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Police investigate secret shopper scam attempt

This news story was published on December 26, 2015.
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scam-alertCHARLES CITY – Police say a person received a check int he mail to be a “secret shopper”, but it was likely a scam.

On the afternoon of December 22, officers with the Charles City police Department to a report of a possible scam attempt. A person had received a check in the mail that appeared to be from Walmart. The check was mailed as payment to be a “secret shopper”.

Police say Walmart is aware of the issue and trying to address it. The person did not have a financial loss.

According to Walmart:

Mystery shopping, sometimes referred to as secret shopping, is where an individual is hired to “act” like a customer, and evaluate services at a business. The individual is essentially paid to shop, and then report on the experience. Walmart does NOT utilize these services.

Fraudsters are sending fraudulent solicitations via mail, print, text, and e-mail to entice consumers to evaluate the retail experience, products and services at stores, including Walmart.

This mystery shopper scam uses fraudulent offers, fake checks and wire transfers to persuade unsuspecting consumers into sending money to fraudsters who are often located outside the U.S.

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