Mystery shopper

Peter – Aug 13, 2020

Victim Location 83401

Type of a scam Other

2 offers received from two different locations, recipient is a brain injury special needs adult.

Joy – Jul 02, 2020

Victim Location 35216

Type of a scam Employment

I was sent a check and some of that money was for me and I had to purchase gift cards with the money and take a picture of the scratched off gift cards I tired to contact them my bank account was a negative 2000 after I sent them a copy of the check and everything.I still have the gift cards that they told me to purchase.I don’t understand why they did what did but scam me with a bogus check account is a negative and I have 2000 from that 3000 Check Now I’m getting threatened to put me in jail.They want their 3000 dollars back but my account is still negative.The people at my bank say it was a bad check.

Curtis – May 27, 2020

Victim Location 43720

Type of a scam Employment

I received a $2650 check in a big envelope by priority mail. I deposited the check, but the teller told me to let it sit for 10 days. The return address on the envelope is **** ******** **** ****** **, Ft Worth TX, **********, tracking number **********************. The letter reads in part: Independent Feedback Agent, memo is to guide you on your outing, send a text message to your personal batch supervisor Marcin Celis, 352-900-1336. Go to Walmart, ask for blank money orders, they’ll ask you if you are a secret shopper, and you should say no.

Lee – Oct 10, 2020

This what happened to me

Theresa – Apr 07, 2020

Victim Location 77541

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Do not cash investigate and use 5 senses God gave you

Anne – Mar 16, 2020

Victim Location 92867

Type of a scam Employment

First contact via LinkedIN

Hello! Obviously your background prompted this motion! Allstate P&C agency who partners with Service Measure are looking for an honest and committed partner like you to visit any retail store as an undercover agent for a quick Audit and then report back. After a successful assignment, you earn $350/400. I’m currently the hiring manager and supervisory principal for this available position. I’m open for any further discussion regarding this. Alternatively, Enroll and get started.

Warm Regards,

Yvonne Thomas.


The Mystery Shopping Organization partners with Service Measures research Group and looking for outs…


Yvonne Thomas sent the following messages at 7:12 AM

View Yvonne’s profileYvonne Thomas

Yvonne Thomas 7:12 AM

That’s great

Kindly provide your information via the link.

Seen by Yvonne Thomas at 1583594001664.

2 Emails



Your first assignment instruction will be sent to your email prior to the delivery. You will need to be conscientious, articulate and be able to recognize great service.

There are no hidden fees, there’s no catch. You can earn money doing something you probably love anyway. Please confirm the receipt of this email by sending a text to (980) 434-6487

P.s. Please check your inbox,spam/junk folder for other emails sent to you, attached to this email is a survey form, you will need to fill out after you complete your assignment.

Kindly answer the questions below:

1. Do you have any of these Departmental stores around you ?

Marshalls, Kmart, Sears, Macy’s, Walmart, Marshalls,

Sam’s Club, Home Depot, JCPenney, Best Buy, Walgreens

western union,money gram Outlets.

2. Do you have an Apple store close to you ?

3. Do you have a Pay pal Account and Bank Account ?

Ps: No one will ever request for details of your bank account, it is just for our records.

Best Regards,

John Barnes

Service Measure Store

[email protected]

Attachments area

Dear XXXX, This is to bring to your notice that your first assignment package has been delivered by UPS, with tracking number 1Z6004980144282776 Kindly confirm you got it already or deposited your check to get started.

Thank You.

Service Measure Store

[email protected]

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Whitney –

Victim Location 35810

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Got a package from FEDEX delivered to my home and it

Janelle –

Victim Location 34741

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I was sent a fake check for $1, 840.34. Was instructed to deposit the check. And purchase 3 $500 Best Buy gift cards. And then make purchases when told so. And proceed to step 2. When to told so someone will pick up the products.

Cory –

Victim Location 70601

Type of a scam CryptoCurrency

I received my instructions by FedEx, with an enclosed check with the amount of 3,750.00, my job was to go to 3 USPS outlet to purchase a 1,000 money order. I was to observe the work ethics of the employees. once I have purchase the money I was to call a Johnson Smith (724)398-9882, to inform him that the items was sent.

Tara –

Victim Location 65202

Total money lost $1,998

Type of a scam Employment

This company contacted me via text offering me a work from home position as a mystery shopper, they claimed to be a company in good standings with the by the name of *** Financial Group. This company sent me a cashier check for 1998.00. They instructed me to keep $500.00 for myself and to spend the rest sending a money gram as a mystery shopper. I am emailing this information to the for review.

Melissa –

Victim Location 37921

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

an offer for a mystery shopper asignment sent fake cashiers check

Bryce –

Victim Location 60629

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received an offer to be a mystery shopper and receive a fake check and wanted me to deposit it to my account.

Angel –

Victim Location 45679

Type of a scam Employment

I’m in college. I put my resume on Southern New Hampshire employment opportunities. I received an email to become a survey agent. I received a check from Mary Mouammar to be a mystery shopper. The letter says to deposit the check and the funds would be available to me.

Anna –

Victim Location 75762

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Letter (USPS priority mail tracking# 9405536897846025495126 – Kimberly Y Norton, 44 Brookside Ave #1, Torrington CT 06790) originated from Post Office 303395; Our caller applied online for a mystery shopper job. Response to Brianna Darsey (SMS only) 435-222-0281 She asked that the caller buy Steam Wallet gift cards at Game Stop, Walgreens, Costco, etc. in denomination >$50 and <$100 each card. Money order is for $985 and our caller is to keep $200 and use the difference to buy these gift cards.

Michele –

Victim Location 76543

Type of a scam Employment

I recieved a check in the mail for $2835.00 to cash at my bank to use as a mystery shopper, I tried to call the # they gave me but got no answer, I left a message but got no response. I then checked the name and address with the and they had no record of the company

Louis –

Victim Location 32024

Type of a scam Employment

I received a text message from 860-375-5449 stating that I had applied for a mystery shopper job and they had sent me a check with a letter with instructions. I received a check in the mail for $4600 with instructions to got to a USPS location and purchase $4000 in money orders, I could keep $500 the rest of the money was to be used for fees and gas to go to the post office location. I was to send the money orders to Fedexed Priority overnight to Roberto Gravia.

Jesse –

Victim Location 44124

Total money lost $1,500

Type of a scam Employment

On 05/20/19, I received a package in the mail regarding a mystery shopper opportunity. The package included a check for $1500 with instructions to purchase $1100 in I-Tune gift cards. I was to keep $400 ($350 + a $50 bonus for following instructions within 2 days). If an employee at Walmart asked if I was a mystery shopper I was instructed to say no. I texted photographs of the backside of the I-Tune cards but later found out from my bank the check was counterfeit.

Toni –

Victim Location 43204

Type of a scam Employment

I was online looking for job. Today, I received two letters and two checks in the mail to be a mystery shopper; $1960 and $2950 in the USPS priority mail. The letter says to deposit the checks into my account. The letter says the money will be available instantly. Withdraw the cash and locate the nearest Dollar General to you. (They give you a website to enter your zip code) and buy Amazon gift cards, and gently scratch off the security numbers. They want a clear picture of the front and back of the gift card. I am to text 347-491-6587 Simon Walkoviak. The return address on the envelope is *** *** *** *** *** *** ** ***. The other letter says to buy Walmart gift cards. They email is: [email protected] One of the checks is from Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union. The other check is from Broadway Bank.

Paula –

Victim Location 60803

Type of a scam Employment

On 2.16.19, I applied for a job as a mystery shopper on ***. I completed an employment application through a link on ***. On 2.18.19, after completing the app online, I got an email saying I was selected as a mystery shopper. On 2.22.19 I received a text message asking if I got the email. Later, I got a text asking how I was doing and if I had received my check in the mail yet. Gave me a routing number to follow.  I was to pic between *** and ***. They said once I received the check, I would receive additional information. The check written against *** arrived in a Priority Mail envelope with a return address of *** *** *** *** *** *** ** ***9. There was nothing in the envelope but the check. The emails came from *** *** with an email address of ***. I received a text message from him with a phone number of ***. I have kept everything. 

Taylor –

Victim Location 11216

Type of a scam Employment

They didn’t scam me I was just confused about the email but then I researched about it and found out it was a scam so the article I read said to report it here and here I am.

Donna –

Victim Location 30067

Type of a scam Other

My son was "employed" to be a Walmart mystery shopper. He got a package from UPS with instructions and a check for $2,900. He was asked to deposit the check in his account, draw out $2,500 in cash and go with the cash to a Walmart nearest to him and buy blank money orders of $2,500. He was to evaluate his interaction with the agent (because they’d gotten complaints about the staff) and send the money orders to an address that would be texted to him once he had confirmed he had the money orders. If he FEDexed the money orders within 48 hours, he’d get $300 extra.

Neil –

Victim Location 83716

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

A letter telling me to deposit the check into my account, purchase 2 Amazon gift cards, email pictures of the front and back of the cards after I had scratched off the silver scratch off area. There was a list of local stores I was supposed to evaluate. They wanted names of cashier, professionalism of service, and captured image of gift card and the receipts among other things. I’m reporting this because I don’t want anyone to be taken advantage of.

Jose –

Victim Location 90022

Type of a scam Employment

I was selected by Kroger to be a mystery shopper I received a $1900.00 check to cash and go buy I tune cards and steam gift card and send them the numbers and picture after I scratch the codes

Julie –

Victim Location 83634

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received this postal letter in the mail with a check of $2,895.00, $400. of which I could keep. I was to call them and deposit the check. Then buy $2,400 worth of Gift Cards then e-mail them with the pin numbers and 16 digit codes. I was to not tell walmart what I was doing. they had 6 questions I was to observe while I was doing this. I was to do this in 24 hours. Of Course, I was suspicious about the check. So I didn’t do it. Would you like a copy of this information and the check? I am not sure I can do this by internet.

Jonathon –

Victim Location 43725

Type of a scam Employment

I received a check in the mail from Mystery Shopper Inc. for $2150.00.

Tamara –

Victim Location 92243

Total money lost $200

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They ask for your name home address and to send them Amazon card of $***dollers

Douglas –

Victim Location 32159

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I responded to an email about becoming a mystery shopper. I then received a second email stating I would receive a package of information. Today by Priority Mail I received a check in my name and instructions on how I should deposit it in my bank account and keep $300.00 for myself and send $960.00 VIA money gram transfer to Denis Mitchell Texas. and again the same amount to Robin Hughes using a Walmart to Walmart transfer. I am glad i researched this scam online. Don’t fall for it as I know there are legit jobs for Mystery shoppers out there.

Carlos –

Victim Location 27530

Total money lost $3,000

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I was connected by email saying away selected to be a "mystery shopper". Was told to be looking forward to receiving instructions along with payment for my shopping and monies to shop with..It came in Priority Mail. I cashed the money order and went shopping for ITune Cards..Weeks later received supposedly my 2nd assignment . Similar to the first method just this time it was a cashier’s check and to purchase Reloadit Plus Pack. Little did I know in the end somehow it got to be my money now the bank wants to deduct from my acct..even in light of all the emails and pictures I have on my phone to verify exactly what was young on, un beknieing to me…for I just knew it had to be legit because my bank cashed both and Never once flagged my acct or mentioned anything to me about possibly being scammed UNTIL afterwards and even then very casually said the "mystery shoppers" scam have been going on for years..Mind you on the very FIRST transaction(money order) I noted "mystery shopper" bank did not think to flag my acct nor confront me to make be be aware of what they knew to be suspicious…please please do Not accept anything from Anybody you do not know and please please do Not use this bank as your financial institution..customer service is way below confidence and security you want to feel with your banker..

Luis –

Victim Location 39365

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Was sent a check in the amount of $2,420. The instructions: deposited the check at your bank and keep $420 of it as payment then take the remaining $2,000.00 and purchase 5 Amazon gift cards at $400.00 each. Wanted photos of the cards numbers on the back side after scratching off silver strip. The check and letter arrived Priority Mail via US Postal Service from 4818 Berkman Dr. Austin, TX. 78723-4697. The footer on the letter P&O Professional Survey and Research Group Partnering Company / Haves-Arche Buisness Intel. The task advisor Anderson Hunt. E-Mail address: [email protected]

Julie –

Victim Location 55398

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

it was a job offer to perform surveys in the stores, rating them; 2x a week for $450 apiece. Then they sent me a Priority Mail from Ampex Corporation; a postal Money Order for $1000. and instructions to first confirm I got it and then cash Money order at my bank. then you are to evaluate any store that sells iTunes Gift cards. I am to buy $800. worth of cards in denominations of $50 and $100 only. then scratch off the pin number and take picture of front and back of the card clearly so they can read the pin number. I am not to tell anyone that I am a secret shopper and give observations of Cashier, name if visible and their dress; neatness and smartness. How long did it take to to purchase the cards; provide iTunes gift card PIN numbers (usually 16 digits) and so on. the thing that threw me is on the bottom it has the Accredited Business label. MSPA EUROPE..

Billy –

Victim Location 95205

Type of a scam Employment

I was job hunting when I saw a listing for mystery shoppers I sent an application and a few days later a Priority Mail Envelope came. I closed was a check and a letter explaining what I was to do. I took the check to my bank where they informed me that the cashiers check was fraudulent and told me if they were to deposit it Into my account it would cost me thousands of dollars. For days after receiving the check someone was texting me about the money . When was I going to make the deposit and to let them know ASAP when I did by text message. If I wouldn’t have had it checked out by my bank this person was waiting for me to wire money to 2 two other people in Texas

Martin –

Victim Location 95610

Type of a scam Advance Fee Loan

first company sent me a cashiers check for 1970.00 said deposit in my account and the next day remove it and said perform this assignment,i didint do as told i call the bank its written on a totally fake

then week later i receive another check n 2450.00 same instructions and i called that bank totally fake next day i received another check for $2850.00 with same instructions again i called the bank check is no good b then 7 days later i got another check for 2465.55 with instructions as well I checked this check is no good .just last week i received another check for 2965.69 same instructions but this time they said i would get more money if i just deposited the check and don’t tell the teller or ask the bank anything so i checked and the check is no good with all this has happened her i called the police told the fraud at my bank answer no we cant do anything you didn’t cash the checks so no crime has been committed so .’


Krista –

Victim Location 30296

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Hello to anyone that might fall victim of check fraud i recieved a package in my mail today for a mystery shopping job that stated they wanted me to take a check of $2,350.00 they sent and go to walmart to transfer the funds to two other people and to take note of how clean the batrooms were and how satisfied was i with customer service please be smart when recieving money from a company because right away i called the bank to verify the check and like i assumed it was a scam a fake check be sure to always call the bank yourself to verify any checks you receive by mail i hope this information can help anybody in a financial crisis to avoid such temptation it will only make your situation far more worse always very a check and never try to cash nor deposit checks from companys you didn’t apply for

Mindy –

Victim Location 99508

Total money lost $3,500

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Went online to try get second part time job. Applied for mystery shopper. Got a packet in mail with money orders employee number. And direction to what to spend what store to go to. Email to send my evaluation to. Money orders looked legit water mark and everything it was a scamm i lost 3500 dollars

Roger –

Victim Location 78640

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I’ve received a money order addressed to my home address after receiving a text about being a mystery shopper. It came with a typed letter giving directions as to what and where to cash or deposit money order or check then purchase another money order or what money transfer service to use to forward to specified addresses and person’s name.

Sean –

Victim Location 32550

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

And additional email address was given [email protected]

I received a check for A large amount of money , I was suppose to Deposit the money and then I was to deduct $*** and then another 35 to cover my cost and my first commission. I was to send by Walmart

transfer in the amount of $*** a money gram to Steven Kilman 126 End Place, Buffalo, NY 14215

There were Other instructions but I do believe it’s a scam

Christina –

Victim Location 99824

Type of a scam Employment

Mystery Shopper (Job Offer)

john sonin

I’m worried that the forwarded information (with my SSN!) will be used by what I’ve construed, after sending this info., to be a pfishing scammmer. Can you investigate this internet hoax-er? I did not give them anything else except my address, phone, age, & SSN, but they have continued to send me solicitations to deposit a check in my bank account…which I never received!

*** S. ***, Juneau-Douglas, AK

john sonin

Dear Annette Kathy,

I am:

*** S. *** a 56-yr. old Male @

*** *** *** *** ** *** *** *** ###-###-#### both home and cell

*** Annette Kathy

Sat 1/6, 3:16 PM


National Shopping Service Network, LLC is one of the leading agency specialized in Global Customer Service Research. We are starting a very big research project in USA. This project takes place every week, so we need to recruit Mystery Shopper to work as a surveyor. You will get $300 for each assignment.


•You will be assigned to visit a shop.

•You need to "pretend" to be a normal potential customer who is looking for a particular service or product.

•You will then finish an on-line questionnaire to share with us your customer experience.

Jack –

Victim Location 98117

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Mystery Shopper Agent sent me a check in my name from Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union for $2,461.00. Send a text message Assignment Received." Next instructions were to deposit the check into my person checking account. Send text "Check Deposit." Then withdraw the same amount. Take out $300.00 comission plus $105.00 for gas and incidentals. Send $1,941 to them.

Then to go Walmart. Send two MoneyGrams one for $1,048 and another for $991 to Aaron Clayton 5711 Winkler Dr, Amarillo TX 79109

Cheryl –

Victim Location 23456

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received a cashier’s check for 2,486.00. Was told to deposit the check and withdraw $300 commission and an extra $105 for expenses. Further instructions were to send a walmart money transfer for $1,100 and send a moneygram for $946 to Asria Baker.

Jill –

Victim Location 57103

Total money lost $5,000

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Was emailed about mystery shopper opportunities. Then a check and instructions were given for the mystery shop. Later the check bounced and the money had already been sent by wire transfer so I was out the money that I deposited then sent for the person.

Hillary –

Victim Location 44124

Type of a scam Employment

I was sent an email from Career builder website asking for mystery shoppers. I responded and was sent an email stating I would receive information for my first assignment. I was to get 300 to evthey sent via Priority mail today to evaluate Walmart and western union inside a walmart. They want me to deposit the check using my bank info on my smart phone which would clear in 24 hour.

When they wanted me to deposit the check using my bank application on my smart phone of my local bank I became very suspicious…and an now sending this to you.

Tonya –

Victim Location 90029

Total money lost $1,800

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

On Thursday, January 11th I received a package in the mail claiming to be a Secret Shopper company. I opened the package and saw a cashiers check from Florida for $*** and instructions to send three separate money transfers ($***+$***+$*** = $***) at three different locations to an individual named Jesse Tamoria in Sun Valley, CA. I used the service Money Gram for the first two $*** transfers and then used Western Union for the final amount of $***

I first went to the Walmart in Burbank (1301 N Victory Pl, Burbank, CA 91502) for the first $900 wire transfer through Money Gram.

• The transaction occurred on 1/12/18 @ 15:42 PM. Walmart Reference #801200863776, Money gram transaction number #98087700

I then proceeded to the Walmart in Van Nuys (8333 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City, CA 91402) to send the second wire transfer of $900 to Jesse Tamoria.

• The transaction occurred on 1/13/18 @ 11:09 AM. Terminal #MX660496. Money Gram reference #95119886

I finally went to Rite Aid #05563 (8400 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City, CA 91402) for the Western Union transfer of $700 to Jesse Tamoria.

• The transaction occurred on 1/13/18 @ 11:36 AM. Register #5, Transaction #2098878, Cashier #55639666, Tracking #0322500062

• I called Western Union and filed a fraud claim and the # they told me to give to the police is as follows #1968638

Sabrina –

Victim Location 63136

Type of a scam Employment

I received a email asking if I wanted to be a mystery shopper and make $300 a week. I clicked the button that said yes and I was told I would be contacted soon. Around a week later I received a second email that told me I would be receiving a package in the mail then to wait for more instructions. I received a package this past Friday and it was sent priority mail and it was a check. Today I received an email that asked me to deposit the check in my bank account then withdraw the cash and deduct $350 and transfer the remaining $1500. Benjamin Anthony was to get $750 via Western Union and Paul Wright was to get $750 using the Walmart to Walmart transfer. I did not deposit the check. I did my research and contacted BBB instead.

Ana –

Victim Location 35126

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Mystery Shopping – sent me checks to deposit then asked to wire money through Walmart an Money Gram to individuals in Texas. and purchase itunes cards profit 250.00

Brianna –

Victim Location 67952

Type of a scam Employment

initially contacted by email to be a mystery shopper, then received thru USPS an instructional letter with a check. FRAUD

I also have copies of instruction letter and the fake check for the police.

Alicia –

Victim Location 14085

Total money lost $5,000

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received a text from a number asking me if i wanted 2 b a mystery shopper. I said yes because I applied online the day before. He said I would receive instruction thru FedEx with a money order from USPS. I followed the instruction because I felt that if the money order is thru them then I must b safe. I did this twice and by my 3rd assignment I started 2 get a strange feeling because they kept repeating the same assignment. The web site they sent me too Market force information looked good so I believed.

Margaret –

Victim Location 39302

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received a inbox message on social media from someone that I am friends with informing me of a part-time job opportunity. It contains an email address for an individual and a link to sign up. Once I completed the information on the link ( just name, address, email and phone number) I received an email from the individual explaining the job as a mystery Shopper. All expenses pertaining to the job will be paid and I would be paid for preforming each job. I was also informed that I would receive instructions as to my job assignment but I never received any instructions. I received a check but I am unsure of cashing check.

Donna –

Victim Location 92078

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

i received an email regarding a mystery shopping job. i replied and 2 days later received a check in the mail for $2438 and they didn’t run any background check on me. obviously there is something wrong with this. they told me to deposit check, get 4 money orders for $515 and $270 is commission i get to keep. i called td bank, where check was issued from and they said definitely does not sound right, to mail the neck to their fraud department. so thats what ill do. don’t know what else to do, so contacting you. i could see many dumb people falling for this. please put out a spa and stop these people!

Abby –

Victim Location 23455

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

This "Evaluation Team" came up through another website. It offered positions as mystery shoppers. I never followed up, but today when I got home there was a letter from FedEx – priority overnight at my doorstep. Inside is a letter along with a postal money order for $985.50. I have no idea if it is real or not, but the letter of instruction that came with it is very suspicious. It tells me to go shopping at Walmart and spend no more than $10. Then it tells me to go to a MoneyGram store and transfer $825 to an "affiliate" named Daniel Powell in Texas. I am told to email all reports to [email protected] The letter is signed Blake Taylor (509) 382-7719.

Todd –

Victim Location 39094

Type of a scam Employment

Contacted via email about mystery shopping at Walmart. He told me to pick any Wal-Mart and buy 3 green dot cards. He told me I would be reimbursed, but didn’t tell me how. After many questions about certain store, time frame, and how would I get paid, he responded and told me that I didn’t have to buy anything, just go and do an observation.

Aaron –

Victim Location 19135

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I got an email stating i was a mystery shopper and I would receive a package in the mail today or tomorrow with my first assignment. When I got home the package was there inside the envelope was a single sheet of paper and a check for $2,350. The directions said to put the check in my account and take out $2,000 to buy 4 reload cards for $500 each scratch the numbers off and send the numbers off the cards and respond to the 7 questions they included. Everything was to happen quickly within 24 hours. Thankful I researched the company first!

Luke –

Victim Location 55106

Total money lost $4,700

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

About 2 weeks ago I was contacted by email by, stating to look out for an envelope with a check and instructions to complete my first mystery shop and receive $300 compensation for doing so. Who wouldn’t want to make a few extra dollars right? When I received the mail, i went to the bank and cashed the check for $2350 as stated, went to the Office Depot and purchased 4 "reloadit" packs and load $500 on each, and also review the store based off the pre-designated questions in the instructions. I sent the report which also asked for the pin#’s as part of the report to the person who contacted my by email. A few days later I received a second mystery shop doing the same thing, for the same amount $2350 and so I performed it in the same manner as the last, buying the cards and sending the report. The next day I received a call from the bank, the first cashiers check came back fake! And now waiting for the second one to come back to the bank as it took 9 days for the 1st one to come back. Now today 7/31 I recieved a 3rd check in the mail, looked up the address from where it was shipped and found out it’s a printing service!

Nicolas –

Victim Location 42071

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

In looking for a job I came across this Mystery Shopper opportunity where I could make $300 per assignment… I signed up on line & a week later received a cashier’s check in the mail in the amount of $2,450.49 – I was to deposit the check in to my checking & Upon it clearing I was to Western Union 2 different recipients. I was then to report how I was treated & so on & so forth… I smelled something fishy so googled Mystery Shopper Western Union… Sure enough it came right up… The check you have deposited ends up being no good & you become responsible for paying that money back to the bank…

Randy –

Victim Location 29127

Type of a scam Employment

I received several e-mails for employment as a Mystery Shopper, I responded out of curiosity and they sent me 2 cashier’s checks, I was to deposit one of them and notify them by email they would inturned email me when the check cleared the bank and would send me an asssignment to go to as a Mystery shopper.

I never deposited the checks,which I still have, they are drawned on Utah Community Credit Union, in the amount of $3550.00 each

I still have three of the emails is you want me to foward them to you just let me know.

Jillian –

Victim Location 93105

Type of a scam Employment

Applied for job over internet as a mystery shopper. Received confirmation of hired employment and told that assignment would be sent through mail. Received a cashiers check for $1,995.00 and instructions on assignment instructions. Googled everything that I could find on fraudulent businesses and 2017 Corporate Research International which was name listed on bottom of assignment letter and found that the business listed was in fact out of business…!

Mary –

Victim Location 19114

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Under the guise of being a Mystery Shopper, I was instructed to cash their $2,710. check; take the cash to various stores to purchase 5 Reloadit (Visa) Packs using cash in $500 increments; the remaining balance, minus the $3.95 fee per pack, was mine. Send an email with all of the codes and numbers from the cards. First, I called the bank the check had been drawn on, Alerus, and was told they could not confirm it was a legitimate check. End of story. It was too good to be true.

Marco –

Victim Location 84082

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Mystery Shopper/Survey Agent Justin Howard contacted me after looked for job. Said I could make $315.00 as a shopper, per assignment & also keep the items I purchased. Sent me a check for $2,935.00 wanted me to deposit it RIGHT a Way then they would contact me of what they want me to do with the money. But I think its a scam so contacted you.

Janet –

Victim Location 40505

Total money lost $2,950

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

They sent me an email then sent me a cashiers check on capital one with instructions on what to do.

The bank informed us this was a altered or fictitious item.

Carly –

Victim Location 57701

Total money lost $10

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Sending fake cashiers checks. I actually have documentation from this same scam twice. I didnt see a way to attach two documents. I was only out $10 for returned check fee. However, both the police department and bank told me I was lucky because MANY others were taken for the whole amount. The police did not file a report because I was not out the $2400 and said these scams are imposible to trace. It just sickens me that NOTHING can be done about this except consumer awareness.

Megan –

Victim Location 98503

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

They asked me to take a cheque to my bank, cash it, and go to a major store (Wal Mart, et al.) and use their services. Then use Western Union’s money sending service.

Meagan –

Victim Location 35071

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Walmart survey research. Deposit check immediately to your bank. Money is available immediately. Confirm you have received and processed your survey payment via text meage by texting to571350-0557.Deduct your 300 compensation. Shop at store not spending more than fifty dollars on any purchase for your personal use; we are only interested in the accurate information on your shopping experience at the store. To survey the Money center you are to transfer 1,450.00 to their feedback receiver name city and state.

Karen –

Victim Location 28164

Type of a scam Advance Fee Loan

I received a check for $2985.00.Was told to deposit into my account.Was tod to send $1315.00 to Roger Delaney

in Manilla,Plillipines.To send $1315.00 to Jeff Burney in Manilla,Phillipines.Was told to keep $300.00 and $26.00.

Was to be sent by Money Gram.

I received the letter today by priority mail.

Check was om At Federal Credit Union,PO Box 78761,Austin Tx 78761.

Thank You

James R Norman

[email protected]


Joanna –

Victim Location 13601

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

want you to deposit certified check into your bank , then find money gram store, take your pay out of the 2,865 dollars and send 2,450 dollars to andy tunney in another location, gives a letter of what you are to do

Nancy –

Victim Location 28104

Type of a scam Employment

Offer for employment as a mystery shopper. Sent me a cashiers check for $3,500 and my first assignment was to purchase three iPhones from an Apple Store. The check was Falls Catholic Credit Union.

Sheila –

Victim Location 34233

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

They claim that this is a mystery shopper job. I received an email from Sheryl Adams talking about mystery shoppers. I responded with my name and address. I received a check with instructions to deposit said check of $2,985.00. After depositing check, I am supposed to keep $300.00 for myself and money gram 3 different people Approx $850.00 each.

Marcus Young-*** Valley Wind Dr. Houston TX 77078

Steven Parker-*** Copperfield Ln Lancaster TX 75146

Andrew Remsen-*** Terri Ln. Magnolia TX 77355

I have heard of these being real and fake. I am unsure of what to do and would love some advice or assistance.

Roger –

Victim Location 35763

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I got an email in my student e-mail from a David T***. He said he needed a personal assistant to help him with his company because he "travels a lot" and as a student trying to pay for his tuition, I could use the extra money, so I give him my number and address. About a week later, I was mailed a big check in the mail. It was a blue one, too. I didn’t proceed any further until he explained to me what was going on. Later that night around 2, 3 am, he texts me to deposit the check in the bank and then go shopping at Walmart. He repeatedly blows up my phone; therefore, I was skeptical enough to do research on what this was all about. Shortly, I come to find it’s a scam. This made me angry, so I told him off. I told him "You are a scam. I’m not getting involved. Do not ever contact me again." Then I tore up the check and threw it all in the garbage because that’s all it was…garbage and mischief I wanted NO part of. After I told him off, he was angry with me. He cussed me out. He threatened me with incarceration, the law, and with the FBI. He called me a liar and just ran his mouth. And that was it. I never heard anything again and I don’t plan to. Scams should never be sent to students who are in college. Maybe that’s why it was in the spam folder to begin with. I have set my e-mail to where I no longer receive junk like that. It’s criminal, mischievous, and illegal. Thank you and have a nice day.

Theodore –

Victim Location 34613

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I am sending the letter that I received along with the "check". Althugh the letter includes the Walmart name and Money Gram, neither are involved in this scam. I already checked. Regards

Amanda –

Victim Location 34135

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

They send a check for 2,8000 said to deposit the amount in my bank account and wait 24 hours to do the task go to Walmart and buy gift cards for 800 dollars and send them pictures of them contact me by phone also saying that it was Tom jhon and if I finished my task and if I don’t do it they will

Call FBI

Darren –

Victim Location 37813

Type of a scam Employment

Received emails about mystery shoppers. Filled out to try. Started getting texts from individuals. Received a check for 2,200.00 and email to complete tasks.I knew something was up because the wanted me to use a atm and my own money to complete tasks at wal mart. Then they wanted me to wire most of the money to someone else. I texted them and told them I didn’t want to do this. They said ok and wanted me to mail check back.

Morgan –

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I applied to an ad stating the needed secret shoppers . they issued a cheque 2500 by Flynn Canada LTD

they asked me to cash the cheque at ATM machine

Carly –

Victim Location 60482

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Sent me a postal money order for $995.00 advising to deposit in my account and spend $40 at Wal Mart on anything you would like and to Money Gram $793.00 to Toyin Bush in MD, keeping $150 for yourself. My bank automatically returned the money order as it was refused. Thank goodness I did not carry out the rest of the assignment!

Eddie –

Type of a scam Employment

I was contacted via text message about secret shopping.Then email after is said ok. I didn’t get any red flags at this time when I filled out some info. (I did leave out some). After I sent it back. I didn’t get a reply, which I thought was strange. I then instantly emailed back telling them I wasn’t interested anymore.

Today (11/25/16) 4 days after the email. I recieved a letter and a cheque in the mail. (Cheque for $2,970.00). I am supposed to call someone once I get the cheque to recieved further instruction at the number above.

I was going to until I looked at the addresses on the envelope, the letter and the cheque. All different. I looked online for the business name thats on the cheque and only got some oil company. Nothing to do with secret shopping.

I don’t intend on calling any number or email. I simply want others to be aware.

Eddie –

Victim Location 06037

Type of a scam Employment

I received an offer to be a mystery shopper. The email said I was accepted and they would mail me a check for almost $4000.00 to help get me started. I find it hard to believe they would give me a check without even meeting me. I think its a scam to get a check cashed and rip me off.

I can forward the email to you if needed.

Lydia –

Victim Location 22701

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received an email from an organization Called Corporate Research International; purporting to be the #1 employer of mystery shoppers. They then sent me a check payable to me for $ 2,495 which deposited into my bank at Oak Hill Bank in Culpeper, Va. They told me to send them and email and a copy of the deposit slip after the deposit had been made. They then indicated that the funds would be available in a few hours or the next business day. They then told me to go to the nearest Western Union office and evaluate that location as part of my job. I did not do that nor did I send them my bank information. Glad I did not. Check was fradulent. bounced in two days. Also they had asked me to send money orders from Western Union to Levi Harrison; 890 High Oak Dr; Bellville, TX 77418 for $ 1,100 and Steven Carroway; 5974 Fm 1827 McKinney , Tx; 75071 for $ 1,000. The balance of the funds I could use a my discretion or approx $ 395. Glad I did not rely on this scam. Maybe you can stop them. Thanks, Frank

Jessie –

Victim Location 45690

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order


I answered an add for Mystery Shopper on the internet. Received this in mail on 9/1/16. Checked with the bank & it was a fraudulent check.

Ashley –

Victim Location 78501

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Answered email asking for individuals to participate in being a mystery shopper. You would be evaluating retail and businesses in your area. No cost to you, you will be sent funds for each assignment.

Brianna –

Victim Location 21085

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Answered email to be secret shopper. Send me letter with MoneyGram for $987. Told me what to put on in to fill out and then to cash at my bank. Take $150 for myself, spend $10 at Walmart. Get shopper info on cashier. Take balance money to a MoneyGram store and get money gram and send to an address in letter. I was lucky the teller at bank realized something wrong and said couldn’t cash it.

Ruben –

Victim Location 66614

Type of a scam Employment

Applied to be a mystery shopper and received a $2,320 check in the mail from a restaurant in Indianapolis. There were no instructions with the check but came in an envelope. I am now receiving emails with instructions on what to do with the check. I looked up the restaurant and called them asking why they would want me to be a mystery shopper for them. The owner stated that their bank account has been compromised and the check is not from them. I did not cash the check but wanted to let others know.

Victor –

Victim Location 14103

Type of a scam Employment

said ive been chosen to partake in a mystery shopping trip and will be paid $198 per survey.

many misspelled words in the email. however they did show most of my walmart credit card number in the attention line

Alexandra –

Victim Location 35023

Total money lost $4,625

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I was offered job as a mystery shopper and was sent checks in mail and then told to cash. From that point I would do a shop and then rest of money I would have to send Moneygram from that location to someone else in another state. Each check was $925.32 and I have done this 5 times. Today I check my bank account and there is a withdrawal for $925.32 which means I was scammed. So now these other 4 amounts might come out and I am out of MY own money. I filed a police report with my local police too. It was a foolish thing for me to do and will never happen again. This was also an online application. 

Meghan –

Victim Location 85306

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Mystery Shopper sent me a check via FedEx for $2000. Saying to deposit and send money to western union recipient. Also keep 170 and split rest with two recipients.

Timothy –

Victim Location 63801

Type of a scam Employment

Sent me check to deposit in my bank account then call them to mystery shop

Abby –

Victim Location 70361

Type of a scam Advance Fee Loan

See the Attachment.

I contacted First Kansas Bank and was told that the check was fake.

Devin –

Victim Location 37075

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received invitation for secret shopper via email. Said that would send a check with commission included and I would shop the walmart and western union. Please send your email and personal info(address phone number etc). They a check for 2900 and wanted me to cash it and send the money of 2700 to an address in poland. Very disturbing. I sent an email and they sent back to complete assignment and then hacked into my email. Did not attempt to take money yet but I am not sure if my computer has been hacked. I did run a scan at staples and put alerts on my accounts.

Jeffrey –

Victim Location 93955

Type of a scam Employment

I received a text from mystery shopper manager, Robert Walsh requesting me to be a secret shopper and I replied with information he requested which was my name address date of birth email address and my age then a few days later I was sent a cashier’s check in the amount of $2,400 from a Georgia bank and was instructed by text to confirm I received this check then I was sent an email with instructions to cash this check and send $2,100 to Larry Parnell in Manila Philippines I found this odd so I did research to find this to be a scam I have not cashed the check and I have not verbally spoke with anyone in relation to this fraudulent business but I have retrieved a phone number which they are contacting me it is out of Florida and the number is 813 616-4382 also I have an email address which is [email protected] I researched the bank listed on the check, made contact with bank and verified this is a fraudulent check. The real check was issued and cashed on 08/01/2013. I also researched the address in CT. On Research Dr. And it appears to have numerous businesses related to it. Survey sampling inc., graywolf, survey sampling international llc, and liquid lunch. The person affiliated with this address shows Richard T. Stoner and utilities are under the name Victor Yelevich. There is no information associated with the email [email protected]

Diana –

Victim Location 32526

Total money lost $1,980.99

Type of a scam Employment

I received email from Victoria Donald or Victoria England and then a cashier’s check#295210, of $1980.99 that to be sent to 2 receivers their name and their address as below: Beverly Britts her address is:2051 N President George Bush HWY, Richardson, Texas, 75082 that I sent her amount of 893 dollar, the second receiver was Shirley Lane her address is:209 Enterprise BLVD, Hewitt, Texas, 76643, I sent her amount of 893 dollar; I used Money Gram to send the money to both of them the charge for each transaction by Money Gram was $12.50 Victoria asked me to take $170.00 as my commission for working as mystery shopper for money gram stores. I sent the money on 12/11/2015; then when I check my account on 12/15/2015, the TB Bank, where I have my account informed me that there was not enough fund for that check and the check was returned. I called the Hot Line with your office yesterday. Victoria Donald cellphone# is 803-574-2206 and her email is [email protected] and also has this email:[email protected] Victoria again sent me another cashier’s check#358213 for amount of $ 2,380.99, I deposit it on 12/16/2015, but I did not send it to the receivers because I discover the fraud that was happen to me. TD Back made a hold on my account.

Brendan –

Victim Location 33029

Type of a scam Employment

Below is the email I received.

Hello ,

We received the information your submitted on our website and you have been Accepted as one of our Conducting Agent. You will be evaluating Walmart store & Western Union Stores in your neighborhood,

kindly check out for one Walmart store & Western Union store you will like to evaluate , make sure the store you will chose is close to your area as much as possible, you will have to send the name and address of both stores, Please note that you are to act Cool, Calm and Confident through out the period which you will be carrying out your survey at the store, in order not to arouse any suspicion. you will be shopping at Walmart store and also make a transaction at Western Union , you will write a report about the customer services , you will send

your report back to us via Email, you will have to use the following pointers to prepare your report :

1) How long it took you to get services.

2)Ambiance/Outlook of the Shop/Outlet

3) Smartness of the attendant

4)Customer service professionalism

5)Reaction of personnel under pressure

6)Information that you think would be helpful

7)Your comments and impressions.

Payments will be mailed out to you, which you will expend in carrying

out all that will be required of you including your compensation and

Transportation fee. All Other Instructions will be sent out to you as

soon as Evaluation commences.

Please reply this Email and give us the name and address of the

Walmart and Western Union you will be evaluating so that we can mail

out the payment as soon as possible.

Jonathon –

Type of a scam Employment

Job Bank, job posting, Mystery Shopper, wanted you to register, which is normal, except when they asked me for my SIN# and my PayPal account information, red flags started to go off. I believe this is a scam. Then I thought I went on the BBB site and it was not sent me to Mystery Shopper and wanted me to join the [email protected] Sent email asking for info on how to be a mystery shopper, sent email back to me asking for money. Again, red flags. According to info on BBB legitimate mystery shopper sites don’t ask you for money* ** *** *** I did not send any money or give them my SIN # or PayPal account info, I was sent an email from the [email protected] and replied back telling them that I was going to report them.

Alisha –

Victim Location 94526

Type of a scam Employment

I received a e-mail about becoming a secret shopper, I applied, and then they sent me a check for2,944.00 told me to deposit in my bank I was to keep $300.Then to shop and evaluate wal mart and the remaining money to split the money in half and go to two different money gram money transfer locations and send the money to two different people in Houston Texas. It said the money was going to two more secret shoppers, G and Kenny gray ,then when I was done I was suppose to send my reports to [email protected] The check was from first national bank in fort Collins,co and was signed by Michaela Nuney,cant be sure I got last name right because it was kind of scribbled. The envelope that the check and instructions came in, said it came from Kelly Gould, Tecumseh senior high school, 901 n. 13th St. Tecumseh,okla.74873 The check also said on it remitter; Howard Wasserman

Tammy –

Victim Location 40621

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Mystery Shopper (Secret shopper) Received a check for $2900.00, supposed to deposit and send a Western Union payment to a person in Poland, amount $2700.00. I don’t consider this shopping. I belonged to a shoppers outfit at one time and it was nothing like this. going to the police on Monday, they are closed for regular business on the weekend.

Sean –

Victim Location 60625

Total money lost $2,340

Type of a scam Employment

On September 4, 2015, I received an email saying that I have been selected to participate in a mystery shopping experience. I do not remember if I actually signed up at one of the websites from a long time ago. On September 9, I received another email saying that they mailed me the check and gave me instructions to deposit the check worth $2340.00. The packet came via USPS Priority Mail Express. According to the return address, it came from Coldwell Banker Res Broker 2095153792, 175 Park Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940 The initial assignment stated that I will shop at a local Walmart store for no more than $50.00, then wire $1000 using a MoneyGram and another $1000 using a different MoneyGram location to send to another mystery shopper. This check is supposed to be broken down to the following expenses:

Assignment salary = $250

Walmart = $50

Amount to be transferred to a Javares Peyton = $2000

Remaining amount for money transfer fees.

So I deposited the check 09/10/2015 and the money became available the next day (09/11/2015) and I carried out the assignment. I took out the $2040 cash and wired it to a Javares Peyton from 2 different MoneyGram location with the following reference numbers: 81962145 and 71670365. The next day, the person that has been contacting me wanted me to do an urgent task of wiring another $250 stating that the other mystery shopper needed it to finish his assignment. It was then that I started to think that this transaction is shady. I went online and googled and found a website with warning signs on scammers. I filed a complaint on the Federal Trade Commission. On 09/14/2015, I received a response from Federal Trade Commission with a link Fake Checks – to assist me. This link, however, is only helpful in spotting fake checks. I have already carried out the assignment and had removed cash from my bank account. I felt so helpless and depressed thinking that there is nothing more that I can do. On 09/15/2015, my bank removed the $2340 and it was then that I really realized that I have been scammed the amount of $2340.

Cindy –

Victim Location 96898

Type of a scam Employment

I Applied for employment as a mystery shopper on line. A day later I received an email saying I was selected and would be assigned to and would be paid for my evaluation of am a large retail store. I received a cashiers check for $2550.00. $300 for my assignment. $70 to shop at the store, $50 to make two money grams to be sent to two different individuals on similar assignments. One in Maryland, one in Oregon. I called the bank that issued the check and they said it was a Fraud!!

Claudia –

Victim Location 02420

Type of a scam Employment

I had applied on line for a Mystery Shopper Job. They sent me a check for $1,860.00. I was to deposit it into my bank account. Told me to keep $250.00 for my weekly pay and take $50.00 and go to Walmart and buy something. I was to then get a prepaid money card and send them the rest back ($1,560.00). I knew it didn’t sound right, so I called the first. They confirmed it was a scam.

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