Mystery shopper scam?
Other day I asked about this, well last night I recieved this next email from this person. However, I would never send cash to anyone I also checked on Bing Maps and Google Earth and this place looks rundown, rusty, etc. evaluate a MONEY GRAM OUTLET nearest to you as i have asked you to find you from my previous email....Read carefully as this is very easy. Steps to take ; YOUR FIRST ASSIGNMENT You are advised to read carefully to understand procedures. 1) You are to make a transfer of funds from a MONEY GRAM location closest to you to another Mystery shopper in another City or state, and the funds would be picked up by this Mystery shopper at the exact locations which a customer has reported her funds stolen from. 2) You would have to record the time at which you go to the location and how many minutes it took you to get service. You will be receiving Money Orders of $950 X 2 = $1900 via FedEx courier service today Ensure you are available to receive delivery so you can carry out your task immediately. You are advised to deposit/cash the Money Order at your bank only this morning upon receipt,deduct $200 survey fees for this assignment and have the balance funds transferred via MONEY GRAM to the following mystery shoppers. You will be required to deduct the MONEY GRAM transfer charges from the balance funds to the agent details below. Here are the details below: TERI SMITH 140 Truxtun Ave Bakersfield CA 93301 USA. TEST QUESTION - IN GOD ANSWER - WE TRUST After processing the check at your bank, proceed immediately with cash to the nearest MONEY GRAM OUTLET for evaluation and secretly perform the following shopping operation on your own, please do not ask the MONEY GRAM operators any suspicious question as your Identity should be kept confidential as the job states (secret shopper), just act as an ignorant customer: In the process of sending the funds to the above mystery shoppers, you are to carry out your assignment and provide us with a report to the following questions below ; 1. How fast and Efficient is the MONEY GRAM Money Transfer Service? 2. How long does it take you to have the funds wired? 3. How close is the MONEY GRAM Money Transfer Location to your area? 4. Is the Senders Request Form too short or Long? Kindly Advise 5. Is the neighboring environment safe for handling MONEY GRAM Money Transfer Service. 6. When you get to MONEY GRAM some would ask you , about whom you are sending funds to ,just let him or her know you are sending the funds to a close relative.. 7. Be very Cautious as they would want to find out whom exactly you are working for 8. General Comments.... You are expected to have this done on the same day you receive the funds and email us back your results with the following information after you have the funds wired: 1. SENDER’S NAME: 2. SENDER'S ADD: 3. Money Transfer Reference Number: (Eight digit) xxx:xxx:xx 4.Exact Amount Wired: $ I will like you to confirm you completely understand your assignment and capability in carrying it out without glitches.Also note that if you complete this task within 24hrs, you are entitled to a bonus fee of $100. Which will be included in the payment for your next assignment. Kindly get back ASAP because your results will be reviewed and collated for the upcoming JULY, 2010 Analyst/Investor Conference coming up in Colorado. Regards. Mr. Paul Falotico Task Co-Ordinator . Should I return them , send them to Ca or just throw them out? I did recieve these two ant still have them. I will take them to my nearest FBI next week. If they want to look at my emails I will show them. thanks
Asked By: koalabay52 - 7/15/2010
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Do not cash them or return them. Keep the original envelope and call your nearest FBI Field Office to ask for their advice... More
Answered By: Kittysue - 7/15/2010
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Do not cash any check they give you. It will bounce. Google "mystery shopper scam" Days, and days of reading. While you are at it google "work from home online scams". There are plenty of people that know it's super easy to fool anyone. You'd be surprised as to how many people fall for these scams. /
Answered By: Judy - 7/15/2010
It is a scam. The money orders would be fake but would look perfectly real. They would bounce 10-14 days after you send out the money via Money Gram. This leaves you on the hook for the bad money orders and maybe even facing criminal charges.
Answered By: Wayne Z - 7/15/2010
This is a scam for sure. A legitimate company does not ask you to deposit anything to your account. They send you places and pay you for each trip to a store. This is a Nigerian scam which sends you fake money orders, you cash them, send money back to them, and then you are on the hook for the bounced checks to your... More
Answered By: Flower - 7/15/2010
I'm pretty sure I heard about this scam on Judge Judy.
Answered By: Lou - 7/15/2010
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