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Scam I just read a new twist on an old trick. This time they are using a Mystery Shopper ploy. Here is how they go: You receive a check in the mail, often times a cashier's check that looks very real. It is always made out for a large amount, they tell you to cash it and send the difference back to them. The problem is the check will bounce, you will be liable for the money and penalties and you just mailed real money to the crooks. In this case they are send out $4,000 checks, telling you to spend $600 on start up expenses and a few test purchases. When you fill out the paperwork on this test you are to send them the $3,400 to them to see if you qualify as a mystery shopper.
Tags: Scam  alert  Mystery  Shopper  Bogus  Check 
Added: 26th March 2009
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Posted By: Steve
Posted by: Steve on 2009-03-26 
With the economy hurting I'm just afraid many will fall for this job ploy.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-03-26 
I get 10 or 12 scam e-mails a day like this because my e-mail is 'publicly listed.'

The other one similar to this is the fake job where you are to cash checks and money orders for a supposed overseas company and then send a money order to the crooks. When their fake money orders and checks bounce, you are on the hook.
Posted by: Sprucemoose on 2009-03-26 
Thanks for putting this up just in case there's somebody who hasn't heard. My bank even holds cashier's checks for 10 days because there are so many frauds out there.
Posted by: Wikiriwhi on 2009-03-28 
Hard to believe the Nigerian scams are still going

They really expect you to believe them.

I'm sure the emails were written 10 yrs ago and still circulating!
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