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Claiming to be KSS International Reports & Reviews (12)

• Sep 09, 2021

Victim Location 89129
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

The company contacted me with the offer of being a secret shopper. They advised me I would receive a check that I should deposit and follow the instructions in the packet. Approximately 1 week later I received the packet with a check for $3000 and instructions to deposit the check and once it cleared to purchase 3 $500 gift cards from Walmart and 2 $500 American Express gift cards from Walgreens. I was advised to take pictures of the front and back of the cards and send the images to the number provided and the balance ($500) would be my compensation. I became suspicious when asked to by the large denomination gift cards and I noticed the check came from a company called Whole Stones LLC. I contacted the company to verify that they had produced this check and was advised that it was not legitimate and would not be honored. The contact person Gerard Boyles messaged me the morning after I received the check and when I advised I had ran into an issue with the check he advised me to deposit it and it would clear in 24 hours. When I informed him that I wanted the check issue resolved before depositing, he said he would get back to me and then stopped communicating. The gentleman I spoke to at Whole Stone (which appears to be a legitimate business) who identified himself as the owner advised that he was aware of the issue and was already undertaking legal action. I left him my name and number and advised I would not do anything with the check unless he advised.

• Mar 10, 2021

Victim Location 22556
Type of a scam Employment

Secret Shopper Scam. I received a check in the mail for $2,408.11. I was told to deposit it and keep $438 for myself. It was also requested of me to do this as quickly as possible. Here's the directions from his email...

Assignment 1

1. Visit a Walmart store closer to you.

1a. Purchase any item with $10,the purchase item will be kept by you because it is yours.

1b. Purchase 4 Walmart Visa Gift Cards. Go to the register and add cash of $490 to the four cards. $490 x 4 = $1960

2. Deduct $438 as your weekly commission, your logistics and the card's fee.

I've deposited it and funds are coming available this morning. I had gone from believing it was a scam to believing it was a legitimate transaction when this individual responded to my concerns via email. Then, I flip-flopped again after doing a search online for Walmart Gift Card Scam.

Being an IT guy, you would think I'd catch these things. I will say one thing... criminals have some creativity going for them. I almost fell for this one.

Victim Location 40701
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I was to any visit two Walmart stores around my area. MY first purchase will be at the first Walmart store, I was to purchase Two pieces (2) of Walmart GIFT CARDS in the value of $500 EACH totaling $1000, My Second purchase is to locate another Walmart store and purchase Walmart GIFT CARDS in the value of $500 & $400.00 totaling $900 making the total purchase $1900.,. Once I'm done with the assignment, I am to Text/Email to the below phone number/email a picture of the receipt and a clear picture of the card's individual (EACH CARD) on both sides by sending the redemption code, peel or gently scratch off the label on the back of the card to reveal the hidden numbers. They kept texting me to see if I received the letter of assignment and the $2400.00 check. I received both but did not reply to the emails or text. I knew it was a scam. Just wondering how they got my email, home address & phone number. There's a block on all my public records. Scary. End of the letter says, Sincerely John Horton......They should have went ahead and signed Johnny Horton. (LOL)

Here's a copy of part of the letter sent to me:

The funds have been provided for you to visit and patronize Walmart outlets to ascertain or discard those claims in your locality.

NOTE. You are not to make either cashier or anyone aware that you are carrying out an evaluation. Make sure you execute this assignment in a timely manner, no later than 3 days after you receive the check and instruction letter.

IMPORTANTI We need your total cooperation so please be sure you confirm your package has been delivered by sending an e-mail or text message only to the below email/phone number and proceed on. AND ONCE THE STORE EVALUATION 15 COMPLETED KINDLY EMAIL OR TEXT Phone number: (617) 213-1599 Email: [email protected] A PICTURE OF YOUR RECEIPT, THE GIFT CARDS REDEEM CODE AND SUMARRY REPORT OF THE SURVEY. I will also PROVIDE MAIL OUT INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR RECEIPTS, CARDS ONCE YOUR ASSIGNMENT lS COMPLETED. Thank-You for participating in our marketing evaluation, you are making a

difference in tomorrows 'economy! Sincerely, John Horton, Task Manager (KSS international survey).

Victim Location 42101
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Got things such as cashier checks and told me what to do also text messages saying they heard I went to Walmart on job

Victim Location 43777
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I got a text message from an I did what it said an the very next day by priority mail express. I got a letter telling me where to go an to purchase some gift cards. They sent a cashier's check with the letter for $2400 to use $1900 of it on the gift cards an I get to keep $500 of it. The gifts cards an there codes I was to send them a picture of the that information back to this company. I googled the company didn't find negative on them. Then I called a bank an the lady on there gave me info. Not to cash the check cause it's a scam. So here I am doing the right thing.

Victim Location 65301
Type of a scam Employment

I received a letter asking me to be a secret shopper at WalMart. They sent a $2150 check to be deposited into my checking account. I was then told to go buy 3 $500 gift cards and 1 for $300. I was then supposed to email them pictures of the gift cards and scratch off the redemption code on the back of each card. The remaining $350 was mine to keep.

Victim Location 63010
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received priority mail with a typed letter and a check with instructions asking me to deposit the check and buy 3 gift cards in the amount of 500 dollars then another for 300 and they asked me to go to Walmart and take pictures of the gift cards with the code scratched off then I could keep the rest of money

Victim Location 42301
Type of a scam Employment

I recieved email. Call text about secret shopping at wallmart. Then recieved check and a letter stating to deposit in bank then purchase 3 walmart cards costing 500 and one for 400 and keep remaining money

Victim Location 44035
Type of a scam Employment

Check included for 2150.00-shredded

Victim Location 48033
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I was looking at sites for internet jobs and later received an email that said “Walmart Survey” . When I opened what I thought was a survey, I found this KSS International form that I filled out n with mr address and email. Today I received a priority envelope with a letter/flyer with a lot of instructions, and a check for 2,150. The letter/flyer looks suspicious because the grammar isn’t quite right, it’s not signed by a person, and it’s instructing me to purchase gift cards so that I can check how the cashier handles the purchase, then it speaks on other random stuff like the cleanliness of the restrooms??

Victim Location 47660
Type of a scam Employment

I received a letter in the mail with a live check for $2150.00 and I was to deposit the check into my bank. withdraw $1800.00 and go to my nearest Wal-Mart and buy (2) $500. and (1) $300 reloadable gift cards bring them home and scratch the pin numbers area, take pictures and email the pictures to an email address provided. while evaluating the cashiers and managers.

Victim Location 22851
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

They claim I signed up for their surveys but I wouldn't have sent me a priority mail package with a letter of instructions & a check then started sending me text messages asking about it on the verge of harassment after telling them I wasn't going to participate they continue texting

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