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Shopping Spys Inc. of Forgery
Check Fraud and Mystery Shoppers
Check fraud and Shopping Spies
Shopping Spies and Check Forgery
It’s a new day and I have a feeling this Shopping Spys inc.com is a check forgery problem, I have just bought into. Yes, I was almost taken by these fine folks, I was sent in the snail mail a few weeks back an offer I could not refuse, A Secret Shopper with Shopping Spy’s Inc. out of Rochester New, York , or Ontario ,Canada, and I am letting whoever reads my blog know about this scam. The above website is still up for some reason and yes they wrote me a forged check for over 2400.00 USD to to shopping for them. I was smart, yet not too smart. Here are the details of my shopping spree.
UPADTE: 3.25.2011 The website below is inoperative now , if this was the group responsible for your issue, they had a website in Australia as well, and I do not know what the name was. But if your check comes from Australia be wary as well.....I received a letter from Shopping Spys Inc. the website was..... and it’s still open for more idiots like me. I opened the letter and a check for over 2400.00 was made out to my name and two other documents, one was a confidentiality statement and another was a shopping form to use when I went to these stores they had listed including wiring 2200.00USD to someone that was not mentioned, being smart as I am ,I knew this must be a joke yet the number worked and I told the lady on the phone from this organization, that I would open an account strictly for business with them as I did, and they would have to wait until the check cleared before I did anything. That’s no problem Christopher; we want you to feel confident you’re dealing with a great group.
Well today, after some investigating on the site, I went to the bank and told the Bank Clerk I believed I was being taken by this group after reading the FTC about check fraud, you see in check fraud the bank, even after a waiting period of 14 days can let you have the money and say the check has cleared, in retrospect, it could take months to have a check totally clear. I did not know this. I was going to wait until this check had cleared and then do as I was informed in the letter, no harm right? Wrong, when I went to the bank and told them that the above company was not listed with MSPA, an organization that is called Mystery Shoppers Professional Organization, and that the web page I went to the other night changed colors from blue to pink with the same format, when I clicked on help in the menu and then click on one of the help statements it will change to Australia,(Go check it out), I was with another Mystery Shopper.com .au site now. So I felt a scam going down, and the only reason I investigated this last night was I read where you actually do not get paid 250.00 a week by shopping services, there is a list with the MSPA , that list valid shopping services and jobs also are available for real, no scams.
I went to the bank and they told me, that yes I was correct the check had come back as a fraudulent check from this company. I was darn happy that it was over, because in reality, I did not know that when a check clears the bank, I figure it’s over with, apparently that is not true, you can still be held liable after the grace period in which a check is cleared as per the FTC check fraud page.
I just received this evening a copy of the check, and it says check fraud on the copy, so if you know anyone that has any dealings with this company, get out of it. I am a free American and I can tell people not to go to a site where they can be burned, why the site is still on, I have no idea. I know about scams I have been scammed many times yet this one almost got me.I just want the public to be aware that this site is still up and running, and to steer away from trying to become one of their check fraud victims.
I hope I am not in violation of terms with Hub Pages.com , yet someone needs to shut these people down and if getting the word out helps, then so be it. Check Fraud is a horrible thing to do to someone, and to know it hits home, is a violation of human rights in America.