Individuals are falling for secret shopper scams and paying for it.
Who Is It Targeting: Citizens across the country
What Is It: Scammers are posing as hiring directors of Secret Shopper, a company that provides information and services to companies, and contacting individuals with job offers. Most often individuals receive a message by email or text with information to participate in a “secret shopper” program. The victim receives a cashier’s check with instructions to deposit the check and then wire a portion to “other secret shoppers.” The individual is also instructed to keep part of the money as a “commission” for their services. The check then bounces and the victim is drained of the money that was sent.
What Are They After: Account Information, Money
How Can You Avoid It:
- Always be weary of a financial transaction that involves transferring money to multiple accounts.
- Be aware that you are responsible for any transactions that involve the bank (withdrawals, deposits, etc) as stated in the fine print.
- In addition, falling for this type of scam can also put you at risk to be scammed again because scammers often re-sell victim information to other scammers, making you a potential target for identity theft.
- File a report with the local police department, the Federal Trade Commission and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
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For full details of this scam check out this article from Detroit Free Press.