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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:44 pm 
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you need to go to another bank and open a new account right away, and have all direct deposits that go into the first account turned off so that you have money to live off of!

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:12 pm 
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i would have been happy to have knowledge of these scams before it happened to me.i was notified to cash a check and purchase a money gram and do a mystery shop at wal mart then i would keep the remaining balance as my commission.
i went online to check the validity of company and bank and they were all valid.so the next day i called the bank and verifyied the funds and checked the info on the bank acct-all was verifyied and
i was told all was valid bye the main branch of the bank.so assuming all was ok,i proceeded to my bank who cashed the check without any questions.15 minutes later they came to my home demanding the money back saying it was a fraud.so i called a witness and asked them to meet me at the bank and gave the money back in full.that wasnt the end .theytold me the bank could find out who was responsible and they would be prosecuted and i wouldnt have to do anything else.so i leave embarrased over the matter and go home.over a week later i go into my bank to do a transaction and i am told they deposited the check into my acct without my permissonand that it would not show up on my records not to worry.well the check came back on a closed acct so now this returned ceck is on my acct records and they will not remove it.so i am investigating what to do now.
sandra carroll -virginia


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:00 am 
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So..........you have a returned check on your account, that does not affect you in any form or fashion unless they charged you the fee. Do you think a returned check is reported to your credit bureau? I cannot fathom why you are making a big deal about this, if the bank had not been diligent and quickly asked for the money back, you would have owed them the entire amount. They saved you money.

Could they have reversed the transaction? Maybe, but apparently they did not.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:12 pm 
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SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM! THIS IS STILL CONTINUING TODAY! I was on a job search and came across the Honorable Secret Shopper. How can a legit Career Site include this. I recieved a $4,900 check by ups this morning. I WANDERED THIS COULD NOT BE POSSIBLE DURING THIS ECONOMIC time. Reviewed Better Business Bureau: No info on Mystery Evaluation INC. Googled Inc. and reviewed this website and the scam. I knew to complete further research on a large amount check. However it is sad that innocent people is a victim to this. THIS NEEDS TO STOP! EXAMPLE OF EMAIL IS:

MYSTERY EVALUATION INCORPORATION

CONTACT - Michelle Ruiz

(Logistics and Feedback)

BRANCH OFFICE ADDRESS

ADDRESS. 1068 Hawkins St.,
CITY: Gretna,
STATE:Louisiana
ZIP CODE:70056
COUNTRY: USA

EVALUATION INSTRUCTIONS

Dear Survey Agent,

You will be evaluating one Wal-mart store and one Western Union
outlets in your City.I want you to deposit the check of $3,800 into yr
bank account immediately you receive it today,You can withdrawn the
fund from yr account after depositing the check if your bank allows
you or wait till it's cleared, then you can go ahead with the
Evaluations.


The Payment you have just received covers all expenditures including
evaluation, shopping,transport and your compensation

(Salary=$320.00) for this survey.

EXPENDITURES BREAKDOWN:-
Salary .................$320
Wall Mart ...............$10
Transportation ……$90

You are to purchase Goods of your Choice for your own Use at any
Wal-mart store in your City which you are evaluating , spending not
more than $100.00 dollars altogether, you will also be using $90.00
for transportation .

I hope to trust you with the remaining money.THE REST WILL BE FORWARD
TO OUR BRANCH OFFICE THROUGH WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER

Also as regards western Union, we will be using our company feed-back
mechanism therefore you will be sending funds through Western Union
Money Transfer in your City, back to Us.

We are evaluating transactions above the $2500 mark within USA, you
will take the rest of the money to the Western Union Outlet you will
evaluate, you will have to pay the Western Union transfer charges out
from the money after you have deducted all yr money for the
expenses,Please send all the funds to the details below

NAME: Michelle Ruiz

(Logistics and Feedback)

ADDRESS. 1068 Hawkins St.,
CITY: Gretna,
STATE:Louisiana
ZIP CODE:70056
COUNTRY: USA

After your Evaluation and the fund has been sent,=2 0Do email us the
scan copy of Wal-mart & western union receipt and the following
Western Union Transfer Details such as #

SENDERS'S NAME AND ADDRESS
RECEIVER'S NAME
MONEY TRANSFER CONTROL NUMBER
TEXT QUESTION AND ANSWER
AMOUNT SENT(AFTER DEDUCTING WESTERN UNION CHARGES)

Please remember what we are really after are the lines of question
stated below, those are guidelines that you will lookout for during
your visits to Wal-Mart and Western Union Outlet.

GUIDELINES:-

-How long it took you to get services.
-Ambiance/Outlook of the Shop/Outlet
-Smartness of the attendant
-Customer service professionalism
-Reaction of personally under pressure
-Information that you think would be helpful
-Your comments and impressions.
-Your personal opinion

We are Counting on you, and expect a detailed report.
Thank you.

Albert.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:16 pm 
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I have received email like this, from a Craigslist listing, and followed up, but have not got a check or worked for them. I did a quick search on the 'money gram outlet' nearest me, and found this board. Thanks! Otherwise, I might have been in trouble! Thanks!!! (I hope I do not have trouble from this since I gave them my address and phone numbers)

Here is the second and most recent email I received:

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.The survey date is January,15th 2009.

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 you will be giving 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 $200, 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.

Thank You and hope to hear From you Today. referring

Yours faithfully,
(name removed and company name removed -- different than the name and company on the other ones here...)


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:18 pm 
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watervox wrote:
(name removed and company name removed -- different than the name and company on the other ones here...)[/i]


Can you please post the name of the company he was pretending to be with, and the email address that he used? Sometimes others will google that info, and then their search will lead them here and they will know it is a scam.

Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:37 pm 
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I posted a while ago about a 'Money Gram outlet' related job offer I received, ostensibly from Craigslist.

This is the contact information from the original email I received:

Jake Donald
Marketing and Research Co ordinator

VINTAGE MARKETING LLC
1316 East State Avenue
Phoenix AZ 85202

I have since emailed back and said I am no longer interested, and to remove me from their roster.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:27 am 
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Well I cashed a check at a check cashing place, whats going to happen because this is all new to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:58 pm 
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makavelis45 wrote:
Well I cashed a check at a check cashing place, whats going to happen because this is all new to me.


Have you wired any of that money to anyone? If so, contact the service you used to see if it has been picked up . . . if it has not, then they might be able to stop the transfer.

If you have NOT wired any money then you need to place a police report, then contact the check cashing place and let them know that you just found out that this is a scam and that the check will be coming back as counterfeit. You can work it out with them as to if they want the money back now or if they want to wait until the check is returned to them as counterfeit before you return the money. Whatever you do, do not spend the money because they WILL be asking for it back.

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:12 pm 
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I almost fell for this but I figured out what they probably were gonna try and do. Well being that I watched a special on mystery shoppers and think it would be interesting i found anothre one on craigslist and it was the same deal... be careful because they change their names and email addresses all the time I suspect. These are the ones I have been told.
Alvin Curls at easyworkteam@gmail.com for Universal Evaluation Inc
and
Aaron Saxby at saxbyevaluations@yahoo.com for Saxby Evaluations

Also i think I found a scam for someone to help said person move from one apt to another while they are gone and they pay $500 for the move. We emailed back and forth but when he never answered my questions I got suspicious and this one was the icing on the cake. Also I found almost the same add on craigslist again with a different name and slightly different story but for the same amount of $. I will put the email on here so ppl can either look out or give me their advice.

On Mon, 12/22/08, Jason Ellis <ellisjason61@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Jason Ellis <ellisjason61@yahoo.com>
Subject: Thanks for the interest !
To: sokpuppy1@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, December 22, 2008, 9:14 AM



Good morning

how was your day ? am sorry for not writing you ontime it was due to my illness.. thanks for the quick response,it shows your effectiveness and seriousness you have already convinced me that you are a good Mover,I'm looking for a reliable and honest person to help with the packing and moving of the listed items from my old to new apt within the area.

HERE ARE THE STUFFS YOU WILL HELP MOVE.


3- Three Sitter Couches
1- center Table.1
21 inches tv and home theathre dvd
2- Table Lamps
1- Rug (90 lbs)


I'm willing to pay $500 for moving this items within 1hour (one or two guys,no stair case or elevator),i think this is a reasonable price since you already have the list of items I'm moving and the distance,it shouldn't take more than 2-3 hours to have this items moved,you will be provided with the date and time by my new landlord,as soon as I'm done making payments to you for the moving he will be taking you to the pick up and drop off address in person immediately i contact him that i have finally paid for the moving service I want the moving to be done before i get back to the states by 24th.,i already made arrangements for the payment and also the keys to the apts,my landlord will be showing you the apts so the locations shouldn't be a problem,he will there to help you,i will be calling the landlord of the old apt so he can be around the house for packing,i will instruct my client to issue and mail out the payment he owes me so you can deduct the $500 which i believe is a reasonable amount for moving the items listed within the area,have the remaining funds wired to the landlord of the new apt via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER so he can bring down the keys to you and he would be available when you drop the items,the remaining funds you will be wiring to the new landlord is the balance payment for my new apt,I'm only doing this cause I'm presently out of the states and i want things to go smooth and perfect before my return.

If you think you can handle this move,kindly get back to me with the following information

Full Name to appear on the check.........................................................
Contact address...........................................................................
zip code..................................................................................
state.....................................................................................
Phone number..............................................................................


NOTE: Don't forget to get back with the required information so the payment can be mailed out to you first,you will be deducting just $500 and have the remaining sent to landlord via western union.
I will be waiting to hear back from you, thanks and God bless.

Ellis.
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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:42 pm 
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sokpuppy,
Thank you so much for posting the names and email addresses that the scammers are using. These are things that people can do a google search on, and then find our site before they get sucked into the scam.

I feel like we almost need someone to watch craigslist all the time to find the scam ads like these.

Thanks again,

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:48 pm 
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Know what I say> I say scam THEM BACK! Get a fake ID and a fake adress and let them send you the check. Then cash it and keep their stupid money. Hell, if you're a resorcful enough person and can get fake IDs wherever, scam them SEVERAL TIMES BACK! Serves them damn right.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:45 am 
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JennieBean wrote:
Know what I say> I say scam THEM BACK! Get a fake ID and a fake adress and let them send you the check. Then cash it and keep their stupid money. Hell, if you're a resorcful enough person and can get fake IDs wherever, scam them SEVERAL TIMES BACK! Serves them damn right.


They will send you the check, no problem . . . but the check is COUNTERFEIT so if you cash it at your bank they will come after you for the money once they see that it is counterfeit (usually takes about a week). If you take it to a check cashing place then you will end up stealing from that store . . . they store owner would be out the money, not the scammer, and the store owner COULD come after you with criminal charges.

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
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Here's the latest:

Philadelphia craigslist:

recuitagenciesss@gmail.com
"The Golden Evaluation Team"
Johnson Derin

They sent me a check via UPS for 2500 some odd bucks and told me to make a Western Union money transfer.

If you are arriving at this page via a google search, know that this is a SCAM. Do NOT do ANYTHING with that check except turn it into the police.

I will also turn in the envelope and all other evidence, anything can help.

And to the perpetrator of this scam: get a life.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
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Well, we fell for the scam! :cry: They used Lightspeed Consumer Panel (which I belong to and I believe is legit) as their company name. They took me for $1,520. The guy I spoke to had an accent and his "name" was Michael Daddy. Fortunately that's all they took me for. My husband went to the bank to make them aware of the situation. They said last week a lady was taken for $4,500. YIKES! Here is the original email they sent me. Looking at it now, it doesn't even much the letter I was sent. The money gram I sent was for $1,450.! Any advice on what I should do now. The emails they used was Trish Bailey <contact@consumersurvey.cjb.net>,Survey Volunteers <info@lightspeed.cjb.net>,

Survey Participant - Happy New Year!!!
Looking to make extra cash? Earn cash & rewards for sharing your opinions & help influence the products of the future!
We are looking for interested survey participants.
Our company has been engaged by MoneyGram Int'Transfer “MoneyGram Systems Inc.”, located at most Wal-Mart stores, the survey is to find out the customer service performances of this location/s, this survey is being introduced based on recent complains from MoneyGram’s reliable clients.
The aim of this survey is for you to familiarize yourself with the practical feeling of what secret survey entails. Your job site will be at any MoneyGram Travelers location/s, located at most WAL-Mart Stores. Your main survey objective is to evaluate and observe the efficiency of customer’s service being offered. You will act as a potential customer sending funds to a friend or family member (we will provide you all required details MoneyGram office).
This is the breakdown of attached funds and your task:
Survey Amount : $1,155:00
Service Fee: $105:00
Your Survey Paid Expense: $240.00
Total: $1,500:00
Your reimbursement for each survey is $240:00 (Two Hundred and Forty dollars).
If you wish to continue, we will send to you these same travelers check/s in the same amount 2-3 times weekly, for different Wal-Mart stores.
A customer service evaluation form will be enclosed in your first assignment. We will expect you to fill out this form to the best of your knowledge, which will depend and be determined by the customer service offered to you at any of the survey participating location.
If you wish to participate, kindly reply this e-mail and provide us with your full name and mailing address.
Yours truly,
Trish Bailey
P.S - Survey participating open only to legal US and Canadian residents.


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