The Truth vs. The Scam:
Work at home processing or reshipping checks, money orders, envelopes, and/or merchandise; receiving money wired into your account; writing checks on somebody else's account; secret shopper jobs; forwarding cash received in a package, by mail, by Western Union or MoneyGram; and receiving credit cards or gift cards from a foreign employer or someone you met online.
This page: Secret Shopper • Forwarding cash received in a package or by surface mail.
Please take your time; read through the material carefully.
Basics of the scam • Forwarding package and/or payments • Money wired into your account • Re-wiring Western Union or MoneyGram payments • Writing checks • Forwarding loose checks and sealed envelopes • Secret Shopper jobs • Forwarding cash received by mail or package • Receiving credit cards or gift cards
Secret Shopper / Mystery Shopper
Secret Shopper (aka Mystery Shopper) jobs consist only of evaluating customer satisfaction. At the most, a Secret Shopper is asked to dine at a restaurant or purchase certain products from a retailer. The Secret Shopper is reimbursed by the employer upon presentation of receipts for the meal or purchases.
It is the retailers and restaurant owners themselves who hire Mystery Shopper companies to evaluate customer satisfaction at their places of business.
If you have been hired to be a Secret Shopper, you can verify the validity of the hiring company by contacting the Mystery Shopper Providers Association, an international association of Secret Shopper companies. You will find them here: http://www.mysteryshop.org/index-na.php.
Forwarding cash received in a package or by surface mail.
If your scamployer (or Internet boyfriend/girlfriend) has sent you cash either directly or indirectly, with instructions to forward the cash to someone else, you are participating in money laundering.
What you are actually doing is sending a member of a scam network their share of a successful Internet scam. We have no idea why some scammers have taken up this method of sending shares to other network members since it is impractical and risky. Nonetheless, that's what some of the bad guys are doing.
In addition, it is against the rules of the Post Office (Federal) and every commercial delivery service such as UPS, Federal Express, and DHL to send cash through their system.
If you receive cash in this manner, please hang on to the envelope or package and contact your state's US Postal Inspector: http://www.usps.com/ncsc/locators/find-is.html