I am a licensed investigator so I know what to look for when it comes to false documents.
This was not an obvious scam at first read. It took a second review to catch all the faults from the scammers. Also, this is the most elaborate scam I have seen since the Nigerian Petroleum, (et al.) from about 10 years ago.
First - there are too many contacts for this being a "mystery shopper" company. The letter shows 4 different contacts, and only one contact corresponds to the NY office (even then, it is not clear he is representing said office). A NY company might hire home workers to do some of this, but from Ontario Canada? Highly unlikely. Also, a NY company might bank in Delaware for tax reasons, but never Texas.
The check itself looks 100% flawless, save for the low resolution bank logo. It is laser printed and may even be done with magnetic toner (very expensive). The one major problem is the routing numbers don't jive to any known US banking system. Probably drawn on a Canadian bank.
That being said, the check is a legitimately forged check, and therefore is a Class A Felony. If they are sending out these checks all over the country, it stands to reason they could go to prison for life if they are caught. (let's hope!)
Since I read the other report on here dated July 20, 2010, my letter was dated July 28, 2010. I was given a check with a larger amount than that other persons, and there was a different office phone number. It stands to reason (if they are smart enough) the scammers are being selective for different parts of the country, and timing it to change phone & fax lines about once a week or so to maximize their "rip-off" returns.
Beware ANYTHING to do with sending or receiving funds from parties you do not know. They are 100% scams.