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  1. #49
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    Re: Another Secret Shopper Scam but please read

    Glad to hear that you figured out it was a scam before losing money to a a scammer.

    You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

    Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of lost money, millions in the bank and desperate, loney, sexy singles. He will sell you email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-fraud-watching site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

    5 "Rules to follow" to avoid most fake jobs:
    1) Job asks to use your personal bank account and/or open a new one.
    2) Job asks you to print/mail/cash a check or money order.
    3) Job asks you to use Western Union or moneygram in any capacity.
    4) Job asks you to accept packages and re-ship them on to anyone.
    5) Job asks you to pay visas, immigration, travel fees, expenses in cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    Avoiding all jobs that mention any of the above listed 'red flags' and you will miss nearly all fake jobs. Only scammers ask you to do any of the above. No. Exceptions. Ever. For any reason.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
    Found a romance scam? Post it at romancescam.com

  2. #50

    Re: Another Secret Shopper Scam but please read

    Meri Widow gave you some great advice on what to look for but I wanted to say thanks for the info on the "pink dot"! I never knew about that!

  3. #51

    Look At Job Very Carefully

    Scam
    On Oct 28, 2010, I submitted an application for a job as a "secret shopper" with WWW.INTERNETSECRETSHOPPER.COM. In the next 24hrs I would learn that I didnot do enough investigating into this site for bad business practices, scams, etc.. On the very same day I received a response by email from a guy named Jim Thomas who identifies himself as an administrator for this site. Jim welcomed me into this network and stated that either he or someone named Jodi would be contacting me (via email) within 24hrs with my 1st assgmnt. I was excited since I had never applied for such a job before and was anxious to get started.
    I received the 2nd email from Jim the following day at 3:32pm Oct 29th welcoming me aboard with an attachment on the "Guidelines on Getting Started". After reviewing this material I felt I was going to be great at this job. The only downside I felt was the strict provisions mentioned about how to submit the forms once I'd done the work assigned. The guidelines are very clear on how important it is to submit your completed assignments in order to get paid the $25 promised. It states that any errors in this process would lead to no pay whatsoever.
    At 4:01pm on Oct 30th, I received my 3rd email from Jim with the attachment by way of an excel spreadsheet listing "21 jobs" I was to complete on my very FIRST assignment. Again, anxious as I was to get started I didn't think to much about it and began right away with the 1st assgnmnt on the list (Geico Insurance) . What began to get my attention was when I came to the 2nd assgnment. I immediately paused to take a closer look at the other 19 projects and noticed a pattern. ALL 21 ASSIGNMENTS HAD ME SIGNING UP FOR SOMETHING I KNOW I DIDNOT WANT. The guidelines does mention these type of surveys would be required but something inside of me told me that something is fishy here. After all, in Jul 2006, I had completed a very expensive course on Internet Marketing and studied well beyond this lesson to try and get into the internet ecommerce business.
    That's when it hit me that this guy isn't legit! He only wants people who are gulliable enough to spend a great deal of their time signing up for stuff they know they really don't want so he can reap huge rewards for himself! This was a HOAX! This was just another form of Internet Marketing at its best. I was dumbfounded! I completed the 2nd assgnment (which was Kaplan University) and knew I would resigned at that point.
    The next day, Oct 31st, on my way home from church, I received a call from a recruit from Kaplan Univ who was responding to the form I had filled out the nite before. Excusing myself, I advised the young man that it was all a mistake to disregard it. When I got home I immediately went into overdrive and started to scrutinize this more closely on the internet.
    Turns out that Jim Thomas is the name this guy uses for this SCHEME. There is NO PHONE NBR LISTED on the website or on any of the emails sent. The addr for this bus posted on the bottom of all his email is fraudulent. Check this out: http://www.bbb.org/new-york-city/bus...ork-ny-111362/ And, this: http://www.aaag.com/tucson-az-houghton-rd.htm And, this: http://domains.whois.com/domain.php And, this: http://www.alexa.com/search?q=intern..._home&p=bigtop
    These are just 4 of the things I found out about Jim Thomas's internetsecretshopper.com. More research revealed that there may be other people involved in this USING A DIFFERENT NAME AND ADDR and that this is not the only scheme they have. I sent Jim Thomas an email asking to be removed from his list of unsuspecting canidates and that I was going to WARN AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN ABOUT THIS COMPANY.
    :angel:

  4. #52

    Re: Secret Shopper Scam

    Iam writing to try and let people know about a scam so other people won't fall for this because its sounds very real. If you get an email from someone asking you to sign up to be a mystery shopper Please check this out before you do anything I received an email asking me if I would be interested in signing up to be a mystery shopper. So of coarse I did. Didnt really hear much more till I got this fed-ex package one morning with two money grams both were for 900 dollars each. They asked me to take these money grams to my bank and cash them and they wanted me to evaluate a wal mart and a western union. These money grams look real Do not cash them. Next I got an email telling me I was to take 200 dollars as my payment and to use 50 dollars to shop at Wal mart and i could keep what i bought. Next I was to got to my nearest western union and send the left over money to another person so this person could complete their mystery shopping anyways i ddint do anyof this. Because it sounded to fishy so then i get another email telling me that if i didnt return there money they were going to send the fbi after me. so please if you going to be a secret shopper make sure you check them out first. There are legimate ones out there but the would never send you money before you did the job thanks for listening

  5. #53
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    Re: Secret Shopper Scam

    100% scam, you are correct.

    There is no mystery shopper job.

    There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.

    The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "secretary/assistant/accountant" and will demand you cash a large fake check sent on a stolen UPS/FedEx billing account number and send most of the "money" via Western Union or moneygram back to the scammer posing as the "supply company" while you "keep" a small portion. When your bank realizes the check is fake and it bounces, you get the real life job of paying back the bank for the bounced check fees and all the bank's money you sent to an overseas criminal.

    Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

    When you refuse to send him your cash he will send increasingly nasty and rude emails trying to convince you to go through with his scam. The scammer could also create another fake name and email address like "[email protected] gmail.com", "police_person @hotmail.com" or "investigator @yahoo.com" and send emails telling you the job is legit and you must cash the fake check and send your money to the scammer or you will face legal action. Just ignore, delete and block those email addresses. Although, reading a scammer's attempt at impersonating a law enforcement official can be extremely funny.

    Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

    Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

    6 "Rules to follow" to avoid most fake jobs:

    1) Job asks you to use your personal bank account and/or open a new one.
    2) Job asks you to print/mail/cash a check or money order.
    3) Job asks you to use Western Union or moneygram in any capacity.
    4) Job asks you to accept packages and re-ship them on to anyone.
    5) Job asks you to pay visas, travel fees via Western Union or moneygram.
    6) Job asks you to sign up for a credit reporting or identity verification site.

    Avoiding all jobs that mention any of the above listed 'red flags' and you will miss nearly all fake jobs. Only scammers ask you to do any of the above. No. Exceptions. Ever. For any reason.

    If you google "fake check cashing job", "fraud Western Union scam", "money mule moneygram scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
    Found a romance scam? Post it at romancescam.com

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