Check Cashing Scam: You End Up Paying Your Bank Back
Wow, I just love a good scam, NOT! If you get an email from Ebony Marketing Research, you better run the other way, because this is the type of scam that gets people who should know better. What they do is send you an email with all of their contact info, including phone numbers, address and email address, and then they offer you a job. The job is to test out Western Union, or another money sending company, by sending money back to the guy running the scam, and you have to complete the job in 7 days to get your money.
So here's what happens, they either send you a fake $3,000.00 check, or tell you it's in the mail, but the "work" still needs to be done within 7 days, so you might have to use your own money. Then you either cash their check and send the money, or use your own money, only to find out in a few days that the fake check was junk, and you owe the bank $3,000.00, or you just gave away $3,000.00 of your own money. End of story...
Our online data source has identified you, through our affiliate Consumer Survey Specialist, as a candidate interested in an additional income part-time job. We are pleased to invite you to participate in a paid Consumer Research Project in your area of residence as a Consumer Services Evaluator also referred to as CSE. Consumer Services Evaluation is a tool used by marketing research companies to measure quality of retail service or gather specific information about products and services. CSE’s posing as normal customers perform specific tasks - such as purchasing a product, completing a business transaction, asking questions, registering complaints or behaving in a certain way – and then provide detailed reports or feedback about their experiences. Just about every kind of shop, service or store uses CSE’s to improve their service quality.
These businesses need to know what average consumers - just like you, think about their products and services, and they need to know what’s going on when management isn’t looking over their employee’s shoulders. They accomplish this by bringing in CSE’s.
Our company, EBONY MARKETING RESEARCH INC (listed with the Better Business Bureau) is a service provider for the Consumer Services Evaluation Industry. With over 5,700 Evaluators and a roster of over 109 companies that we refer new evaluators to every day in US, we are the leading service of our kind. Every company we deal with is fully certified and consistently offers top-paying evaluation jobs. As one of our possible research personnel selected for this project, you will be under cover and visit selected businesses in your area and pretend to be an average customer. While there, you will secretly evaluate things like customer service, store cleanliness and product quality. If you accept this offer, the current consumer services evaluation you are undertaking will attract a pay of $300.00 a week to you. After this first assignment, your salary will be reviewed upward to $400.00 per week for the first three months.
Additional increment up to $600.00 per week is possible after six months; depending on the company you will be assigned and the tasks involved. Upon accepting this offer you must keep your identity and assignment as a Consumer Services Evaluator CONFIDENTIAL in order not to introduce any form of bias to the data you collect. You must not take this letter to your assignments.
This assignment has been put together to be completed in two different locations. The first evaluation will take place at either a WESTERN UNION agent near you, as your coordinator may determine. You shall pose as a potential customer evaluating a WESTERN UNION money transfer agent by sending the stipulated amount below to one of our following training agents: 1. TAMARA BROWN - WASHINGTON, DC; 2. THERESA JACKSON - WASHINGTON, DC. The objective of this exercise is to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the payment system you choose to visit. The second evaluation assignment will take place in one of these major retail outlets: SEARS, WAL MART, HOME DEPOT, VICTORIA’S SECRET, JCPENNEY, K-MART, TOYSRUS, DILLARD’S, AND MACY’S. The objective of this second evaluation assignment is to determine the customer service quality of the retail outlet you choose to shop at.
This offer expires 7 DAYS from the day you receive this letter since the program is run on a weekly basis.
Once you accept this position, we will mail you a check bearing the required funds to cover your first assignment. After cashing the check, it must be expended as follows:
1. Your first week pay - $300.00
2. Your first assignment, to evaluate Money Gram or Western Union money transfer system - $2,890.00
3. Estimated sender’s fees, to be paid to Money Gram or Western Union - $170.00
Please call Denise McCall, your coordinator at (888) 896-5559 Ext. 2 or Click Here to send an email to accept the position as our Consumer Services Evaluator and for further clarification. We will then mail you the check bearing the required funds to cover your first assignment within 5days. Once you receive the check go ahead and cash it. It typically clears immediately or within two to three business days at most, withdraw the amounts required for your assignment only and proceed to the nearest Western Union Money Transfer agent location in your area and get your first assignment taken care of. Immediately after, inform your coordinator and fax your market report forms and all receipts to: 1-206-202-1107.