Sinclair Metric

I received a txt from this company alerting me that they were sending me my first assignment. I received by certified mail a check for 2,377 dollars which i was instructed to cash at my bank, then to proceed to selected stores to buy reloadit cards four in the amounts of $500 each and then to evaluate the stores and to send pin # of cards and cards to a address after evaluation. Im thinking this is a scam because why would i not just shop in the stores and send them recites of my purchases? Can someone tell me is this how it works or is this a scam to steal money and hold me accountable?

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This is totally and completely a scam. Do NOT cash the check. Do NOT buy the cards.

There is a real company called "Sinclair," however it is very common for scammers to use real MSC names to do their dirty work. Real mystery shopping companies will pay you several weeks *after* you do the work. Purchases will be made and established retailers, as will returns.

Here's how the scam works: You deposit the check. It looks "okay" and the bank gives you access to your funds. You then buy the gift cards and mail them, never to be seen again. About two weeks later, the bank realizes that the check is fraudulent and withdraws the money from your account, charging you any fees in accordance with the details of your account, such as overdrafts.

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Since you received the certified check by mail (a good fake), contact the US Postal Inspectors. You are lucky to have come to this Forum before you cashed the check and lost your money. We often hear from people when it is too late to stop them.

Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008
Phyllisansley, I am so glad you came here first. It's a scam.

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Any of these large check things are scams. Go see the threads where we are complaining about $3 or even no fee shops.
Any legitimate company does not want your money mixed up with theirs. They want you to be in charge of your money. You alone put it in and you alone can take it out. Their involvement is limited to paying you for your services and reimbursing what you had to spend to evaluate what they want evaluated. Period.
I am curious though, what did they tell you to do with the cards after you bought them?
Hopefully, s/he didn't do the assignment.

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I wonder if some of the one-time-poster victims who come here might not actually be scammers who come here to learn what flags them as scammers so that they can avoid it the next time. I am not accusing the OP, but this occurred to me as I was responding to yet another victim today.

Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008
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