is this a scam?

United States
February 15, 2009 3:03pm CST
My oldest daughter received a check in the mail from Shoppers Market Research which is supposed to be a mystery shoppers company. The check is for $3,880. She is to deposit it into her bank account and use it for shopping at certain stores. She is living in Arizona and I am hesitant to mail it to her along with the forms because I don't want her getting scammed. I have found no information about this company online. I was wondering if anyone has any information about this company.
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@reichiru (748)
• Canada
15 Feb 09
It sounds like a scam to me, if a company gives you that much money without you doing any work first, there must be some catch to it. Go to your bank and ask if the check is real, that's the easiest way to solve the problem. And make sure your daughter doesn't contact that company again, to be on the safe side.
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@GemmaR (8526)
15 Feb 09
It sounds too good to be true, and is probably indeed a scam. I assume you have spoken to her about it? Is there nothing she's done to earn the money? If not then I'm sure it's a scam. Companies don't go giving people money for no reason do they. You should take the check to the police and have it looked at, they could tell you for sure where you stand on the issue. If they find that it's real, then obviously she can cash it, and if not then at least she hasn't been hurt by it.
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@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
15 Feb 09
A mystery shopper company has to be applied to before you even work for them, and they will reimburse some of the money that you spend to do an assignment and pay you for them too, after you complete the assignment and send them the proper paperwork. They do not send you a check like you have mentioned. That is definately a scam!!
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@benny128 (3621)
15 Feb 09
personally contact your law enforcement agency (police) and see what they say, but to be honest sounds like a scam. Sounds like a money laundering scam of some description.
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@reoko10 (578)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I don't know anything about this company but if they gave her a check for $3,880 it can't be real. I would say don't spend none of the money wait to see if the money go's through because if you spend before the money go's through then you will be owning the bank back all the money you spent. Any way the mystery shopper company I know don't give you money you spend your on and then you refunded and paid for what you spent and did. I say this might be a scam, if they ask you for any money then you know for a fact that this is a scam. It happen to me and I had to paid the bank back $1,100 because I got two checks in the mail say I had won $2,500 I was so happy I started spending right away, about three days after I spent some of the money the bank call me saying I had to pay them back, now I always check sites with the BBB and if a there is a site that if for making money and they ask you to pay it is more then likely a scam, I make all my money 100% free.
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@apples99 (6564)
• United States
15 Feb 09
Yes I believe its a scam I just dealt with a similar situation a month or so ago and I found out that the company who sent me a check didnt even exist be careful because some these so called mystery shoppers company's, and other online company's are scams most of the time, just do some more research or maybe you should go to a bank and just ask the teller to check and see if the check is real or not, because some of these online company's do create elaborate scams that can be hard to detect, and some of these fake company's use stolen check numbers, but I cant say for sure that the check you recived is fake, but like I said just do some more research to be safe.
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
15 Feb 09
It sounds very familiar. But you should contact The Better Business Bureau about this. Check to see if this is an actual business or not. I had a check that was over $3,000 too. And, it was a scam. The check looked real and I took it and deposied at the bank, and they would not let me get the money. They said that the check was fake and that they were going to hold the check.. The check looked every bit as real as you and I. Don't fall for this.. When in doubt go to the bank and ask them if that check is real.
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@agrant10 (1446)
• United States
16 Feb 09
This is definetly a scam. It happened to my mom. She even called the number that was in the letter and spoke to a man who told her that this was legit. She then had me to go on line and and look for the company on line. I could not find the company on line. Then she had me to look up the bank name on the internet I was able to locate the bank that was on the check. I checked on the internet and the bank was a real bank. I gave her the phone number of the bank she actually called the bank and they told her that it was a scam. They were actually trying to find the company that was using their bank information. My mom also told me that the check really looked real.
• United States
16 Feb 09
Thanks to all who responded-I am going to contact the proper authorities. I had just found out from my daughter (thru email) that she never even signed up for this. I hope someone finds a way to stop this company and soon.
• Philippines
16 Feb 09
it is obviously a scam. She not be careful with it because there are many emails coming which are scams. Don't ever let her give her bank account for it might be used for some illegal purposes.
@patms1 (522)
• United States
16 Feb 09
First I would call her and ask if she applied for this. I personally think its a scam. The old saying if you did not enter you should not win is so true. I can't see them giving her the money before she made out the papers. I am always getting these e mails and my kids figure I should be worth about three trillion dollars by now. There was a show on Judge Judy the other day about a woman who fell for this scam and involved her friend and it wound up costing her $3000.00 dollars. Please be very careful. If this is a scam ounce she puts the check in her account they will have not only all her information but all of her money.
• United States
16 Feb 09
It sound like a scam. Like others have said on here already contact the BBB to see if it is for real or not. My thing is why would they want her to put it in her bank account first? Why not just cash it and then go to the stores.Plus, why would they send her a check before any forms are filled out. I think that there is something very fishy about it. I would be very careful.
@ROYALG333 (126)
• United States
16 Feb 09
scam. Anytime they front you money or tell you about recouping it, scam.
@anonymili (3138)
16 Feb 09
If something sounds too good to be true it usually is. I would advise extreme caution with stuff like this and especially if it's a cheque that has been sent up front like this - I've never heard of any legitimate company sending out money in this manner. You need to be careful that your daughter doesn’t get arrested for assisting dodgy people with money laundering as this is what this sounds like to me.
• United States
16 Feb 09
I have an idea for you. Go on to hotjobs.com and for the zip code type in 34984. They disctribute there company all over that website for people looking for jobs. I have never applied to it but i see it all the time and i never knew if it was real or not. I believe it to be a scam because i would think mystery shopping is with a group of girls and not just by herself. By like what others have said i would call the Better Business Bureau and take the check to the bank and see if its real or not. You dont want to get Scammed always do what you can to make sure your safe.
@22angel22 (451)
• United States
16 Feb 09
SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM!!!! A guy I know deposited a check like this in his bank account and about a month later the bank said it was a fraudulent check. He is still paying for it because in his stupidness spent the entire check! It was for $20,000!!!!!! I don't know why people think these things are real! If its to good to be true, it is!
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Has she done any work as a mystery shopper? If not, I'd let the forms hit the trash. $3,380 sounds just like bait from scammers. If your daughter wants to work as a mystery shopper there are good companies she can look into. Better safe than sorry.
@scheng1 (24741)
• Singapore
16 Feb 09
Actually very easy to check. Just deposit the check. If the check goes through, then it's real. If the check bounces, call the police. How I wish everyday I receive a check like this.
• United States
16 Feb 09
I have to agree with everyone else and say it is more than likely a scam. I am always very skeptical of such things and I was fooled about a year ago. I received a check in the mail and was told I had won a sweepstakes. The check was real it just wasn't good. It was real enough for me to take it to the bank and even they didn't know it was bad until we found out there were no funds available in the account. I don't know what they actually wanted from me on that one but most of the time the scam is to send someone a check and then ask for some kind of fee or charge for service or participation. Since the fee they are asking for is always small compared to the check they are giving you they hope that people will send the fee before finding out the check is bad. I personally don't know how people think up all the scams out there. It really makes it hard to trust even the legitimate sites because you have to be sooo careful.
• Philippines
16 Feb 09
absolutely..if u can't read anything from net or online about this , it is absoultely a scam..and the bank once she deposited that can sue her for doing fraud . dont let her deposit it
@cest_moi (206)
• Canada
16 Feb 09
Mystery Shoppers is a source that you sign-up to work with and get paid for your work and in some cases, pays really well. I am not so sure about it but I have heard a lot about this thing going on for a while now and your oldest daughter might have signed up with them. What I suggest you to do is to deposit the cheque and wait until everything is cleared and when you actually have the cash in the bank account,then start using it. If it is real and not a scam, my congrats to your daughter.