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The Truth vs. The Scam: Payment Processing, Re-shipping, Forwarding Scams

 

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.

 

1. The Scam | The Truth: 2. Overview 3. Forwarding packages and/or payments 4. Money wired into your account & re-wiring Western Union or MoneyGram payments 5. Writing checks and forwarding checks and sealed envelopes 6. Secret Shopper jobs and forwarding cash 7. Receiving credit cards or gift cards

 

  THE TRUTH about Secret Shopper jobs and about forwarding cash

 

If you have engaged in any of the actions described below, go to The Scam Victim's Solution Center menu to see how to deal with your specific situation.

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.

  • Receiving and sending money is never, ever involved. 

     

    Western Union and MoneyGram were designed to send money to friends and family, not to send money to strangers.

    Once the money is picked up, it is gone forever.

    NEVER WIRE MONEY TO A STRANGER!

     
  • Secret Shoppers are never given money up front to wire through Western Union or MoneyGram. 

  • When you receive a check or money order up front with instructions to evaluate Western Union or MoneyGram, the check or money order is counterfeit and you are sending stolen money overseas; you are laundering stolen money.

  • Mystery Shoppers are hired by in-country companies, not by foreign Mystery Shopper companies.

  • Secret Shoppers never are never sent money orders or 3rd party checks. All checks are drawn on an account in the name of the company that hired you.  If you were hired by ABC Company, all checks show ABC as the name of the account holder.

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: www.mysteryshop.org/.

 

 

How to Become a Mystery Shopper Your Complete Guide to Secret Shopping

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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: How to contact the US Postal Inspection Service

If you have engaged in any of the activities described above, go to The Scam Victim's Solution Center menu to see how to deal with your specific situation.

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1. The Scam | The Truth: 2. Overview 3. Forwarding packages and/or payments 4. Money wired into your account & re-wiring Western Union or MoneyGram payments 5. Writing checks and forwarding checks and sealed envelopes 6. Secret Shopper jobs and forwarding cash 7. Receiving credit cards or gift cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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