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“Mystery Shopper” scam deceives Roseville resident

01/27/2014 8:17 AM

01/27/2014 8:18 AM

A Roseville resident was recently hoodwinked by the “Mystery Shopper” scam.

Earlier this month, a Roseville resident responded to an e-mail form a stranger who said he was working as a mystery shopper. The resident said he would like to have the same job.

Not long after, the resident was sent large cashier’s checks in the mail. The resident was told to use money from the checks to shop at local stores, keep a certain amount as payment and wire the remainder to east coast and international locations.

A couple of weeks later, the resident was told by his bank that the cashier’s checks he had deposited were fake. Roseville police say it can take up to two weeks for banks to process a check.

Meanwhile the resident learned that the money he had used for wire transactions and Moneypak cards, normally used to pay bills and make purchases online, had been taken from his personal funds.

The money was gone and could not be recovered, police said.

The offer was too good to be true, police said. Red flags that should have gone up in the mind of the Roseville resident include the unsolicited job offer -- and strangers sending large checks with instructions to cash them and send the balance somewhere else.

Sacto 911 Staff

Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com
@Lindelofnews

Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

Andy Furillo
Superior Court
afurillo@sacbee.com
@andyfurillo

Denny Walsh
Federal Court
dwalsh@sacbee.com

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