Scammed help please

I received an email fromJames Peterson • mpeterson2332@gmail.com it read as followsHello Shopper,

We are merely touching in to keep you informed that you have been accepted and registered as one of our conducting Agents. Your first mystery shopping assignment is to evaluate any of the Walmart stores around you.

Further updates with needed assignment materials is being sent and will be delivered via FedEx courier with tracking # schedule for delivery by weekend or early next week. A simple reply to our e-mail will be greatly appreciated so we know it was received.

Kind Regards
James Peterson
GBW (The World Mystery Shopping Company)

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Definitely a scam. They are going to send you a large check that will eventually bounce but you will be responsible. Do not fall for this. The email was not really from GBW. They are going to ask you to buy iTunes cards or something similar and send them the codes. Let us know if you need anymore info but do not become a victim of this scam.
Ok cool i wont but i did receive a 990$ pistal money order from jim mont Jim Mont <incarrjames@shopposition.net> i had my soon to be mother in law deposit the check friday her bank cleared it today and withdrew the money you think it's? legit
i did receive a 990$ postal money order from jim mont Jim Mont <incarrjames@shopposition.net> i had my soon to be mother in law deposit the check friday her bank cleared it today and withdrew the money you think it's? legit
no don't spend the money put it back in the bank as the check will come back fraudulent.

Shopping Western NY, Northeast and Central PA, and parts of Ohio and West Virginia. Have car will travel anywhere if the monies right.
This email has been reported for similar scams since 2016. Just google it. Notify the bank in the morning and deposit the money immediately. Apparently that person also tries to "hire" mules to print and mail the checks. How did you find this person? Did you apply to an ad? Where?
It's a fake check. Put the money back in the account so she won't overdraw her account. Pay for any fees she incurs.

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
Scam!!!! In about two weeks the bank will figure out that the check is fake and you will be out a lot of money. This scam has been around a while and burned lots of folks. Immediately talk to the bank and let them know about the issue.

Hard work builds character and homework is good for your soul.
SCAM !! Well known scam!

Based in MD, near DC
Shopping from the Carolinas to New York
Have video cam; will travel

Poor customer service? Don't get mad; get video.
Is this a troll? The person started 3 similar threads. A simple googling of just the email returned multiple mentions that it is a scam.
Probably more like a newbie who is worried and inexperienced with the forum.

Based in MD, near DC
Shopping from the Carolinas to New York
Have video cam; will travel

Poor customer service? Don't get mad; get video.
I don't think she's a troll. She's looking for someone to tell her that it's not a scam. I wonder how her MIL will react when her account goes negative.

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
If you question "real or scam", you already know the answer. Listen to your gut ... it's telling you something!
No legit mystery shop company is ever going to send you a large check for work you have not done yet. Scammers use the names of legit companies.
Oh, gosh. The money order is a COUNTERFEIT. It WILL bounce! If your future MIL gets overdrawn $l,000, she may refuse to become your MIL!!! Please come back and let us know how you did this.

Anyway, now your name is on the "sucker list" (I am NOT insulting you; this is the name of the list of people susceptible to this type of scam), so you can expect even more counterfeit/fake cashier's checks to show up.

I hope to high heaven you put that money back in the account, and did NOT use it to buy iTune cards!
Kate, there have been breaches at MS companies, breaches at retailers -- I, too, got a fake money order. I have no idea where they found my name. But I knew it was a scam, and immediately turned over the envelope and contents to the Postal Inspectors.
I know about the breaches, but since the OP does not seem to be a shopper, I was wondering whether she applied somewhere. When I googled the email, I saw post at other forums from stay at home moms who applied thinking it is a real offer. I am still suspicious as in one of the threads the OP started she is asking whether we know about a company and has a website.
Thank you everyone yup I'm a sucker i put the money back bt thr way im a man.....i am inexperienced and was quite hopeful now ill be on guard. I filled out an application online for rush energy drinks and i started getting different so called compainies sending mr checks none have i fell for cuz they were 1000s of dollars but this money order cleared the bank it was under a thousand and well what can i say they got me but im gonna hrlp the authoritirs catch these @#$%&. I am new in the ms industry i work with iss, field agent and observa. Any suggestions for better companies would be much appreciatted. Thank you everyone for your comments
Scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on "Official List of Mystery Shopping Companies."
Then click on it and apply to the top 15 most discussed to start.
Skip #3, #6, #11.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/26/2020 09:51PM by SoCalMama.
Just keep in mind you don't get paid until a few weeks after you complete an assignment, except for in the rare cases where a shopper has a longstanding business relationship with a MSC and they advance funds for a project. That's never happened to me, though, and I have been doing this for nearly 20 years.
Hello! Observa team here. If you are looking for a quick paying company we pay within 48 hours of submission and often within 2 hours! Unfortunately, the location of our jobs is dependent on what the customer wants. If there aren't any jobs near you there likely will be in the future! There are other threads with members discussing our fast payment if you want to check it out.

Thank you!
I think it is time for the Banking industry to take control and not allow these checks to be cashed until they completely clear, which they won't.
Shopper8, that would mean that they put a hold on all checks over a certain amount. They have no way of knowing if it is going to clear or not if they can't tell it's fake. So you are saying that if you get a check for a large-ish amount, say $1,000, and it's legit, you want the bank to hold it until it completely clears?
When I get checks from my renters for $3000, I like when it clears right away....
When I get checks from a new MSC for over $1000, I like when it clears right away....

I don't want to have to wait 4-6 weeks in order to access funds given to me.

There answer is that we, as the recipients of such checks, need to pay attention and use caution. Most of these scams involve a person receiving a check for a large amount of money from an unknown entity, generally in return for a minimum amount of future work. We need to be smart enough to ask the basic question: Why the #@?! would that person send me $XXXXX out of the blue? The answer is simple, and always the same: It's a scam.

What I would like to see is more aggressive pursuit of these scammers from law enforcement.

@shopper8 wrote:

I think it is time for the Banking industry to take control and not allow these checks to be cashed until they completely clear, which they won't.

Hard work builds character and homework is good for your soul.
It takes about 2 weeks for a check to fully clear. The banks can't detect the fakes, so are you proposing that the bank decline to give you credit for every check you deposit until 2 weeks have passed? If I remember correctly, 20 years ago they would wait 7 business days. Is that really what you want?
@shopper8 wrote:

I think it is time for the Banking industry to take control and not allow these checks to be cashed until they completely clear, which they won't.

Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008
I believe that many of the scammers are out of the country, which makes it really hard for law enforcement to do anything.

@MFJohnston wrote:

What I would like to see is more aggressive pursuit of these scammers from law enforcement.
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