I have never been a Mystery Shopper.................
I just received an invitation via LinkedIn from someone I know. It was an invitation to shop for CheckMark, Inc. They sent me a check for $2750 and an instruction letter stating what the "assignment" was. The "assignment" is to purchase E-Bay gift cards with the funds that were sent and keep $300 for myself as payment for the shop and report on the staff that sold me the cards.
My question is; does this company still exist? And is this a scam? The check came from a company called "West Texas Utility Contractors" in Amarillo, TX. I have not deposited the check yet for fear this may open up a can of worms. Please advise.
The company exists but they DID NOT send you that fake check! That is a scammer who has, as usual, hijacked the name of a legitimate MS company for a fraud. If you deposit that check your bank has to "clear" the funds for you to access in a day or two. That's when you will be asked to keep a small part of the funds and either wire the rest to someone or buy some products for a large sum and ship them. About 15-20 days later your bank will be notified officially that the check was fraudulent and YOU will owe the bank all $2750, plus fees for a fraudulent check. You may hear also from police, and you may be put on a list that banks share, warning all other banks not to let you open an account.
Think about it. Why would any legitimate company trust someone they do not know with such a sum BEFORE that person had performed any work for them. In addition, typical strater jobs in Mystery Shopping pay about $5 to $15.
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Oh yes, I have already determined that this is a fraud. I have reported this to the authorities; US Postal, BBB, bank, and the company whose checking account was used. I googled CheckMark, Inc. and nothing comes up but a company that offers payroll and accounting solutions for small businesses, no Mystery Shopping company by that name. I believe that they used to exist, but no longer.
I only knew the person that had their LinkedIn account hacked, the scam did not come from them................the scammer used my friend's contact list to send out the fraudulent invitation. Coming from someone you know, you tend to believe it, but not for long....................they have been found out!!
Be very careful. I got something like that a while ago ( not from this company) but they wanted me to buy money orders and send them to an address in TX. I was supposed to take the first $200 then go buy these money orders. Thank God my bank figured out the Check was bogus. Just be careful
That is the name of the company that the scammer is using, that is where you start. I think we have all figured out that CheckMark, Inc. does not exist as a Mystery Shopping company (maybe they used to but not any more). I also have names and numbers and addresses, all forwarded to the organizations named previously, not just the name CheckMark.