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|Scam Reporter||Scam Tips Received|
Dallas, TX, United States
Secret/Mystery Shopper Scam
Other Job Site
| Market Research (Western Union - Secret Shopper)|
You receive a check for $2250. you are asked to cash (or deposit and withdraw) the check and take out $300 for your compensation. You then Western Union $1950 ($2250 less your $300) to a name and address provided and email the transfer information provided. (all the while you are asked to keep track of wait time, customer service, professional courtesy, etc.)
When your done, you\'re informed that they are evaluating Western Union\'s ability to respond to various Customer Requests, and you\'re asked to go back and request a refund. Again, assessing the associates.
You are then asked to take another $300 for your time and make another Transfer with the remaining cash and evaluate the same criteria. By Tuesday, my bank returned the check and when I inquired about it they confirmed that check was deemed fraudulent. Leaving me out $1950. I did have $300 in cash...like that matters at this point. The money I had to transfer over to cover the loss came from our Honeymoon fund. Ironically Frustrating and embarrassing when I had to tell my fiancÃ© what I had done.
The individual \"Mary\" had very good grammar, and responded to emails fairly quickly and in a very professional manner.
This has certainly been a lesson learned. I hope that someone comes across this before falling for this same scam or one like it. I will say though, this scam was very convincing.