Mystery Shopper Scam Found In County

Calhoun County Sheriff Billy Mac Gore offers a warning to citizens of a
scam discovered in the county referring to “mystery shoppers.”


By JOEL McNEECE
Calhoun County Sheriff Billy Mac Gore offers a warning to citizens of a scam discovered in the county referring to “mystery shoppers.”
Some citizens have received letters and a check, sometimes upwards of $2,000. The letter informs the recipient they have been selected as a “mystery shopper.”  They are told to deposit the check, which is fake, and then do some shopping at a major store who also issues money orders – such as Wal Mart.
An evaluation form is included with the letter for the “mystery shopper” to use to critique the shopping experience at the store and earn a few hundred dollars in salary. The remaining money is then supposed to be sent by money order as a “test of the stores money order system.”
The “mystery shopper” has then been scammed out of the few hundred dollars they were promised as salary, whatever amount of money they spent shopping, and likely face some bad check charges if they exceeded their own account balance while “mystery shopping.”
There is a legitimate “mystery shopper” industry, but the invites discovered in the county from places such as “Manpower” and “K.A. Enterprises” have been determined to be phony.

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