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Mar 20, 2016
Monetary Loss: $0
I received an email offering me a "job" opportunity as a Kmart secret shopper. As I went into the link it had the SAME cover as the regular Kmart Website. Sent in my information. Two weeks later I received a text message saying I was accepted into the program and to follow the instruction. I asked what instructions and received no response. Few days later I received a letter by mail with a check of $2,970.00. With specific instructions. Saying to deposit the check keep $400 and money wire the rest to a specific address. Got suspicious so I looked it up online where I found out that scams were being committed using this method. So I decided to report it.
My name is Terri Jerome, I am on disability social security and i have a hard time making ends meet. Well i got an email stating i could earn 300.00 for being a secret shopper i applied and got the job, he sent me a check for 2048.00 i was suppose to shop at a store the fill all survey then send the rest of the money to the next shopper. I waited for the check to clear the did what i was to do. The a week later those check weren't real, now my bank say i have to pay back the whole thing. I reported it to the pierce county sheriff department but they said they probably won't be caught. I feel like i have been a victim twice once from the jerk then from my bank. I have know idea how i am going to live after this, like pay my rent or even eat.
First, I did not lose any money, I was paid to do this job $400.00 every two weeks, plus reimbursement for supplies I used. That is why I thought this was not a scam. I was hired by this guy to send out money orders and checks with letters to secret shoppers. Some of the letters were 2nd and 3rd letters to the same secret shopper, so I thought for sure no one would be fooled more than once. Later I gave him the information to a savings account I no longer use so he could deposit money into it. I was then told to either send money grams or western union to people in Africa. I started to get suspicious when this started. The money must have been good because the bank has not notified me of any issues and it has been over two weeks. He had just deposited more money in my bank account so I could send more money grams and western union money to Africa, however, I was contacted by the USPS Inspector Service and made aware of this scam and that they are working on the east coast to intercept the mail coming from this guy to prevent it from going any further. The Inspector I spoke with said they had intercepted the package of fake money orders I was suppose to receive this week. I gave him every bit of information I had. I have kept all communications with this guy so I was able to give it all to the inspector. Unfortunately, I was responsible for mailing out fake checks and money orders to hundreds of people. Also, the inspector informed me that even the labels the guy provided to me are fake, that the post office is out for all that postage money. This really makes me sick that I was such a sucker. I hope there is no one else out there working for this guy.
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 Wellbeing Healthcare Inc. The check didn't look real. It had no bank info other than US Bank. I brought it to a check cashing place and they told me is was fake. When I emailed person back and what was said he was adamant it was real and to deposit it into my bank account. The assignment was to deposit check into my account, keep $200 for myself and then send the rest via Moneygram to someone and see how fast the whole process through Moneygram takes with the receiver. Then report it back. That's when I saw the report on this website about other issues involving person and company. Luckily I saw this report and verified with a Check Cashing place first before depositing anything!