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Old 06-26-2012, 10:34 AM   #1
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Mystery Shopper Scam

Hey guys just wanted to give everyone a heads up. There is a new scam involving being a mystery shopper. Yesterday my wife recieved a check for $1499.75 and instructions in the mail from an ad agency in New York. The instructions said to deposit the check into our account and allow 12-24 hours and then she has one day to complete her "shopping assignment" at either a wal-mart, Coscto, etc. Out of the $1500 she gets to keep $350 for her job assignment fee,and whatever she purchases at the store. Then she has to wire transfer the remaining money through Western Union to an undisclosed location. The reason for the urgency in completing the assigment and transferring the money in one day is the fact that after about a week the check will bounce. Guess who is responsible for the bounced check! You got it! if you get one of these checks in the mail throw it in the trash! Trust your instincts when it comes to things like this. if it sounds too good to be true it usually is! Let me tell you that the check is a very, very sofisticated fake! It has all the watermarks and all the routing numbers like a legit check. These scams are more than likely being run out of Canada and Nigeria!
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Are people out there really this stupid? Who falls for this ?
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:37 AM   #3
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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Are people out there really this stupid? Who falls for this ?
Old people who need money. I had an an 84 year old client scammed for $8000 a few months before her death.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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Thank for the heads up , like you siad , " if it is too good to be true "
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Are people out there really this stupid? Who falls for this ?
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Yeah these modern printers suck.... I dont have any clue how someone could print out a fake check. lol

and the western union is the best part... all legit campanies use western union.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:48 AM   #7
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LAWLZ i got this check too while back. I started searching online and found out they were a scam so i kept it and played a joke on friends that i actualy won that. then told them is was pure BS and showed them it was a scam XD
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You would be surprised the number of people that fall for these scams. Remember there is no such thing as free money...unless you voted for Obama!
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You would be surprised the number of people that fall for these scams. Remember there is no such thing as free money...unless you voted for Obama!


or steal it.. but that might come with consequences.. unless your a ninja or decendant from chuch norris.
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Same with Moneygram, check, or money order.
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I like stringing these people along. Did it a few years ago with a Dainese jacket I was selling. I still have the fake check he sent laying around here somewhere.

These site have a few good ones on there..
http://www.419eater.com
http://www.stringalongafraudster.bravehost.com/
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that is nothing new, my wife has been mystery shopping for quite some time now and early on someone tried that on her. She paid attention though, found it weird and we saved the cashiers check for amusement, and she got on with multiple other mystery shop companies. At best she was taking home about $1200 a month doing it.


btw the check/money order/cashiers check they send is a REAL one...they just removed the payment amount and re-printed that part.
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