• Report: #921506
Complaint Review:

Benny Finney

  • Submitted: Thu, August 02, 2012
  • Updated: Sat, August 04, 2012

  • Reported By: Jw90019 — Los Angeles California U.S.A.
Benny Finney
2000 Lamarr Blvd., #600 Arlington, Texas United States of America

Benny Finney John Fernandez I was solicited by e-mail to be a secret shopper and would be paid for posing as one in a major store. Arlington, Texas

*Consumer Suggestion: Wow you fell for a Nigerian Scam of all things?

*Author of original report: Postal money orders

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I was solicited by e-mail to be a secret shopper and provided my mailing address by return e-mail. In reply I got instructions to go to a Target and purchase a $50 electronics item and report on how I was treated by the sales rep and generally on my shopping experience.

Apparently there was a claim of some malfeasance on the part of the store that they wanted to check out.

I received two postal money orders for $830 each, made out to me. Here is a copy of the e-mail they sent me with instructions:

On 7/30/12, John D. Fernandez wrote: > > You are advice to take the payment to your bank and have it deposit and > cashed then you are advice to carry out your assignment and submit your > result to us. >


Here Is The Instructions On How To Complete Your First > Assignment >

> Note**You are advice to run a survey on two prominent Companies in your > area,which are Target & Walmart/Moneygram >

> Below is the breakdown of how the payment will be spent and you are to take > note of the following activities >

> 1, You are to deduct $200 from the total payment received after completing > your first assignment which is your commission >

> 2, You are to make a purchase of any electronic item worth $50 from any > Target location in your area and the item you buy will be your. >

> Remember: Any item you purchase from the Target store should be kept by you > for your personal use since we are only interested in the accurate > information from your survey > > > 3, You are required to proceed to any nearest Walmart/Moneygram location in > your area with the remaining balance to perform your transfer assignment > after you might have deducted your $200 commission. >

> You are advice to send the rest funds over to our Secret Shopper in Georgia > through Wal-mart/Money-gram to the below name and address >

> The information is as follows: > SEND TO^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ > Receivers Name.. Gregory Kemp > Receivers Address.. 383 parkway > CITY: Atlanta > STATE: Georgia > ZIP: 30308 >

> Quick Breakdown: > Amount: $1685 > Pay per Assignment: $200 > For Shopping: $50 > Transfer Charges: $115 > Amount to be sent: $1320 > > > You are advice to take note of the following at the Target/ Wal-Mart > location and please remember that you are to act Cool, Calm and Confident > (Code C#3) through out the period in which you will be carrying out the > survey at Target/ Wal-mart location in order not to arouse any suspicious. > > >

===Target location=== > * How long it took you to get services. > * Smartness of the attendant. > * Customer service professionalism. > * Your comments and impressions. > > > You are expected to have this done and e-mail me back your results with the > following information after you have wired the funds. > > >

===Walmart/Moneygram=== > * Walmart/Money Gram Location : > * Sender Name: > * Receiver Name: > * Reference # (8 digit): > * How long it took you to get services. > * Smartness of the attendant. > * Customer service professionalism. > * Your comments and impressions. >

> The reason for this survey is that some Wal-mart location have been > reported several times for slow services, funds missing 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 and please note,The Wal-mart charges should be deducted from > the remaining fund and not deducted from your $200 commission >

> I will also be awaiting your report via email. Acknowledge receipt of this > email and let me know if you have any questions. > > > Regards, > John D. Fernandez. > Evaluating Department > In-Touch Insight Systems. >

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Wow you fell for a Nigerian Scam of all things?

AUTHOR: Cheri - (U.S.A.)

Seriously dude, I can't believe you fell for that and at the end of your complaint you actually think that this secret shopper place you went through is an actual company or legit in any form and expect your money back - which will not happen.

You feel for a Nigerian Scam (look it up if you don't believe me).

1. You fell for a secret-shopper email scam. Secret Shopping companies do not go randomly emailing people asking them to work for them. There are a few very LEGIT secret shopping companies out there but they require a lot of screening and typically start you off on very small assignments (such as fast food places) and you must fill out lots of paperwork and have a proven track record before they will send you on larger assignments (such as the electronics you were talking about). DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

2. a secret-shopping company (or any legitimate company) will NOT over-compensate you for a $50 item by sending you a check for over $800. Are you really that nieve or is your whole post a joke of some sort? And you went ahead and cashed it and then sent the money from your bank account to the scammer! Now your money is gone. Consider it a lesson learned, you will not see your money again. People have even tried going to Nigeria to get their money and people have ended up dead trying to get it back.

3. Get some common sense. "Fabulous Jobs" do not come dropping into your email box randomly, you have to apply and work hard to earn money, especially as a secret shopper, it will be a long time with a lot of work before you earn enough to make a living at it (as with most be your own boss type jobs). Money doesn't fall from the sky or grow on trees. People aren't going to send you "extra money", it just doesn't happen. Just use some common sense in your life and maybe educate yourself or you will continue to be taken advantage of and ripped off.

I have a hard time feeling sorry for someone like you, especially with all of the press coverage regarding scams like this. A little common sense goes a long ways.
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#2 Author of original report

Postal money orders

AUTHOR: Jw90019 - (U.S.A.)

I attempted to cash the money orders at a check cashing place and they were rejected as counterfeit! I e-mailed the company telling them of my experience and they have replied yet.
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