Total money lost $2,500
Type of a scam Employment
1. Applied to an advertisement in the paper for a Mystery Shopper.
2. Received phone call from Scott Madison of Shoppers Voice Canada, who gave me a phone interview on Monday, July 27. The pay would be $100 per “visit”.
3. Scott called back on Tuesday, July 27th saying that he would like to offer me the job but I would have to be trained first. He said that a package would be arriving the following morning. Since I had a previously scheduled meeting at 2:00 PM, we agreed to call at 3:00.
4. The package arrived before I left for my meeting. It included a cover letter and a bank draft from “Tangerine Bank”. The draft was for the amount of $2,256.00. At 3:00, on July 29th, I called Scott and he told me to proceed to my bank with the cheque and deposit it and withdraw $1,100. He said we would need that amount for the first portion of the “mystery shopping training.”
5. I was then told to proceed to the WalMart in Barrhaven and, in particular, the Technical Department. Scott said to ask to speak to an employee and ask for something that I wasn’t necessarily familiar with (but that I was familiar with). Then I was told to purchase something worth between $20 and $30 from the $1,100. When I was talking to the employee about one of the cables, he made a mistake on the price, so, I jumped at purchasing that cable, even though it was over the $30 because it was a great deal. So, my first purchase was for $39.99 plus tax.
6. I was then told to go to the McDonalds inside WalMart and describe what happened. Then I was told to go to Western Union that was within WalMart. I was to go get a “green form” and go back to McDonalds to fill it out – with his direction. He had the wire going to Fitz Chalifour – he said it was a generic name that he was getting off of a list. He said to put that he lived in Ajax, ON. And, we were going to send him $940.00 cash. I went over to the Western Union desk and the money was sent. Once that was done, I was asked for the number on the receipt – along with other information about the transaction.
7. After that, I was asked to go to Metro in Barrhaven and buy $20 to $30 in groceries and pay particular attention to the bakery department because they had complaints about bread being stale. So, I bought a few things and spent $35. Then when I was leaving the store, he called me to see how things were. He asked a few things about the outside of the store. Then he asked me to do another Western Union transfer. He gave me some information – again going to the fictitious Fitz Chalifour but this time he lived in Toronto, Ontario and the phone number I was given was 613-769-1966. This time, the $940.00 came out of my bank account from the remainder of the Bank Draft noted above.
8. Once that transaction was completed, then I was asked to head over to Shopper’s Drug Mart and purchase a Vanilla Visa Card in the amount of $150. He then asked me for the number on the back of the card so that they could use the Visa Card.
9. I was asked to put the receipts from Western Union and the Visa into an envelope and send it to Kevin Washington at 20 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON, M5V 3W7.
10. They had made a mistake by not sending me another cheque the following day as it is their preference that the training is held on three consecutive days. When that opportunity was missed, the long weekend was upon us so, they had to wait until Tuesday, August 4th. That is when two more cheques arrived. One in the amount of $2,256 and one for $2,356. That is when we realized that the first cheque had bounced, which meant that I was out $2,256.00. If I had done this for three consecutive days, I would have been scammed out of $6,868!!
11. This fraudulent activity has been reported to the police and the report number is 15-196135. Since then, the receipts that were sent to "Blue Jays Way" were returned. Today, I received a text from MFX INVESTMENTS – phone number – 613-793-5538. It read as follows: "MFX INVESTMENTS are currently hiring Shoppers in Canada. Earn $300 per evaluation. If interested, send names to: [email protected]" I believe that this text could be related to the previous Shoppers Voice Canada scam.