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  • Submitted: Sat, September 10, 2011
  • Updated: Tue, September 13, 2011

  • Reported By: James — Ellenwood Georgia U.S.A.
Info-Tec Research Group
300 Albers Rd. Bronson, Michigan United States of America

Info-Tec Research Group Mystery Shopping, Marketing Research Mail Fraud of the grandest kind Bronson, Michigan

*Author of original report: Update

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Info-Tec Research Group is the name I have, but it too could be as invalid as the rest of their activities.
I received mail that included an "advance" check for $3,995.00 that was to be used for expenses I would incur should I agreed to do part time work for this mystery marketing company.  Yes there are honest mystery shopping businesses out there but this proved NOT to be one of them.

 I held the check and studied the offer in the attached letter and was anxious to talk to someone in the human resources department to share more.  A few days later I did talk with someone who gave me more clarification of duties I would perform as a mystery shopper and that the check should be deposited for the training I would get and expenses as I traveled to department stores, restaurants, rental car businesses, etc and would record certain information on the quality of customer services and report the input to Info-Tec Research Group.

 After my initial brief, I took the check to one of my banks and deposited it.  I DID NOT cash it as I wanted to see if this offer was legitimate and time on this check would tell.  Later the same evening I got a call from a banking executive indicating that the check was fraudulent.  I was given information on how the situation would be handled and I only incurred a $12.00 fee but it's possible to get that back.  I was told that I was lucky because I was careful from the start did not cash the check which would have cost me considerably.

 What I offer to everyone reading this is, if it seems too good to be true, it's a 100% chance that it isn't true.  So if you get an advance paycheck in mail, either shred the whole package immediately or report it to local authorities.  From all that I could tell, this was an overseas scam but the same game is played by many groups both foreign and domestic.  Beware of these perils that intercept your Online resumes.  That's how they got my contact information.

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

The company at issue in this report called me this morning.  Before he could ask me a question or make a statement, I informed him that the advance check his company sent me was determined to be invalid by by bank.  We were immediately disconnected.

The phone number he called me on has always shown as "RESTRICTED" on my cell phone window.
I believe he called me back since I did not "cash" the check - rather I deposited it.  Had I cashed it, I believe it would have opened a window from their side to collect either the listed amount on the check and possibly more from my account.  Their scam failed on me I don't expect to hear from them again.
I'm not through with these crooks though.  I plan to send my experience to numerous levels of consumer advocacy organizations and government sources that deal with Internet Fraud.
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