Mystery Shopper "Job" Scam Could Cause You to Owe Money

23 Mar Mystery Shopper "Job" Scam Could Cause You to Owe Money

Becoming a “Mystery Shopper” could be a scam and cause you to become more in debt.  While some Mystery Shopper ads are legitimate, some scam artists are luring people to become Mystery Shoppers only to find themselves scammed.

The scam artist sends you a check, say for $1,000 for expenses.  You deposit it in your bank and refund a large amount of the $1,000 back to the person (company) who sent you the money.  Then, when the check goes to the bank clearing house, it is discovered the check was bogus and the $1,000 is charged back to your bank account.  Now you, the consumer, owe the bank $1,000.00.

Be cautious of anyone asking you to deposit a check and then you return any amount of the money they send you.

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Jay S. Fleischman is a bankruptcy lawyer with offices in Los Angeles and New York. He can often be found on Google+ and Twitter, where he shares information about consumer protection issues and personal finance.
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