I was giving instructions to become a secret shopper for Walmart. I was sent several money orders and told to cash them and utilize the services at local stores. Initially the money orders are accepted and then all returned.
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Phoney Cashier's Check
Mar 26, 2016
Monetary Loss: $2
Asked my bank if the Cashier's Check I received was good for deposit in my account and they told me they believe it was no good.
I teceived a check with stating Why I was suppose to do j was to get cash than go to Walmart as mystery shopper l was suppose get $400 and money--grams to names they should and next I found out the check was no good they sent me another check which was which was suppose to be good to cover first check which came back
In the pass I've taken on mystery shoppers assignment and didn't think any thing of this email being a scam, so I accepted it. About two-week later I received a check for $2,780.99 with instruction to take to my bank, cash it and complete two money gram assignment.
1. Deduct my assignment income of $170.00
2.Divide the balance left into two halves and visit two money gram locations in my area sent one part to Nardia Akon, 1885 E Kellogg Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226 and the remaining to Carleen Reyes 119 Westerly CT, Orcas Island, WA 98243.
The Letter I received was from Timothy Smith, Task Coordinator Processing Job-Unit . The address on the delivery package was , 405 Boxcar Way, Valrico, FL 33595. I took the check to my bank and ask for verification and found that the bank name that appeared on the cashier check didn't exist.
I was contacted by a mystery shopping company. I went online to check them with the better business bureau. Great rating. They sent me a check for $3300. and told me to keep $300. for my assignment fee. I cashed the check at my bank with no problem. I went purchase 6-$500. prepaid gift cards which had to be from One Vanilla company for some reason. When I got home with the cards, the next part of my assignment said to take pictures of the front and back of each individual prepaid credit card and send to them to verify. That's when the light went off. If I would have carried out that part of the assignment, I would have had to come up with $3300. to cover check which had not been returned yet by my bank. I went to the police and they said many people had been scammed like this, but I was one of the very few lucky ones that did not take a picture of the front and back of the cards, so they could spend the money immediately online purchasing items. I had signed up previously for a mystery shopping job. When this came my way, I checked it out and they had a great better business bureau rating, so I let my guard down from there. Anyway, I called the One Vanilla Card company to get a refund. One Vanilla prepaid card company is the worst company I've ever dealt with In my life. They made me wait weeks for my refund and treated me extremely poorly.
I originally received an email regarding being a secret shopper. I thought, cool I would love to. I gave them my mailing addressed and later received a 'check' in the mail for $1,993.89. They instructed me to shop at Walmart for $50.00 and keep my receipts, and then go purchase two money orders at USPS in the amount of $804.00 ea. Then I was to go to the UPS store and pay $85.00 to overnight the money orders. I deposited the check and decided to wait until the bank would clear it before spending my own money. This *** called me demanding that I 'complete' my job before end of business today. I told him in no uncertain terms that I am not stupid and he involved the postal service by mailing me this fraudulent check and that I would be reporting it. No more was heard from him. I have attached the letter and check that was sent to me.