Victim Location 60661
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order
I was contacted via LinkedIn by a connection of mine. Stating "Hey… Hope your weekend went well? A research group is working with a data company that evaluates product and customer awareness for local stores. The company needs 2 to 3 people weekly to volunteer as shopping visitors at different retail stores. These surveys are easy and can be done after work or during break. It pays about 350 on each survey you complete. It is a decent extra income if you are interested. To get more details and register, go through the link below. https://bit.ly/32OE8xp." I clinked the link to participate which took me to a website where I was to populate my information. I was then sent an email from a Richard *** at Link Evaluation with instructions that they would send me a cashiers check for $2,450. I was to deposit the check into my bank ATM – keeping $350 as my commission – and was instructed to immediately go to any retailer that supplies Walmart Visa Gift Cards, Google Play Gift Cards and Steam Wallet Gift Cards. I was then supposed to purchase gift cards in increments of $100 and $50 at a minimum of 2 retailers. I was then instructed to scratch off the gift card where the code was displayed and send the codes to Richard Mills. After this I was supposed to email Richard *** with information on my customer experience (i.e. store clerk name, availability of gift cards, satisfaction with the transaction and overall experience.) I went to my bank *** *** to deposit the check on Saturday September 28th. My bank ATM would not accept the check. Richard *** was contacting me via text during this time and then instructed me to take the check to a Credit Union instead. At this time I suspected this may be a scam. Richard *** then began texting me questions regarding my current job stating they may have a high post job for me. He subsequently began asking me for updates and said his finance department confirmed the check has be authorized. I contacted the Credit Union listed on the cashiers check I received (*** *** ***), they informed me that it was a bad check and to not attempt to deposit it. Richard *** has continued to contact me via text asking for an update which I have not responded to. The check did not have any contact information for *** *** ***, which I believe is a sign that it is a fake. Which spawned me to contact the credit union myself.