New way to present old scam

Old 08-21-2011, 05:29 AM
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Default New way to present old scam

From my email

Dear Candidate,

We have a job offer available for you that will not disturb your present occupation. Currently we have available position for you to work for us. See below description.

"We have a mystery shopping assignment in your area and we would like you to participate" Mystery Shopping Providers Association® (MSPA) is accepting applications for qualified individuals to become mystery shoppers. It's fun and rewarding, and you choose when and where you want to shop. You are never obligated to accept an assignment. There is no charge to become a shopper and you do not need previous experience. After you sign up, you will have access to training materials via e-mail, fax or postal mail.


Secret Shopper® is the premier mystery shopping company, serving clients across America and Canada with over 500,000 shoppers available and ready to help businesses better serve their customers. Continual investment in the latest internet and communication technologies coupled with over 16 years of know-how means working with Secret Shopper® is a satisfying and rewarding experience. Secret shopping as seen on ABC NEWS, NBC NEWS, L.A.TIMES. Stores and organizations such as The Gap, Wal-Mart, Pizza Hut, and Banks. One amongst many others pay for Secret Shoppers to shop in their establishments and report their experiences. On top of being paid for shopping you are also allowed to keep purchases for free. Secret Shopper® NEVER charge fees to the shopper. Training, tips for improvement, and shopping opportunities are provided free to registered shoppers. Mystery shoppers are either paid a pre-arranged fee for a particular shop, a reimbursement for a purchase or a combination of bo
th. Secret Shopper® has available

You will be required to interact with the shop clerk.
You may conduct the shop alone or as a couple.
The assignment will pay $200.00 or more per duty

Kindly Fill Out the application form below and we will get back to you shortly with the assignment:

First Name:
Last Name:
Street Address (No Po Box Acceptable) :
City, State, Zip Code:
Cell Phone Number/Home Phone Number:
Current Occupation:
Alternate Email Address:
Days/Hours Available
Hours Available: from _______ to ______

Assignment: We have had complaints on some western union, walmart, Restaurant and money gram location in the services they render and we want you to investigate it personally as our new Evaluator in your area By Going there to send funds. We will be sending you Payment in form of Money Orders to carry out this assignment. So please take note of these instructions below.
We will send you Money Order which you will take to your Bank for Instant Cashing then you are to proceed to the location we are going to allocate to you for investigation and you are to carry out every instructions we will be sending to you via email to investigate this location.
We will want for you to email us as soon as you have carried out the comprehensive investigation and let us understand what you found out about your survey.
I hope you do understand what we have requested for you to do as our new
Evaluator, Please confirm you do understand so we can approve your application and your new assignment will kick off immediately.
This is a very exciting job and is very rewarding. So please get back to us confirming your interest and we await your response for us to go ahead and approve you.

We await your urgent response.
Thank you for your help.
We look forward working with you.

Joe Brian.
Recruiting Department,

Do you think any of those money orders could be fraudulent?
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:45 AM
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You've got to give them points for creativity.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:24 AM
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The grammar sounded THIIIIIIS close to authentic...

They're getting better. ; )
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:33 AM
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Scam artists rely on (at least) three things to be able to pull it off successfully:


It just amazes me what (so-called) educated people will fall for...
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:41 AM
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My girl has a really really REALLY good one going on right now, the FBI is involved so I will leave it be until they are finished. Never know who is reading these boards...
Put it this way I thought I had seen it all... She told me and I said huh that would work.. really well..
Anyhoo bring up when I can, its something business owners need to watch for
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:42 AM
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One of the more "popular" scams hitting this area right now is the ebay income-at-home scam.

The victim, usually an established ebay buyer, signs up to be a "buyer" for an out of country company. The company tells the buyer what type of merchandise to purchase. The victim completes the purchase thru ebay and pays for the item thru PayPal. The victim then forwards the invoice to the company for "reimbursement". The company then sends the payment to the victim for the amount paid plus shipping and 20% for their "pay". The victim then forwards the item to the "company".

Well, the writing on the wall is right there in front of them, but they are so desperate, ignorant or greedy to see it.

The payments are phoney and the person is not only out their original money (plus shipping/forwarding it), but they are out the item too!

You just can't fix stupid...
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