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Mystery Shopper Scam?

Hi. So today in the mail i got a letter and check to be a "mystery shopper". The check is for 1,989.43 dollars and it has my name on it with my address. I live in the US and the check is from Houston, Texas. The bank it is from is Amegy Bank which is actually a real bank when i searched it up. The company that does this "secret shopper" is called S.B. Ideas International. Moving on to the actual letter, it says i have to go to their website set up my account and validate the check (which i already did). Then to go deposit the check and keep $350 and use the rest to be a "secret shopper". After i go to a store and do that i have to fill out a evaluation and email the email address they provided with my receipt for the stuff i bought. And thats it. The director on the letter is Larry Jeffery. Is this a scam? I supposedly did a survey for this. I think i did. Not sure. Should u ask my bank if it is a scam?

Asked By: - 5/7/2012
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100% scam... More
Answered By: Buffy Staffordshire - 5/7/2012
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Yes it is a scam. Don't cash it, shred it and don't call or anything. It is counterfeit. Here is where they have several of them. http://snopes.com/fraud/employment/shopper.asp
Answered By: Stephanie F - 5/7/2012
 
It's a scam. There are companies that hire secret shoppers, but they pay the shoppers after they've completed a job, and they don't hire via online surveys.
Answered By: liminal_lady - 5/7/2012
 
SCAM! Do not bank that chq, it is fake. You will get your own bank account closed for dealing with fraudsters! Read up about this type of fraud on the Internet, it is everywhere!
Answered By: bron357 - 5/7/2012
 
i just got it today too i took it to the bank to cash it they said its a scam , its weird that the company is here in the us but the mail has came from spain. dont try to cash it.
Answered By: Zaki - 5/7/2012
 
100% a scam.
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Answered By: Sun King - 5/7/2012
 
This is 100% a SCAM... More
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Answered By: Kittysue - 5/8/2012
 
I got the same letter! I also want to know if this is a scam or not.
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Answered By: Marie Sebastian - 5/9/2012
 
Hey there, this is a 100% scam. The company name for us was S.B. Ideas International. In the future when this might happen to you always remember to call the bank that the check is drawn from. They will be able to let you know if the account is open and if the company will match the account number. That is what we... More
Answered By: Micah - 5/9/2012
 
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