Victim Location 11416
Type of a scam Employment
Initially, on May 26 I received the following email from [email protected] :
"There’s an amazing survey recruitment exercise going on for survey takers to earn extra cash.You’ll evaluate and comment on customer service rendered, product and services delivered when you visit said stores. You can earn a minimum of $300 a week by taking part of the survey exercise.Click on the link below to submit an application if interested
I went in and provided my address and name. Then, on March 28, I received the following email from James Powell :
"Dear *** ***, My name is James Powell, your application has been accepted and you have been shortlisted to participate in our forthcoming survey evaluation. I will be your Mystery Shopping coordinator. I’ll walk you through your first few survey assignments. It is my hope, that your addition to the fold will bring another edge and a heightened perspective to our surveys in your local city. Acknowledge receipt of this email as soon as you read it. If you live in an apartment building, confirm apartment/suite number so your survey packet is correctly delivered.
Survey Evaluation Coordinator
Hay-Walls Surveys INC
I acknowledged receipt the same day. On April 2, James Powell sent me the following email:
How are you doing? this is to inform you that your first Mystery shopper Assignment as been scheduled for this week. The survey packet would be delivered to the provided address, i would need you to notify me upon the arrival of the package so i can give you instructions on how to carry out a successful survey.
I responded the same day acknowledging receipt and requesting the terms and conditions of working as a Mystery shopper before I carried out any assignments. On April 3, James Powell sent me the following email:
You will be paid $350 for every successful survey you carry out, you would be given stores in your area to carry out surveys and instructions on how to go about it would come along when you receive the first survey packet."
Again, on April 10, he sent me the following email:
"**FIRST SURVEY PAYMENT DELIVERY***
The payment for your first survey has been delivered to you via USPS,i need you to confirm you have received it so i can proceed to give you the Instructions on how to complete your first Assignment successfully. I need you to get back to me as soon as you receive this.
Today, April 11, I received a priority mail envelope with a check in the amount of $2,450 and a note requesting that I notify them by sending a text message at (985) 261-2343 including my name and the amount of the check for security and for them to send me further instructions. I left a voice message and within minutes someone texted me (without a name) instructing me to deposit the check in my account and that it should clear within 24 hours. I inquired about the details of the assignment. Afterwards, I received the following email:
FIRST ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS READ AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY**
You are to go to your bank to have your check deposited. ($2,450.00) WE HAVE A PAYMENT RESTRICTION ON YOUR CHECK TO PREVENT UNAUTHORIZED CASHING. A DEPOSIT INTO AN ACTIVE CHECKING ACCOUNT IS REQUIRED FOR RESTRICTION TO BE LIFTED.
The funds will be available soon as deposited or the next business day. Once funds are available, deduct your commission of $350,the rest of the funds would be used to carry out your first task.
The balance of $2,100 will be used to complete your Assignments.
I was supposedly evaluating Wal-Mart but needed to purchase iTune gift cards worth $200. I was instructed to buy more than one card and not to exceed $100 in one card. I was to send a picture of the receipt and the scratched out gift cards.
The next assignment was to transfer money from Western Union, Money-Gram, Money in minutes to two different ‘supposedly’ evaluating Officers; one in Norcross, GA and the other in Atlanta, GA, each one would receive $950. When I complete the assignment I was to email or text the receipt at the number I reported above. He provided the objective of both assignments, but I truly did not believe him.
I find the whole thing to be fishy and began researching. I haven’t found anything under the names, so I decided to contact you so that you may investigate. I do not plan on depositing the check and sent an email inquiring about the company’s name and the address. I have not received a response.
I’d appreciate if you investigate the name I provided as well as the phone numbers and email and inform me on the findings. Please email me if you need anything further.