Mystery Shopper Scam Hits The Valley
It's a scam we've seen before and now it's back. It's called the Mystery Shopper Scam and it's making a resurgence. Video by kmir6.comvideo
COACHELLA VALLEY-- It's a scam we've seen before and now it's back. It's called the Mystery Shopper Scam and it's making a resurgence. A half-dozen locals have been victimized in the last two weeks alone, for a couple hundred dollars each. Here's how it works: Victims get a letter or email saying they've been chosen as a mystery shopper. Then they recieve a check with instructions to cash it and wire a large portion of that money to a third party, and keep the rest. Of course, the check is fake. And by the time it's discovered, the money is gone and the victim is on the hook to the bank for the amount of that bogus check.
How to avoid the mystery shopper scam:
* Don't apply for a job as a mystery shopper if you have to pay to become one
* Don't deposit a check from someone you don't know
* Don't wire money to an address out of the country
If you think you've seen a mystery shopping scam, file a complaint with the the federal trade commission at 1-877 -FTC-HELP or via the internet at www.ftc.gov