So i applied to be a secret shopper a few months ago and the application was pretty detailed (like a normal job application) I had to sign a confidentiality waiver and I even applied for an opportunity in my area. I heard nothing back so I totally forgot about it. Then yesterday I got a priority mail letter, and im it was a check and instructions on what exactly I was to do. The check was $2,495.95 I was to take it to my bank or any other 3rd party bank but not a check cashing place because of some bulls**t reason. I was to cash it and if I couldn't then deposit it and within 24 hours it would clear. Once I got the money I would buy a cashier's check for $25 and make it payable to Salvation Army oh and I was to keep $300 of this check for my pay, after that I was to go to a Target,Walgreens, rite aid, krogers, or safeway and spend $60 worth of items or item (which I would be able to keep) and also get eBay gift cards totaling $2100. Through all of this I am suppose to be evaluating the service I was getting and I would report my experience and thoughts to this person "Tony Edison" I would also need to send a text with pictures of the cashiers check and gift cards to the same person. I was not to forget to be discreet they could not know I was a secret Shopper what so ever!!
I will say this is a pretty elaborate scam and seemed to be real with the whole application and stuff, but IT IS A SCAM!!! If this is something you think might have happened or you are thinking about it DON'T. If you cash the check or deposit it then your account could get shut down and you will probably be labeled as part of the scam. If that happens so bank will give you an account and your credit will be shot.
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I was almost scammed by Tony Edison of SoGoSurvey
Feb 24, 2020
Monetary Loss: $0
About a week ago (2/18/20) I received a text saying "Hello we are starting a very big research project in your area. This project takes place every week and month, so we need to recruit shoppers to work as a surveyor in your area. You will get $400 on each assignment 15-30 minutes of your time at the store plus time to write up your post-visit reports. Our Job Application Form below http://bit.ly/2UC3L2F Thanks" So out of curiosity I opened it up and filled it out. I have done legitimate research programs for money so I though this may just be another. I received another text this morning (2/24/20) saying "Congrats! Your application has been approved. You applied for our shopped job online a few weeks ago in which you filled in your details to evaluate participating retail stores around you - Designated Assignment Location: Target/Kroger, PAY $300. Assignment details & instructions to be received within 24hrs. Thanks Tony Edison." When I got home, I checked the mail and I had a priority mail Flat rate envelope with a check of $2495.85 and a single page of Instructions. I attached a photo of the instructions for full details. This all seemed sketchy so I looked up sogosurveys on Google and they had websites that appeared to be legit but I wasn't fully convinced. I then looked up "Tony Edison" and got a hit on reportscam.com. As I read the details of the report, it was almost identical the instructions I received, the only difference was that I were to buy Ebay gift cards instead of Walmart gift cards. I read that they did the exact instructions as they were told but in a few days when the check bounced they were now liable for $2100 of Walmart gift cards, the $300 pay was gone, the $60 merchandise they had was now out of their own pocket, and the $25 Salvation Army check was useless. So in the end the $2495 check that was sent to them, they were to cover and were completely responsible for.