Market Force

Kate – Jul 06, 2020

Victim Location 78504

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

They send a money order for me to deposit into my bank , after money in bank, withdraw money to shop and report customer service.

Walter – May 11, 2020

Victim Location 46374

Type of a scam Employment

When I was looking for jobs over the spring time 2020, this advertisement popped up and took me to Walmart, Glassdoor, those types of websites… The pop up asked my for email to get free items, and employment opportunities. I received an email from Market Force stating they’d be sending me information in the mail to be a secret shopper for them and I’d get paid.

About a month later, I received a Priority Letter 2-Day piece of mail through USPS from “T FRC SHIP LLC”. There was one piece of paper inside full of information, and also a check from “Canopy Community Development D” assigned to me in the amount of $4,770.00. The directions on the letter from Market Force Information essentially was to cash the check at my bank, take the money and purchase money orders at two different Walmart stores, minus $600 which they stated was my Assignment Evaluation Income. They wanted me to mail these BLANK money orders to: Adams Tao, 9747 Forest Ln #285, Dallas, TX 75243.

The personally contact they had listed was Thompson Drew (816) 321-0360 and email: [email protected]

Bruce – Mar 30, 2020

Victim Location 53150

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received an email from "," that gave me an "assignment" that said I was to visit 2 Walmart Stores and 1 Fedex store. I then received a check in the mail for $4,770.00 a few weeks later that would cover gas expenses, what products to buy and for how much. I was then required to text a certain person when I recieved my "package" with the check, and email them every step of the way (when I deposited my check (which they requested to be made into cash within hours in their letter), when I bought aforesaid items, take pictures of the receipts, etc.) If I also completed the aforesaid purchases within 24 hours, they said I would receive an additional $1000 Walmart gift card as well, which seemed quite fishy to me.

Caleb –

Victim Location 35226

Type of a scam Employment

i was offered a job as a mystery shopper with wal mart. i got a check $2470.00 in the mail to keep $470.00 and buy gift cards at wal mart for $100.00 or more. i was to deposit this check buy the gift cards and send pictures front/back of the gift cards after activating to the company. [email protected] then wait for further assignments. was not to tell anyone i was a mystery shopper.

i felt this was way…crazy. i did not deposit the check, i just voided the check and just kept the letter/check.

Jesus –

Victim Location 95422

Type of a scam Employment

Hi, I had received text message telling me that "*** ***" was looking for mystery shoppers. With that being one of the things I actually do, I looked them up and checked to see if this was a scam The letterhead did not match, and it showed that the person/people used *** to build their site (***. The text stated that they have been in business for over 20 years (*** *** has only been in business for 13) This place stated that I would be paid $400.00 to do some seemingly simple tasks @ Wal-Mart. Stating that they would be paying me before the task was completed no names or contact information were given, they wanted a simple application with them wanting Name,Address,Phone number. and E-mail.I have met a couple of people who also mystery shop. They do NOT pay before the work is done, fishy part 2 the text also showed Market Survey as another part of the message (a different company all together)

See is I check everything out before I have had 0 issues and am hoping to help others not get hosed by the scammers. thank you dsf68

Karl –

Victim Location 70506

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I had been looking for a little part time job because I live on disability once a mo th and I am a single parent so I had been filing out forms online for mystery shopper. Well one day I get an email saying that they would pay me X amount of money. I had to purchase some Apple ITunes cards from Walmart or Apple store tell them how the cashier treated me what was their name and store number and location. They would send me a check to purchase the cards. And then later scratch the backs off of them and take screen shots and send to them. $400 dollars was for me. Later I was told they would be sending me a check for $1,950.00 and I was to deposit it into my checking account or cash it. Well I deposited it into my checking account and the check turned out to be Fake. The Check was Perfect, my back called the company name of it which so happen to be a Credit Union. So my account got frozen by my bank.

Marcus –

Victim Location 19440

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

they come off as a mystery shopper program. You input your information and they send you a $1000+ check and instructions. put the chewck in your account once the check clears, Take $300 off the top as you fee and you have 2 days to carry out the instructions, generally doing a Walmart2Walmart x-fer to a random person in another state. wehn done you send copies of receppts and activation codes.

The Check IS FAKE!!!


*** I did not get caught up in this scam. it seemed fishy, so i did someb research and found some stuff out. i still have the fake check and instructions***

Vincent –

Victim Location 29649

Type of a scam Phishing

He goes by the name of Jefferey Handy. I am not sure how he got the access to both of my emails. He contacted me on May the 14th. He thinks that I am going to do an assignment to end money to a man. After I found out that he was not apart of the company of Market Force I reported him to the company and the almost a month ago. I see he is using a new email going by [email protected] now. It was two other emails he was using. The two email [email protected] and [email protected] and he wanted me to message the number 768-808-3974 after I finish the assignment. He is not apart of Market Force because he does not use their the company’s email format which is a [email protected] Jefferey is trying to employ people to send money to people through MoneyGram. He gives you an assignment and a check that he wants you to cash to do the task. I believe the check is used to gain access to your bank account. In addition, he does not send the documents and check from his name the name on the package is Benjamin Moore 111 Greentree Rd Marlton, New Jersey 08053. SO Beware of Jefferey Handy.

Wayne –

Victim Location 23701

Type of a scam Employment

Received a check and email to send money to these individuals Nolan Francis, Edwards Child White Hall, Illinois 62092

Spencer –

Victim Location 85338

Type of a scam Employment

I was online and seen a ad for mystery shopper needed I responded and they asked a few questions and then two days later I received a check for 2,250.00

Was told to do a wire transfer at Walmart to mystery shop them.

Jeffrey –

Victim Location 38863

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received by priority mail w USPS. A large envelope w a letter of instructions and a check in it. I tried to do my home work … Looking up the phone number attached and the name at the bottom of the letter. All of that looked to be correct and then I googled the actual name of the company on the check and turns out its a company that sales foot equipment and has absolutely nothing to do w Wal-Mart as instructes in the letter. I even called and spoke w someone in accounts receiveable and she verified that the check was a dummy check.

Derrick –

Victim Location 40475

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Says that they hired me as a secret shopper and sent me a check for the first assignment

Ian –

Victim Location 92111

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received a check for $2250.62 written on a State Farm Fire and Casualty Company check with a policy # 900 7838-A08-35 via priority mail to do a secret shopper job at Wal Mart. I am supposed to make a $50 purchase and then a Walmart2Walmart money transfer of $1850 to Christopher Paul Hill in Cedar Park, Tx 78613. This was sent from Carlos Gutierrez 150 W. Longden Ave. Arcadia, Ca 91007. They give a phone # of 931-219-9587

Christy –

Victim Location 65810

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

First I received emails giving me directions for when I received a "cashier’s check" for $4950 for a secret shopper assignment. I did not sign up for anything like this. I was given specific directions on how to donate part of the money, how to deposit it and to then send a copy of the deposit slip. I took this to the local BBB. They checked it out and asked that I report it here.

Philip –

Victim Location 82609

Total money lost $1,390

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I was sent a check for $1750.00, I was told to deposit it in my acct the next day. I was to go to Walmart and purchase an item for $60.00 and then make a money gram to Adam Lawrence in Atlanta Ga. for $1390.00. Three days later the Check came back as fake.

Dominic –

Victim Location 17315

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Received letter (not on letterhead… just plain white paper)

Stated that I could deposit enclosed check in to my bank account and was to go to local Walmart and purchase $50 worth of anything and report on cashiers friendliness, professionalism, etc.

Then I was to go to do a money gram wire transfer for $1,500 (taking fee of $30 out of money received .. $1,880).

Leaving me with $300 for helping with this process.


Haley –

Victim Location 38930

Total money lost $2,000

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I have received two checks. One for $1,999.25 and one for $1,995.00. From a company I never heard of. They wanted me to cash it and send the money to them

Cameron –

Victim Location 02649

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Sent me a check for $1,680.00 for me to deposit and then do some secret shopping at Wal-Mart that would include doing a Wal-Mart wire.

Jared –

Victim Location 77069

Type of a scam Employment

Offer jobs as "mystery shoppers". Then email you jobs they want you to do. They always include "Walmart money transfer locations" that they have received complaints about. They then send you a bogus Cashiers check from PNC Bank and want you to take some for yourself and then want you to go to several different Money transfer locations to evaluate their "service" and transfer most of the money to people waiting at different Walmart transfer locations. I don’t know how to get photo from my phone to this document! I can copy and mail if you have a postal address. I can also send you copies of multiple emails from them from different locations.

Tara –

Victim Location 46240

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Dan Weil sent an email regarding a market force job opportunity as a part time mystery shopper. In the email is a link to click for a web application about the opportunity. He communicates via email once you apply and states you are approved. He also states that the welcome packet will be arriving in the mail with instructions of the first assignment. As well as the first deposit in the form of a cashier’s check. I also, received text communication from Dan to let him know when I receive the package. He wants the deposit made into your personal account before they tell you what the actual details of the assignment are. I received the package with legitimate information about Market Force Information stating that the first mystery shop will be at Wal-Mart. Once the money is deposited, the list of items to be purchased will be revealed. Once the certified cashier’s check was deposited, the bank notified me that the deposit was counterfeit.

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