Regina – Jul 23, 2020
Victim Location 31216
Type of a scam Employment
Got a text through LinkedIn from an associate saying he thought I would be interested. Simple application not asking for much info so I submitted. Couple of days later text from “Kimberly” saying “Greetings” my application was accepted, I was confirmed to be registered in the ongoing evaluation program, with first assignment to commence this week. “We will be posting a (assignment and commission) check to you.” Once I receive the payment, I was required to proceed to a nearby store or an online store to purchase a specific product giving them feedback on condition of store and customer service. Another email said first assignment check of $1875.40 was posted through USPS [Priority Mail] and should be delivered on Friday 24th July IT CAME IN THE MAIL WEDNESDAY JULY 22nd.
I was told to (1) proceed to bank or credit union to have the check deposited. “Funds will be available immediately or in 24 hours. (2) DEDUCT $350.00 as my commission. (3) Go to store where listed cards are sold. (4) purchase any 3 of the listed cards (5) Go to register and add cash of $500.00 on the three cards
Then: capture clear image of front and back of each card and email to them. Once they receive this then you will “GET” your next assignment.
The bank and routing numbers are actually correct for ZIONS BANK which the check is drawn on, I verified this, however the business and account number does not match. There are so many red flags for me but I am worried about the person not familiar with banking and its inside functionality. I really hope that this will save others from falling for this scam.