Report: #1467311

Complaint Review: Consumer Insights - California/ Texas

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  • Reported By: Emilly — Nashua New Hampshire United States
  • Consumer Insights

    , California/ Texas
    United States

Consumer Insights hired me to be a mystery shopper and they sent a check for me to buy two gift cards and the check bounced after I bought the gift cards and sent them the infomation . California/ Texas

*Consumer Comment: Common scam

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Consumer Insights sent an email to my school email saying they were recruiting students to work as mystery shoppers and they sent their website in the email. after I signed up for it, they sent me a mail with a check and instructions to what I should do, and I deposited the check, and it took one day for the funds to become available. Then I bought the gift cards as they asked me and then I sent them the gift cards and the evaluation form and two days after the check bounced. 

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#1 Consumer Comment

Common scam

AUTHOR: Stacey - (United States)

POSTED: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

You may have heard about people who are “hired” to be mystery shoppers, and told that their first assignment is to evaluate a money transfer service, like Western Union or MoneyGram. The shopper receives a check with instructions to deposit it in a personal bank account, withdraw the amount in cash, and wire it to a third party. The check is a fake.

By law, banks must make the funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks. It may seem that the check has cleared and that the money has posted to the account, but when the check turns out to be a fake, the person who deposited the check and wired the money will be responsible for paying back the bank.

It’s never a good idea to deposit a check from someone you don’t know and then wire money back.

This is from the FTC website

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