I received a letter with a return address of 1220 Sheppard Ave. E. Toronto, ON with no company name or logo, just the address. The letter was on letterhead for iPower 70 Blanchard Road Burlington, MA 01803 with telephone and fax numbers included. The letter was signed by Julie Davis, Research Coordinator.
The letter explained that I had been chosen to participate in a paid Consumer Research Program as a "Mystery Shopper". My "training assignment" was to deposit the enclosed check ($3,455.00) into my bank account, wait for it to clear and then proceed with the assignment.
Instructions stated that first I was to go to any Western-Union location and pose as a customer and wire $2,850 to Gregory Johnson in London, England then fill out an enclosed form with my evaluation of the service and fax it to iPower. [continued below]....
..... Second I was to take $100 and go to Home Depot, GAP, JC Penny, Wal-Mart, K-Mart or Sears and shop (keeping whatever I purchased), then fill out another enclosed form and fax it to iPower.
The breakdown of the funds provided were as follows: $360.00 for my probation training pay, $2850.00 faxed to Gregory Johnson, $145.00 Western-Union charges, and $100.00 for shopping. The check was drawn on Silicon Valley Bank, Pittsburgh, PA and appears to be a legitimate bank.
I was also provided with a telephone number - 514-663-7539 to contact if I had any questions on completing my assignment.
I must say that everything I received looked very professional and both iPower and Silicon Valley Bank appear to be legitimate businesses. I hope this report helps keep someone else from getting caught in this kind of scam and needless to say I would like to see the culprit(s) nailed to a tree by some very tender part of their anatomy!