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Mystery shopper scam victimizes Pa. CU member
LANCASTER, Pa. (9/9/09)--A Lancaster (Pa.) Red Rose CU member became a victim of a mystery shopper scam that reportedly took his name from information provided to an online job search database. The individual received a letter from FreePayingSurvey.com of Wichita, Kan., which included a check for $2,960.50, and instructions to deposit the check into its account and get “trained in financial transaction by sending an international Western Union transfer (of $2,320) to our training agent: Rachel Thomas in Valencia, Spain.” A Western Union service fee was listed at $140 (Life is a Highway Sept. 8). The letter also instructed the recipient to spend $50 at two of the listed retail locations, and offered a rate of $100 per hour for four hours of evaluations (mystery shopping). It is unfortunate that the member--who is unemployed--fell for this scam, and as a result, now has a negative balance, Dave Kilby of Lancaster Red Rose CU, told the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association.
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