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Scam - not good enough

I received a envelope from Canada yesterday. My name and address were handwritten and there was no return address. Inside was a letter saying that I had been selected as a "mystery shopper" and I was to call the phone number listed to get trained. Included with the letter was a check for $4992 and a sloppy customer feedback form. Here are some pointers on what tipped us off on this being a scam. First, the handwritten envelope from Canada. A tell-tale sign that the letter is not from a legit company. Two, the company listed on the letter was located in South Jordan, UT. Why would a company in Utah travel all the way to Canada to mail a letter? The customer feedback form did not look official, but looked like a bad cut and paste job into a word document. Finally, the cashier's check was from a small town in Illinois. Three different pieces of the same letter coming from three different locations. I immediately did a search on the company name that accompanied the letter. All the Google hits were about scams. I then did a search on the bank listed on the check. The bank is legit and even had a big warning on their homepage about a "mystery shopper" scam using their bank. The next step is to take the letter to the post office general to have them investigate the letter. To my knowledge, it is illegal in both the U.S. and Canada to use the postal system for fraudulent activities. Do yourself a favor. Next time you get a letter about employment with a nice check enclosed, stop. Do a little research. It took me a total of 3 minutes to determine that my letter was a scam. That 3 minutes saved me a ton of time, heartache, and money.


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