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Complaint Review: Handa Trudel Marketchoice Consumer Research Group

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  • Submitted: Thu, February 12, 2009
  • Updated: Thu, March 12, 2009

  • Reported By:Yucaipa California
Handa Trudel Marketchoice Consumer Research Group
PO Box 562 Houston, Texas U.S.A.

Marketchoice Consumer Research Group - Handa Trudel - Ms. Roseline Johnson - Hatch Staffing Services Received check for $3898 to deposit and spend $200 at various locations as a Mystery Shopper and send $3230.00 through Western Union Houston Texas

*Consumer Comment: now they go by PACESETTERS RESEARCH

*Consumer Comment: Also using another name

*Consumer Comment: Now Sending Letters Under Name of Vision2000 Consumer Research Group

*Consumer Comment: Fraudsters are in action again: now operating under Hatch International World Sweepstakes

*Consumer Suggestion: update--Marketchoice Consumer Research Group

*Consumer Comment: Marketchoice Consumer Research Group

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I received a letter in order to be a mistery shopper and a check for $ 3898.31. I was asked to spend $200 at WalMart, K-Mart, Sears, or JC Penney as a "Mystery Shopper" or book a night in a Best Western or Days-Inn and evaluate the store or the hotel.

I was asked to send by Western Union or money gram $3,230 to a person that would be identified at a later date. I was to keep $300 as pay for the "training".

I thought it was suspicious and looked on Ripoff Report and found a similar report that stated that the check was deposited and there were no funds and the person was victim of fraud scam.

I just wanted to get this info out there for anyone else that may receive this.

The check was from Hatch Staffing Services Georgia LLC, 324 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202, drawn from Suntrust Bank. I did try to contact anyone on this letter because I don't have the time. It looked too good to be true and I'm afraid it probably is.

Vicki
California
U.S.A.

Thunder
Yucaipa, California
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

now they go by PACESETTERS RESEARCH

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

just got a letter with a $3,886.45 check, i called the number just to see what they wanted me to do with it and ofcourse they asked me to deposit it and call them back. the letter is from PACESETTERS RESEARCH with po box 562 houston tx 77252 tel 1-876-355-7033. I checked the number and it's a JAMAICAN number!!! The envelope comes from "Canada" from Contemporary Service Corp. the check is from city national bank. What a scam! the only thing that upset me is that some people actually falls for this and the scammer just get away with it!!
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#2 Consumer Comment

Also using another name

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

I also recieved a letter and a check for $2499.89. I was to spend $50 at a resturant like Red Lobster and send a Western Union for $2124. The letter came from Corporate Survey Services P.O. Box 2100 Island Tree, NY
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#3 Consumer Comment

Now Sending Letters Under Name of Vision2000 Consumer Research Group

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

I received the exact same letter in the mail today; the companies name is coming as Vision2000 Consumer Research Group but still using the PO Box in Texas. I received a check for $3,988.19 stating to send $3400 over Western Union. I called the phone number at the bottom of the letter for a Ms. Laura Clark and I received a message stating "The Destination that you are calling is not available."
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#4 Consumer Comment

Fraudsters are in action again: now operating under Hatch International World Sweepstakes

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

The fraudsters are in action again. BEWARE. They are also operating under HATCH INTERNATIONAL WORLD SWEEPSTAKES (fake address: 1211 Crossways Park Dr, Woodbury, NY 11797).

The "Award Winning Notification" letter lists their phone number as 905-781-7222. HELLO CANADIAN-BASED SCAMMERS.

This time the COUNTERFEIT CHECKS ARE IN THE AMOUNT OF $2810 drawn on a legitimate institution in Los Angeles, CA.

DON'T BE FOOLED. DON'T DEPOSIT.

If you are targeted by a counterfeit check scam, report it to FTC
CALL:
1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

OR INTERNET:
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre40.shtm
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#5 Consumer Suggestion

update--Marketchoice Consumer Research Group

AUTHOR: Loric In Denver - (U.S.A.)

I also was sent a letter from Marketchoice Consumer Research Group, along with instructions to spend $200 at Walmart, Sears, etc, then send some $3,230.00 via Western Union/Money gram, get $300 for 3 hours training, blah, blah, blah, with the promise of more mystery shopper jobs in the future--the Company Letterhead says Marketchoice Consumer Research Group, based out of Houston, TX, but the phone number to contact is listed as "QC" f(I got this from my research on 411.com)--don't know where "QC" is--bet its not in the US! Check was drawn from Commercial Bank of Thomasville, GA--under the account name of "Ambassador Personnel"--I did another search for the bank and sent them an e-mail requesting information as to whether the check was valid or not--the bank responded fairly quickly that they had a customer under this name, but this check was never issued by them and it was a fraud--just as I suspected!! It really helps to have the internet and sites like this to be able to try to find out information on fraudulent scams. The only way that I can think of that they got my mailing address was I did some online searching for mystery shopper jobs and survey taker jobs online from what was supposed to be companies who were actually legitimate business based on an article I saw on MSN that had supposedly been checked out by the reporters of the article---I guess there really are no such jobs that are really legit--glad I did my investigation!! hopefully this will help someone else from being ripped off-----I hope these people get caught!!
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#6 Consumer Comment

Marketchoice Consumer Research Group

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

I also received a letter from them along with a check in the amount of $3,898.31. I tried contacting them, to no avail. It is strange that the envelope is from Laval QC in Canada but their company is located in Houston, Texas.

I did not try to cash the check - just threw it in the trash can. For some reason I don't believe this is for real. If it is - someone let me know. Thanks
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