Mystery Shopper

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I was scammed by Patrick Nearing

  • by: Sheeba
  • #2156
  • Mar 1, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $15
Initially I responded to an e-mail soliciting individuals who were interested in becoming mystery shoppers. I had to provide, name, phone number and address. The next e-mail explained that the company conducted mystery shops for a variety of local companies and I would be contacted when they had a job for me. I was contacted via e-mail and told to be on the look out for a check that would arrive via Federal Express the next day and that I was to deposit the check and let them know when I had done so. In the morning I was reminded to be on the lookout for the check, this time I was notified via text and told to text back once deposit had been made. I received the check, made the deposit and texted. The check was in the amount of close to $3000 - my fee ($215) plus the amount I would be wiring to another mystery shopper ($2600) and the cost for the wire. Within a few minutes I got a call (the connection was not good and I could not make out everything but they said something about directions I would be getting) At that time I told them I would be doing nothing until the check cleared. The next morning I received a text that said they received notification that the funds had been credited to my account. I told them they had not, that my bank (which I never gave them) would not be giving them such information. I told them the check was still pending and that I would let them know when it cleared. By the next day they texted and e-mailed me specific instructions including how I was to transfer the funds, to whom and that I was to say the funds should be made available immediately and that I knew the person. I have multiple phone texts and e-mails that I would be happy to share, giving more detail. I knew by this point that I was being scammed. I sent a text Friday night to let them know the check still had not cleared and that I would only complete the assignment once it did. I never heard from them again. By Saturday my bank had charged me $15 for depositing a bad check. At least that is all I am out, it obviously could have been much worse. I reported it to my bank on Sunday to make sure they did not try to put the check through again and they said they might be able to get me a copy of the check, as I mentioned I was going to try and report this scam. I have the text and all of the e-mail correspondence.
Names reported:
Patrick Nearing, Mystery Shoppers USA, Secret Shopper
Phones reported:
707-520-4210
Web/emails reported:
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

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Unresolved

Secret Shopper Scam

  • by: Frustrated
  • #2167
  • Mar 1, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $4090.04
I had placed an ad of Kijiji Red Deer and in this ad I was looking for work. I received a text message from Mr. Lawson Walker and he had asked me to send an email for more information. I am submitting the emails that correspond with this.

After I had given all the information requested I was told that I would received a package from UPS and it would contain the information for the first Secret Shopper assignment. When the package came that only thing that was in it was a cheque for $2901.16 US. With this cheque I was to deposit it into my account and wait for the cheque to clear. After the cheque cleared I was to withdraw the money, keep my fee and then continue on to the assignment which was for Money Gram. The cheque was returned and the reason on the notice from my bank was Funds Frozen. I then contacted Lawson and he told me that since he was unable to contact me his head office cancelled the cheque.

I am now held responsible for the fee from the cheque which because it was a US cheque and the transfer rate from US dollars to Canadian dollars makes the amount go from $2901.16 to $4070.04.

I would like to know what it is that I am supposed to do now.
Also reported:
BANNEST INC. REGIONAL ELECTRONIC
Names reported:
Lawson Walker, Bobby M Neeley,
Phones reported:
607-218-4079
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

Unseen Shoppers

  • by: marimar615
  • #2196
  • Mar 2, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I am currently unemployed and received a link from a linkedIn member to apply to be an unseen shopper. I became suspicious after I did a research of the member. They keep sending me emails and text that I will be receiving a check to go purchase gift cards and keep $350. A very well known scam, but I would like to prevent others from becoming victims.
Names reported:
Paul Pruitt
Phones reported:
802-328-6400
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

Attempted Scam for Mystery Shopper Job

  • by: Doc
  • #2533
  • Mar 8, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
~6 wks ago I submitted my name + address to a posting on the internet asking for people to apply for mystery shopping jobs. On 5 Mar. '16 I received a cashier's check & a packet of instructions for dispersal of the monies as well as instructions regarding my mystery shopping duties. Many things about the job offer looked "fishy" so I contacted Golden1 CU in Sacramento, CA & was told the cashier's check was bogus. The Sacramento CU suggested I take copies of docs to the Golden1 CU nearer to where I live. I noticed Mauricio Hernandez in Bronx, NY mailed the docs + cashier's check, using Priority 2-Day Mail, on 2 Feb 16. This mailing was delivered to me on 5 Mar 16 --- over 1 month after it was mailed.
Names reported:
Mauricio Hernandez
Web/emails reported:
[email protected], [email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

Bogus job offer as "secret shopper"

  • by: GrammieLo
  • #2544
  • Mar 8, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I was told I'd be paid $200 for each assignment to shop at local businesses and report on my experience. I received a check for $1680.35 from United Community Bank in Blowing Rock, NC. Called the bank and was immediately told the check was fraudulent and to SHRED it! I will return it to the bank so they can prosecute.
Also reported:
Narmont Shop LLC Livermore, CA (probably fraudulent)
Names reported:
Jeff Barr
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

Beware

  • by: Tracy
  • #2676
  • Mar 10, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I want everyone to be aware of mystery shopping. They send you a check for 1,800.00 and they tell you to go to the bank and deposit the check in your account and take a picture of the deposit so they will have a pic of your information then send them back 1,500.00.
Names reported:
Jimmy Daniels, Surlena Mcneal
Phones reported:
505-675-0444, 864-777-0435
Web/emails reported:
[email protected], [email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.