Victim Location 64118
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order
Took an online survey to become a mystery shopper. Never given a chance to say I would or would not, but received a check for $2,950 via Priority Mail from an address in Penitas, TX 78576. Check drawn on A.S.I. Federal Credit Union in Harahan, LA, issued by Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc, Minneapolis, MN 55480, drawee: BOKF, NA, Eufaula, OK. Instructions given on sloppily printed pages were to purchase 3 money orders for $750 each and 1 Walmart store gift card for $400, keeping $300 "salary." Incomplete sentences and grammatical errors in the instructions. Signed by James Larry WEST, MBA, Survey Coordinator. Called A.S.I. and was told check number was cashed last year for a different, lower amount. Total Scam.
Victim Location 55119
Type of a scam Employment
I signed up to be a "secret shopper" while doing a survey on the web site Survey Monkey which I have used many times before.
I received a text message that my first assignment was on it’s way. I received a USPS Priority mail letter, with a check for $2950.00 and instructions to head to Walmart as a secret shopper and buy three $750 money orders and a gift card for $400 after depositing that check to my personal checking account. The extra $300 was mine to keep. Then I was to text them a copy of the items purchased and would receive instructions as to where to send those same items. Check was drawn on A.S.I Federal Credit Union 5508 Citrus Blvd. Harahan, LA 70123 and signed by someone I cannot read the name. Dated 9/26/18. Letter of survey instructions is signed by James Larry West, MBA, cell phone and email listed above. Priority Mail item was from phebie Angelina Martins with the above address in TX. USPS Tracking # 9405 5116 9900 0536 8779 57.
More detailed instructions say to text them from the Walmart parking lot before entering the store, and wait for instructions. If no further instructions arrive, continue with assignment as is. Also instructed to remain incognito while in the store, and to finish survey outside of the store once purchases are made. I do have the documents and check, but do not have the ability to scan them and attach.