Kootenai County Sheriff's Office issues warning about new "Secret Shoppers" scamPosted: Updated:
Coeur d'Alene, ID - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is investigating what appears to be a new scam on local residents.
In this scam, a resident receives a letter from "Secret Shoppers" from Vancouver, British Columbia. The letter has a check enclosed that requires the victim to cash it, remit a large portion of the check via MoneyGram International to a fictional relative to "test" the MoneyGram International services. The victim gets to keep approximately $300. The check is no good and if the transaction is completed, the victim is out the entire amount of the check.
Fortunately in this most recent case the bank caught the bad check when the victim went to cash it and stopped the transaction before anyone was affected.
Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson wants to remind the public that there are hundreds of scams out there and if consumers did not initiate the action, it probably is not legitimate. If the company is unfamiliar, be sure to check them out by contacting the local Better Business Buruea. In this case, when the Sheriff's Office checked the address on the letterhead from "Secret Shopper" one of the hits showed this scam as being associated with it.
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