Thursday, May 12, 2011

Mystery Shopper Scams

Myster Shopper Scams comes in all shapes and sizes.  They have the minor league scam that asks victims for about $30.  If the victim sends in the money, they will receive a packet of information from businesses that are supposedly hiring mystery shoppers.  The list was either never any good or it is horribly outdated.  The major league stuff includes check fraud and looks like the one on the image below. Click the image to enlarge and get more details about the scam.

The checks look real and the letter can appear convincing. Mystery shopper offers that include checks are always always scams. If you receive an unsolicited check, take a short moment to do a thought experiment.  If a valid check is addressed to you, there is nothing that stops you from cashing that check and never contacting the business that sent it to you.  You could legally just keep the money.  No sane business would ever take the risk of mailing out thousands of dollars to strangers and just hoping that they call.

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