Laurel police issue warning about secret shopper money scam

LAUREL – Laurel police Tuesday issued a warning about a secret shopper money scam currently being conducted in the area.

According to Laurel Police Department spokesman PFC Christopher Story, letters

and checks have been sent that appear to be from a personal or business account, citing payment for a mystery shopper program.

The letter asks consumers to deposit the check, deduct a fee as the consumer’s salary for conducting the secret shopper and then proceed to different stores and purchase Money Grams.

The money grams are for sums over a $1,000 dollars. After receiving the money grams the consumer is to mail the money grams off to two separate addresses. The address the letters originated from and the address the money grams are to be sent too are completely different and different states, PFC Story said.

The consumer is asked when they purchase the money grams, that there is certain information needed to accomplish the transaction which include names of the cashier, name and address of the store the money gram was purchased from and the reference number for the transfer.

Once the consumer has mailed the money gram off to the addresses provided, they are then asked to email two different email addresses providing the information requested.

It’s not until several days or weeks later that when the checks are sent to the bank listed on the check, it is discovered the account is either closed or does not exist or the routing number is invalid.

The checks are then returned to the consumers’ banks, resulting in over draft fees.

Laurel police urge that anyone who receives these letters and checks in the mail to use caution and report the incident to local police.  If you decide to cash the checks, please ensure your banking facility is aware of the circumstances and obtain their advice prior to depositing them to avoid any overdraft fees.

Below in bold face type is the text of the scam:


Attention: Esteemed Secret Shopper

We are happy to inform you that this is your first secret survey assignment along with this letter is the funding for the assignment and survey, so read the instructions carefully till you understand it. Have fun while making money and help us improve our customer service on a Global

level. Take note that you just received a Check of $2,760 from one of our sponsors in the same envelope where you found this letter.

YOUR FIRST ASSIGNMENT: You have received funding of $2,760 Go and cash it out immediately and If your bank insists make a 24-hour deposit of the check in your bank account and wait for it to clear, the check will clear within 24 hours after you have deposited it. Deduct your salary of $250 then proceed to complete your first assignment which is to observe 2 Money Gram stores outlets around you. You are to send $1,250 and $1,200 to the below names at 2 different money gram outlets and use the remaining $60 for both money gram transfer charges.

Name: Antonio Thomas

Address:2286 Firestone Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90002


Name: Angel Diaz

Address:2286 Firestone Blvd,

Los Angeles, CA 90002

Money Gram


Money Gram $1,250

NOTE: You must not disclose for any reason that you are a mystery shopper or let them know you are evaluating their services as this may not give an accurate result and while sending the funds you should make the below listed observations

  • Money gram Store Names, Addresses & Names of the Cashier (If visible on tag)
  • Customer Service Professionalism
  • .How long it took to receive service
  • 8 digits MoneyGram Transfer reference number
  • Which of the visited stores will you love to visit again?

You are expected to secretly perform the shopping operation as listed above email the Money Gram details, survey report to: ( and )

I await a prompt assignment completion. Robert James


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