Secret Shopper Scam

You've heard of marketing companies conducting surveys on department stores... asking shoppers about their experiences.
That's the hook on this scam.
You get a letter in the mail asking you to be a "secret shopper".
It conveniently comes with a check just begging to be cashed.
But don't take it to the bank... It's just another fake.
Melissa Molles received the letter and check. She says, "I thought it would be fun to do, you know. You could go shopping. Everybody loves to shop ... and then make money at the same time."
Melissa was intrigued by the offer.
The company, Global Management and Evaluation Marketing Services of Toronto, Ontario... offered to pay her $350 to go shopping.
On top of that... the company would give her $100 to shop at J.C. Penney and another 100 bucks to spend at Wal-Mart.
All she had to do... fill out an evaluation of her shopping experience.
But what made her suspicious... being asked to deposit this check and wire $3,300 to Canada. She checked with her bank first.
Melissa says, "They said that the check was stolen actually. I guess somebody had stolen a bunch of checks so the check wasn't any good."
Melissa was smart to check things out before moving forward.
These days check fraud is big business... netting millions for the crooks who convince folks their checks are real.
Just remember... whenever someone sends you too much money and needs some wired back... it's a scam... especially if you're asked to send money out of the country.
U.S. law enforcement can't help with crimes which originate outside our borders.


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  • by Kristina Location: roanoke on Apr 11, 2011 at 04:30 PM
    Now they are using the name Phillip Pike BEWAREEEE
  • by Melinda Location: Washington state on Jul 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM
    I also got the same e-mail from hunta972@embarqmail.com -- what gave it away as a scam was two different names attached to the same e-mail: Mark Hector and Gayle Whittier. Not to mention, nothing could be found on Google or any search engine about their "company."
  • by Jen Location: NY on Jul 24, 2010 at 04:58 PM
    They are at it again the newest email address is hunta972@embarqmail.com
  • by Mark Location: Knoxville on Jun 14, 2010 at 09:13 AM
    The latest Mark Hector email address is markhenry@kawa.serveronline.net, at least that was the latest I got.
  • by Chad Location: Laughlin, NV on May 7, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    I got a letter from the company asking me to mystery shop a western union. They sent me a money order that looks very convincing. They instructions were to cash it and take out $100 for my commission and western union the remaining to an account in the UK. The money order was for $890.00, why would they send such a large amount? Thats what got me thinking. So I looked into it each time "Mark Hector" emailed me it was from a different email address.
  • by Cj Location: AZ on Apr 27, 2010 at 10:46 PM
    yeahhh dude they are deff a scam!!!! watch out !
  • by someone Location: WA on Apr 21, 2010 at 06:45 PM
    I got something similar from DMO Evaluation INC asking me to forward a money order to the UK and thought it very suspicious. Who would just send you a money order and give you money from it? They seemed to eager. Strange
  • by Joemama360 Location: Chicago on Feb 24, 2009 at 04:50 PM
    I got the same thing too...good thing i did some research and found this article...plus when i called them, person explaining this to me was so impolite..thats what got me thinking that this was a scam
  • by eliza Location: new york on Feb 2, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    i hope more people would not be scam by this
  • by melissa Location: dallas, texas on Oct 14, 2008 at 01:46 PM
    I recieved a letter and a check for 4,992.00 to be a mystery shopper. I called the number on the letter and they told me to go cash the check and call them back when its done. Ok so if this is a scam, and I was to cash the check and it went through, why on earth would I wire money to Canada? Why not keep the money? If its a stollen check no one would cash it right? Ok how does the scammer know hes not about to be scamed? Not to many ppl are trust worthy to do the right thing you know?
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