Good news to the victims of this crime, as a result of this company: I have the check, letter and envelope in my possession and am contacting the Federal Bureau of Investigation here in the USA. Thanks to all of you, after I made the first contact with a lady on the phone this afternoon, I got suspicious. So I got online and started my research of this company, only to find the prior reports from you guys! I have not taken the check to my bank, have not told them they are busted, and am supposed to call back in the morning, to speak with this "John Akin" person.
The letter I received also said that I had been selected to participate in a paid Consumer Research Program, as a Customer Service Evaluator. The letter also has the logos of Pizza Hut, Best Buy, Money Gram, McDonald's, Sears, Wal-Mart and a few others. They even enclosed a "Code of Ethics" form.
My ex-husband is a police officer, so I know what I may have here: Fingerprints on the envelope and letter, a check in the amount of $2,495.00, from a bank supposedly in Des Moines, IA (in the United States). The business name on the check is listed as "T.W.F. Services, Inc.", and the bank is listed as "State Street Bank & Trust, in Iowa City, Iowa".
I can't believe I almost fell for this too. You guys are right: The check and enclosed letters look very legitimate, but I guess we're going to find out how real the check is pretty soon!
I have the current number, a woman verifying I called the correct number, two Canadian addresses and two US addresses. With that information, I'm hoping they will be stopped and have to face their consequences. I'm sorry for what happened with all of you; I too have circumstances where I need to earn additional income from home. I deal with chronic pain and started a small business towards the end of last year. I believe my business will be a success, but it does take some time to become established. Good luck to all of you and I'll give you an update if possible.