Mystery Shopper

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Unresolved

Market Research Scam

  • by: stollfam24
  • #61356
  • Jul 26, 2019
  • Monetary Loss: $1830
I signed up for a “mystery shopper” program via LinkedIn to make extra money. They sent me several emails that I would be getting a check in the mail to deposit and then would received the job instructions. I received a cashiers check for $1830. And was told that I’d keep $300 of it and would need to go to various stores “incognito” and purchase gift cards. Not thinking about it I deposited into my account and I received the job instructions. Something didn’t seem right so I called the bank the cashiers check was issued from and it was invalid. The bank could not verify the check. I called my bank right away to let them know that it was a fraudulent check that was given to me. All 3 of My accounts at my bank are now frozen and I will not have access to any of my funds. Once the check is returned I’ll be responsible for the fees incurred. This is a SCAM! Do NOT fall for it. Luckily I caught it and my bank was able to freeze any transactions. But I’ll still have to pay the fees for when the fraudulent check comes back that was given to me.
Also reported:
Balanced Growth LLC
Names reported:
Marc Burton
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

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Unresolved

Secret Shopper Scam

  • by: Notdumb2019
  • #61496
  • Aug 1, 2019
  • Monetary Loss: $0
Replied to a Secret shopper ad and was sent a check for $2930.00 with a letter telling me what my assignments were. After reading the letter which has spelling and language errors I became suspicious. The cashiers check that was sent has no watermark and printing is poor. I did not lose any money, because I researched their information first.
Also reported:
Posted jobs Inc. professional Survey and research Group
Names reported:
Savage Mills
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

I signed up to be part of a secret shopper focus group, but I think it's a scam

  • by: emilyaptaker
  • #61636
  • Aug 7, 2019
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I haven't lost anything yet, but would like to report before anyone else does. Send me a check in the mail for over $2,000 and told to cash it. Also to buy numerous $50 walmart gift cards and take pictures of them and send them to the desired location
Names reported:
Micheal Preston
Phones reported:
919-584-4620
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

Mystery Shoppers

  • by: Vjpowell
  • #61665
  • Aug 8, 2019
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I received email after applying for a mystery shopper stating I had been selected. Then received the text below.
Good Morning, This is to notify you that your training kit for the survey evaluation shopping in your area have been delivered and I need an update on the progress of your assignment. You can email/text me progress of your assignment at [email protected] or TEXT 919-584-4620 . Thanks Michael Preston And received a letter with instructions on getting a cashiers check as well as gift cards to Walmart. I started searching online and found almost exact scam but different company name with similar instructions. So I did not go any further.
Names reported:
Michael Preston
Phones reported:
919-584-4620
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

Scam alert!

  • by: RayP
  • #61694
  • Aug 9, 2019
  • Monetary Loss: $0
Received an e-mail from job and placement services, which appeared to have come from my school regarding a secret shopper opportunity. I received one check via fed ex express for $2600 and one visa USPS regular mail for $2450. It was obvious that they were fraudulent. The grammatical errors and repeated correspondence regarding whether the check was deposited, gave it away. If I get a check, it needs to be from a major bank so I can CASH it not deposit it into my back. I’m also not sending pictures of 4 gift cards via text message. These people need real jobs!
Also reported:
Macromill Group, Straut Survey LLC, Prezision Survey
Names reported:
Ben Melvick, Williams Carter
Web/emails reported:
[email protected], [email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

Mystery Shopper

  • by: Sassyl80
  • #61758
  • Aug 12, 2019
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I have been sent a check for $3250.00 Asks me to deposit in my bank, keep $350 for myself to buy a cashiers check for $50.00 to American Cancer Society, then go to 2 walmart stores spend $140.00 on personal items to keep and Walmart gift cards totaling $2700 then send a picture of the scratched walmart gift cards to 937-541-0841 and await the address to send the cashiers check and scratched walmart cards to.
Also reported:
Postedjobs inc. Professional Survey and Research Group
Names reported:
Lloyd Rowland, John A. Barnes Jr., Hannah Shaw
Phones reported:
937-541-0841
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.