I originally posted the article below yesterday afternoon asking about the Global Test Market Mystery Shopper Program. The 9/23/10 article posted below it is what my friend discovered today about the check and letter she received in the mail form (supposedly) this company. It could be from someone only using their company name to scam unsuspecting vulnerable people. The bank and FBI now have the information sent to my friend. I’m glad she was smart enough to check it out before trying to spend the check.
I have a friend who has been checking on the internet for online paying jobs. Not social sites that pay but online jobs that pay.
Yesterday she received a letter and a check in the mail form Global Test Market to be a “Mystery shopper”. She is supposed to deposit the check which was a little over $3,000 dollars, into a bank account and when the check cleared the bank she is supposed to call Global Test Market for instructions on how to spend the money at certain assigned stores and rate some of the employees. They told her over the phone that the companies that she is assigned to “rate” are all paying for these services. She asked me what I thought about this company because it sounded good to her because she would get to keep $300 of the $3000 dollars and she really wants the money and said she can do what they require her to do. (She’s not quite as old as I am but she is retired.)
We looked them up on the internet and didn’t find any negative comments about the company except some said that they were slow to pay when their “points” were turned in. My friend was not told about any points -- she was sent a check.
I keep thinking that since the check is made out in her name what is to keep her from cashing out the whole amount and not doing what is required of her (not that she would, but it sounds so strange to me).
Does anyone here know anything about Global Test Market? Tomorrow I’m going to make some better business bureau calls and see if they are listed. A lot of people on Gather work online jobs, has anyone ever heard of this company?
Today 9/23/10 my friend found out that this was a SCAM. She took all her information, including the envelope to the bank (Wells Fargo) and asked them for help. The bank tried to verify the funds for the check and the bank that was listed on the check told them that these funds were NOT available. Now the next step was to look at the letter she received and there was a clause in it where she was supposed to purchase a Western Union check out of these funds and send it to them (from the check deposit funds) ... this was supposed to be to rate the service of the Western Union people! The bank said that this is where the fraud came in and my friend would have been out of her own pocket and bank account for an amount of $3,116.00 and this includes the western union transaction fee. The bank took the check and the letter and even the envelope and turned it over to their FRAUD department who will turn it over to the FBI or other law enforcement people for further investigation. WoW! I'm so glad that she decided to check first before depositing the bogus check in an account. She is embarrassed that she even half way hoped it would be a true opportunity, but I made her laugh when I told her she had an adventure that she could share the rest of her life! She got this information from doing a "jobs online survey" that was posted on the social network site SIDETICK! Don't go on that site, it can take advantage of many vulnerable people with their survey scams ... this is bad and not good. There are other sites on the internet that pay legitimately without sending a large check in the mail before you have even done anything.
These are copies of the check and the letter sent to my friend. The void stamp always comes up on copied checks and I am blanking out the name on the check and the Rep ID # on the letter because my friend doesn’t want people to know who she is. Doesn’t all this look and read like a good opportunity?