Secret Shopper Scam

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  • Mystery Shopper Assignment


    Sent Certified check to purchase lap tops and evaluate store and store personnel. I checked with bank and when check had cleared I proceeded with assignment. Asked to mail computers and store evaluation to a James Reed 5100 FM 1960 Rd Apt 203, Houston, Tx 77069. I ended up with $300.00 for assignment. Then I found out certified check was stopped and I am out the $2995 plus $12.00 fee. What made it look legitimate was that the certified check cleared. I tried to stop a certified check many years ago and it can't be done with out great expense. If bank did not clear check scam wouldn't have worked..

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    • My demands: Purchase apple lap tops
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $3,000.00
    • Agents: Gary Chamberlain, Dave Calderbank
    • Phone: 832-356-5955
    May 21, 2016
    Complaint #: 1391
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  • Secret shopper


    Sent package with instructions your hired for secret shopper to evaluation sent a certified bank cashier check for the test call bank the cashier check was from and was told it's good deposit in my account four days posted withdrew it did the evolution of Kmart Walmarts on the next day the check was returned for altered fictitious emailed [email protected] and no reply two days later offer you to send replacement check if you send 500 dollars now all websites listed are disconnected.

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    May 19, 2016
    Complaint #: 1380
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  • Mystery shoppers money laundering


    I received an email request to become a mystery shopper in which I've applied and was accepted my job was to take the check which was delivered to my residence for the amount of $2800.00 hundred dollars and use $50.00 dollars to patron a cvs pharmacy and the balance deposited @ a bank of America in which I did only to find out the next day that my bank advised me that the cashiers check was not a valid check which put my account in a negative amount of $2700.00 hundred dollars. I was upset that my bank would release those funds without making sure the check was cleared first.

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    • My demands: $2700.00
    • User Recommendation: Recommended
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $2,700.00
    • Agents: Wilson Hudson
    • Managers: Daniel Towell
    • Phone: 347-786-7731
    • URL: [email protected]
    Mar 22, 2016
    Complaint #: 1090
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    Company names reported: Latern Corporation

  • I believe i was scammed


    I was contacted by a women named maria eddy via email. She claimed she was with a company named mystery shoppers. I asked her for more info on job and she told me i get paid to go to stores and evaluate their customer service thay said I would be given 1000 check and I cash it in and go shopping and spend 100 and i keep three hundred out of it. I already gave them my basic info but not my ssn they said the check will be delivered saturday would do i do now

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    • My demands: to be paid 100 dollars for people not watching out for cyber fraud better
    • User Recommendation: Use with caution
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $100.00
    • Phone: Maria Eddy
    Dec 25, 2015
    Complaint #: 877
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  • Mystery shopper..not


    Contacted to mystery shop was given check for $1870.00 to cash and send to 2 different people to check western union and moneygram. After i had done this the check was rejected by bank and i am out the money.

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    • My demands: Pament in full 1870 plus 20 for bank charges
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $1,890.00
    • Agents: Julius Watson
    • Phone: 718-713-6803
    • URL: [email protected]
    Dec 21, 2015
    Complaint #: 857
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  • Mystery shopper scam


    Received in mail a form to be a mystery shopper. With a realistic check for 3995.00. I called and they want you to put in your account wait till clears and spend 100 at Wal-Mart, send 3200.00 through Western Union with 250.00 in fees and keep 450.00 for yourself

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    • My demands: didn't lose money but stressful
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $3,995.00
    • Agents: Jenny Lee
    • Phone: 868-346-3514
    Dec 11, 2015
    Complaint #: 813
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    Company names reported: LDV LC Buckhead LLC

Public discussion



Apr 25, 2019 4:48 AM

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


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


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.


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 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.


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.


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!!!