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Don’t Be a Victim of Secret Shopper Scams
Secret shopper scams are becoming more prevalent and have even recently hit the Dane County area. In the initial mailing or email, you receive a check that you need to take to a financial institution to "test" and requires you to wire money. The check bounces after you wire the money, leaving you liable for the amount.
Here are some things to keep in mind to protect yourself:
- There is no legitimate reason why anyone would give you a check or money order and ask you to wire money in return.
- Just because funds are available on a check you've deposited doesn't mean the check is good.
- Be skeptical of any secret shopper jobs that advertise on the radio, in the classified ads or unsolicited email. Legitimate secret shopper companies generally do not advertise in this manner.
- If the company does not have an established office near you, be very cautious. Most secret shopper scams originate in foreign countries, frequently, Canada. You can always verify the legitimacy of a secret shopper with the Better Business Bureau.
If you suspect fraudulent activity, call us at 800-533-6773.