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Complaint Review: William Groft - Excellent Impressions Clerical Services, LLC - Intelli Shop

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  • Submitted: Wed, August 08, 2012
  • Updated: Wed, August 08, 2012

  • Reported By: Zorro — San Francisco California United States of America
William Groft - Excellent Impressions Clerical Services, LLC - Intelli Shop
PO Box 924 Bennettsville, SC 29512-0924 Atlanta, Georgia United States of America

William Groft - Excellent Impressions Clerical Services, LLC - Intelli Shop Adam Crandell; Gregory Antonio Kemp; Kevin Bailey Survey Shopper Fraud with fake Postal Money Order to cash Atlanta, Georgia

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First of all, a special thank to Laura that made a first report about the same scam few days ago that has been useful for me.
The story is the exact same than for her (See William Groft at Intelli-Shop info@intelli-shop.com via eigbox.net Phishing email account and new scam Atlanta, Georgia).

Please pay attention to this type of scam and avoid to send what is your own money to perfect stranger.

Now, here is the story.
I recently received the following initial email:

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Position Available 
From: info@intelli-shop.com via kevinbailey1@blumail.org
to: me

Hiring new shoppers in each location
Please provide the following for a secret shopper position.
Name:
Your Address :
City, State, Zip code;
Occupation;
Phone #;

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Then I replied and received shortly a second one from a con guy called William Groft:

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From:     William Groft <williamgroft@insightstores. [continued below]....
.....biz>
Subject:     Information Reviewed, Welcome On Board.
To:     Me

Hello (Me),

 This is to notify you that we have received and reviewed your information. Now we want to congratulate you with this opportunity of working with us as one of our survey shopper, we wish you more years of prosperity and promotions working with us.  Your sincerity, trust and confidentiality is all we need.

 Just to bring to your notice that your first assignment payment package to carry out your evaluation with would be delivered to you by Mail within the next seven working days. The Payment would include both your first assignment commission fee as well as the funds for you to complete the first assignment.
 
 Once you get the payment,you are required to cash it at your bank because your bank will verify it and then get it deposited and cash after fully verified,you are allow to open up an account with the payment if you don't have a bank account. After cashing the payment at your bank, your are required to deduct your first assignment commission fee from the funds and then evaluate this two reported specific outlets in your area. Any Retail outlets and Any Walmart/MoneyGram Transfer outlet.

I look forward to read an email from you ASAP to confirm that you got this payment notification and to know if you are still interested or not.

Regards,
William Groft.

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I never replied because I forgot. And I forgot because it sounds kind of weird: to receive money from someone you don't know, then cash it... Smells bad.
...and then, yesterday I received a USPS envelop with 2 Postal Money Order to my name (a $875 & a $855) from a Adam Crandell, 3936 Xerxes Ave, Minneapolis MN 55410 without any note. I didn't know what is was and then, within the next hour I received another email from William Groft, saying:

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From:     William Groft <williamgroft@insightstores.biz>
Subject:     Task Execution...!
To:     Me

Hello Me,

 The task payment package that was sent via USPS has been delivered to you and I need you to confirm to me that you have the package with you and will be heading out to complete the assignment survey. Package contains two Money orders,kindly take the Money orders to your bank and have them deposited and cashed and then proceed with the completion of the task at hand,I have sent you an email with the assignment instructions to follow step by step but should in case you didn't get the instruction, kindly do notify me so I could re send it to you via email.

Once you have the funds available with you, I want you to go on and complete your survey assignment.

I will be waiting to read from you ASAP with the report details. Your pay would increase after every completed assignment.

Regards,

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Here are the instructions that smell the big scam:

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First of all I will like to say we are very sorry for any inconvenience that we might have cause you and I want you to know that we are good and legit organization and will are just trying to help with extra cash. Secret Shopping is one of the most powerful tools available to improve your quality of Excellent Impressions Systems provides decision makers with actionable information to increase sales, increase profits, improve customer satisfaction and enhance employee performance. We only sent you the funds because you are to complete the assignment with the funds and it is not proper for you to complete the assignment using your own fund.

ABOUT US:
We are the premier provider of competitive intelligence, market research, and mystery shopping services to the financial industry. We gather accurate and timely competitive product information, branch experience measurements,and consumer opinions. We deliver powerful market information, insightful analysis, and targeted recommendations. Without customers, there can be no revenue. We must look at business from the customer's perspective. Customer expectations are continuously increasing. To achieve success, you must make superior service second nature of your organization.

Specializing in hidden Video Mystery Shops, Mystery Shoppers helps you identify the areas to focus your training. No matter what your Secret Shopping objectives are, we will design a program that's right for you. Let your employees take a look at their performance through the eyes of the customer. Give your managers a training tool that gets results fast!

Moreover,we do not engage in illegal operation neither do we engage in fraudulent activities.We are licensed to operate under legal and tender services and working with our company ensures safe and reliable transactions.

So please take the check to your bank and have your bank to verify them and then get it deposited and cashed. As soon as you have the funds with you,go ahead and get the assignment completed and then get back to me with the evaluation reports and the western union details.

The reason for this huge amount at the Walmart/MoneyGram - Money Transfer survey is because some Walmart/MoneyGram - Money Transfer outlet in your location have been reported several times for slow services, funds missing especially when the funds is an huge amount and unbalanced exchange rate. It is now your duty to carry out the fund transfer at any various location of your choice and balance the reports in order to curtail these lapses.

Regards,
William Groft.
Evaluating Department
Excellent Impressions Clerical Services, LLC
PO Box 924
Bennettsville, SC 29512-0924

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I was thinking to myself: "What is this crap?!!". I Googled and found an interesting link about Secret Shopper and wire transfert scam:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/makeitcount/2002917545_asktheag09.html?syndication=rss

All the ingredients were there, I replied to the guy that he is trying to con me till the beginning (For instance why sending me an amount of $1750 for a $370 assignment?, etc.) and to stop that.
Now, he replied this:

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First of all I will like to say we are very sorry for any inconvenience that we might have cause you and I want you to know that we are good and legit organization and will are just trying to help with extra cash. Secret Shopping is one of the most powerful tools available to improve your quality of Excellent Impressions Systems provides decision makers with actionable information to increase sales, increase profits, improve customer satisfaction and enhance employee performance. We only sent you the funds because you are to complete the assignment with the funds and it is not proper for you to complete the assignment using your own fund.

...and the following is no more than a copy and paste of the previous email!
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I replied to cut the crap and stop harassing me with his bullshit.
Then, I called the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455 and they confirmed that the 2 Postal Money Order were fraudulent.
They looked SO REAL: it is a really well done counterfeit.

I am sorry if I am long but I try to be precise and I really wish that all these lines will be helpful for
others.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/08/2012 05:55 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/William-Groft-Excellent-Impressions-Clerical-Services-LLC-Intelli-Shop/Atlanta-Georgia-30308/William-Groft-Excellent-Impressions-Clerical-Services-LLC-Intelli-Shop-Adam-Crandell-924504. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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