It’s a job that sounds fun — be a mystery shopper.
But the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado is warning some of the mystery shopper jobs may sound too good to be true.
The BBB has been alerted to a round of mailings in Colorado Springs from LS Management, a company based in LaVergne, Tenn. that offers the opportunity to become a “consumer service evaluator.”
Here’s the scam: the company – in this case LS Management – sends the consumer a counterfeit check and asks them to deposit it into their bank account, wait for the funds to clear and then use that money to buy goods at various retail establishments.
To get the actual assignment, the consumer is asked to go to a website and wire money to purchase training materials, send excess funds back to the original issuers of the check or wire money to various third parties.
Consumers do this because they believe the check is legitimate. However, it can take banks weeks to actually collect the money from the issuer of the check and in these types of scams, the check is fraudulent.
The consumer withdraws and wires money they don’t actually have in their account.
The BBB says check out mystery shopping sites first to see which companies have been outed as scammers.