Posted at: 10/31/2013 10:41 AM
Updated at: 10/31/2013 5:39 PM
By: Ellery McCardle
ABC 6 News Investigation: New Check Scam
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Last week the Better Business Bureau sent out a warning of a fake check scam.
This week a Brownsdale local woman reached out to ABC 6 NEWS after she was targeted by the very same scam.
The check she received was for about $2,700. It's signed with the name of a credit union out of Florida, so it looks legitimate. But she did the right thing and did not deposit it. She gave it to our ABC 6 News to investigate and we found it is a scam.
The check came with a letter stating you can get paid for being a mystery shopper. The so-called company is Smart Eyes. All you have to do is deposit the check, sign a form and do some shopping.
Officials at the Better Business Bureau say don't believe it. The checks usually come in amounts between $2,000-$3,000 just like the one we received. In the end you'll lose money.
"I think it's a scam that's always in motion but in the last several months we've seen an uptick.These scammers have gotten really good at making fake checks look like they're drawn on a real bank. We've seen a bunch of them."
There are legitimate mystery shopping firms, but they don't send out random checks to potential contractors and they don't ask people to wire them money. We are on the brink of holiday shopping season, so don't be surprised to see more scams like this one happening.
If you are mailed one of these checks the safest thing to do is shred it. That's what we did with this one given to us by our viewer.
The Better Business Bureau suggests visiting the Mystery Shopping Providers Association website.
There, you will find a list of reputable companies.