Fraud Alert


*** Attention All Shoppers – JOB POSTING FRAUD ALERT ***

SPAMMERS ARE CURRENTLY USING OUR COMPANY NAME AS WELL AS OTHER MYSTERY SHOPPING COMPANIES NAMES ~ FOR FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES.BELOW IS AN EXAMPLE E-MAIL OF ON-GOING SPAM THAT IS TO BE KNOWN AS FRAUD.

IF ANY PERSON RECEIVES AN E-MAIL THAT RESEMBLES THE EXAMPLE JOB POSTING BELOW, IT IS TO BE RECOGNIZED AS NOTHING MORE THAN FRAUD.

From what we have been able to determine is that people {victims} are responding to the spammers, thinking they are applying for a Job Posting. The Spammers are then sending checks in the $300 to $500 or higher dollar amounts, instructing the victims to deposit the check, then go to a store and buy something {thinking they are Mystery Shopping}, then wiring the remaining dollar amount back to the Spammers, being able to keep the purchased product. Then at a later time, the victim is advised by their bank that the deposited check is not only invalid, but the victim will need to reimburse the lost amount back to the bank.

We strongly urge that any person that receives any check in general, DOES NOT deposit that check UNTIL AFTER they have had their bank verify its authenticity.

ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS: IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, THEN IT’S MOST LIKELY NOT TRUE AT ALL.

If you receive such SPAM, please DO NOT forward it to us, we already know about it, and there is absolutely nothing we can do for you regarding receiving SPAM.

State and Federal Agencies are always very interested in having any like info before the criminals move their office and change their phone numbers and other contact information. If you have become victim and have received and or cashed one of these fake checks, there is absolutely nothing we can do for you, however to better assist you: Below are some web sites that offer information and instructions regarding such issues:

 

IC3 FRAUD ALERT
http://www.ic3.gov/media/2009/090203.aspxInternet Crime Complaint Center
http://www.ic3.govFederal Trade Commission
https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
United States Postal Inspection Service
http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/forms/MailFraudComplaint.aspxOffice of the Comptroller of the Currency
http://www.occ.gov/customer.htm
THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE ~ FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING IN THIS MATTER
{Here is a copy of an e-mail SPAM Attempt}  * * * * AGAIN ~ THE BELOW IS FRAUD / SPAM * * * *SUBJECT TITLE: New Mystery shopping Jobs in your area and we would like you to participate.

Ridgway Shopper® is accepting applications for qualified individuals to become mystery shoppers. It’s fun and rewarding, and you choose when and where you want to shop. You are never obligated to accept an assignment. There is no charge to become a shopper and you do not need previous experience. After you sign up, you will have access to training materials via e-mail, fax or postal mail.

ABOUT US.
Ridgway Shopper® is the premier mystery shopping company, serving clients across America and Canada with over 500,000 shoppers available and ready to help businesses better serve their customers. Continual investment in the latest internet and communication technologies coupled with over 16 years of know-how means working with Ridgway Shopper® is a satisfying and rewarding experience. Secret shopping as seen on ABC NEWS, NBC NEWS, L.A. TIMES.

Stores and organizations such as The Gap, Wal-Mart, Pizza Hut, Money Gram and Bank. One amongst many others pay for Secret Shoppers to shop in their establishments and report their experiences. Ridgway Shopper® will NEVER charge fees to be a shopper. Training, tips for improvement, and shopping opportunities are provided free to registered shoppers.

Mystery shoppers are either paid a pre-arranged fee for a particular shop, a reimbursement for a purchase or a combination of both. Ridgway Shopper® has immediate assignment and inspection of the customer service of any of above listed organizations in your area. You are to shop secretly with the fund that we provide. During this shop you will visit the location and make several observations as regards the customer service. We are paying $300.00 / Assignment.

Kindly Fill Out the application form below and we will get back to you shortly with the assignment:

Full Names:
Street Address:
City, State, Zip Code:
Cell Phone Number:
Home Phone Number:
Age:
Current Occupation:
Email:

AVAILABILITY:
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Tuesday ………………..
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Friday …………..
Saturday ……………

Sincerely,
Samson Paulson
Ridgway Shopper®

Confidentiality Notice: The information contained in and transmitted with this communication is strictly confidential, is intended only for the use of the intended recipient, and is the property of Ridgway Shopper®
Copyright © 2008 Ridgway Shopper® All Rights Reserved.

* * * * AGAIN * * * *
If you receive such SPAM, please DO NOT forward it to us, we already know about it,
and there is absolutely nothing we can do for you regarding receiving SPAM.– Please click the link below to proceed with New Shopper Application –