Secret Shopper Scam And Fraudulent DCU Checks

DCU Member News & Info, Security and Scams

A recent secret shopper scam has come to our attention because of fraudulent copies of Directions Credit Union checks. This is a nationwide scam claiming to payout for one’s “first assignment as a survey analyst/store evaluator at Walmart”

The following information is from the Federal Trade Commission. For more information, including “Tips for Finding Legitimate Mystery Shopping Jobs,” we advise you to visit the FTC’s website.

What is Mystery Shopping?

Some retailers hire companies to evaluate the quality of service in their stores; they often use mystery shoppers to get the information. They instruct a mystery shopper to make a particular purchase in a store or restaurant and then report on the experience. Typically, the shopper is reimbursed and can keep the product or service. Sometimes the shopper receives a small payment, as well.

Many professionals in the field consider mystery shopping a part-time activity, at best. And, they add, opportunities generally are posted online by marketing research or merchandising companies.

Don’t Pay to Be a Mystery Shopper

Dishonest promoters use newspaper ads and emails to create the impression that mystery shopping jobs are a gateway to a high-paying job with reputable companies. They often create websites where you can “register” to become a mystery shopper, but first, you have to pay a fee — for information about a certification program, a directory of mystery shopping companies, or a guarantee of a mystery shopping job.

It’s unnecessary to pay anyone to get into the mystery shopper business. The certification offered is almost always worthless. A list of companies that hire mystery shoppers is available for free.  If you try to get a refund from the promoters, you will be out of luck. Either the business won’t return your phone calls, or if it does, it’s to try another pitch.

Examples of Fraudulent Checks

Below are images of the three letters we have obtained from the secret shopper scam. If you have received a letter of this nature please refer to these images for your protection. If you have received a cashier’s check from DCU due to this scam please do not deposit the check, it will not be honored.  Contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.

 

HireRight Scam Letter

HireRight Scam Letter

 

Remington Evaluations LLC scam letter

Remington Evaluations LLC Scam Letter

 

Trendsource Scam Letter

Trendsource Scam Letter

28 Comments on “Secret Shopper Scam And Fraudulent DCU Checks”

  1. I received one of the checks to work for a secret shopper company called Clear Evaluations

    1. Hi Carolyn, thank you for this information. We appreciate you making Directions aware of a new company involved with the scam. We would appreciate it if you could email the information to our Fraud Prevention Manager at jsegura@directionscu.org .

    1. Hi Angie, we appreciate you making Directions aware of a new company involved with the scam. We would appreciate it if you could email the information to our Fraud Prevention Manager at jsegura@directionscu.org so that we can post the new information. Thank you again for this information.

  2. I have received the letter posted above and a check for $2330.00 from Direction credit union dated Feb. 26, 2018. I Google and found your website. Please advise on the appropriate way I should report this scam.

    1. Hi Mary, Directions Credit Union is working diligently to make the public aware of the secret shopper scam that is currently being circulated. If you didn’t deposit the check with your financial institution there is nothing for you to report at this time. If you did deposit the check then we recommend that you file a police report with your local law enforcement.

    1. Hi Alan, Directions Credit Union is working diligently to make the public aware of the secret shopper scam that is currently being circulated. You will have to work with your financial institution in regards to your funds. We recommend that you file a police report with your local law enforcement.

  3. Hello, I am a victim as well, I have just received a check for $2,300.00 from Directions Credit Union USPS-priority mail for supposedly hired to be a mystery shopper at Walmart, along with a letter with 1,2,and 3 assignments to be carried out and my wages would have been subtracted from the $2,300 of $320. I got this ad from Craigslist, however, I reached the Shopper’s View Research and they are legit and BBB accredited only based out of Michigan. I decided to check out this check institution and this is how I found out that it is a scam and I really needed a job right now to pay upcoming rent and bills, this is really, really sad and appalling and so is America sad to say.

    1. Hi Tamalyn, we’re sorry to hear you were a victim to the scam. We would appreciate it if you could email any information to our Fraud Prevention Manager at jsegura@directionscu.org so we can help keep everyone updated. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  4. I just jumped onto your website to see if anything fishy was going on I just received two types of checks here and this person that contact me is kind of jump to find out of I got paid yet he just texted me right before I literally got the checks and they both came in different envelops one priority mail and one was in a brown priority mail 3 days shipping and one check off the top I could tell was fake but the other one wow blow my mind it was good best I ever saw looks like a payroll check I just thought you guys needed to see this one ASAP.

  5. I’ve received two checks now. They were sent to me so my car could be converted into a red bull advertisement.

    1. Hi Melissa, that’s a new one. Thank you for sharing with us. We would appreciate it if you email any information you have to our Fraud Prevention Manager at jsegura@directionscu.org so we can help keep everyone updated.

  6. I too received a check. I received a check even tho I felt as if it wasn’t right, a scam. There was no letter, just a check with my name and the sender…whom I’ve never had contact from. It came as Priority mail. In a official envelope and all. Should I send you what I have?

    1. Hi Tanya, thanks for your comment. We appreciate any information you’d like to send us. Please send it to the attention of our Fraud Prevention Manager J. Segura at our Whiteford Branch location or you can email it to her at jsegura@directionscu.org.

  7. My sister received such a letter and check yesterday. It was styles as being from “Shopper’s View Research”. I’m in the process of scanning it all and will send it to the email you’ve provided.

  8. Hello, I just received a letter and check with your logo and information,however, I would never do anything without contacting and verifying all the checks information and account information. It is from Mystery Shopper Services by way of Irvine, CA for $2300.00. I will be happy to take a photo and email, scan to you or fax if you would give me a fax number. Thank you for the warning and heads up.

  9. I received a check from Mid USA Credit union about being a secret shopper the guy text me and told me to deposit the check by atm, mobile or inside of the bank and let him know when I deposit it the funds should be available in 24 hours he stated he got my resume off indeed and sent me emails about being a secret shopper the check is for 2850.00 I google the bank and routing number and it’s the same what should I do and is this a scam. He called me and text me

    1. Hi Charlene, we would suggest giving Mid USA Credit Union a call to verify. They will be able to authenticate the check for you.

    1. Hi Ellen, please allow us to refer you to our Fraud Prevent Manager, Jennifer Segura, for further assistance. You can reach her at JSegura@directionscu.org. The more info you can send her the better 🙂

  10. I just received a check from Genisys Credit Union for $1900.00, just a regular envelope and they e mailed me the assignment. I put the check in the shredder, just thought I would make a little extra for Christmas this year. Thanks

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