RNC release advisory regarding mystery shopper scam

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) in Corner Brook is advising the public of a mystery shopper scam in the city.

 On Sunday, a resident reported that they had fallen victim to such a scam.

The RNC says it has received similar complaints in the past and are investigating this latest incident involving the complainant having received a letter in the mail stating they have been selected to be a “mystery shopper.”

The letter says they will be paid a small fee for every business they are asked to evaluate. Also included in the letter is a cheque made out in the name of the complainant usually $4,000 to $5,000.

The complainant is directed in the letter to call a listed phone number for directions.

When they call the phone number they are told to cash the cheque at their own bank and then to evaluate several businesses by using the money from the cashed cheque to purchase products from the named businesses.

Two of the businesses they are always asked to evaluate is MoneyGram and Western Union. They are directed to send a cash amount of usually $1,000 to $2,000 through MoneyGram and Western Union to names and addresses of persons in the United States and then evaluate the service provided by these businesses. The complainant sends the money only to find out later that the cheque they cashed was worthless and they owe the bank all the money they received from this cheque.

The RNC in Corner Brook urges the public to be cautious of cashing cheques they receive in the mail from people they don't know.

Anyone with information regarding this scam is asked to contact the RNC at 709-637-4100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

People can also provide information anonymously on the N.L. Crime Stoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

 

 

Organizations: RNC, MoneyGram and Western Union, Crime Stoppers N.L. Crime Stoppers Website

Geographic location: Corner Brook, United States

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  • SystemCheck
    May 21, 2013 - 02:09

    When they call the phone number they are told to cash the cheque at their own bank and then to evaluate several businesses by using the money from the cashed cheque to purchase products from the named businesses.

  • tally
    September 29, 2012 - 08:36

    this is not a new scam...been hearing about it since the 90's. if people actually fall for it, then that is about that person being uneducated and gullable, just like the phone calls we all get from the "captian" saying we won money over the sound of a ships horn. if you have to send money for anything, its usually fake, such as the lost prince who needs a way home.

  • Anonymous
    September 28, 2012 - 17:58

    I don't get it!!! When are people going to learn that if it seems to good to be true, it usually is!! This type of behavior has been in the news now for years, some people just refuse to pay attention and end up thousands of dollars in debt. I for one have heard this story a number of times, so I certainly wouldn't take part in it. Who would actually send someone they didn't know $4000 - $5000 and tell them to go shopping...the light should have come on right there! All you need is a little common sense people!