Almost nabbed by Wal Mart secret shopper hoax
April 23, 2012 5 Comments
This makes me feel a little stupid, although I was never going to send any information. Still, this thing got my interest up and I think some of you might be momentarily attracted to this attractive looking scheme. Here is the scam. Remember, this is total B. S.
We are looking for qualified evaluators to help us check out our new services. These are the important aspect of your evaluation. A Check/Moneyorder of between 800 - 2,850 dollars will be mailed out to you. The funds have been calculated to cover both aspects of this survey. you will be allocated 100 dollars for the Walmart shopping section. All you have to do is walk into any of its location buy, buy and buy till you exhaust the money provided for this section, but you have to be in the store for atleast one hour, watching and taking note of everything. Remember that everything you buy is totally yours. The management of Walmart intends to change the store's environment, color, gift items and shopping/carrier bags etc, we are also looking into putting a stop to poor services. For this reasons we have decided to give their customers the opportunity to decide. NOTE: You are to keep the WalMart receipt of everything you buy to the report YOUR SECOND EVALUATION ( Between 600 - 2550 Dollars) The 2nd assignment Western union As you know we offer Money transfer services. A lot of Walmart customers have reported lapses in Money transfer services in some Walmart Stores around the U.S. Our need to act is based on reports and complaints which some customers forwarded anonymously and phone calls that were made to our head office. Agents locations were reported for evaluation for the following reasons Slow services Unbalanced exchange rate Poor services Rudeness to customers Excess charge YOUR SECRET EVALUATION WILL BE : To make a transfer of funds from the location to our agent in another state with the remaining funds after you complete your first task. Funds would be picked up by our agent at the exact location which a customer reported his/her funds stolen from. You will have to record the time at which you got to the Western union store and how many minutes it took you to get the service. You will also provide me with the name of the cashier that attended to you along with the name of the WalMart store and address. You will be paid a commission 200 dollars for completing both tasks. Your report should be drafted and sent to me via email immediately the 2nd assignment has been completed. Please make sure you reply to this email with the following information below : First Name Last Name Street Address ( NO po box pls) City State Zip Code Cell Phone Number / Home Phone Number Age Current Occupation: Alternate Email Address Days / Hours Available Further instructions will be sent to you during the week via email. Task Co-ordinator WalMart
This is what I learned from the Walmart website.
Increasingly, fraudsters have preferred wire transfers as the method of payment for numerous consumer scams, including lottery, relative-in-need, advance fee loans, and mystery shopper. The mystery shopper scam uses fraudulent offers, fake checks and wire transfers to induce unsuspecting consumers into sending money to fraudsters who are often located in Canada or other countries.
The scam has its foundation in a legitimate activity. Many retail and service corporations hire evaluators to perform secret or random checks on themselves or their competitors. However, these companies never require applicants to provide funds up front for “registration” or “processing” services.
How these scams work:
- The scam artist sends a letter, e-mail solicitation or places an ad in a newspaper or on an electronic message board describing a paid, stay-at-home position in which the consumer will evaluate customer service at large retail stores—businesses with familiar names. In reality, these stores have no affiliation with the scam artist placing the ad.
- After responding to the ad, the consumer receives an “employment packet” containing a training assignment, a list of products to purchase at different stores and a realistic-looking cashier’s check, often for $2,000 to $4,000.
- The “training assignment” is to deposit the check into the consumer’s bank account, pose as a shopper and then use wire transfer to send the balance of the check’s proceeds (minus the cost of the purchases and the consumer’s “salary”) to an address outside the United States, often in Canada.
The problem is that the check is fake; so when it bounces—which occurs after the money is wired—the consumer is accountable (in some cases, criminally) to the bank for the entire amount of the fake check, plus additional penalty fees. Also, in some instances, consumers are asked for personal bank account information. The company will then “deposit” money into their account for payment and funds with which to perform their Secret Shopper tasks. These consumers often then become victims of identity theft.
Duh! It must have been a moment of weakness. Thank goodness it was only a moment and that it provoked me to check into this little scheme. Here is the link, which will give you instructions on what to do if you get such an email.
Go in peace.