Mystery shopping scams are becoming a big problem for the victim who is only trying to make a few extra bucks to help with their income.
Your state government is Not going to send you a $2,500 check from a state Department of Labor and Workforce Development agency.
They even bear the official bank routing number used by that agency.
Unfortunately, these checks have been sent all over the United States.
I know of people from Illinois and California that have complained of receiving this type of thing.
All you have to do is visit local restaurants, stores and then evaluate services and prices.
Then spend a portion of the money at a particular business, keep some for your “work” and wire transfer the majority of it elsewhere.
Typically this will be overseas (appraising service at Western Union or Money Gram is part of your assignment, you’re told).
No money is deposited into your account, and you end up being liable for everything you spent at the stores, and for the amount you wired overseas to the scammers, of course.
Each week, on an average, the department sends out about 150,000 unemployment checks.
The problem with this is, the checks actually bear signatures of the state’s comptroller and treasurer that look real.
There are legitimate mystery shopping opportunities.
My niece found a reputable company online and did this for about a year and always got paid what was due her.
Go to identity theft scams to learn about all the scams making the rounds today.
You might want to check out this company.
These mystery shopping scams are one of the biggest scams to hit in this proportion in a long time, and it looks like there is no end in site at this point and time. This is also a perfect opportunity for identity theft.