Received an email for part time work doing secret mystery shopping. Entered my address and phone number. They sent a priority mail letter which contained an check for 2,990.00 from a Clarke-Franklin & Associates-1258 Tuckawanna Dr SW – Atlanta, GA 30311-3122 written out of First Citizens Bank – account number 009062684728 – check number 6159. The letter enclosed states to deposit the check in my account and go to the post office and get 5 money orders at 520.00 each and FedEX them to Ronda King – 506 Murph Road – Pauline – SC 29374.
I have done secret shopping in the past but not this way. My initial thought was this is a scam so I looked up the company on BBB.
Victim Location 02108
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order
I was reached out to by a LinkedIn connection to say that I had the opportunity to participated in a "secret shopper" part-time job where I would rate restaurants, hotels, etc. and could get incentivized by "Advanced Market Research" which partners with several companies in the area that want feedback. I submitted the form with my address and email to find out more information about the offer and then received a check in the mail for almost $3,000. The check was along with a very vague note that asked me to go order money orders as my first assignment and to send the money orders from my bank account back to the address (506 Murph Rd in Pauline, SC). The mail came from Florida. The check was unclear on who it was signed by and it came from Ohio and the check was from an excavating company. There were way too many disconnects. I expected more information about the company, but no company ever would pay me in advance ahead of time so I think they must have wanted my account information. I did not deposit nor cash the check in fear it’s a fake check and don’t want account information to get back to the scammer.