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 Post subject: wal-mart money gram mystery shopping scam new company
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:50 pm 
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Here's another Wal-mart Money Gram scam from a different company. Please Beware!
I received a letter from
EXCEL MARTKING INC.
623 SOUTH 4TH ST.
LESUEUER, MINNESOTA 56058
FAX:1-866-305-0539
NATIONWIDE MARKETING@YMAIL.COM

Position: Customer Service Evaluator
RepID# FMJA1809

CONGRATULATIONS! With reference to your application as a customer service representative, I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected to become one of our representative in your region.
Please be informed that this a try-out training assignment that you are required to complete within 48hrs. This training assignment takes about 2 hours to complete. and is PAID training. Training pay rate reamins $205 per hour. The aim of this training assignment is for you to familiarize yourself with the practical feel of what secrect shopping entails. Please call us at 1-905-781-2600 as soon as you receive this assignment in order to validate the enclosed payment.
This assignment has been put together to be completed at any Wal-Mart location. The objective of this assignment will be to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of a payment system called "Money Gram" which is available at Wal-Mart. You will pose as a potential customer sending a Money Gram payment to a designated location. The fund needed to complete this transaction assingment has been arranged and is enclosed with the letter. For our verification of your assignment completion, please call back and provide the Money Gram Reference Code immediately after your completion.
Below is a breakdown of the attached fund.
2 hour evaluatio0n training pay $410.00
Fund to be sent $3490.00
Service Charge by Money Gram $ 95.00
Total check enclosed $3995.00

In the process of this evaluation assignment, please take note of the quality of service in order to be able to fill out a fair and unbiased opinion on the Customer Service Evlauation Tool (CSET) form enclosed with this letter. This form should be faxed back to our office after the completion of your assignment. Also attached is a copy of the weekly time schedule request sheet which will need to be faxed back to our office so that we may know your available hours for the upcoming week. Have FUN!!
Co-ordinator
Peter Goldman

The CSET Customer Satisfaction Evaluation Tool looks real enough. Especially if you have done any bonafide mystery shopping. Which I have. But I have NEVER had any of my groups send me a check for $3995.00! That was an eye brow raiser! So I called the operator to see where the number was from and it was from Canada, even though letter states that company is based in Minnesota. Once I found out that I tried looking up the so called web site and this page is what I found! Thank the Lord I followed my hunches and followed through doing my research to find out this was a scam BEFORE I GOT SCAMMED!
MYSTERY SHOPPERS BEWARE!


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 Post subject: Re: wal-mart money gram mystery shopping scam new company
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:54 pm 
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Ok, I just got the EXACT same letter, word for word; However, it was from:

I.C.M. International Communications Marketing

33603 South Dixie Hwy
Homestead, FL 33034
FAX: 1-888-305-0539
IC MARKETING@ROCKETMAIL.COM

In the same manner, the address on the envelope was from Canada with Canadian postage! It also had a check for 3995!!


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 Post subject: Re: wal-mart money gram mystery shopping scam new company
PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:01 pm 
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Well, sorry to say, but here is another one:

1202 10th Avenue
Unit# 320
Neptune City, NJ 07753
Fax: 1-888-305-0539
IC_MARKETING@ROCKETMAIL.COM
June 10, 2009

I.C.M. International Communications Marketing

Same exact letter & check. I can't believe these people.


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 Post subject: Re: wal-mart money gram mystery shopping scam new company
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:41 am 
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There will always be more . . . when too many people know one name, address or phone number as being part of a scam, they will change things up . . . but if we keep posting them here we can try to inform others of these changes and variations in the scams.

Thank you for posting this info. Someone else may run a google search on this same info tomorrow, and it will bring them right to this site, and they will be saved from becoming a scam victim.

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 Post subject: Re: wal-mart money gram mystery shopping scam new company
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:03 am 
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I got the exact same one but it was for a Western Union at KMart. I obviously knew it was a scam once I saw a check for $3395 and asked me to call and "validate" the check.

So how do they pull this scam off?


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 Post subject: Re: wal-mart money gram mystery shopping scam new company
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:03 pm 
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Glad to see so many reports of this scam!!! I received Mine today, 6/25/09. My scam was identical to "wiltrip's". Also the same as BananaVodka's from Neptune, NJ. and same phone #. I saw what looked like a real check, and suspected fowl-play. What was really odd, is the fact that only recently I actually did apply for a customer service position!! Very relieved I checked into it before calling the number!! Also mine stated there was an attached copy of the weekly time schedule request sheet faxed back to them so they may know my available hours for the upcoming week. No such attachment included. I'm with wiltrip...how do they pull that off? :evil:


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 Post subject: Re: wal-mart money gram mystery shopping scam new company
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:20 pm 
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I got one too post marked from canada with a check 3995.00
for a western union mytery shopper. customer rep the nerve of these people and the extent of making such an authentic looking assignment is scary, :lol: glad to see these posts :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: wal-mart money gram mystery shopping scam new company
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:46 am 
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pj4059 and wiltrip,
You asked how do they pull off the scam . . . well, the check is counterfeit. As a part of your mystery shopper assignment, you were supposed to cash the check and then wire money. Well, the bank will show the check as "cleared" or "verified" in about 24 hours, so then you will go and wire the money off. But, about a week later it will come up as counterfeit and the bank will contact you and want you to return the money, and until you do they will just deduct it from your bank account . . . there goes $3000+ out of your account!

For more information on the misleading banking terms, read my blog article here http://scamvictimsunited.wordpress.com/ ... k-they-do/

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 Post subject: Re: wal-mart money gram mystery shopping scam new company
PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 11:05 am 
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I just got the same letter with a cashiers check for the same amount. I went to my bank and spoke to the manager, she has seen this letter many times and their system is pretty advanced so the check came up as an item that poses high risk of being returned. The deal is that if you follow their instructions and deposit the check, your bank clears the fund because after all it is a cashier's check, you withdraw the 3k they want you to return to them via Western Union from your account and keep the $410 as your payment. BUT once the check is processed and it is returned for lack of funds; guess who is responsible for those funds??? YOU!!!! So bottom line; it's a combination of money laundering and fraud. What I don't understand is why would Capital One generate these cashiers checks knowing there are no funds??? and why would Western Union partcipate as courier for this fraudulent exchange of money??? Aren't we already screwed enough with all the unemployment, and economy in general?? All I did was answer an ad online for a job opportunity as a Customer Service Rep...it's dusgusting!


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 Post subject: Re: wal-mart money gram mystery shopping scam new company
PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:27 pm 
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rosedelhoyo wrote:
What I don't understand is why would Capital One generate these cashiers checks knowing there are no funds??? and why would Western Union partcipate as courier for this fraudulent exchange of money??? Aren't we already screwed enough with all the unemployment, and economy in general?? All I did was answer an ad online for a job opportunity as a Customer Service Rep...it's dusgusting!


Capital One is not participating in the scam . . . someone altered the check.

The question about Western Union . . . that one I do not know . . . I have encouraged them to post warning signs, including sending them this pdf of a sign they could post. http://www.scamvictimsunited.com/downlo ... ertSVU.pdf

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