Mystery shopper falls for money order fraud

A woman in Edmonton lost $1,300 to fraudsters posting as a mystery shopper company.

The company, called Regent Research, posed a consumer research firm, and the applicant was given an assignment. They sent a money order for $1,500, and asked her to wire the $1,300 to a fake cousin in the UK.

By the time the bank discovered that the money order was fake, she has already sent the $1,300 out, and forever lost them to the scam.

The company's web site displayed the Better Business Bureau logo, also fake.

Via CBC

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shameful!

this kind of thing is really shameful, i hate how people take advantage of others like this but at the same time, everyone needs to be more careful, unfortunately, it's the ones who need the money the most who are most likely to get scammed

Another scam received for a lottery winning!!

FIFA 2010 WORLD CUP LOTTERY
Copyright © 1994-2010 FIFA LOTTERY PROMOTION INC.
All rights reserved. Terms of Service – Guideline
100860 8556 2548 9576UK CL – BI 76/07
CONGRATULATIONS! ! ! !
Dear Winner,
We are pleased to announce to you as one of the 3 lucky winners in the FIFA 2010 AWARD draw held
on Feb 13TH 2010. All 3 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 5,000,000
international emails. Your email address emerged alongside 2 others as a 3rd category winner in this
month's draw.
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of $2, 800,000, 00 USD (Two Million
Eight Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) only.
The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:
(i) BATCH NUMBER: FIFA-SA/40/UK-0079
(ii) REFERENCE NUMBER: UK231/SA0079
(iii) PIN: 2131
Here are the details required from you:
YOUR FULL NAME:……………………….
COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE:………………..
OCCUPATION:……………………………..
AGE:…………………………………………
MOBILE NUMBER:………………………...
EMAIL: ………………………………………
Please contact the under listed claims officer as soon as possible with your details for the immediate
release of your winnings:
INTERNATIONAL CLAIMS DEPARTMENT MANAGER
Contact Person: Name: Chris D. Benjamin
Tel/Fax: + 44 884 774 9150
Email: intlclaim2010@live.co.uk
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
At your disposal, I remain.
Yours in service,
Once again on behalf of all our FIFA 2010 TEAM,
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
N.B:
1. All claims are nullified after 10 working days from today.
2. Your Ref number must be in all your mails with the claims officer.
3. Do inform the claims officer of any change of names or addresses.
4. All winners under the 5. Please contact your claims agent by fax or email
(Mrs. Deborah Gray).FIFA 2010 ENGLAND.

LETS HELP INNOCENT PEOPLE, FORWARD EMAILS TO FRIENDS AND OTHERS

THIS WAS SENT TO ME, LETS HELP INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT THIS FRAUD AGENTS, FORWARD EMAIL TO FRIENDS AND PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD TO FIGHT THIS AGENTS NOT TO STEAL OUR MONEY WE WORKED SO HARD FOR.

Attention :Winner,

This office is in receipt of your email. We have verified on the system and confirmed with the FIFA 2010 awards Board that you’re Reference and Batch numbers are legitimate, the valued Prize still valid with your Email Address as selected via computer ballot system a winner with:

BATCH NUMBER: FIFA-SA/40/UK-0079
REFERENCE NUMBER: UK231/SA0079
PIN: 2131

Your prize winnings are transmitted directly to your nominated account after all payment procedures have been completed, instruction will be dispatched to our accredited bankers.

Urgently forward your Reference Numbers stated above directly to the paying bank with his email address below a call because he is the only person that is authorize to process the release of your prize winnings. Always give them a call from time to time in respect of the firm to speed your process to avoid delay.

Bank: .Royal Bank Of Scotland

Contact Person: Pamela Williams

Email Address: p.williams@royalbnkscotland.com

Tele/fax: +44 7040901437

Please notify this office as soon as you open-up contact with the Bank for a follow-up to expedite actions on your payments. Keep us informed with your developments and notify us if you need further assistance by email or fax because of the high volume of telephone calls my department receives and endeavor to follow all the legal instructions that shall be given to you by Royal Bank Of Scotland towards releasing your prize winnings swiftly.

Congratulations once again! You can reach me on my private number only when it is very important.
+44 7031867191

Sincerely,
Mr. Chris D. Benjamin ( +44 7031867191)
Foreign Service Manager.
UK Int'l Subscribers Agent.

What a Shame

It's kind of sad how many scams there are out there these days. $1300 is quite a large chunk of change to lose to a scam. Any amount lost to someone pulling a scam isn't good but this poor woman lost a lot of money.

FIFA 2010 WORLD CUP LOTTERY

I received the same letter via email on Friday 23 April.The contents is the same except the telephone number (+44 7031867191;
Fax:+44 884 774 7508 ) I tried to call both numbers 20 minutes ago from South Africa
but to no avail. This is when I decided to google the website to confirm my believes.

scammers

whatever you do, DO NOT accept any money orders from a company saying that you are approved to be a mystery shopper!!! i just recieved one in the mail for 950.00 and called 1-866-459-7822 to check the authenticity of it and it is FAKE!!!! so if you recieve one or any check, card, money order do all the research you can before you are left with any kind of debt!!!

Mystery Shoppers

Please dont fall for this mystery shopping scam. They actually thought I would put their fake money order in my account and send them money. People, please do your homework. I called the post office, the money order fraud division and now I am about to call the police. Dont be fooled. If it's too good to be true "THEN IT IS".