Secret Shopper Scam

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  • A total scam that needs to be stopped


    Email about being a "mystery shopper". I was a legit mystery shopper in Houston for a short time but the $5-10 I made per visit wasn't worth my time so I quit. I assumed in the email a similar legit company & bit into the email when they claimed $200/visit because large companies such a Wal-Mart were being shopped. completed an online form with basic info. Received a follow-up email with the instructions. With red flags noticed, I didn't comply but the "cashier's check" for $2,000 was already in the mail. Received today, it obviously is a fake cashier's check.

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    • My demands: Use above information to track down "Peter Johnson" because I'm sure some poor souls goo the whole route.
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $2,000.00
    • Agents: Peter Johnson
    • Managers: Unk
    Jul 17, 2015
    Complaint #: 130
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  • Email and bank fraud


    He emailed me telling me he was a secret shopper company for Walmart and sent me a postal money order to cash at my bank and purchase things from Walmart and money gram the rest to another secret shopper . Then report to him about it and keep $150. Well I looked up the serial number on the postal money order and it was invalid. Plus the address he sent the envelope from has no idea who he is.

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    • My demands: Shut them down
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $0.00
    • Agents: Bill Miller
    • Phone: 701-660-0577
    • URL: [email protected]
    Jun 25, 2015
    Complaint #: 56
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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!!!