New Scam- Be Careful

Here's the email:

CTCSS Inc. got contracted for a survey from Market Force Information Inc.


Shopper pay: $30

Requirements – You are required to purchase Ebay Gift Card($200) at your nearest CVS and Walgreens.

At the store you will be required to observe the following;

• Were the employees friendly and courteous?

• Did you receive prompt service?

• Was the merchandise displayed neatly?

 • Was it easy to use the service?


Your report will include pictures of in-store card display,pictures of gift card purchased and receipt,fill out online survey.

Total reimbursement-$230

If interested please reply with:

Full name

Location of Interest(You may self elect up to 6 CVS and Walgreens stores around you)
Phone number
 

Due Date-18th August 2019
 

Thanks!

Barbara Cody

Contracted by Coast to Coast Scheduling Services, Inc.
Coast to Coast Scheduling Services, Inc.
PO Box 1436
Costa Mesa
CA 92628

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I have seen various emails, various amounts, from various (supposedly) schedulers...they will keep changing it up and pulling the scam until it no longer works.
Oh, and niner? I hope you didn't think I was being snippy. I didn't mean to if so. I had dental work done today (and yesterday, and Tuesday, and will have more on Saturday)...sad smiley
It's pretty darn slick, as the pay is in line with other retail shops, and $200 reimbursement is also within the realm of possibilities.

Slicker than the normal scam.
I remember I got one of these emails a month ago or so and knew it was a scam but I do get how some especially newbies could buy into it. The sentence structure is so much better than in the past... scary! Definitely good to keep sharing this. I felt so bad for people that posted about spending the money and then coming here and realizing it was a scam.
I am very thankful for this post. I almost got suckered in. When I received the feedback form, it was odd to me because it didn't go through MarketForce's website, and because there were so few questions for $30. Even the name "Feedback Form" was weird. Also, you rate the service with stars which isn't typical of mystery shops. However, the emails were convincing in many ways. I'm glad I listened to my gut and stopped here.

Here's the feedback form: [form.jotform.co]

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/13/2019 05:08PM by Tova.
They ask if you should recommend family or friends.I did that once but would not again.I taught him all I knew and have done this for 20 years but when it came to reports to be completed he did not do well on the computer and had even less patience so, in the end, I spent a lot of time to help him so I would not do it again.
Alas, very professional looking. Someone not familiar with MSing could easily fall for it.
@Tova wrote:

I am very thankful for this post. I almost got suckered in. When I received the feedback form, it was odd to me because it didn't go through MarketForce's website, and because there were so few questions for $30. Even the name "Feedback Form" was weird. Also, you rate the service with stars which isn't typical of mystery shops. However, the emails were convincing in many ways. I'm glad I listened to my gut and stopped here.

Here's the feedback form: [form.jotform.co]

Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008
@JASFLALMT wrote:

Oh, and niner? I hope you didn't think I was being snippy. I didn't mean to if so. I had dental work done today (and yesterday, and Tuesday, and will have more on Saturday)...sad smiley

So NOT fun.... I hope you are all done with it with tomorrow's work and will soon be back to normal.

I learn something new every day, but not everyday!
I've learned to never trust spell-check or my phone's auto-fill feature.
This scam is not new. I fell for this scam with seven years experience. What a fool I was. Let the money go to my head. Lost $600, but I was planning on $2,000 until G-D told me not to submit the rest of the Ebay cards to them. I did a online search for scams and there it was. Should had looked before I took on the shop. I worked for Marketforce for 7 years; never knew about scams.
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Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008
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Someone pointed out in the other thread that Bare's client was named, which was removed by the mods. Same client was named here in this thread, which was just quoted. Be careful...

Kim
They combined threads or what?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/14/2019 04:28PM by JASFLALMT.
Just got this email today different MSC but same scheme.

So, does this mean our data has been compromised?

Personally I would never risk $200 for a $30 fee.

A Dad shopping the Ark-LA-Tex and beyond.
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