We have a mystery shopping assignment in your area and we would like you to participate.
Mystery Shopper is accepting applications for qualified individuals to become
mystery shoppers. It's fun and rewarding, and you choose when and where you want to shop.
You are never obligated to accept an assignment. There is no charge to become a shopper and
you do not need previous experience.
Mystery Shopper NEVER charge fees to become a shopper, mystery shoppers are paid a prearranged fee
for a particular shop, We have available for immediate assignment an inspection of the customer service of any Western Union in your area. This fee will be paid upfront. During this shop you will visit the
location and make several observations as regards the customer service. You will be required to interact with the shop clerk. You may conduct the shop alone or as a couple.
The assignment will pay $170.00/ assignment.
Kindly Fill Out the application form below and we will get back to you shortly with the assignment.
You can also send the below required information as plain text email.
Street Address(Not PO Box) ..
City, State, Zip Code ..
Cell Phone Number ..
Home Phone Number ..
Alternate Email Address ..
AVAILABILITY: Days/Hours Available
I am new here, but I received a USPS certified check via certified mail. The check looked genuine, but since it was a postal check, I took it there to cash it. They noticed it looked 'different' and upon running the number was found to be fraudlent. They seized the check and sent it to the postal inspectors for investigation.
I think if you take the check to whomever it's drawn on, and they cash it, they couldn't come back to you on it, unless you have an account there. Now if you put it in your checking and draw off it, then your are in for the funds. Taking it to the originators of the check seemed a wise move. Being retired law enforcement, I was suspicious about it from the start. Surprisingly, they USPS stated that they scam the certified mail all the time like this, so it's no validation of the process.
I should point out that even MSC states that if a check is sent before the assignment, then it's a scam of some kind. I don't think you could be prosecuted by going to the checks bank and telling them it could be fraud and then having them check it. That's what I did with the USPS and they found the check fraudulent.
BTW I received one of the e-mails just like the one that started this, which I assume is a scam. Adding the detail of the correct address was interesting...
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/01/2014 03:28PM by jkwilborn.
"you choose when and where you want to shop. " (NO, you don't. The client decides which location you will shop. The scammer says "any Western Union" because they can pick the money you send them at ANY Western Union Location.
"mystery shoppers are paid a prearranged fee." (NOT true! In almost ALL cases, the Mystery Shopper is paid AFTER the shop, anywhere from 1 to 8 weeks.)
"We have available for immediate assignment an inspection of the customer service of any Western Union in your area." (NOT true again. You never just go to "any" location for ANY assignment. You go to the one assigned.)
"This fee will be paid upfront." (NOT true again. It is RARE for MSC's to send you the money up front. Some special cases this has occurred but NOT the norm.)
"During this shop you will visit the a
location and make several observations as regards the customer service." (The grammar in this sentence is a dead giveaway, that this was written by a low-life-pea-brained scammer.)
"The assignment will pay $170.00/ assignment." (Again, NOT TRUE! Most assignments average $10-15, with video shops paying higher, as well as apartment shops, or specialty shops etc.. The scammer knows he can't send you a check for $1,856 and expect you to accept $10. By making it $170 or higher, it makes the job seem more attractive and lucrative. Plus, the scammer is not losing one dime. The check/money order he is sending is STOLEN, the money on the check does not exist and when you cash it (before the bank can figure out it is a fraudulent check and it goes through into your account, YOU are held liable for that check.
"Kindly Fill Out the application form below and we will get back to you shortly with the assignment." (It does not work like that. You join a certain mystery shopping company by signing up. It is NOT guaranteed that you get any assignment. You pull the assignment off the board and when you see you have been confirmed the assignment, then you have it Or you receive a call from a legitimate MSC and they ask you to perform the assignment over the phone. Once again, they are NOT going to offer you $170 to do the assignment unless you have some route work with them or it's a high end hotel assignment)
Mystery Shoppers, Inc.
PO Box 50578 Knoxville, TN 37950 ...........<----------(Google this name. This has HUGE amount of Scammer hits! This person is a Scammer. He can change his name next week. ALWAYS go to the actual site and sign up for that particular company. NEVER accept this letter is legitimate or true, without CALLING the company first on the KNOWN website number.)
I must say, the scammers are getting better with their letters. They must have hired someone to write their FAKE scam letters because they are too dumb to write it themselves.
The "Mystery Shopper" from Timothy White is a scam. The USPS money order that you will receive is counterfeit. They tell you to deposit it, take your cut and go to a Western Union office to "shop" them by buying a money order and mailing to someone else. In the meantime, the money order will not clear and you will be out that money and any fees from bounced checks.
What I don't understand is how these scammers are getting away with making counterfeit money orders and no one is doing anything about it. I sent them to USPS task force and never heard from them. More and more people are getting scammed and law enforcement does nothing. This includes the FBI.
If you receive one of these e-mails, send a copy to the Attorney General in your state and the state where the name is coming from with a letter.
> The "Mystery Shopper" from Timothy White is a
> scam. The USPS money order that you will receive
> is counterfeit. They tell you to deposit it, take
> your cut and go to a Western Union office to
> "shop" them by buying a money order and mailing to
> someone else. In the meantime, the money order
> will not clear and you will be out that money and
> any fees from bounced checks.
> What I don't understand is how these scammers are
> getting away with making counterfeit money orders
> and no one is doing anything about it. I sent
> them to USPS task force and never heard from them.
> More and more people are getting scammed and law
> enforcement does nothing. This includes the FBI.
> If you receive one of these e-mails, send a copy
> to the Attorney General in your state and the
> state where the name is coming from with a letter.
There are millions of dollars scammed from innocent victims. The authorities here are inundated with fake checks, money orders and complaints by citizens.
The MAIN reason the scammers go un-punished, is that the criminals work in foreign countries, and what may be illegal here, is a piece of cake there. It is hard for U.S. to prosecute in the legal mumbo-jumbo over there.
Scammers have found a way to steal millions upon millions of dollars. They are not going to give up their gravy train that easy....They will define and sharpen their emails and checks to continue to fool victims. They only need ONE person to be gulliable enough to send money to a stranger, 1000's of miles away.
There are romance scammers that steal the photos of others and cut and paste from regular users their bios and profiles. But as SOON as you write to them, you see how utterly stupid and uneducated most of the scammers are. They don't work for a living, they are losers who steal from others.