Mystery Shopper' scam looks legitimate

There are 193 comments on the Kentucky.com story from Feb 9, 2008, titled 'Mystery Shopper' scam looks legitimate. In it, Kentucky.com reports that:

“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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Bridgeport Pa

AOL

#1 Apr 8, 2008
I received one of these checks today also with a check written on a bank in New York. The same scam as described in this post.
reserve la

La Place, LA

#2 Apr 11, 2008
i to received the same letter/cashier check but the amount was for $3850.00..from new york.ny
Nebraska city

York, NE

#3 Apr 14, 2008
I recieved one of these checks today written to citibank in New York.
steam cleaner

Nicholasville, KY

#4 Apr 15, 2008
what will they think of next
grrr

Bristol, CT

#5 Apr 15, 2008
I just received one of these drawn on a bank in Kansas -- called the bank and when I said they wanted me to Western Union money the guy at the bank said "DON'T DO IT -- IT'S A SCAM". The old saying of if it looks too good to be true -- it probably is.
baller

Springfield, KY

#6 Apr 15, 2008
LOOK VERY CLOSELY ON THE CHECK, IN THE BACKGROUND IN REAL FAINT LETTERS IT WILL SAY "VOID". YOU HAVE TO LOOK VERY VERY CLOSE, BUT ITS ON THERE SOMEWHERE.
throbs2

Michigan City, IN

#7 Apr 19, 2008
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.
clem

Chicago, IL

#8 Apr 25, 2008
I to received a check today and it looks so real and the letter looks real to. The people who are reasponsible need to be piledrived on top of all of those fack ass checks their useing to take advantage of people.My fack ass check was for 3,950,00 keep 510.00 and send back 3290.00 I wish I can send them the bird.
Lester Lasher

Gallitzin, PA

#9 Apr 28, 2008
I also received one of those letters with a check in it for over $4,000. SO, I took it to our bank and they said it was a scam.

Guess they think we're all suckers..I almost said
please cash it anyways..

Lester Lasher
Eldred, PA 16731

Steve

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Apr 29, 2008
I received a letter and a cashiers check for $4130 and was told I can keep $500 and spend $150 as long as I deposit the check and wire $3300 by Western Union immediately --then evaluate Western Union's performance. I called them to ask questions and talked to a Michael Wilson (sounded like Deepak Chopra) was kinda vague---so I called back to talk to Barbara Green--hah----very muffled with static-----these people think americans are idiots!!!!!!
Anony

Harrisburg, PA

#11 Apr 29, 2008
I recieved one of these also. It has no void written on the check anywhere but I'm sure it's a scam. However I'd like to put out there to anyone trying to take advantage of the poor. To the poor man, that's enough cash to destroy a mans life struggling day to day month to month. Enough I'd say that if you got caught or he tracked you down, which is not very hard if you know the tracks to follow, he'd be the VERY first one to say hello to you and yours :) With a great BIG guarantee waiting patiently for you at your money pickup! Most likely not being you, however your guy WILL talk in the event of...You must think fraud is a health risk-free career, or that it only affects you directly. Think AGAIN!
tom

Sterling, CO

#12 Apr 29, 2008
this idiot you talk to cant even speak english. beware!!
QUEENAYE

AOL

#13 Apr 30, 2008
`I GOT A LETTER AND CHECK IN THE MAIL TODAY. IT MADE REFERENCE TO MY SIGNING UP FOR MYSTERY SHOPPING IN THE PAST AND SEEMED SOMEWHAT LEGITIMATE,BUT..WHO WOULD SEND ANYONE (THEY DON'T KNOW!)A CHECK FOR OVER 4,000.00??? OF COURSE I WANTED TO BELIEVE THIS WAS TRUE, HOWEVER THERE WERE PLENTY OF SIGNS OF FRAUD. MISPELLINGS,PUNCTUATION ERRORS,VARIOUS COMPANY NAMES AND LOCATIONS. I WANTED THIS SO BADLY AND TRIED TO DENY TO MYSELF THAT IT WAS FAKE, I MADE MY GIRLFRIEND LOOK AT IT AND SHE CALLED THE PHONE # OF THE "COMPANY" AND AN ASIAN WOMAN ANSWERED!! BEWARE!!!!!
NC AREA

Clemmons, NC

#14 May 3, 2008
I receivedone of these check also for 4,270 it wanted me to send 3,700 throught western union and keep the remaining 400.00.iI knew it was a scam,my husband call the number and the asian male said the check was legit.The bank use was commerce bank in phil,pa. PLEASE BEWARE OF SCAM
Carl Ericksberg

Quincy, MA

#15 May 3, 2008
I just received a check from MYSTERY SHOPPERS PLC for $4270.00. It was written on COMERCE BANK, 2385 Cheltenham Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19150. It was signed by Jeff Phillips, Director Operations (employment)
michele

Houtzdale, PA

#16 May 3, 2008
Carl Ericksberg wrote:
I just received a check from MYSTERY SHOPPERS PLC for $4270.00. It was written on COMERCE BANK, 2385 Cheltenham Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19150. It was signed by Jeff Phillips, Director Operations (employment)
hey yea I got one of those today guess what I AM GOING IT DO WITH IT BUT YOU KNOW IT IS A SHAME THAT THEY THINK US AMERICANS ARE SO STUPID TO FALL INTO THEIR SCAMS.
Doug

Carlisle, PA

#17 May 4, 2008
I just received a check from MYSTERY SHOPPERS PLC for $4270.00. It was written on COMERCE BANK, 2385 Cheltenham Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19150. It was signed by Jeff Phillips, Director Operations (employment)

I just received the EXACT same check, signed by the same guy - check sure looks real though, too bad I can't cash it and screw the scammers somehow...
Lisa

Hawley, PA

#18 May 5, 2008
I received my check today from Commerce Bank in Philadelphia. Thank you for the internet so that you can check on these things. Boy it does look real and the letter is very professional. Its a little scarry!
Sandra

Tifton, GA

#19 May 5, 2008
My mom received the same letter today. The bank told her that if the check had been cashed and she had money gramed the money to the person, eventually the check would have bounced and she would owe the bank and those people would be 3,700 dollars richer. So to anyone looking up info on Mystery Shoppers PLC.
THROW...THE...LETTER...AWAY... .AND DO NOT CASH THAT CHECK!!!!!!!
Rob

Opelika, AL

#20 May 5, 2008
I just received the Check this morning from Commerce Bank 2385 Cheltenham. But instead of taking it to my bank I cashed it at Walmart. I kept the whole 4,270.00 and wish I would send them anything. I look at it like this. I asked Walmart about it they said they had been cashing a few throughout the week anddidn't even make me show my ID. They had me type in my Name, Address, SSN on the Pad at the counter and the cashier politely counted out all 4,270 dollars minus the check cashing fee. After I cashed it they require you to fax in your information on a acceptance form when I called them and got someone that don't speak english I asked for Jeff Phillips they hung up on me. Then I decided to look it up and here I find all of this. Well good thing I didn't send the money. So, as of right now I have 4 thousand 2 hundred and 70 dollars here in front of me. Good thing I didn't use my real SSN at Walmart. So, I guess it was meant for me to have it. I only asked the Cashier was it legit she took it and cashed it. I wasn't going to stop her.

So, thanks Mystery Shoppers PLC. I pray none of you deposit these checks into yourbank accounts because it will come back.

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