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Confidential Shopping INC / Rip off!

1 MD, United States Review updated:
Contact information:
Phone: 905-599-4748

I received a cashier check for 4, 985.00 and was told to call the company immediately when I received the check. I called the company and was told to make four copies of the customer service evaluation tool (CSET). Then was told to deposit the check into my account and when funds became available to call back for further details. Just starting my mystery shopping career I deposited the check into my account I had no idea that this was a scam. I was waiting for the funds to become available to me and I called the company and was told to call back when the funds became available. I waited a week and called the bank and was told that the check was counterfeit.

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  • Je
      1st of May, 2008
    0 Votes

    I recieved the same letter today and i think this is ### and these people should be stopped what can we do?

  • Ma
      9th of May, 2008
    0 Votes

    The same thing happened to me. And i was told there wasn't much anyone could do about it. What ###. Bush can tap our phone lines for ###, but they can't catch these people, please.

  • Ma
      10th of May, 2008
    0 Votes

    I am not alone in being scammed by these people. I wasted so much time and money, because I actually cashed the check at my bank. I started to do the list of things they tell you on your second call back to them. Since we can't get any help any where else, let's all get together and file a huge lawsuit. We may not win much, but it will maybe shut this place down. And it will really put the word out that they are scam artists. If intersted send me an e-mail @ mmc8558@aol.com. come on people, we have to stand up to this company.

  • Ta
      23rd of May, 2008
    0 Votes

    Hi everyone,
    I am the Resources Optimization Director for a legitimate mystery shopping company called "Shoppers Confidential Inc." I noticed these letters are stating a company called "Confidential Shopping Inc." This is not our company. I also noticed our web site is listed (www.shoppersconfidential.com). Please be advised this bogus company is using our web site illegally. We are not in any way associated with this check cashing scam. The "real" Shoppers Confidential Inc. does NOT solicit mystery shoppers by mail, and we do not mail checks.

    Should you receive a check in the mail, DO NOT cash it. Contact your local police department to file a complaint, and also contact your postmaster since this is a form of mail fraud.

    I, too, would like to see the person or persons behind this scam held responsible for their actions, and am fully prepared to bring charges against them for illegally using our company. While it is hurting victims pocketbooks, it is also destroying our company's reputation.

    Tara
    www.shoppersconfidential.com
    P: 519-208-4779

  • Na
      26th of Aug, 2008
    0 Votes

    You would think after all these days, this dumb company would quit their antics. NOPE! Got this check today in the mail. My first thought is, yeah right, someone just SENDING me nearly $5k via 1st class mail with no tracking or signing for it?? hahahaha what do they think we are stupid?!

    First of all, there is no bank aba number on it. I used to work for a bank, EVERY check is required to have an aba number. The federal reserve has to know where to send the check back to after it's been cashed. Second, there is no routing number in the bottom row of numbers. Aba numbers are always 9 numbers long. For instance, every bank in California has a routing number of 3222xxxxx etc.

    Second of all...who sends a nearly $5k check out randomly HOPING you're going to follow the directions? Hahaha, right! Any company who would want you to do all of the things listed in this solicitation would require you to sign something so you would be held liable if you ran off with it. But, let's say this is a starter company who just doesnt' have any smarts...even just being a human, you would never send $5k check through the mail 1st class or even 1st class with no return address. HELLO! haha. Anyone could steal that and cash it.

    I hope anyone searching the internet to see if this is real finds these posts here on this site. Don't let these people make money off you!

    A couple things I want to note as it seems that this company has changed it's MO a little bit. The letter I received shows the companies website as www.mystery-shoppers.com. The letter head says Shoppers Confidential, inc, phone number 1-866-460-8086. It is signed by Kristy Hudson -Chief Assignment Co-ordinator and gives a company address of: Shoppers Confidential, Inc Suite 303 - 112 W Main St, Ashley, ND 58413 (who runs a business out of ND anyhow, is there anything out there anyways?)

    Asks you to keep $340 for salary and training pay
    spend $50 at Walmart
    spend $40 at the Gap
    Transfer $1715.00 throughWestern Union
    $75.00 to pay the Service Charge from Western Union
    $2535 on a Moneygram Transfer through Western Union
    $139 to paythe Service Charge from Western Union
    Total $4898

    **Just in case no one has been scammed or no one has attempted to scam you...just the mention of Western Union should always be your 1st clue that this it is a scam** Why? because all that is required for the person to pick up the money is a code. Nothing else, no id no nothing. By the time you figure out it' a scam the money has been picked up and you're paying someone else back $4898.

    One last note. Even if someone wants to pay you via Cashier's Check, don't CASH it. Deposit it. Your bank will place a hold on it (regardless if it's a cashier's check because cashier's checks are increasingly becoming part of large scams) and after the hold is up you'll be notified if it's good or not. This way if it's a scam you haven't spent any of the money and it will never show in your balance.

    I hope this info helps out someone before they cash this check.

  • Do
      22nd of Sep, 2008
    0 Votes

    These people need tp be fine or jailed

  • Th
      23rd of Nov, 2008
    0 Votes

    First of all, why would anybody cash a check they weren't expecting? Really, now folks, you get a check for $4, 000.00 plus dollars and you run to the bank and say wow, did I luck out or what? I got one of those also. As soon as I opened it, I laughed and said wow another scammer trying to rip people off. I'm sure he won't get many biters on this one! I immediately contacted the federal trade Commission and alerted them to this scam, then went to google and google searched the company, the guy who signed my letter and did a search on the guy who signed that big check. Hey get real and stop thinking peole are going to send you big bucks for no reason! When you do a job, you ddon't get paid for it until the job is done and you prove you have done it. If you do mystery shopping, you know that from experience! I'm sorry, I don't mean to poke fun of anyone who got ripped off by this scammer but come on now, open your eyes and think twice about things before doing anything. If it seems too good to be true its because it is!

  • Je
      13th of Feb, 2009
    0 Votes

    I recieved an email a couple of weeks ago about a mystery shopper job. I sent them my name, job, DOB and address. I just recieved an email and a check from UPS today with instructions. The check was for 2, 930.55. Im confused on what I should do. How do i find out if its a scam or not? Please email me at jrockjersey at aol. thanks

  • Je
      13th of Feb, 2009
    0 Votes

    The check is from the American Bar Association

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