• Report: #660883

Complaint Review: EBay Secret Shopper

  • Submitted: Thu, November 11, 2010
  • Updated: Wed, November 23, 2011

  • Reported By: Alicia — Hilton Head Island South Carolina United States of America
EBay Secret Shopper
2123 West industrial Estate Santa Clara, California United States of America

EBay Secret Shopper LLC David Scott Sent 2 Postal Money Orders totalling $1,910 ;was told to keep $200 in my bank and wire $ to another person Santa Clara, California

*General Comment: ebay secret shopper

*General Comment: Very common scam...

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Hello. I feel it is my duty to report a scam that I almost fell for. I was recently contacted by a David Scott (among many other alias names given) claiming they are a company called Ebay Secret Shopper LLC company. I was sent 2 P.O. Money Orders to cash with alias false names, one name, Kathy Hazelwood on the postal money orders and one name, Carolynn Andrews from Preferred Collection on the UPS envelope sent to me overnight.. This is the exact replica of the email I received.

EBay Secret Shopper LLC
2123 West industrial Estate
Santa Clara, CA        ATTN: This email is to let you know that the funds (United States Postal Money Orders) you will be needing to carry out your first evaluation assignment has been sent to your address ,it will be delivered to your address today via UPS (United Parcel Service). As soon as you confirm the delivery of the funds, it should be taken to your bank to Cash, deduct your commission for the assignment which is $200. You will be left with a balance, which will be to carry out the evaluation assignment at any western union location closest to you. Do not forget that you will have to be observant and email me back with your observations as described earlier in my previous email. VENUE FOR THE ASSIGNMENT ( Closest Western Union Location) Please help us improve our money transfer services. At westernunion.com, we value your opinion. We are asking our customers to help us better understand the needs of western union users. We appreciate your participation in this survey so that we can continue to offer the highest level of customer service. Your opinion matters! Please see below and answer survey here after completing your assignment 1. How fast and Efficient is the Western Union Money Transfer Service? 2. How long does it take you to have the funds wired? 3. How Close is the Western Union Money Transfer Location to your area? 4. Is the Senders Request Form too short or Long? Kindly Advise 5. Is the neighboring environment safe for handling Western Union Money Transfer Service. 6. What is the name of the Local Western Union Money Transfer Agent where you have the funds wired? 7. General Comment .... All this should be kept unknown from the cashier. You will be sending the funds to our other mystery shopper . Note that there would be charges for sending western union, and this would be deducted from the balance.. Here is the information to send the funds..... Name.....Maxine Gonzalez Address....219 Jupiter Street City.........Makati State........Manila Country....Philippines Zip Code .....1004
You are expected to have this done today and email us back your results with the following information after you have the funds wired: 1. Name and Address of Sender... 2. Money Transfer Control Number 3. Amount Wired after deducting your $200 pay and the cost of transfer 4. Make Sure the Funds is been made available in US$$ for the Recipient JOHN OWEN HR MANAGER EBay Secret Shopper LLC

***Please be aware of scammers like this one!!***

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#1 General Comment

ebay secret shopper

AUTHOR: Hotrod trucker - (U.S.A.)

i received a check for 2950.00 i decided to call the bank it was written on. the account number was correct, but the check was counterfit. i turned the check, fed ex tracking number and all the emails over to the local police department. they are forwarding it to the district attorney's office. ebay secret's objective is you to cash the check and send by western union to the person listed in the email. within a few days the check will be returned. then your stuck with the amount of the check plus applicable charges. the police department's advice is to shred or burn the check. don't cash it.
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Very common scam...

AUTHOR: Edgeman - (U.S.A.)

The internet is crammed with reports of scams like these and there are so many variations that one could not possibly list them all. These operations are commonly referred to as the Nigerian scam or the 419 scam.

The scam works because one can pick up payments from Western Union or Moneygram along with bank policy of making funds available before a check or money order actually clears.

If the OP had fallen for the scam he or she would have deposited the money order into a bank account and withdrawn all but $200. The bank would eventually have taken back the money it had credited and the scammer would have vanished after collecting the money.

The common mechanic in these scams is that they rely on Western Union and Moneygram. Never use these services to send money to someone that you do not know and even if you do know the recipient you should verify that you are actually sending it to them and not an imposter.

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