• Report: #1073883
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  • Submitted: Wed, August 07, 2013
  • Updated: Wed, August 07, 2013

  • Reported By: Calebite207 — Huntsville Alabama
LENOIR, NORTH CAROLINA P.O.Box 740, North Carolina USA

BFC PRODUCE INCORPORATED BERNHARDT COMPANY I received a letter of acceptance as a Consumer Service Evaluator.  North Carolina

*Author of original report: Re-Bfcproducescammer.

*Consumer Comment: Not much you can do.

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 I received a letter of acceptance as a Consumer Service Evaluator on 07/29/2013 with a check of Bank of America , Lenoir, NC28645 check #0026**** and in the amount of $1920.20. I was instructed to activate the check before depositing, and that my pay is only $350.00 out of the money. The balance was to be sent to two individuals in Madrid, Spain ($986.00 + 68.00) and Georgia, USA ($451.00 +37.00) money in minutes in Western Union and 10 minutes  in Money Gram respectively. Name of receipients are PORTER ADEYEMO and NUNEZ ADEYEMO ! I was instructed not to let the cashiers suspect I was evaluating their performances. The second assignment was to go to any other participating stores like Wal-Mart, Home Deport, etc, and spend the remaining $78.20 on any items I want and keep them.

So, I went to their website and activated the check as instructed. It was activated. The next da, I took it to my Bank and deposited it. The receipt shows money available immediately, though I did not cash it. This availability was enough to convince me of any shady deal! I went back to the bank the next day and cashed the money out. I performed the assignments as instructed. I scanned and forwarded the receipts to them as requested having been told that the system will disqualify me if everything was not completed same day.

But to my utmost surprise, I receive a letter from my Bank today that the check has been returned unpaid! I have no job this is why I was so exited to accept the offer of a part time job from this company having been looking for jobs for so long and believing this is a legitimate company. I am now in problem because the Bank has told me I should deduct this from any balance I have in my account. Please I need help as soon as possible.

I have attached the instruction and activation page here for your record. I can also supply the login info they gave me if necessary.


Welcome CALEB A.
Job/user`s ID #: 76014.
To get started, activate your check number: 260756.

Your check number 260756 status is ACTIVATED.
   1. Deposit Check into regular bank account (saving or checking, check purpose: PAYROLL)    2. Funds should be available between 12-24 hours.    3. Deduct your participation pay: $350.00     4. Withdraw balance money to do assigned assignment.(Proceed to next step immediatelly).     5. Generate your assignment break down (Locate store to evaluate)    6. COMPLETE EVALUATION FORM WITH INFORMATION OBTAINED AFTER EVALUATION
IMPORTANT NOTICE, READ BEFORE YOU GENERATE ASSIGNMENT: Money provided for shopping/evaluation must be available in hand before generating assignment, assignment generated and not completed same day will automatically disqualify you from the ongoing program.

NOTE: Add coordinator@bfcproduce.com to your contact list, this is to ensure that you recieve our mails in your inbox correctly.
Stores and organizations such as The Gap, Wal-Mart, Pizza Hut, Ria, Money Gram and Western Union amongst many others pay BFC PRODUCE INC. Secret Shoppers to shop in their establishments and report their experiences. On top of being paid for shopping you are also allowed to keep purchases for free. BFC PRODUCE INC. NEVER charge fees to the shopper. Helping to drive exceptional bottom-line performance, nearly 800,000 shoppers have registered at our website, performing millions of mystery shops throughout Europe and North America. With our continual investment in the latest internet and communication technologies, you can rest assured that working with BFC PRODUCE INC. Secret Shopper® is a satisfying and rewarding experience.
It’s fun and rewarding, you are not obligated to accept offer. There is no charge to become a shopper and you do not need previous experience. 


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AUTHOR: Calebite207 - ()

Thanks so much for your response. I have learned a lesson here even though in a bitter way! However, I now strongly believe in that concept of "once beaten twice shy." It can never repeat itself again.

Now, I think the people/person behind this scam can still be tracked down somehow by our FBI. I believe so much in their high integrity and capabilities to do this. The withdrawals of most of the money sent are made in the USA, such as those made in Georgia. I know it is not an easy tasks; it also will take a very long period of time to succeed. But, I believe they can do it. I believe the withdrawers have their pictures in whatever identity they produced during cashout. The cameras are all over the places too: though it is not impossible they are using fake identies, but their photos ids cannot be fake as well. A case is enough to do this successfully. Hence, Georgia can be taken into consideration.

A name of a recipient is enough to do the trick also. If all the databases for Money Gram transactions are thoroughly accessed, I believe the FBI will have a clue as to the secret behind this criminal activity. A withdrawer is enough if nabbed, to reveal the whole secret! I am only thinking it is possible and not suggesting since we already have in place highly intelligent people who are handling all criminal activities in this country. To support this thought, one of those already ripped-off, or in similar situation, reported that he/she called the Bank of America and the account was confirmed to be genuine. This means that there must be an owner with valid information. This information should be almost enough to track down this evil perpetrator, or a group of perpetrators.

Once again, thanks for the feedback.

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AUTHOR: Knightly - ()

"Please I need help as soon as possible. "

 This is a common scam.   If some stranger were to approach you on the street and ask you to cash a check for $1,500, would you do it?  That's exactly what you did here.   In exchange for a bogus check, you sent untraceable cash transfers to people that you cannot identify.  

  You don't have any recourse here.    You're responsible for the phony check that you deposited and you have no idea who you sent the money to (undoubtedly the scammers did not use their real names or locations).   Someone has to repay the bank for the cash withdrawl based on a phony check. 

 There are a few red flags to this scam.   First, there is no such thing as "activating" a check.  When a check is written and signed, it is immediately payable to the party listed on the check.  The real reason they want you to call is to suck you into the scam.

  Second, what sort of company would send a valid $1920 check to a complete stranger? What would prevent people from just cashing these valid checks and keeping the money?  The only logical explanation would be that the check is not valid.

 Third, this scam takes advantage of consumer protection rules in the banking industry.  Regulation CC requires banks to make cash available to you for a deposited check, even before the check clears.   The scammers know this and they're hoping you don't.

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