Secret Shopper Scam

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  • Target Scam to get you to cash checks

    $2,945.00Unresolved

    Signed up to be a mystery shopper. paperwork came in and it looked legit. $2945 cashier's check arrived. Keep $300 plus $45 for incidentals. Gave me a location to buy $2600 reloadit cards except in my area they don't exist. So I was to go to a bank and deposit the money, then give my survey of what transpired. I did this. I received another check to do another "assignment". In the meantime, I received an email from my bank that I am out $2945. so the cashier's check was fake. and the scammers got away with $2945 of my money.

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    • My demands: I want my money back and the scammers in jail
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $2,945.00
    • Agents: John S
    • Phone: 585-391-0687
    • URL: [email protected]
    sjpodr
    Nov 07, 2016
    Complaint #: 2187
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  • Secret Shopper scam target

    $0.00Unresolved

    Received an email that forwarded me to a very legitimate looking target page. Everything about it seemed fishy, found other similar complaints online.

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    • My demands: Beware - don't cash the check
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $0.00
    • Agents: John S
    • Managers: John S
    • Phone: 585-391-0687
    • URL: www.crosslandrealestate.com, [email protected]
    Targetscam1016
    Nov 02, 2016
    Complaint #: 2169
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  • Target check scam and misleading employment scam

    $0.00Unresolved

    I replied to an email to be a secret shopper for what I thought was the Target department store. Next thing I knew, I got a check in the mail for $2945. I was instructed to deposit it and take $300 for salary, $45 for transportation and reloadit it fees, and the rest would be for 4 more reloadit. I still have the check and don't know whether to return it or turn it over to someone. I do know not to deposit it.

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    • My demands: Just report it and get out of it!
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $0.00
    • Agents: John Saddler
    • Managers: John Saddler
    • Phone: 585-391-0687
    Chaneyc8
    Oct 10, 2016
    Complaint #: 2103
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  • Scam to cash a cashiers check for bank information

    $0.00Unresolved

    I replayed to an e-mail regarding to become a secret shopper. Filled out my name and address. Received today a Priority Mail envelope which contained a $2,446.00 cashiers check, purchased by Cynthia Delgado on Woodforest National Bank, The Woodlands, Texas 77387-7889.

    A letter was included tell me to take $255.00 as payment. Cash the check and then go to the nearest Walmart outlet store and purchase 4 $550.00 Kroger reload vouchers. When I completed the "survey" then go to [email protected] to submit my report.

    I checked with the BBB and they said that there is a company using their name. On their website there is a note that NO Cashiers Check would be involved in their business.

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    • My demands: Let other senior citizens that this is a scam. DO NOT CASH THE CHECK, or then they have your bank account infomation.
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $0.00
    • Managers: Melvin Churchill
    • Phone: 661-270-7131
    • URL: [email protected]
    SNEAMEN46
    Aug 18, 2016
    Complaint #: 1855
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  • Mystery shopper survey scam

    $200.00Unresolved

    I was contacted via email about a mystery shopper position from Victor Walton. I have been out of work for over a year. So, this sounded pretty good, even my wife agreed. He would send me a check to deposit in my bank account. I would then select an item at Walmart for less than $50.00 dollars and make a report about the sales check how they made the sale. I would then make a moneygram with rest of the money left from the check less my pay of $350.00 dollars to a Karen Ballentine.
    I deposited the check and was informed by my bank that I could only have $200.00 dollars, because the check was out of state. I was then informed to make a moneygram for $200.00 to a James Traxler, which I did.
    My bank found the check to be bad and a fraud, the issuing Bank wouldn't accept the check saying the routing number doesn't exist.
    My bank is now demanding and charging me the $200.00 that was drawn on the fraud and bad check.
    I have called and written Victor Walton several times with no contact. I am so frustrated and upset that I was taken in by this person.

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    • My demands: I want to have my money $200.00 back to pay the bank. I also wanted everyone to know of Victor Walton and his scam, he should be arrested.
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $200.00
    • Agents: Victor Walton
    • Phone: 762-233-9841
    • URL: [email protected]
    Mysteryshoperscamed
    Jun 15, 2016
    Complaint #: 1555
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  • Fraudulent check scam

    $400.00Unresolved

    Got a letter for mystery shopping assignment. I read the directions then went to my bank to see if check will go through. Scam alert they told me and kept the check. They explained to me the check is not good and if it was cashed, I would have my account closed and deal with the police. So I got scammed and my cruel lesson learned.

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    • My demands: Want scammers caught and put in jail.
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $400.00
    • Agents: James Foster
    • Phone: 352-405-1923
    • URL: [email protected]
    adscammed_16
    May 21, 2016
    Complaint #: 1392
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Public discussion

Comments:

jaydeedoubleyou

Apr 25, 2019 4:48 AM

Sarcasm aside neither of these responses answer his question. I am curious about the same thing

Kelly

Aug 29, 2016 4:56 PM

Received check today for $1940.00 but Strange it came from west coast life Insurance Co. Address on envelope is from 272 e bartlett way chandler az 85249 and when I Research that address it is an empty house up for sale. When I looked up Marcus Shawcross who is who initially emailed me and who is on the paperwork enclosed, I found this site which shows it is Fraud. I will not be cashing the check. Also got a text from 6822316928 in which I will be giving all info to Police dept in hopes it will help stop this fraudulent activity. Also received email from a Kate Melissa checking to see if I got my check...will not fall for this and will be giving info to BBB and Police department with all info I have regarding this activity

Nancy

Aug 23, 2016 4:41 AM

Thank you for defending the innocent people that get taken by these criminals. They prey on the elderly and I personally have known an elderly individual in my area that has dementia and was robbed of his little savings acct. because of these low life scumbags.

Nancy

Aug 23, 2016 4:37 AM

Received fake cashiers check today for 2455.00 for same scam. National Shopping Service Network is a legit mystery shopping company but this scammer has done a good job of making it looking legit. The real company will never use and aol.com email address and do not send out cashier's check. I am looking forward to calling these crooks bluff & will report to local and federal agencies. In the process now of trying to track them now.

AngelHeart

Aug 22, 2016 10:05 PM

Steve Rogers, You are being a bit harsh. There is really no need for your sarcasm. Some people may not have as much knowledge about these things as others. If they are low income, that check is going to look like a million dollars to them. Not everyone knows to not trust everything they see or hear. I would not ever call anyone "stupid" for believing what they received was real. As I said some people just don't realize there are people out there who will try to take advantage of anyone. t's not at all right what these creatures are doing. Your sarcasm isn't helping. JMO.

AngelHeart

Aug 22, 2016 9:49 PM

I received the exact same "priority mail" letter as SNEAMEN46 from Melvin Churchill. The only difference is my fake check was $2455. I was also instructed to buy FOUR $550 Kroger Vouchers, then send this person (Melvin Churchill) the reference numbers for the vouchers. I knew it was a scam as soon as I saw the check. Who sends that amount of money to someone they do not know? Also I had not applied for a mystery shopping job. This person also emailed and texted (don't know how he got my cell number) messages telling me the "package" would be delivered to me today 8/22/2016 which is when I received it. There is NO WAY I would even think about depositing that check in my bank account. There are way too many red flags. I didn't lose any money, but I'm hoping no innocent/naive people will get taken advantage of by these horrible scammers who have no conscience at all!

Steve Rogers

Dec 13, 2015 3:55 PM

What exactly is the scam? I did receive an email asking to be a mystery shopper so I responded, "yes" then I got my first assignment in the mail in a priority envelope and a cashier check for $2500,00. They asked me to cash or deposit the check and take out $250 for my self and send the remaining balance off to a guy in Turkey, in the form of a mail order. I am having a hard time figuring out the scam and how they would get money from me? The cashier check is obviously fake and they would not cash it at any bank for me so therefore I would not get any money for myself or to send to anyone in turkey, so how exactly does this scam work for them? They have gotten nothing from me at this point, no information other than my name and email which is public information already and I have not cashed or sent them any check or any money because the cashier check they sent me is fake, but even if I did go to bank with it the scam would stop there because no bank is going to accept that cashier check that they sent me, SO HOW ARE YOU PEOPLE GETTING SCAMMED BY THIS??? Please explain to me how it works. The only thing I can think of is if you are really that stupid to go ahead and send them your money you have in your bank before cashing their check or money order that they send you. Is that what they are hoping that you do? Have some of you people really done that? Send them your own money before you try and cash the check or money order that they sent you?? If so than I am sorry you deserve to be taken for your money if your that stupid!!!