New Scam alert!
I just got a letter with a handwritten address and no return address, postmarked from Canada. There was a $4996 cashier's check in it, and instructions for how to be a mystery shopper. The company calls itself Customer Service Research Inc. and the letter instructs you to call their number immediately for further instructions. You are supposed to make a purchase at Walmart, the Gap, and here's the biggest red flag send a Moneygram and Western Union Transfer! Anyhoo, I searched online and discovered that lisurprise!li, the cashier's check would cash at first, but then come back as fraudulent and the bank would go after you for the money. So, I wanted to warn you guys, because I'm pretty sure they got my address from one of the freebie sites I've signed up for.
Why do you think that is where they got your address from?
Thank you for posting this alert. A month ago, I received the same 'offer' for mystery shopping. It is design to trap you to withdraw those funds from your account and then their check bounces leaving you holding the bill.
I almost fell for it but thanks to google search! )
I think I got this a month a go maybe but I just threw it out
[quote61a29297be="Twon"]Why do you think that is where they got your address from?[/quote61a29297be]
When signing up for a site a while ago, their address form wouldn't let me enter my address without a unit number since there was a small apartment building behind my house that was on the same property, I guess my address would have come up as a multi-unit building. So, I had to enter "unit A" even though I lived in the front house which didn't have an apartment number. This happened both for the Blockbuster online offer and for the first Brandarama site I did. After that, though, I found that I could just put "front house" for the unit number on the Brandarama sites. So, when this letter arrived, I knew where they must have gotten my information because it said "unit A" after my street address.
I've received something similar a few months ago too.
Classic ripoff scheme.... I haven't gotten one myself, but working at a credit union, we see these pretty much weekly. We always wonder how people get them...