TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Crooks are taking the Mystery Shopper scam to a whole new level, sending their pitch through priority mail.
It happened to Lauren Price of New Port Richey.
Her package arrived this week with a letter congratulating her that she’s been chosen as a Mystery Shopper. Her first assignment? To buy gift cards to the Apple Store and then evaluate the buying experience.
She was sent a $2,250 check and told to the buy the gift cards and send the codes to her “employer.”
For her trouble, she could keep $200 and if she completed her assignment within 48 hours, she could keep another $200 fee.
Price was savvy enough to recognize this as a scam and called the issuing bank. She was told that the account was real but that the check was not.
A fraud alert was issued on the account.
This is third such scam to be reported to Better Call Behnken this week.
Lauren says she wants to warn others who may be tempted by this “too good to be true” deal.
“If you deposit this into your account, you are now legally and could be criminally liable for reimbursing the bank for this money,” Price said.