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Victim Location 32808
Type of a scam Employment

Scammers sent fake emails for a mystery shopper job and a check through the mail that they attempted to get me to deposit. Names listed are Roland Gilbert on mail and Alex Mohr on email.

Victim Location 60514
Type of a scam Employment

I was contacted by a business associate via LinkedIn, asking me if I could help him out with a mystery shop in my area. This was not an unusual request, since this was my old business and we did these types of projects in our past business. I accepted and he said I will get details to follow via email. This is what I received:

Assignment 1

1. Proceed to a nearby Gap store or any clothing store and purchase anything with $30, the purchase item will be kept by you because it is yours.

2. Attached to this email is a customer feedback form which you are required to fill out and email back to us.

3. Deduct $320 as your weekly commission,your logistics and gift cards charges fee.

4. Purchase 5 Walmart gift cards.

Note: Walmart gift card can be purchased with cash or with your debit or credit card.

Attached to this email is a sample of the Walmart gift card required, it also comes in different pictures and colors. Go to the register and add cash of $500 to each card. 5 x $500 = $2,500

The cards will be used to fund further projects/research, eliminating the need to post you checks for future assignments.

After purchase of the cards,

"Walmart gift card" Open the pack, remove the label in front of the cards and kindly peel or gently scratch the silver panel a the back of the cards and then send the pictures of the scratch cards and email to us. (Phone camera accepted)

The cards can be purchased from most convenience stores and gas station. Below are the nearest location

Walmart gift Card Available at: Walmart• Cvs Pharmacy • Walgreens • RiteAid • 7Eleven • Dollar General • Family Dollar Office Depot • AAFES • Circle K • Village Pantry • Sheetz • Save Mart • Food City • Associated Food Stores

In rare cases where non of the cards are available in your location, kindly inform us in other to give you alternatives.

Once the payment has been received, proceed to get the assignment done at your earliest and revert back to us with the feedback form and images of Walmart gift cards for verification.

Completing assignment fast earns you reward to receive more assignments promptly.

A check was sent to me for $2,850.00 made out to me. This needed to be used for the above purchase(s)

Victim Location 73003
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

They reached out to me via LinkedIn first and then emailed me regarding a mystery shopping opportunity. Having family in retail I assumed that was a normal thing. Scam money order sent via mail.

Victim Location 40059
Total money lost $3,444
Type of a scam Employment

My husband received a link from a colleague to register to be a secret shopper (he believes he received it via LinkedIn, but isn't positive). I am currently unemployed, so he forwarded it to me to check it out. I registered on their website, and later received an email from a Joe Budden saying that I had been approved. A few days later I received a check in the amount of $3850.70 via USPS Priority Mail express. I received an email and a text from "Joe" asking for confirmation that a check was received. Once I confirmed, he instructed me to deposit the check into my bank account and confirm that I had made the deposit. He then instructed me to withdraw the money in cash, because I was going to "shop" two different money transfer services. He contacted me repeatedly for status. Had I deposited the check? Had it cleared? Had I gotten the cash?

I was ultimately unable to withdraw the money in cash because my bank does not have any branches in my area. "Joe" told me to instead use my debit card to perform the transactions. He then sent me specific instructions to go to Walmart to make a money transfer using their Walmart2Walmart service and purchase a $50 item and to go to Western Union to wire money using their Money in Minutes service. Both transfers were to be sent to Odunola Olusegun in Austin, TX. I was also asked to report back on specific questions about the associates' professionalism, customer service and the amount of time that the transactions too. "Joe" was in constant contact with me via text during my assignment, asking me to text him a picture of each receipt as I completed each task.

When I was completely finished with the assignment, I sent him my report via email and he responded that it was one of the most detailed reports he had received in recent time. He texted me about an hour later and said there was a problem that he needed me to address. I texted him back to ask what it was and he said he had resolved it. I asked him when my next assignment would be provided and he said that they would send me another check in a few days. He promised to email me the tracking information as soon as the check was sent.

Our last communication was early this morning, when I asked him via text what I was supposed to do with the $50 item I had purchased at Walmart. He responded that it was mine to keep.

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