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Phillipsburg, NJ, United States
2014-07-20 09:47:48
Job Scam
Secret Shopper Scam   
Sophie Austin (or) Alva Pita
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I am currently quite desperate for a second job; about a month after posting my cv and resume on Career Builder I got an email from that offered a secret shopper position in my local community if I met a list of physical and age requirements and then provided my physical and email address. Nothing about this initial email seemed overtly suspicious, so I provided the information, noting to myself that this was the ONLY info I would give any employer via email. A day later I received an email response from a recruiter named Sophie Austin with the Customer Service Network who said that by replying \"ok\" I would get more information. I was very skeptical, but I replied \"OK\" just to see what \"Sophie\'s\" response would be.

Just to provide a little more information, The Customer Service Network ( actually exists. I don\'t know if the people behind this scam are affiliated with, but the website has a good WOT rating and looks like a legitimate company. I am assuming that has no affiliation with the scammers.

I soon received another email stating that I would be shopping a Western Union bank in my town, and that when I was ready I should respond \"YES I AM READY\". At this point I just decided to err on the side of caution and assume this was a scam. I don\'t really remember any spelling mistakes or sentencing structures that tipped me off; I really just decided I wasn\'t interested in the whole thing.

Two days later I received a written check and letter via first class mail. The amount was for a little more than 2k, and the letter told me to deposit this check in my bank account. I shredded these papers, and filtered all emails from \"Sophie Austin\" and \"\" as spam.

But the emails keep showing up in my inbox, although now mostly from Alfa Pita and I have not received any more letters yet, but if in the event that I do they are going straight to my shredder.
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