Suppose to be a secret shopper. Sent check for $2920.72 for me to purchase 2 IPad Pros , complete an assessment for an Apple Store. Then IPads were to be overnighted to R Thaxton, 170 Arch St., New Britain CT 06051. Check was drawn on Navy Federal Credit Union, PO Box 3000, Merrifield VA. Came back unable to locate account. However Apple would not take a personal check so the IPads were charged on a card card. I have copy of receipt with serial numbers. iPads shouldn't be returned for cash back should be credit on card. But so far I on,y have bounced check, no iPads and a bill to pay.
ATTENTION:If you've been contacted by secret-shopper scammers, your personal information may have been breached. #REPORTSCAM highly recommends that consumers whose information has been breached obtain identity theft protection service immediately. There are several companies that offer identity theft protection in the US. One of the most inexpensive options we were able to find is the protection offered by LifeLock. You can start your protection here.
Disclaimer: The information and opinions contained on this site are not endorsed by LifeLock. #REPORTSCAM receives compensation from LifeLock. This helps support our scam prevention efforts.
Mystery Shopper scam
Feb 21, 2016
Monetary Loss: $10.00
answered email ad for a mystery shopper. Received a cashiers check for $1735.00 and was instructed to get a cashiers check for $10.00 and send it to a person and then send $1455 to someone in China via Money Gram and then email back how the experience went answering questions provided you. I received several emails asking why I hadn't sent the money but I was not going to do it until the check had cleared the bank. The check was a fraud. I also received another cashiers check for $2875.00 with no instructions that was also a fraud.
Follows the pattern of other mystery shopper complaints:
Via email indicated an interest.
Rec'd 2-Day Priority Mail envelope - USPS Tracking #9405 5016 9932 0073 8481 68 containing Citibank check for $2,830. Accompany instructions (on plain,white, non-letterhead paper) told to deposit, keep $200, pay $80 for wire transfer to send remaining $2,550 to Greg Haller of Warsaw, Poland.
I would note the check, like others pictured here, reads:
"TO VERIFY AUTHENTICITY, SEE REVERSE FOR DESCRIPTION OF THE 13 SECURITY FEATURES"
One of the listed security features is "Watermarks on back can be seen when held at an angle"
- - I saw/found no watermarks!
I received a text from Patricia saying: there is a mystery shopper opening apply now $350 per assignment. I apply within the next 3 weeks I received a text saying I need to reply to confirmed position the coordinator name: Adam Watson (410)942-6343. I received an envelope within the next week western union assessment and inside with a check pay to me and in the amount of $1499.00 explaining go to my bank deposit it the funds will be available within 24 hours asking me to take $300 dlrs for my commission and the rest sent it to two different people it was very suspicious I began to find out there no Adam Watson no Richard green this is a SCAM report to the police...ASAP
I was looking for a job on the computer and found a Secret Shopper job advertised. I filled out my information and was told I would be receiving information in the mail. I received an envelope with instructions and a cashiers check for $1,745.00. I was told to deposit the check and wait 24 hours. Then I was to go to a Western Union servicing office and send $1,475.00 to an address in China. I was to receive a salary of $250.00 for doing this. I was instructed to make some notes on how I was treated at this location, how long it took to get service and customer service professionalism.
I realized this was a scam and notified the FBI office in Houston.
I was contacted by Mr Payne about becoming a secret shopper at Kmart. He told me that I would have $100 to spend in a certain Kmart store and I would be payed for my time. After I said yes it took him about two or three weeks to send me my first assignment. He told me there would be two surveys and I would paid $150 for each survey. The first was to go to Kmart or Walmart and shop and then evaluate the people I talk to. I did this. Secondly I was to send $1050 dollars each to Thelma Natan and Glorylee Boquila both in the Philippines. He had sent me a check drawn on a Dewitt bank in Iowa. It was a cashiers ck for $2550.00. I deposited it in my account. After three days I went to my bank to see if the money cleared and the teller told me yes it was ok to use. I later that day went to a Western Unoin satellite store. It was the Rite Aid drug store in Absecon NJ and sent $1050 to Thelma Natan. I was told because they were evaluating different Western Un. stores to send the monies from different stores. The next day I went to Rite Aid in Pleasantville NJ and sent $1050 to Glorylee Boquila. I received a text the next day to imediately go back to the store and get a refund. I went back the next day and spent hours on the phone. Finally after leaving and returning home Western Un. called me with a new tracking # to get a refund. On Sunday morning Mr Payne texted me and said that I have to get the money back right away and send it to Cathy Lenceski in MO. I went to the Pleasantville Rite Aid on Sunday morning but they said they only give refunds up tom $999 and he did'nt even have that much in the store. At that point I became angry since it was Sunday and I missed church. At that point I decided this whole could wait until Monday, today. He texted me a couple more times but I just ignored him. Today I worked in the morning and then started to go to a check cashing place in Absecon NJ near my home. As I was leaving to go my mail came. I stopped and brought i with me. The first piece of mail I opened was a envelope from my bank, Ocean City Home Bank. They said that the ck I deposited last week was a fraud. After that I opened two other envelopes from Robert Payne. There was two more cks, one for $2550 and the other for$3550. I was really worried now so I went to the Check cashing place and to my surprise I was able to get the one refund. I then asked the cashier how to go about trying to get the first amt. refunded. She told me I had to go through the same process. I first called the Dewitt Bank in Iowa and tried to verify the three cks. They said that all three were frauds. I then called Western Union and told them I wanted to report a fraud. They told me the first $1050 was picked so I couldn't get a refund. They took my info and gave me a fraud file #1356385 and told me to contact the police. Iam presently waiting for a call back from the State Police fraud unit.