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Residents warned of 'mystery shopper' scam

Police are warning residents of a "mystery shopper" scam that has bilked millions of dollars from people nationwide. Susan Whitehead, of Fairfield, says she received an email a few weeks ago inviting

News 12 Staff

Oct 23, 2014, 2:24 AM

Updated 3,531 days ago

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Police are warning residents of a "mystery shopper" scam that has bilked millions of dollars from people nationwide.
Susan Whitehead, of Fairfield, says she received an email a few weeks ago inviting her to be a mystery shopper, supposedly to rate the shopping experience at some major retailers. Whitehead says she got a check in the mail for more than $1,500, which she deposited and then did some shopping.
Whitehead was then asked to refund what was left over to the company and mailed them a check for $1,380. She says that after she mailed the check, she was shocked to learn the original one was fake. She was left liable for the $1,380. Whitehead says she lives on a fixed income and is now unable to pay her rent for the coming month.
Police say that while legitimate mystery shopper programs exist, a real one will never ask for a refund out of your checking account. Police also advise waiting three weeks before spending any money deposited using a check.


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