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 Post subject: Re: Western Union Secret Shopper Scam victims - Must Read!
PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:45 pm 
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Here is our page on secret shopper scams
http://scamvictimsunited.com/secret_shopper.htm

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 Post subject: Re: Western Union Secret Shopper Scam victims - Must Read!
PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 2:29 pm 
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It is so important to never pay Western Union, T/T, or Money Gram. These are all unsecured payments. I have seen people get burned time after time by paying these ways. Only make payments that are secure such as Paypal and Escrow. Also, most secret shopper offers seem to be scams.

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 Post subject: Re: Western Union Secret Shopper Scam victims - Must Read!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:59 pm 
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this is a reply to my application......
and here are the 2 emails addresses that go with it

Reply To: guestlink.hr@gmail.com
Jobalert@careerbuilder.com

Dear Karen,

Following the successful assessment of your application, you've been selected as a Secret Shopper for your region. We strongly believe you've got what it takes to carry out the various surveys in your regions and hope we'll not be disappointed.

YOUR IMMEDIATE RESPONSIBILITY:

To conduct a hidden survey on the nearest MONEY GRAM outlet in your location by forwarding a fixed amount ($800.00) to a mystery consumer in another region who's conducting the same survey at the "RECIPIENT" end.


A check for $995.00 has been issued and should get delivered to you via regular mail within the next 3-5 days.
Your income is $150.00 on the check.
You're to deduct another $45.00 to cover the Money Transfer Charges at the MONEY GRAM location to the Mystery Consumer.


RATINGS OF THE MONEY GRAM OUTLETS SERVICE:

You're to simply rate the MONEY GRAM outlets service on a scale of POOR, FAIR, GOOD and EXCELLENT by simply observing and recording the parameters below:

Service:
Friendliness:
Efficiency:

You're to simply send us an e-mail with your rating of the store /depot under the parameters above with the reference number of the funds sent.

NOTE: ITS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THE RECEIPT OF THIS EMAIL IF YOU TOTALLY UNDERSTAND THIS PROCEDURE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ACCEPT THIS PAYMENT.

©2006-2009 GUESTLINK® Limited.
1211 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10036.
Email: guestlink.jobs@live.com

The information contained in this e-mail, and any attachment, is confidential and is intended solely for the use of the intended recipient. Access, copying or re-use of the e-mail or any attachment, o r any information contained therein, by any other person is not authorized. If you are not the intended recipient please return the e-mail to the sender and delete it from your computer.


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 Post subject: Re: Western Union Secret Shopper Scam victims - Must Read!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:00 pm 
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Classic example of a overpayment scam. I would highly encourage that you do not cash that check. Take it to your local police department.

Please view this article:
http://www.report-online-scams.com/how-do-overpayment-scams-work.html

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 Post subject: Re: Western Union Secret Shopper Scam victims - Must Read!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:20 pm 
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I just received an invitation to this "job" and a "cashiers check" in the mail today. Knowing that when something is too good...etc. I googled "mystery shopper mail scan western union" and found you. What should I do with the solicitation? Take it to the police or contact the PO? How best to report this?


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 Post subject: Re: Western Union Secret Shopper Scam victims - Must Read!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:49 pm 
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I would start with the info here

http://scamvictimsunited.com/Reporting_scams.htm

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 Post subject: YES, YOU GUYS, I AM A WIZARD!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:09 pm 
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Okay, so I was, like everyone else here, roped via craigslist into a " Mystery Shopper " position, and I am going to copy and paste the emails I recieved.
WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT IS THAT I GOT THE GUYS IP ADDRESS!
And if you are in the middle of correspondence with these scumbags, I would suggest you do the same. Okay. Here is the scoop:

First email:
to Bayli <coneheart@gmail.com>
date Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 3:36 AM
subject Re: Veterinary Clinic Receptionist Position
mailed-by gmail.com
signed-by gmail.com
hide details Mar 30 (6 days ago)
Hello,

Thanks for getting back to us,We only have Mystery Shopper
representative job avail this time around, go through the message
below and email us back with the information needed to start your job
asap.

Introduction
-----------------------
Mystery Shopper is a venture that checks reputable companies
performance and services,We are registered and established in America
for a long while now,Feed-plus Secret Shopper? is accepting
applications from qualified individuals to become mystery shoppers.
It's fun and rewarding, and you choose when and where you want to
shop.There is no charge to become a shopper and you do not need
previous experience. After you sign up,you will have access to
training materials via e-mail, fax or postal mail.

One amongst many others pay for Mystery Shoppers to shop in their
establishments and report their experiences.On top of being paid for
shopping you are also allowed to keep purchases for free.

Mystery Shopper? never charge fees to the shopper,training,tips for
improvement,and shopping opportunities are provided free to registered
shoppers.

Assignments Example
-------------------------------
Secret Shopper has available for immediate assignment an inspection of
the customer service of any Walmart,Western Union outlet,, and some
other local company in your area. This fee will be paid upfront.During
this shopping 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.
*We will pay you $400.00 for your first Assignment

Interested Shopper need to kindly fill Out the application form below
and we will get back to you shortly with more information,and be
advise that you need to be checking your mail at least once or twice
everyday.If you fail to respond to any mail for more than 24 hrs you
will miss your assignment.


First Name....
Last Name....
Street Address ...............
City, State, Zip Code ...........
Cell Phone Number ........
Home Phone Number ............
Age(Above 17) .........
Current Occupation .................
Alternate Email Address ...N/A..........

Kind Regards..

Hiring Manager


Things sound fishy, and THEN:
Hello,

I am really happy to informed you that the payment for your first
assignment will be deliver to you today via FedEx .I need to rush
online to notify you so that you be expecting the FedEx today.

Here is the tracking number for the payment via FedEx (486138315482)
you can confirm at WWW.FedEx.com to know when to expect it...The check
is sum of $1750...

I want you to have it deposit or cashed at your bank and deduct $400
which is your fee for the first assignment once the first is
completed ,you would get another pay to start the 2nd, I want you to
send the rest funds to the other secret customer and remember to make
record of all the activities in the western union location you survey.

$400 for your assignment fees
You will deduct the western union transfer charges from the remaining
$1350 and you will send the rest to other secret customer.

You are to make the survey for your first assignment at nearest
western union money transfer location around you.

Note that western western union charges will be deduct from the
money you're sending to other secret customer.

Here is the information for the other secret customer you are to send
the money to:

Receiver's Name...............David Shipp
ADDRESS .........................1113 A Perry Hill Road
City....................................Montgomery
State..................................ALABAMA
Zip code.............................36109

Once you have sent the funds at the location, I'll want you to send me
the information below:

Sender Name and Address
Amount sent (After deducting Transfer Charges)
MTCN (Money transfer Code)
Detailed Survey Report in English
The Address of western union you survey

*Notice : You are to take cash to the Western Union.
*Notice : You are to deduct any charges for the wiring western union
from the rest money you're sending .

I would be awaiting for your response as soon as possible .
At this point I am googling like the wind. Sorry if I am typing poorly but I am so excited. So i type like the dickens and I find you guys' forums. Realizing its a scam, I talk to a hacker friend. I ask him what the easiest way to find someone's ip is. He tells me about this website, whatstheirip.com, that give you a link to send to anyone that has a very random url (so they wont suspect) and when they click it, they see a 404: Error screen, and you get their ip in your email! :D I was super excited, so I sent the guy a message, that said this:

Hello again!
That sounds great about the check, but every time I try to check on the status of the check, FedEx re-routes me to this page: http://www.bvog.com/?post=IDV5MtBVGkrzTkmAY . I'm not sure if that is supposed to happen, but maybe you should check it out.
Thanks!
Bayli

And wonderfully enough, it worked, they clicked it, and I got their IP. FedEx is supposed to be delivering the letter today, and I am pondering who to send it and the ip to. But because I hate these assholes and I want anyone to have their way with their computers if anyone is up to some hacking, I'll even give you their ip right here :)

Also, I'm turning a few of my hacking friends onto this project. I havent reported anything yet, because I am too giddy at tricking a trickster :)

The are apparently from Nigeria, so it looks like wherever we report it, they probably can't do a lot about it. But I am kind of shocked that they arent even smart enough to hide behind a proxy or use a fake ip (which is incredibly easy to do)
Anyway, here is the link to the scammer's ip lookup, including their location and their actual ip address: http://www.geobytes.com/IpLocator.htm?G ... .128.4.107
and here is the proof that it is theirs (the letter from whatstheirip.com)


from WhatsTheirIP@whatstheirip.com
to coneheart@gmail.com
date Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 12:49 PM
subject 82.128.4.107 has just clicked your link
mailed-by gator1124.hostgator.com
hide details 12:49 PM (17 minutes ago)
82.128.4.107 has just clicked on http://www.bvog.com?post=IDV5MtBVGkrzTkmAY. Thank you for using WhatsTheirIP.com. To stop receiving email notifications, simply go to http://www.whatstheirip.com/stop.php?id ... VGkrzTkmAY



Sorry this message is so long. Also, I purposely included my email so that anyone who needs information about the issue can be in contact with me, so if you are collecting stories about this fraud, just send me an email. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Western Union Secret Shopper Scam victims - Must Read!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:25 pm 
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A few weeks ago I applied for a secret shopper job on Craigslist. Then today they sent out a check via ups and then emailed me stating that I had to deposit it and withdraw all but 300 and western union it to a person in Alabama. Then they will give me another assignment once this is completed. I tried cashing the check just to see if it was legit. But no one could locate the account or bank. The name of the companyon the check is Atlanta Cabbies which is really a company address and all match. But this supposed to be a secret shopper job so the two don't match.the name on the emails is Jonathan Falhand and the email address is shipmentlabels@gmail. So be careful people cause this really pissed me off.


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 Post subject: Re: Western Union Secret Shopper Scam victims - Must Read!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:27 am 
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i need help! i applied for a job that sounded nothing like the scams i have seen listed. however today i recieved an email saynig they are sending me a check for 2,100 and i am to cash it and keep 400 then wire the rest western union to be able to review my local western union.....i now realize this is a scam.....so if the check does arrive........do i send it back or just cut it up or what???


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 Post subject: Re: Western Union Secret Shopper Scam victims - Must Read!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 12:38 pm 
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sani23 wrote:
so if the check does arrive........do i send it back or just cut it up or what???


I would shred the check and cut off all contact with this person

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 Post subject: Re: Western Union Secret Shopper Scam victims, April 2011
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:32 pm 
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I received a letter in the U.S. mail today which turned out to be this Western Union scam. I live in the U.S., the letter came from Canada.
Very convincing looking cover letter, a check for $2170.85, "instructions" same as have been outlined in this thread. Unsolicited money, a job I didn't apply for, really got my antenna twitching. My first instinct was to just shred the whole mess, but it really bothered me that this letter was sent to me, from another country, and to an address I just moved to in the past 6 months.
I first googled the company name: Leggett Market Research, Waterford NY, which doesn't exist. Also called the telephone number of the guy who was supposed to be my "coordinator" for this mystery shopper job. Someone answered the phone but barely spoke English, couldn't answer any questions and hung up when I started asking questions.
Since I did not take any action, should I just throw all this away or should I contact someone like the police? This was all by mail, no internet involved.


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 Post subject: Re: Western Union Secret Shopper Scam victims - Must Read!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:25 pm 
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I would just shred everything.

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 Post subject: Re: Western Union Secret Shopper Scam victims - Must Read!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:58 pm 
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Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum and read a lot about this scam. Thanks for all of your advice and information. my wife almost went for this and when I saw the western union the red flags went up. I like this site. It seems like a really good thing!


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 Post subject: Re: Western Union Secret Shopper Scam victims - Must Read!
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this is the scam that was emailed to me
From:
Ashley Crabtree <ashcabgg@gmail.com>
...
View Contact
To: XXXX
Hello,



Congratulations, we thank you for your response to our email. We
would like to let you know that you have been selected in your area.
Thanks for the response and expression of interest. We do have all the required
details needed and we are happy to congratulate you on your new
employment. So I have documented a file for you and it's in record.
researchers Guide wants you to run a survey on prominent companies in
your area.


The 1st is a Western Union Location


There has been reports about laps in the services of their Management
and some of their staffs, the complaints were based on reports which
their customers forwarded anonymously and Phone calls which were also
made to the head office. The Western union location was reported for
evaluation, Negligence for the following reasons:


I) Customers have reported their money missing
II) Slow services
III) Unbalanced transfer charges


Note: You are not required to use your money up front for any reason.
We would be sending funds for the survey.


1) You will receive Bank Money Order of $1300.00. As soon as
you receive the check, you would cash the check for the next
assignment, deduct $200 which would be your first assignment pay. Use
the rest of the money for the services. All you need is to confirm the
acceptance and understanding of this email, Then you will start
working immediately after we run a background check.


2) You will make a transfer of funds to survey the activity of
the nearest western union outlet in your area, the Info which you will
make the transfer to will email to you soon.


3) You will keep comprehensive report on every activity you
carried out at the western union outlet, the time spent plus the
reaction of the agent attended to you.


Note: Please, confirm that you did receive this message so that we
can process funds that would be sent to you for the assignment.



We want your total Co-operation, Support, Availability and Trust.
Acknowledge that you receive and understand this email so we can
proceed, So I can request for the tracking number of your first
payment for assignment.



I................................Confirm to have received this email
and understand the content.



Thanks for your anticipated co-operation in order to start work soon.

Human Resources Manager


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 Post subject: Re: Western Union Secret Shopper Scam victims - Must Read!
PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 7:25 am 
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Looks like I received the same email as coneheart. I copied my email for ya'll to see. I originally responded to a customer service rep job posting on craigslist. It amazes me how long this scam has been going on, since 2003? :twisted:


Reply |Sarah Maness Vazirani to me
show details 4:16 AM (3 hours ago)

fromSarah Maness Vazirani smvazirani@gmail.com
to XXX XXXXXon <xxx.xxxxxx@gmail.com>

date Sat, May 7, 2011 at 4:16 AM
subject Re: CSR
mailed-by gmail.com
signed-by gmail.com
Important mainly because of your interaction with messages in the conversation.

hide details 4:16 AM (3 hours ago)

Thanks for getting back to us, We have Mystery Shopper representative job avail, go through the message below and email us back with the information needed to start your job asap.


Introduction
-----------------------
Mystery Shopper is a venture that checks reputable companies
performance and services, We are registered and established in

America for a long while now, Feedplus Secret Shopper?
is accepting applications from qualified individuals to become mystery shoppers.

It's fun and rewarding, and you choose when and where you want to
shop.There is no charge to become a shopper and you do not need
previous experience. After you sign up,you will have access to
training materials via e-mail, fax or postal mail.

One amongst many others pay for Mystery Shoppers to shop in their
establishments and report their experiences.On top of being paid for
shopping you are also allowed to keep purchases for free.

Mystery Shopper? never charge fees to the shopper,training,tips for
improvement,and shopping opportunities are provided free to registered shoppers.

Assignments Example
-------------------------------
Secret Shopper has available for immediate assignment an inspection of the customer service of any Walmart,Western Union outlet,, and some other local company in your area. This fee will be paid upfront.During this shopping 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.

*We will pay you $300.00 for your first Assignment

Interested Shopper need to kindly fill Out the application form below
and we will get back to you shortly with more information,and be
advise that you need to be checking your mail at least once or twice
everyday.If you fail to respond to any mail for more than 24 hrs you
will miss your assignment.


First Name....Last Name....
Street Address ...............
City, State, Zip Code ...........
Cell Phone Number ........
Home Phone Number ............
Age(Above 17) .........
Current Occupation .................
Alternate Email Address ...N/A..........

Kind Regards,
Feed plus Secret Shopper (Human Resource Manager)
Cell Phone Number ........ 716 939 4660
Please email will highly Appreciated.


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