Friday, October 24, 2008

Spread the word about secret shopper SCAM

I know I haven't blogged for a while, and I need to catch up but I wanted to let everyone know about this secret shopper scam. Lance thought it sounded fun for me to do since I shop a lot and enjoy it too. He signed me up to be a secret shopper under a company called Gateway Evaluation Services. They sent me a check for $990 and told me I could keep $100 but I had to send the rest with MoneyGram to my fake relative Mya Froerer in Canada. It of course sounded too good to be true but this was Lance's idea. I called him and told him that they had just sent me a check, etc. He said he thought it sounded like a scam. I defended what they said on the letter. I am so gullible. Then I told Lance that I would look into it and wait until he got home. It actually took me a while to find but I finally typed in secret shopper scam and a ton of info came up and the situation they explained sounded word for word with the letter that I got. I guess if I was to cash the check, which is fraud, then immediately send the cash via moneygram I would then be held liable to pay back that money when the bank discovered the bounced check and since the money would already be gone, except for the $100 I would be out $890. Some of the cases even said that people were sent $2000 or more and then had to pay all of it back to the bank. Anyway, I just want to spread the word so that no one falls victim to this scheme!!! I read that any money making scheme that pays good money for little work, has you pay any money, or has you wire money to anyone you don't know very well is a SCAM!

6 comments:

Rachele Burtenshaw said...

Shortly after we moved to North Salt Lake I had that same thing happen to me. The new job wasn't going very well, and while my husband was gone for the weekend I got the same kind of letter with a check for $5000. At first I thought it was too good to be true, but thought that it could really help our family out. Well, to make a long story short, it was too good to be true, but because I was so naive, I didn't check it out first. I did end up getting a movie as well as a food processor out of the whole deal, but it wasn't worth it because I am currently in the process of paying back $4,500. It definitely taught me a huge lesson.

Jessie Walker said...

That's crazy! Glad you didn't go through with it!

Mom told me you blogged so I had to check it out. Now I can see your cute kids more than just once a year. :)

The Knudsen Family said...

Hey I found your blog through Jessie.
It feels like you can't trust anyone any more doesn't it.
Hope to see you guys this weekend.
Melissa

Georgi Family said...

Hey guys. It is the georgi fam! I am so glad you have a blog. Good way to keep in touch.

Rachele Burtenshaw said...

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Kev and Tanya said...

Hey fellow David Archeleta fan club members!! Long time no see.