ED Magedson – Founder
James Melvrick Zenith Industries Services Inc Frustrating. Confusing. Scam. Deceiving. Waiting for nothing. Internet
So I signed up to be a mystery shopper. My mother had done it and it paid well. So I thought I'd give it a try, I was running out of options for finding work. So I found Zenith Industries Services Inc. At first I was confused as to what I was supposed to do because I was asked to first go to a Western Union and send $1600. I had no idea how to do so.
I sent James Melvrick, the guy who sent me the money, an email asking him if he could change my assignment. This is where everything got a bit shady. After he responded, I got a cashier's check in the mail for $1980 and some change. The letter accompanying the check said I was to save $300 as payment then deposit the rest of the check. It seemed fair at the time...then James Melvrick called me. My girlfriend had answered the phone and she said that the guy sounded odd and couldn't really tell what he was saying.
He instructed me to then buy $1600 in Walmart Credit Cards. I thought "Sure. I guess I'm not going to have anymore assignments then." I was a little upset that I would have to spend almost all of the money...but I decided to give it a try. I went to Walmart a few days later and found the cards. But when I went to pay for them I was told that I could only load a max of $500 on each card. I felt a little frustrated by this but went ahead and got 4 different cards. I felt angry with James but decided I should just go on and see if anything supiscious happens with the cards. I sent the accounts as promised and decided I should do a little research on James.
I unfortunately couldn't find anything on him so I figured I'd go ahead and try to buy something with my card...that did not end well. My card was denied at every turn. I went to my bank to investigate the issue. They told me that was a hold on the card for suspicious purchases. I told them that I did indeed purchase the cards and the block was removed. I got another email from James asking me to get a cashier's check for $10. I thought that this was odd so when I went to my bank to ask for one they told me that it was suspicious for someone to ask for such a low amount when the charge is almost $8 and instead they gave me a money order.
At this point I was starting to get very upset with James. I tried calling him but received no answer. Then got an email and call almost at the same time saying that he needed a picture, front and back, of the check. Frustrated with the guy I just finished what he'd asked then sent him a message saying my account was blocked and I might not be able to do any further assignments for awhile.
I then tried to use my account again and found out that I was -$1600 and some change. I was outraged and immediatly went to my bank to find out why. The bank told me that the check had not cleared and had been removed from my account. They then told me I should probably get the police involved...but I don't know if they could help me.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I cancelled the credit cards and am preparing for legal action but I don't really have any money now. I'll tell my bank everything I know and will probably call James soon and also the issuer of the Cashier's check. I also found that the money on the cards were used to pay for something out of Florida by Stonehenge LLC.
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