Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Fraud, Phishing and Financial Misdeeds: Secret Shoppers Scammed

Please read this and spread the word! - I'm certain you and your friends won't fall for this but what about the friends of your friends?

Fraud, Phishing and Financial Misdeeds: Secret Shoppers Scammed

Quotes from Ted's post:
Here is how this latest scam works as reported in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

"John McCullough, business coordinator for the Financial Crimes Task Force, said the perpetrators ran an ad in the Star Tribune classified section last month luring readers with an offer to be "Secret Shoppers" for "$100/hr. guaranteed" and "no experience necessary."

People who responded to the ad were sent a letter congratulating them on being selected and instructing them to cash a $2,830 check at their bank or other institution, to keep $200 for themselves, and to send most of the rest to the Canadian address. The check-cashing task is described in the letter as an "assignment" to "evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of a payment system called 'Moneygram' which is available at all Wal-Mart (sic)."

- Ted Richardson sez:
As I am constantly saying, Advance Fee is a continuously mutating animal. The Secret Shopper twist is new and if history proves correct, we will see this version of the scam travel quickly in the borderless environment of the internet.

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prying1 sez:
Check the comments on the Fraud, Phishing and Financial Misdeeds post! Bad guys want your money and foreknowledge will at least slow them down.