So while getting my usual dosage of The People's Court, the case was centered on a mystery shopper.
Case: A scam involving check depositing. A mystery shopper had a friend deposit "money orders" into their account. The mystery shopper got $1,900 to goto 4 shops around Christmas time. They send you the money, you shop, and then get to keep money. LOL. LOL. This lady says she has worked with this company for 2 years. The business went under in California and she is out the $1,900. The mystery shopper paid the friend $300 to cash the checks into her account.
Wow...sounds like the mystery shopper got scammed and then in turn, scammed a friend into cashing the checks for her. It was probably a company she DID work for, for 2 years, but got fradulent checks from a scam artist.
And if YOU are the mystery shopper that was on People's Court, sorry you got scammed.....
I got scammed from answering an employment ad on Craigslist (before mystery shopping) I was supposed to deduct my first $500 week's payment from a check directly from the client. I knew the check was going to get me in trouble, though. I turned it into the fraud department at the bank. They immediately told me the check was counterfeit and the "client" was scammed as well.
I called the FBI and they told me to enter all the info I had on a website for internet crime, which told me to save the stuff...except the check that was confiscated by the bank. After a year or so I still have the stuff and the FBI is obviously too busy to get involved. Sad really.
Not trying to cash the check saved me a huge headache and possibly a lot of money.
I had been mystery shopping for about a month with legitimate companies when one morning Fed Ex delivered a letter to my home. It stated that it was from a mystery shopping company and to deposit the cashiers checks - they amounted to about $1900 - keep $500 - blah blah blah. Luckily I had seen Judge Judy and knew what a scam this was!! The legitimate mystery shops have warnings all over their home pages about scams. If it is too good to be true it probably isn't - haha.
I have seen it twice now. It is People.s Court not scary Judy. The plaintiff was so deluded and did not win her case. Yes, whe was scamming her friend. Said that she had worked for this fake MSC for 2 years. Not. Apparently everyone lies in court.
Judge Judy has actually done a few of these, too. The scammed person never seems to realize that they have been scammed and owe the money to the bank. They feel that the person who went to his bank and cashed the check for them got scammed along with them. Every time the answer to Judy has been "but I didn't do it, we BOTH got scammed" and they have no answer when Judy points out that although they were the one scammed, they are not out any money: their friend, who was just doing them a favor, is out the money. The answer is always "well, my friend needs to go find the scammer and sue him" and Judy always answers "No, you were scammed. You will repay your friend and then YOU can go find the scammer and try to get your money." And she admonishes people not to cash checks for friends who don't have accounts and tells everyone "Think about this. Why would a stranger send you money? Because there's something in it for them."
Another good one..."Don't argue with an idiot. Bystanders will not be able to tell which of you is stupider."
"Between stimulus and response, there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom."