I received a check in the amount of $4,575.00 from a company called Fabulous Smiles located in Atlantia, GA(a legit company). I also got a letter with this check from a company Lynne Palmer Executive Recruitment Inc. located in New York. This IS a legit company.
The letter stated I filled out something online to be a "mystery shopper" and this check was what I was to use to shop with at places like Sears,Wal-Mart,Home Depot,JC Penny's and K-Mart.
I called the phone # in the letter (1-514-569-1573) a man with an accent answered the phone and said I was to go and deposit the check into my bank account(he didn't need any of my personal info. though) after I did this I was to call him back and tell him. I pretneded to do this and called him back...this sounded odd to me so I played along.
I called the man back and said the check went right through. He asked me how much money I had. I told him minus the $500.00 he said I could keep for my "pay" I had $4,075.00. I was then told to go to a Money Gram or Western Union and send $3,700.00 to a man named "James White" located at 29 Main Street Atlanta GA 30188. I would then have $375.00 left which would be mine and I could spend it anywhere and keep the items I bought.
This all still sounding mis-leading and very illegal, I looked up "Fabulous Smiles" in Atlanta. I talked to the receptionist and told her what was going on. She informed me I am not the only one who called and Fabulous Smiles is not mailing any checks. She and I agreeded I will rip up this check becasue it was a fraud. I decided to make other people aware of this, I went a step further and called the company on the letter head(Lynne Palmer)...mind you the # on the letter head was the number for the man with the accent(1-514-569-1573).
I got back on the internet and looked up Lynne Palmer Executive Recruitment Inc. I spoke with the receptionist and she to was aware of the scam. The Lynne Palmer Company in NY is VERY LEGIT and in NO way has any dealings with the # of the man on the letter. The man,his name on the letter is: Tim S. Rejan. He just used Lynne Palmers name.
I then called the bank in which the check is drawn on, Suntrust Bank in Atlanta GA. They to said about 100 people have called asking about this situation in the past week. The person from the bank said someone stole one of their customer's checks and now is trying to make money from it...a scam, fraud. They do not know approximately how many checks are being sent around,but whoever gets one should shred it, or void it cross out your name,becasue the check will be made out to you and rip it into teeny pieces and throw it away. This is what I have done.
I even called this "Tim" back and he has all kinds of excuses saying something is wrong and he will look into it. I called "Michael Jones" ..this name is at the bottom of the letter saying to call him with any complaints, so I did,he to said something is wrong and he will look into it.
Both of these men are liars!! They are running a scam and its fraud. I hope they both get caught , jailed and fined. They are trying to take money from good companies with good reputations. These men are scum.
If you get a letter from "Lynne Palmer Executive Recruitment Inc,located in New York with a phone # of 1-514-569-1573 and the letter is signed by Tim S. Rejan..Throw it away or look up the real Lynne Palmer and make them aware of it. If you see the name Michael Jones # 1-514-999-3240 he is in on this scam to. If you get a check made out to you in a large amount from Fabulous Smiles in Atlanta GA, DO NOT cash it. This is part of this scam. And lastly the name : James White 29 Main St Atlanta GA 30188..this name could be fake. There is no # for him.
Be aware, if it looks to good to be true, it probably is. I hope the 2 companies these men are trying to rip off get a chance to file charges on these scum bags.
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania