ED Magedson – Founder
CONSUMER SURVEY SPECIALISTS25 Melville Park Road, Suite 100 Melville, New York United States of America
Rec'd an evelope w/no return addr on 4/15/2010. I had been online some time ago researching work-at-home opportunities. So when this offer & check came in the mail I guess I thought they were connected. The check was for $2, 897.40. I took it to US Bank, who verified it was real & opened a new account w/this check as my only deposit. I called the phone # in the letter for a Mr. Charles Hayes (514-663-9022. He told me to wait until the check cleared ( a couple days) then call him for further instructions. The ver next day he called me. His company, he said, had informed him that the check had indeed cleared. I told him that it was a new account & the check would not clear for about 5 day. He informed me that the check had indeed cleared & that I was to go to the bank & take out all but $450.00 (my fee for my 1st assignment) in cash. When I had the cash in hand I was to call him back for my assignment. Of course, by now, I was smelling a rat. "I can't use a check or an ATM card for these assignments?" I asked. "NO," he replied. "We don't deal with cash." "OK," I answered. Immediately, I got on the internet & found others who had nearly fallen for the same scam. You know, it is easy to be scammed even when a red flag goes up, when you really want to believe something is true. I called my bank & told them my story. I deposited $100. into this new account so that when the "cleared" check returned to the bank my new account would not be overdrawn. And since I was diligent in calling the bank & spilling the whole sorry story to them they are going to credit me back the $19.00 it will cost me when the $2, 897.40 bounces! These scammers are getting so good! I have been dealing w/banks all my life but because I wanted this to be a good thing I didn't pay attention to the red flag waving until it was nearly too late! Remember, always check the internet first!!
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