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Secret Shopper Check

Date: 11/2/2018 12:24 PM (PST)

I received a check with some instructions thru a mail. Before I received the check I applied online. They congrats me thru my email address. I send a text message & they awnser back. They say wait a week to received mistery shooper task instructions that we going to send you thru mail. They send me a priority mail envelope with some instructions & a check of the amount of $2430 with The name of the bank on the check. The name is Amoco Federal Credit Union. PO BOX 889 Texas City, Texas 77592-0889. The company name that send this is ARDENT INC. Did you know if this company exist? Or is fraudulent? This days people take advantages of things & it's not right that a person that is looking for a job to support a daughter have to been used or put in a situation that later is going to been ending in legal matters. I hope you can help me & help other with some information.
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Date: 11/2/2018 4:06 PM (PST)

Good Afternoon. Thank you for contacting BCA. BCA recommends proceeding with caution when considering working for a mystery shopper/secret shopper company. Mystery Shopper scams are not new and have been in circulation for some time now, but the scam seems to have picked up steam within the last couple of months. This may have to do with the time of year.

Elba, you are completely justified in your suspicions. It is highly recommended to never deposit a check from someone you do not know, and then wire money back to them. If the instructions you have received are similar, proceed with caution.

I would like to share with you and with our readers, some tips to avoid becoming the victim of a scam:

• Take advantage of all the resources available to consumer today, Make phone calls, check the internet. The internet can be a valuable tool when researching a company or a service. More than ever, consumers like yourself are sharing their experience with others. I’m positive you’re not the only individual this company has reached out to and it’s possible that someone, somewhere may have already documented their experience with the company that contacted you.

• Keep in mind that legitimate mystery shopper companies don’t charge people to work for them.

• Beware of you are asked to wire money or deposit a check.

• Beware of companies that guarantee a job as a mystery shopper or charge a fee to obtain access to mystery shopping opportunities.

For even more tips, I am including a link to our Resource Guide on Mystery Shoppers: https://www.checkbca.org/tips/advertisingpromotionsshopping/mystery-shoppers-174

Elba, I hope this information has been helpful. Thank you for sharing your experience with BCA and with our readers. I would like to let you know about a new program developed exclusively for consumers called the Consumer Ally program. It was made for a community of consumers who share our mission of protecting people like you from being scammed by promoting first-rate business practices and warning other of scams. It’s free to sign up, which you can do here: http://www.checkbca.org/consumer-ally.

Please feel free to contact me vantillon@checkbca.org if I can be of further assistance. Thank you

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