Scammer Information Details of Scam Report
They contact you about a survey in your area:
"We need participant for a paid focus group on financial services. Participants who complete the focus group will be paid $300 for their time and opinions."
You go to their website and fill out your information, including email, name, address, phone, and occupation. (http://www.msmarketingco.com/required.php)
Several days later you receive an email stating:
"This serves to confirm your selection as 1 of 2 evaluation participants in your area.
Funds for the survey, your $300 compensation and other materials needed for the evaluation will
be delivered to you in 1-3 business days. Further instructions will be sent to you upon delivery.
Thank you for choosing to participate and I hope to receive your response acknowledging
receipt of this email today."
Once you receive the package, it states:
"Attached to this letter is your evaluation check. It has both your $300 compensation and funds for the evaluation you will be conducting for us.
Confirm receipt of this check by sending me an email at email@example.com receive further instructions on how to go about conducting the evaluation.
Market Research Analyst
MS Marketing Co.
After emailing to verify receipt of the check, you get this email: (this is where I stopped)
"he Check received includes both compensation and funds for this survey, follow the below instructions to complete the survey.
1. Have the received check cashed at your bank.
2. Take out your compensation of $300 after cashing the check.
3. Take the rest of the funds after deduction of your compensation to the nearest Western Union outlet in your area and have it
transferred to the below information using their Money In Minutes service. Deduct whatever fee they charge you for using their
service from the amount to be transferred.
Receivers Name: Domonique Walker
Destination: 3211 N Front St #205, Harrisburg, PA 17110
4. While making the transfer, observe the following: How long it took you to get service and customer service professionalism
during the transfer process, under no circumstance should the Western Union Agent(s) know this evaluation is being carried
out on them.
Email me with the following information as soon as the transfer is completed:
Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN):
Name and Address of Sender:
Western Union Location Surveyed:
A questionnaire regarding your overall experience with Western Union will be emailed to you after we receive the transfer information.
Thank you and get back to me as soon as the survey is completed today."
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