Great article I appreciate being posted though it is a few years old. It still applies and will for years to come I'm sure.
I'm posting here as I ran into this article, on wwaytv3.com, while trying to search for more information on this Mystery Shopper letter I received. My wife had applied to become one several months ago and we get this letter in the mail today. She was all excited about the opportunity finally arriving and hands the mail over to me. The first thing I saw was the envelope with a Canadian stamp AND Canadian post-markings (Ontario Postal Code). The first thing that came to mind was - SCAM!
I open the envelope and sure enough, it has a check for $3990, with an accompanying letter stating what my wife needed to do to get the ball rolling. The letterhead states a company called "Global Test Market" out of Stamford, CT. After doing some digging around to find more details, I found that a number of scammers use legitimate company names and bank names (the check has a legit bank from DFCU, Marborough, MA). Simple enough.
What originally led me to this article was a search for "Joseph Coring," who appears to be on all kinds of scam signatures. The document and check are appear completely legitimate - no copy/pasting, odd paper, etc.
I thought I'd mention my appreciation for a number of postings here but did not see much in the way of suggestions of moving forward. Sure, it may be difficult to identify these individuals creating and using the scams, but we should use every outlet involved to at least make an effort. Here are a few sites that I am starting out with:
1. http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx - Internet Crime Complaint Center (partnered with the FBI) (the letter contained a website to refer to)
the United States Postal Inspection Service.
3. http://www.bbb.org/ - (like I mentioned, the Global Test Market company may be legit but I plan on finding out what my options are)
4. Other? Post suggestions for everyone here.
The fact of the matter is - it doesn't matter what the scam is. If it's too good to be true, then it's fake. No company is going to hand out $3990 (or any for that matter) and expect someone to wire an amount back to them). Common sense.
Take the time to research and find out before taking ANY action! Best of fortunes folks.
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