Possible mystery shopper scam?
I applied for a mystery shopper position online several weeks ago and never thought anything else about it again, until today, when I received a letter in the mail with no return address. Inside this envelope, there were 3 things: a letter from "Information Source and Survey Inc." with directions on how to make these purchases (with some grammatical errors, mind you), a check made out to me for $2,380.65, and a sheet labeled "Customer Service Evaluation Tool". The letter with the instructions on it said that $250 of the $2,380.65 was Employee Pay. $50 was to be used at Sears, Best Buy, or JC Penny $50.65 was to be used t TJ Maxx or Walgreens. $1,900.00 of it was to be used for a Western Union transaction, with another $130 going towards the Western Union Service fee. I was excited, but suspicious... so I called the number on the letter. Since it was 1:00 in the morning, I was pretty sure no one would answer, but I was expecting some kind of formal, business-like message on their answering machine. When I called, all I got was "Leave a message." *beep* and then an automated message told me that the answering machine was full. I know that most groups that try to scam you, ask for some sort of start up fee or personal information that they can use to financially suck you dry. I haven't been asked for anything like that, but I still am suspicious about this. Also, the envelope had no return address and a Canadian stamp. The enclosed letter had a Buffalo, NY address on it, the check has an Oklahoma City, OK address on it, and when I Googled the company, I found a Westmont, IL address. Help! Please. Thanks everyone! I knew it was probably a scam, but I wasn't completely sure how it worked. I'm taking everything in to my local police station tomorrow.
Asked By: Sarah Ramirez - 12/6/2011
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100% scam... More
Answered By: Buffy Staffordshire - 12/7/2011
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All "mystery shopper" things are scams. They will send you a bad check, and ask you to wire them money. And when you try to cash the check, it will bounce. STAY AWAY. It's all a scam.
Answered By: Splash Frog - 12/6/2011
100% SCAM... More
Answered By: Kittysue - 12/7/2011
Major scam. Walgreens doesn't do Mystery Shopper reports since we now have receipt surveys all customers can fill out online.. we stopped having mystery shoppers in 2008. Going to the Police is excellent.. hopefully they can catch them!
Answered By: S.N. - 12/8/2011
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