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Scam Alert! Don't Fall Victim to "Mystery Shopper Scam"
DAYTON -- A Montgomery County woman wants to warn others after getting a phony check and was asked to be "mystery shopper" by mail.
Diana Elie received a check in the mail for nearly $2,000.
"When you first look at it, the check looks so real, so legit. There are water marks on it." She said.
The company who sent it to her said it wanted to hire her as a mystery shopper and asked her to deposit the check into her bank account.
Then they wanted her to take a portion out, and wire some of money back to the company. Then they said she could keep a portion to go shopping at stores like Walmart, Sears and Lowes.
But the check is a phony. If Elie would have cashed it, and sent money back to them like they asked, she would have been out a lot of cash.
After a simple Google search of the company Elie realized it was a scam.
"It's sad. They figure the best way is to take advantage of people."
John North from the Better Business Bureau said mystery shopper scams are common and a lot of people in the Miami Valley are getting bad checks in the mail.
"The victims are chosen at random by scam artists who has taken their name off a list from somewhere. So if you get something unsolicited in the mail, you really need to check it out," North said.
North said you can spot a scam if someone wants to hire you, but wants you to pay them to become a mystery shopper.
"A huge red flag would be for you have to pay anyone any amount of money that's coming out of a check that they sent you," he added.
Elie is glad she didn't fall for the phony check. She wants to warn others.
"Rip it up, tear it apart, burn it, dispose of it. Don't get taken for," Ellie said.
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