Network For Good Secret Shopper

Cole –

Victim Location 83716

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received an employment opportunity on Linked In to be a mystery shopper to conduct Grocery Survey’s for $450 on Sept. 5, 2018. It sounded easy so I responded and received communication back from a Robert *** via phone (864)485-5950 and email ***.

Robert sent me a cashier’s check for $2,950 and instructions for my first assignment on 9/11. I was to deposit the check, keep $450 as payment, then buy $2,000 worth of itunes gift cards and send them pictures of the scratched off codes and receipts, then await instructions for my "next" assignment. That all seemed extremely suspicious! I then noticed there was no bank address on the cashiers check and it was issued in New Jersey but the mail came from a different state sent by a different name of John C***, *** *** *** *** *** **.

I checked in to and noticed similar scams so I called my attorney general’s office in Idaho. They asked me to alert the Internet Crime Complaint Center. I have not deposited or responded to the contact person, Robert, at this point. But can only guess a week later the check he sent me would’ve bounced and they would’ve spent the money on the gift cards, leaving me $2,000 in debt!

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