Local Secret Shopper Scam
Who doesn't want to make a few extra dollars?
There are a number of legitimate businesses that pay consumers
to be secret shoppers. But the legitimate ones don't:
- Sign you up to be a secret shopper without you
- Ask you to "secret shop" money grams.
- Send you a check, (unsolicited) for far more than
the contracted fee of service.
A local insurance company found that they were being
victimized as part of this scam. The check that accompanied the
secret shopper letter, looks legitimate. After all, there is a
routing number, the company's name and address on the top. But
scammers can make almost anything look real. If you come across this
"offer" ask yourself:
- Did I sign up to be a secret shopper?
- Does it make sense that the check would be from a
local insurance company?
- Why would a local insurance company be paying a
secret shopper to test money grams at Walmart?
- And, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably
As with any scam, it's easy to spot when you aren't
staring at a potential windfall. It's important to always ask
yourself, does this make sense, before depositing a check.