Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mystery Shopper Fraud Alert


West Shore, British Columbia; November 21, 2008.

The West Shore RCMP are warning consumers in regards to a company seeking mystery shoppers.

Shoppers respond to ads in local newspapers and on newspaper websites seeking mystery shoppers from a company identified as Ace Corporate Solutions.

Mystery shoppers believe they are participating in a money wiring survey for Western Union. Shoppers are requested to cash a bank draft, take their participation wage and wire the remaining funds to a different location.

Once the cheques are processed by the banks, which could take several days, the bank draft for funds usually exceeding $2000 will bounce; therefore leaving the shopper responsible for the funds transferred, wire transfer fee and all charges levied by the respective bank.

The West Shore RCMP are urging individuals to exercise extreme caution when responding to these ads.

Note: While this warning was issued by the West Shore RCMP usually these scams move around and could come to Nanaimo next. So now you know.


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