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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 4:16 pm 
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I recieved an email from a james frank about becomeing a mystery shopper. He sent me several emails about payment being sent to me my either fed ex or dhl and that i would recieve instructions about what to do next. The email was to go to Walmart and Western Union. Well thank goodness my daughter went on line and found this mans name and that it was all a scam before anything happened. It is sad that people trying to earn a little extra money to make ends meet get scammed like this.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 9:01 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 2:50 pm 
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I applied for a mystery shopper ad on craigslist and a week or two later received a money gram money order via UPS for $1000. No instructions, no note. Then a week later I received an email instructing me to cash it and send all but $200 back to:


Name :Toby Johnson
Address:10 king fall road
city :Deira
state :Dubai
Country:United Arab Emirates

This is a scam and it really scared me at first. I called the police and they were not helpful, telling me no crime had been committed. YET. I was worried that these people now had my full name and address. Now that I see the scam is so prevalent I think I can rest a little easier. Thank goodness I didn't cash the check!


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 9:31 am 
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It is really a great income opportunity for an housewife like me. I have joined this website 2 months back. Initially I got one data conversion project every day. For completion of this project I got paid Rs.1200.After few days daily project was increased. Now I am getting 3 projects per day. For this 3 projects I am getting Rs.4000 per day. Daily I am spending only 2hrs for doing this data conversion jobs.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:55 pm 
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This scam is still going on via craigslist, and they are using the company name Precision Research. I got a $3000 cheque, and was asked to shop at Macy's (I guess they know the are no Wal-marts in Manhattan) and deposit $2600 @ MoneyGram. Do not fall for it guys, and everyone keep sharing the company name they use so if people google it, they'll be directed to this thread and realise its a scam.
Cheers to the founder of this site,
Russ Garton


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:01 am 
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RussGart,
If you have the names or email addresses of any of the scammers, please post those also. These are also things people may google and then find this site.

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Glad we could help!

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:20 pm 
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By all means Shawn. The names used for my attempted scam were Frank Miles and Tammy Riedy. The email address was precisionresearch01@gmail.com. Any more info you need, just ask. Thanks again


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:21 pm 
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I got a letter in the mail a few days ago, Little more elaborate then some of the one's posted in here.

Quantum Business Consulting, INC.
P.O. Box 1500
Brooklyn, Newyork, 11210

Ref: us-can2009ms-css-2418

Dear Me

This is to inform you that based on the previous survey by our Affiliate Consumer Survey Specialists
You would like additional income on a part time bases. You've been selected to Participate in a paid Mystery Shopper program is one of the research personnel selected under this program. . Working as a Consumer Service Evaluator.....

This is a training assignment, Hands on self training designed to give you the knowledge necessary for you to effectively carry out your assignments as an experienced research personnel under this program.
Please contact your Account manager Frank Baker at 1-289-892-3521 for further instructions.

Details.

Evaluating Banks and Western Union Agencies by depositing the check and rating their competencies and customer relations by doing a fund transfer to our operation manager.

Second Shopping with 300.00 dollars at ONE of the retail stores listed below.
Wal-mart, Sears, Costco, Best buy, or Home depot.

Once your assignment has been completed you have to SCAN and E-MAIL the retail store receipts as well as any other transaction receipts for verifications purposes. Please email us at Quantumgroup@consultant.com

Funds
Salary - 850
Fund for transfer - 2,995
service fees - 140
Shopping fund - 300
Total funds - 4,285.00

Sincerely,

Rachel Nyberg
Director of Operations

At the bottom of the letter it says registered with a whole list of companies from Walmart and Mcdonalds to Blockbuster and Microsoft. There's about 18 - 20 companies on the list all with logo's.



Everything I have in bold was in bold on the letter.

I gave the check to the bank to see if anything was up with it, the check is still on hold with the bank for the next 5 days. It came back returned, I've talked with the bank and I'm getting in contact with local police and SBI.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:48 pm 
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morejamess@gmail.com

jameschamel09@yahoo.ca

jamptil01@yahoo.com

All these email address were used to act as buyers of items I had listed on Craigslist. Each one said they would send me a cashier's check for the amount of the sale, plus extra for shipping that I would have to pay to some shipping company they were to arrange. jamptil01@yahh.com (Joshua Amptil) left this phone number, 609-772-8040. This is the text of the email he sent:

"Thanks for your quick response,I just view the item again and its okay by me and will like to proceed with the payment. I will be more than happy to issue a certified endorsed cashiers check to you today via overnight delivery, i will need your NAME,ADDRESS and PHONE NUMBER to issue the cashiers check. And concerning the shipping i will handle the shipping via my shipping company so all i need to do now is to send you a cashiers check of excess fund to cover the cost of purchase and the shipping cost so you can deduct your money and send the excess to my shipping who is currently in bay area for the pick at your residence after the cashiers check must have clears your account to my house here in Florida.
Please kindly proceed and delete your advert on craigslist if this&nbs p; is okay by you.Thanks"

I did give him my address. So far, everything seemed ok. He replied:

"Thanks for the information,i will go ahead in sending the check and get back to you as soon as possible with the tracking number for you to know the date and time the check will get to you. I will also send you my shipper information to where you send the excess funds as soon as your bank confirm the check cashed.. Hope you understand? Thanks and God bless.."

That's as far as that has gone.

Now, number two (morejamess@gmail.com) responds to another ad on Craigslist. This caught my attention, and I think you'll see why:

"Hello
How are you doing today..I just want to know if you still have the
item available for sale..and please kindly get back to me with the
present condition of the item and the last price bid.
regard"

Then:

"Hello,
Thank you for your prompt response.I like the item with the description and all.It is okay with me.And i am quiet comfortable with the price.Though i should have come over and take a look but i am out of town(On my Honey Moon).So with every description you gave me, i believe you.Also,its my first time transacting on craiglist,i really dont know how it works but I will be sending you payment right away with a Certified Bank check,apparently the check will carry the payment for the item you are selling and the shipping payment.
The payment will be sent via Fed ex or Ups and a tracking number will be provided to you.And once you receive it,get it cash or deposited in your account and withdraw the shipping fund which you will have sent to the shipping company via Money gram money transfer.You will also take $100 extra for your running around.I need you to get back to me with .
1..Full Name to issue Check to
2..Full address to mail check to.--NO P.O.Box
3.Working phone #s
As soon as i get this, the check will be overnight to you.And the shipper info and tracking number will be sent to you as soon as you receive the check.*I want you to take the advert off the list so other buyers wont disturb you.Thanks
Regards"

No phone number, but it is EXACTLY like the first one. Glad I googled the phone number. This all happened today, so we'll see if any checks get issued.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:58 pm 
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Hey i got the check and i told my friend about this and he found some stuff that made me think twice and i came upon this website, what should i do, I have already deposited the money in my bank but i havent used any of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:23 pm 
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You need to inform your bank ASAP with all the details. Hopefully they can do something about it and you won't get a strike against your credit (in case they think you're in on something dodgy.)


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:22 am 
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ok thanks man i will


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:45 pm 
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I agree. You need to contact your bank, tell them that you just found out that this is a scam and DO NOT take any of that money out of your account.

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:05 pm 
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yea thanks thats exactly what i did and didnt use any of it, I guess I just didnt want to believe it was too good to be true and thats why I took the check


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery Shopper wal mart/money gram scam
PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:39 pm 
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I received the letter today with a check for $3395 from Auantum Monitoring & Research Group. Of course they want me to be a mystery shopper for Walmart, etc. and then do a moneygram for $2995. The check is written on an account from Patton Contractors in Ft. Worth Texas - a legit company but what do they have to do with the consulting group? And the letter was mailed from Canada.

Are we really this gullible?


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