Today's submission comes from Carol in Clinton who wanted to let you all know about this "new" version of an old scam that she just got the other day.
"I am used to getting scam emails with similar content, such as some foreign person needing you to do this or that to help them, with the promise of getting a large sum of money. Of course I just hit the delete button," she wrote me. "Today though I received a 'new' version, at least for me, and thought I'd pass it onto you just for your interest, in case you weren't aware of it yet."
The email is from a group called "Shopper's Guide." It's basically a rip-off of the Secret Shopper brand which pays people for their feedback about certain businesses. In fact, Secret Shopper has posted a scam alert about notes like the one below: https://www.secretshopper.com/info/shoppers/scamalert.asp
Any "secret evaluation" that entails you fronting money, only to get paid back later, is bad news. The reason I'm posting this is because it's kind of clever and I was worried someone may actually fall for it. This is not the banana in the tailpipe obvious fraud, so it helps to keep people alert.
If you have an email you want to warn your neighbors about, please send it to me: email@example.com. and then, just hit delete.
Thanks so much, Carol.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan McCoy" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, July 12, 2014 6:19 PM
Subject: [Norton AntiSpam]Get Paid
Shopper's Guide wants you to run a survey on two prominent companies in your area.
The 1st is a Western Union Location
The 2nd is a Walmart Store
There has been reports about lack of good services and bad Management of their employees,the complaints were based on reports which their customers forwarded anonymously and Phone calls which were also made to the head office.The Western union location was reported for evaluation, Negligence for the following reasons:
I) Customers have reported their money missing
II) Slow services
III) Unbalanced transfer charges
The 2nd company was reported to be rendering
(I) Poor services
(II) Rudeness to customers
(IV) Excess charge