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Terry Nagel
San Mateo, CA, United States
2012-07-18 13:31:07
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Paid Focus Group: Western Union Survey 
Charles Kent
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On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 4:29 AM, HDD Groups wrote:

HDD Groups
5434 44th St
Lubbock TX 79414

Dear Applicant,

Having indicated interest in the above position, please find details of the position below.

HDD Groups is a leading market research that uses market research to measure the quality of service rendered and gather specific information about products that help organizations strengthen brand reputations, improve communication and enhance customer relationships.

We are currently conducting surveys on Western Union Agent Locations to help measure and improve effectiveness of the services offered to customers, this is as a result of complaints from some of Western Union repeat customers. The survey requires that you visit a Western Union Agent Location in your area and evaluate the services they render to customers, you will thereafter give us feed back on your overall experience by filling out a simple questionnaire. The survey will take 45 minutes to complete and you will receive a $240 compensation for your participation.

If you are interested in participating, send us a reply with your information in the following order.

Full Names:
Mailing Address:
Zip Code:
Phone Number:
Employment Status:

We are confident you\'ll make a significant contribution to the success of the survey and look forward to working with you.

Charles Kent
Research Manager

On Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 7:01 AM, HDD Groups wrote:

Good Morning,

This serves to confirm your selection as 1 of 3 Western Union Evaluation agent in your area. Funds to complete the evaluation and your $240 compensation will be delivered to your address in 1-3 business days.

Acknowledge receipt of this email by confirming your mailing address where the survey funds should be mailed to.

Full Names:
Mailing Address:
City / State / Zip Code:
Phone Number:

Thank you for choosing to participate and hope to hear from you today.

Charles Kent


On Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 8:11 AM, Charles Kent wrote:

Funds for the Western Union evaluation will be delivered by the Postal Service to your address this morning. The Payment received covers all expenditures including evaluation and your compensation for this survey. Follow the guidelines below to complete the assignment.
Have the received payment cashed at your bank.
Take out your compensation of $240 after cashing the payment.
Deduct another $200 for Western union charges.
Take the cash left after deductions to ANY Western Union outlet of your choice to evaluate by posing as a customer making a wire transfer to a well known associate. Make a wire transfer of the remainder funds after deduction of your compensation and other expenditures to the below information.
Receivers Name: Sara Muckenhaupt
Destination: 935 1 2 Niagara St | Buffalo | NY 14213
Be sure to observe how long it took you to get services, intelligence of the attendant and Customer service professionalism during the transfer process and under no circumstances should the Western Union Agents know this evaluation is being carried out on them.Email me as soon as you make the transfer with the following information.

10 Digits MTCN #
Confirm Amount Sent
Name And Address of Sender
Transaction Charges
Western Union outlet evaluated.
A questionnaire form 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.
Charles Kent
Research Manager
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