I recieved a letter in the mail stating that I had been choosen to be a secret shopper. I was excited becasue I had tried to get into this in the past and was told secret shoppers were not needed in my area. I had moved since that time to a very rural area and thought maybe just maybe I was needed not. I contemplated for a couple of days what I wanted to do, and after talking to my husband decided to call and get some info.
I called the company to find out more info on how the whole think worked. I spoke to a lady named Kim who explained to me that whatever I bought was mine to keep, to keep the purchase amounts as close to what was requested as possible becuase what ever I went over was my responibility. She told me to call her back when the funds were available and she would give me the wire transfer info. Everything sounded legit and so my husband and I went ahead with it.
About 5 days later my bank showed the funds available and so I called the company back. Kim was not available and so I spoke to another lady, she looked up my information and sounded very concerned because of how rural the area I live in is. She said they don't want their employees having to drive all over the place inorder to complete the tasks and so she wanted to verify that I was ok with driving 45 miles to my nearest Wal-Mart. I said I have to anyways so no big deal. She changed my other tasks, spending $40 at the GAP to JC Penny, and the western union wire transfer was changed to MoneyGram since that was all the area offered. I said ok, she indirectly told me I needed to commplete the wiretransfers within the next 2 days or the check would be cancelled and Fraud Alert would be sent out. I said ok.
So on the following 2 days, I completed all of my tasks, treated my family out to dinner and took care of some other urgent family needs with my profit. All seemed well. I called the company back, provided them with the info they requested and was told I would recieve a new set of tasks in the mail by the this friday.
Today, four days later I went online to check my bank, and found that the check had been charged back to my savings account, and so now I owe my bank $4954 and change. Needless to say I was upset, I called the company to find out what happened but couldn't get anyone, I did get their machine though. I am sure it's not going to do any good but I am going to keep calling them.
I called my bank USAA, to set up some type of payment plan because I can not afford for them to use my checking account as overdraft for my savings, but they don't do that and they can't promise not to touch my checking account.
So my family which is already struggling with the transition from the Active Duty military world back into the civilian world of work, pay, and housing is going to have to eat bologna and cheese for awhile, and drive on until something good comes out of this whole mess.
If you get this in your mail box, take it to your local attorney general's office or better buisness bureau along with a copy of all the postings here on Ripoff Report, maybe that will help these slime balls get caught a little faster.