'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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east meadow

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#191
Aug 2, 2011
 
I too received a check today for 1295.00 the check was from a Sandra Douglas the check was to be cashed at td bank: when I called td bank, they told me that the account was not open but there is an account with that account number on the check: but they sent me an email saying to cash the check, get my fee for 100.00 and western union the rest of the fee to someone in another state... and afterwards it told me 4 short things to check when i go to western union: when i called the phone number on the check, the person spoke very broken english (arabic) and phone was full of static( answering machine stated that it was a MAGIC JACK CUSTOMER) maybe i need to give the check to the police and let them handle it.. The instructions on what to do with the check was longer than the directions to shop..
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#192
Aug 24, 2011
 
I too received a check after signing up for mystery shopper. It was for 2960.00. I was to cash the check, keep $500. and western union the rest to someone in NJ. I cashed the check but did not send anything because I was skeptical. I'm going to deposit the money into my acct tomorrow so that when the check doesn't go through the money is in my acct. Can I get in trouble for cashing the check?
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#193
Aug 24, 2011
 
I just rec'd a check today for $3,550.21 that is totally legit. No watermark "void" anywhere. Have a letter with the same instructions that everyone has posted. Mystery shopper - Western Union etc. etc. etc. It's from ValRico State Bank in FL. I looked the bank up online & it's a legit bank. I'm taking all of this to my bank tomorrow to get these guys caught once and for all! If people are going to prison because of these guys it has to be stopped. Glad I read all of these post's!
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Van Buren, AR

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#194
Sep 21, 2011
 
My mom got one this week for 3990.00 from travel leather co., inc. in Peabody MA, and the check was from DanversBank
Cindy Lehigh ValleyPA

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#195
Sep 29, 2011
 
9/21/2011 I receieved one, when I called the # on it,a woman told me to call her back in 10 min., she was on another line with an important call. It took money off my phone. I called my company and was told the #'s on my letter are from Quebec,Canada
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#196
Dec 9, 2011
 
I received 2 postal money orders and shopper instructions to cash at my bank and shop western union and wire 1480.00 to a person in the Phillipines. The FedEx envelop was sent by someone in NY and the postal orders from a person in Seattle WA. I don't trust anyone who emails me anymore. Don't put or apply for anything on the web. This is the third scam I have received.
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Dec 9, 2011
 

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Brian wrote:
Oh you dim witted people...haven't you ever heard that if it sounds to good to be true...it usually is? Why is this country plagued with lazy bastards who just want to get paid...but not do any actual WORK?
If you are so smart why are you on this web site. You get your kicks belittling people. Get a more productive life
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#199
Mar 16, 2012
 
Just received 2 money orders for 975.00 dollars alledgely bought in CVS pharmacy and Moneygram, with instructions to buy 50.00 dollars worth of merchandise in Walmart, and then take my 200.00 dollars cut and send whatever is left to a Sandra Douglas in the Philippines. Obviously I didnt buy into this scam. To all of you out there, we need to stop this people from taking advantage of the good hard working people in the United States of America. Nothing beats hard work.
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Hinesville, GA

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#200
Mar 20, 2012
 
Yep, I too received two of these, money orders from cvs pharmacy, international money order that i am to evaluate our walmart and wire the remaining money to a client in the Phillipenes, What a joke!!!!
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Not Scammed

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Scam is still going on! I rec'd similar e-mails, today I rec'd a cashiers check for 3250.00, looked so real (scary real) and I was supposed to cash, keep 400.00 spend 20.00 and send the rest to someone in Philippines moneygram (money in minutes) then write my secret shopper notes and email to a John Merrick. The package had a return address of CA but was mailed from IL and the check was from a bank in WA. My husband looked at check and tore it up. Scary how real it all looked but I was taught if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! They shouldn't be so greedy as to ask for 2830.00 back. Check was only supposed to be for 2850.00 but when I got it, it was for 3250.00. I guess they decided to try for extra 400.00....Sorry scammers, not this time!
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Sep 11, 2013
 
Not Scammed wrote:
Scam is still going on! I rec'd similar e-mails, today I rec'd a cashiers check for 3250.00, looked so real (scary real) and I was supposed to cash, keep 400.00 spend 20.00 and send the rest to someone in Philippines moneygram (money in minutes) then write my secret shopper notes and email to a John Merrick. The package had a return address of CA but was mailed from IL and the check was from a bank in WA. My husband looked at check and tore it up. Scary how real it all looked but I was taught if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! They shouldn't be so greedy as to ask for 2830.00 back. Check was only supposed to be for 2850.00 but when I got it, it was for 3250.00. I guess they decided to try for extra 400.00....Sorry scammers, not this time!
I am suppose to be getting a check for 2830.00 on Monday. Glad I read these. But how can an innocent that know nothing of the scams get into trouble. They do nothing wrong, its the scammers We should get fake IDs and cash em. Scam them right back. Just kidding.
djr2031

Southfield, MI

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#208
Oct 6, 2013
 
I just received this Fed Ex package like many of you have stated. I too am very skeptical about this and the guy keeps texting and emailing me about why I haven't started yet. I think I'm just going to take it to the cops and be done with it.

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