New Twist In Secret Shopper Scams

Fake checks from the Tennessee's state government are being sent all over the country in the latest twist in secret shopper scams.

AARP says checks for $3,400 dollars from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development are showing up in mailboxes nationwide. The accompanying letter says it's part of a state-funded program to be a mystery shopper at local stores and restaurants, or to wire money overseas via Western Union or Moneygram.

When you deposit this fake check, it will take your banks week to figure it out. You end up responsible for the money you spent as a mystery shopper.

AARP has tips on what to look for if you want to get involved with a legitimate secret shopper programs. Click here to read more details.

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  • by Sally Location: ENC on Jul 16, 2010 at 06:28 PM
    If everyone would just one is going to send you a check for thousands and tell you to wire almost all of it back. Craigslist, lottery, secret shoppers, online schooling..its all bad. And, if you get a letter and the letterhead says GoldRush USA and the check says ExxonMobile..THERE IS YOUR RED FLAG! Everyone just needs to use common sense so they dont end up owing their bank THOUSANDS of dollars!!

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