This is a scam someone tried to rope me into the other day, Posing it as an interview for an admin. asst. position. He took my info from my resume, and i started getting these:
Hello Secret Shopper,
Thank you for your swift e-mail response , Your information has been accepted and inputted into our database. Your assignment shall be as follow:
You are to shop at Wal-Mart and give a report on customer service, quality of product, and cleanliness of the establishment. I hope there is a Wal-Mart store in your area. Money will be provided for you to shop..
You will also ascertain the ease of sending Money Gram from Wal-Mart.
You will also be paid a commission of $400 for your assignments.
We are going to send you a check or making a wire transfer to you for the assignments.
You are not to use any money from your pocket. I need you to send the following information below, So i will provide you with the money for the assignment and detailed instructions henceforth.
Full names (As you want it to appear on the check)
Physical Address No PO BOX (where you want the check delivered)
Home number (best time to call)
Cell number (best time to call)
Note: PLEASE ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALWAYS BY YOUR PHONE TO ANSWER IT AND ALSO CHECKING YOUR EMAILS REGULARLY BECAUSE THIS JOBS NEEDS COMMUNICATION.
After shopping at Wal-Mart, you will send the balance through Money Gram so as to ascertain the ease of on-line and instant transfers as against check and money orders. Adequate information will be provided as to where to send the balance as soon as the check clears.
Let me know if you can handle this. I await your reply.
I ignored it, and a few days later i received this email:
hope you are doing great today, am happy to tell you that your information has been sent to the head office in respect of the payment for your first assignment, payment shall reach you in due time, for now all you need to do is to check your email regularly because immediately i receive the tracking number for the payment i will get back to you together with the instructions to guide you through.
Thanks for your understanding,
I ignored this one too, and was surprised when a few days later i received the check anyway, and i got this email:
Hello H***** B****,
We are very Happy to inform you that payment has been sent to you via ups courier service with tracking # 1Z4TV5244491944365, You should receive it earlier today.
As soon as you have the check, proceed to your bank to get it cashed proceed with your assignment as a Shopper.
All you need to do is go to any walmart of your choice and carry out your evaluation by recording any flaws noticed during your shopping time at the store. Deduct $200 commission covering costs to be spent at Walmart and extra $400 for your work making the sum of $600, when you are done proceed to Money Gram but it is better to use the money gram service in walmart so as to have a perfect evaluation.
Please have it at the back of your mind that no staff of the store you are evaluating should know you are a Secret Shopper. Below is the name and address of the Secret Shopper whom You have to transfer the funds to so that she can continue with her Evaluation in the United States. Be aware that money gram is going to charge you a token to get this money sent, deduct the money gram charges from the balance you have with you after deducting your own commission and get the remaining transferred.
Name: Kathy Murphy
Address: 343 Mesa Street,
As soon as you are done with the transfer get back to us with the details below:
1. Sender's name and Address as used to fill the Money Gram form.
2. Total Amount sent
3. Transfer Reference Code.
Attached to this email is the evaluation form. Send me a complete copy
of the evaluation form together with the Money Gram details to the other shopper as soon as you are done with the transfer.
I will wait to hear from you...
Later, another email:
How are you this morning? You are to evaluate money gram outlet and wal-mart. you are to complete this assignment with the payment you received, you are to spend $200 at wal-mart for purchasing what is useful for yourself at wal-mart and your commission is $400 making total of $600 that will be deducted from the whole amount you received and you will have to go to money gram and send the rest of the fund to Mrs Kathy Murphy for her to start her own assignment and money gram will charge you for sending fee which you are to deduct from the rest of the funds you are sending to the other shopper not from your commission. i want you to get back to me with details for the money gram to Mrs Kathy Murphy.
Here is the info to send funds to via money gram:
Name: Kathy Murphy
Address: 343 Mesa Street,
You have to get back to us with the below Money Gram transfer information for the money you sent to the other secret shopper.
1. Senders Name and Address
2. Reference number(8 digit number given to you while sending the money)
3. The amount transferred after deducting money gram charges.
NOTE: We want you to know that we will be waiting to read from you regarding your Survey & Evaluation Report do get back to us once this email has been received
So i wrote back:
The game is up, chap, i've discovered your check to be false and have contacted Scotland Yard. Even now a hit squad is closing in on your most recent location. They have no time for trials or courts, and when they find you they will prop you against the nearest wall and paint it with the contents of your skull. DO not contact me further, and please, go by the swiftest route possible directly to hell. Do not pass go, do not collect $3400.00.
The guy has tried to call me twice. The area code of his phonecall is Orlando, FL, yet the business number attached to the emails is in Binghamton, New York. One call i answered, and it was a very foreign, African sounding person, and brushed him off, yet when i called the same number back i got a very anglo- sounding voicemail for a David Moore, and left him a very colorful, cleverly worded message asking for his sensitive info. I'm trying to figure out what else i can do to mess with this guy.
I guess the lesson here is not to include a mailing address in any resume's or cover letters you will be emailing.