Secret Shopper Scam solicits victims to send money overseas
Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:23:34 GMT —
Beware the "Secret Shopper Scam" spreading through the Toledo area.
The scam starts with a letter containing a check that says you've been selected to be a "secret shopper." The letter then instructs the receiver to deposit the check for $1,965 into their bank account, keep $300 and send the rest to an overseas Western Union account via money transfer.
Toledo police warn the $1,965 check is a forgery and the victims are responsible for the amount deposited.
Any victim of this scam should call their local law enforcement agency immediately.
TPD also warns that solicitations by a company or individual to cash a check and send part of the money back is most likely a scam regardless of the circumstances.