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 Post subject: Evaluate Moneygram Scam
PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:11 am 
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I am not usually one to get sucked into these kinds of things. The first post in craigslist was on my local San Diego network and said I could get 400 dollars for doing 2 online surveys evaluating financial institutions. Whenever I emailed the people back I would get seemingly automated responses that didn't answer my specific questions (ie: is this a scam?). Apparently there is a check sitting in my mailbox that I am supposed to cash, keep 400, and send the rest through moneygram in order to evaluate their customer service...etc. I now realize this is a scam and not the innocent survey I believed I was going to be taking. Here is the email I just received from them...


Thank you for confirming your interest in participating in the survey. Like you were informed in our
previous correspondence, you are to conduct a survey evaluation on Money Gram in your area by
patronizing there service to measure customers satisfaction levels of people that use the service.

The funds necessary for conducting the survey will arrive at your address today.

Here are the instructions on how to go about conducting the survey when you receive the survey funds

1. Have the check cashed .
2. Deduct your survey pay of $300 + $100 for gas and miscellaneous expenses from the total
amount received.
3. Locate a Money Gram location in your neighborhood to have the survey conducted.
4.Have the funds sent to our retrieval officer at the Money Gram location.

Note :You are to deduct transaction charges before sending the funds to our retreival officer whose
information is provided below.

Dadarico Calhoun
4232 Kenesaw Dr.
Columbus, GA, 31907

Be sure to observe the following while making the transfer and Under no circumstances should the
Money Gram Agent know this survey is being carried out on them.

1) Agents Location Accesibility
2) Attendant's Expediency.
3) Customer Service Delivery.
4) Service Requirements .


Notify me via email as soon as you are done carrying out the survey. We will need you to send us
the following information to confirm carrying out the survey


Money Gram Required Information
Name of Sender:
Name of Receiver:
Reference # :
Amount Sent:
Transaction Charges:

We shall send you our survey questionnaire after you confirm carrying out the survey.
We wait to hear from you .



what can I do now? should I report them???


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 Post subject: Re: Evaluate Moneygram Scam
PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:42 pm 
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I feel like I am dealing with the same individuals...I too received emails and my job's scope of work morphed into the following and I beleive that you may have been sent a check that they had me send out. You definitely should report them. I will be reporting the information to the proper outlets over the next few days. I would contact the company that supposedly endorsed the check and see if they know why you would have a check made out to you from them and if it's authorized. Can you confirm if the check is for $3,000? What does the signature look like? What company is the check written from (I.e. St. Mary's College, All State International, etc). Please see the following solicitations that I received from HGC Marketing, LLC;

FIRST PROPOSED JOB:

Dear Applicant,


The position for the first survey is filled already but we have another survey going on now. Below you will find the full details of what the survey is all about.Get back to us with the required information if you are interested.


HGC MARKETING LLC. is an Evaluation and Survey company involved in helping Companies achieve market leadership, and after 4 years of experience serving hundreds of clients, we have developed particular strengths in the following areas.


Conduct market research to determine what our client's target markets requires.
Evaluate and analyze competitive products and services.
Discover market opportunities.


All of this go a long way in helping our numerous clients achieve market leadership. Our company is currently conducting a research, we are surveying the U.S financial market for an existing European financial institute interested in expanding its operations to the U.S.


About The Survey.


You will be required to complete two survey forms. The first survey require that you actually try out the services the above companies render as a customer and give us feedback on your overall customer experience with them. A check to cover all expenses needed to conduct this survey will mailed via Fed ex to you. The second form will ask general questions regarding your use of the above companies and your interactions with them after conducting the survey.


such as:


1) How long it took you to get services.
2) Smartness of the attendant.
3) Customer service professionalism.


Your pay per survey conducted is $300 and will be included in the check that will be mailed to you for the survey, each survey takes a maximum of 2 hours to complete. This is a serious task and we need only serious minded people to participate.


Should you be interested in participating in this survey send us a reply containing the following information.


Full Names:
Contact Address(P.O. Box not allowed):
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Home Phone:
Cell Phone:
Email Address:
Age:
Present Occupation:


We shall get back to you after receiving these information to confirm your participation in the survey.


Yours faithfully,
John McCarthy
Marketing and Research Co ordinator


HGC MARKETING LLC
367 Prospect St.
Stoughton,MA,02072

SECOND PROPOSED JOB:

Good Morning,

This is to confirm you have been selected as our Survey / Evaluation agent in your area. You will be evaluating a Money Gram outlet in your neighborhood.


Please note you will be required to visit One Money Gram outlet within your neighborhood to patronize there services as a customer by making a transfer and give us feedback on your overall customer experience with them by completing a questionnaire.


A check to cover all expenses needed to conduct this survey will be mailed to you via Fed ex before or on the survey date and your pay on every survey conducted is $300, which will be included in the check that will be mailed to you for the survey.


Respond ASAP to this email on your acceptance and willingness to carry out the survey for the company confirming the required information where the funds should be mailed to.


Your Full Names
Full Postal/Contact Address (P.o.Boxes are not allowed)
City/State/Zip Code
Home/Cell Phone Numbers


Thank You and hope to hear From you Today. referring


Yours faithfully,
John McCarthy
Marketing and Research Co ordinator


THIRD AND FINAL PROPOSED JOB:

Hello,

How have you been and how's work with you.Sorry for not contacting you all these while,I was in an accident and had some injuries so I had to stay in the hospital for a while but I'm better now.Since I was the one in charge of the survey I had to handle it myself.

I'll like to propose a job to you,we recently added a service we call TradeSure ,this service is similar to that of an escrow ,in simple terms we verify payment being sent by a buyer to a seller and forward the payment to the seller on completion of the transaction .We have a number of clients already signing up for our service because it is affordable .

Buyers who use our service send us their sellers payment in the mail , we receive them and then have them verified using the Automated Clearing House (ACH) system before forwarding them to the sellers.

This process is a lengthy one and takes a lot of time . This is why we have requested that buyers send us their checks electronically so we can
verify payment almost immediately and have it printed out and sent to sellers.

As our Off Site Assistant you will be responsible for:

? Collecting mailing supplies
? Receiving and mailing out correspondence on our behalf.
? Printing out payments (Checks) and mailing to corresponding seller using our courier
account .
? Keeping company files CONFIDENTIAL.
? Any other related duties as may be reasonably assigned by the Accountant.

You will have a lot of time doing a regular job this will be more like a part time job. But understand that we only want an individual who will be Diligent and Swift in carrying out its duties. We shall provide you with all the equipment and supplies you will need to have all the duties outlined above carried out .Your monthly salary shall be $800 .Send us an e-mail acknowledging the offer if you would like to take up the position.


Regards,
James



I wonder if you have received or are supposed to be one of the recepients of these checks. I'm interested in your feedback and it appears if are stories are related then we have opur tru answer to this scam.

If the check is deposited to your account, the funds will clear in a couple of days, you'll withdraw the money, keep your cut, then the check will finally bounce back to you and you'll be responsible to cover thet $2,500 plus dollars...I think..sounds like the scam.

Let me know.


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 Post subject: Re: Evaluate Moneygram Scam
PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:57 am 
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Another thing to do, find the ad again on Craigslist and if there is a "report this post" button do so . . . let them know it is a scam and they can pull it off. Yes, the person who posted it can post another one, but it does help to "slow them down".

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 Post subject: Re: Evaluate Moneygram Scam
PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:42 am 
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The check is for 3600 dollars and the company is sempra energy (weird) and the banks logo for union bank is really light and gray.


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 Post subject: Re: Evaluate Moneygram Scam
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:04 pm 
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There's another thread addressing this issue for anyone looking for this specific scam:

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=3283&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

This is what I had to say concerning the scam:

Yup, gotta fake looking check in my hands from 'John McCarthy' of "HGC Marketing LLC" in Stoughton, MA.

Do these idiots ever get caught? It seems so easy to put the whole trail together and find these morons. I mean I'm looking at his place in Stoughton as we speak! Although, if semi-intelligent folks like us could almost get scammed into this, it doesn't mean that this is where the trail ends. This is probably some fake front, if the person has half a brain. I'm sure this is just some random address, though.

What I'm going to do is try and follow the mule path down the road and see where it leads, by contacting the 'Karen' I'm supposed to Money Gram the funds to.

Another strange tidbit is that there's a note hand-written on the back of the UPS envelope that the check came in. It was scribbled "24A MEDINA", which is apparently an address for a house up for sale in Bath, England. Maybe where the fool that thought up the scheme is, or where 'John' is moving to, once he takes his money and runs...

Will update with any news.


Hopefully most people are smart enough to question this whole deal.


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 Post subject: Re: Evaluate Moneygram Scam
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:11 am 
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My daughter received one and since she wasn't home, I opened it. Anyway it was a check for $3000. I contacted her and she explained the process and what she has to do next. I got suspicious so I did an internet search and found out about the scams. I hope she learned her lessons about easy moneythrough the internet.


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 Post subject: Re: Evaluate Moneygram Scam
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:51 pm 
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symian wrote:
Do these idiots ever get caught?


Most of the time, no, because the people who are running the scam are in another country.

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 Post subject: Re: Evaluate Moneygram Scam
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:52 pm 
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I spoke with someone at MoneyGram today. It turns out that they do not even use secret shoppers! (Western Union does) If there was just a warning out there that said "We do not use secret shoppers. If you were hired to secret shop this location you are at risk of being a scam victim." I believe that would help to save a LOT of people from becoming victims of this scam.

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