Secret Shopper Scam

We get a lot of emails from viewers about mystery shopping scams. There are some legitimate mystery shopping companies out there. However, the Better Business Bureau has a direct warning about one that is a scam.

The BBB of Eastern North Carolina says watch out for an organization posing as A & A Merchandising, LTD. The scammers are sending letters and fake checks for $3,921 to people who would agree to serve as a mystery shopper.

The BBB says you're asked to take part in a research program before becoming a permanent part-time employee. You are asked to deposit the check in your personal bank account, then evaluate the performance of a major retail store. You are then asked to wire $3,500 to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the wire service. A & A Merchandising, LTD. has several different post office boxes that people send money to, including one in Wendell, North Carolina. The BBB says this is a scam.

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