NY Shuts Down Websites For “Work At Home” Scam

“Mystery Shopper” Scam Targeted Individuals Looking For Income In Tough Economic Times

A.G. Offers Tips For Consumers On Protecting Themselves From Becoming Victims

Schneiderman: My Office Will Continue To Protect Consumers And Shut Down Scammers

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced he has shutdown two websites as part of a “work at home” scam involving a mystery shopper program, which is used by legitimate retailers who hire marketing research companies to evaluate the quality of service in their stores. The websites, www.idealcorp.netand www.survsonl.com, operating asT. Crefideal Corp,lured consumers into becoming mystery shoppers to gather information anonymously about the customer service of a particular store, but instead of getting paid, they were duped into paying the scammers thousands of dollars. Attorney General Schneiderman also offered tips to protect consumers from work at home frauds.

“These scams are particularly insidious because they target individuals looking for ways to bolster their income in today’s challenging job climate,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “While legitimate ‘work from home’ opportunities do exist, scammers who are simply stealing money under the guise of offering employment are on notice. Our office will continue to protect consumers and shut these bad actors down.”

In this version of the scam, consumers were asked to log onto www.idealcorp.net or www.survsonl.com with a “job number.”  Upon entering the job number, the victim was given a work assignment as a “secret shopper” for Western Union. The victim was sent a counterfeit check for $2,000 and told to keep $300 as payment. The victim was then instructed to wire the remaining $1,700 to someone overseas and evaluate Western Union employees during the process. After doing so, the victim’s bank identifies the now deposited check as counterfeit and takes $2,000 back out of the victim’s account. Instead of making $300, the victim loses $1,700.

Federal regulations require banks to make deposited funds available to a customer within a specific amount of time ― usually significantly shorter than the amount of time it takes for the bank to determine that a check is forged. This scheme exploits that delay. Wired funds typically cannot be recovered or traced. The only record kept by the money transfer company is of funds being transferred from one of their accounts to another. While each transfer request is logged electronically, once the funds are in a central account, the actual money can be picked up at any office covered by that account, by any individual presenting the specified identification, which itself may be forged, leaving the victim with little or no recourse for recovering the wired funds.

Previous mystery shopping scams have typically involved using newspaper ads and emails to promote websites where consumers can “register” to become a mystery shopper. Once lured to the website, a victim is shown a list of reputable companies, asked to pay a fee for information about a certification program and then guaranteed a job.

The Attorney General urges you to protect yourself from this scam by learning to recognize the warning signs:

  • Be suspicious of any checks or work-at-home opportunities that come to you unsolicited via mail or email. Promises of easy money are almost certainly scams.
  • There is virtually no legitimate reason for anyone to give you a check or money order and in turn ask you to transfer funds via Western Union, MoneyGram or any other wire service. No legitimate company conducts business in this manner.
  • Mystery shoppers set up through legitimate companies are generally paid after completing their assignments and returning their evaluations to the companies that hired them. They do not receive checks up front.
  • Individuals hired as mystery shoppers are often provided gift cards to the specific retail locations they are being asked to review. Any out-of-pocket expenses are nominal, and reimbursed by the employer.
  • A familiar name does not guarantee legitimacy. Scammers often pose as representatives from well-known, reputable companies ― or the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) itself ―to lull their victims into a false sense of security. Research the company independently and contact them directly if you wish to verify job listing information.

For more information about fake check scams, please visit: www.FakeChecks.org, the website created by the National Consumers League (NCL) in collaboration with the Alliance for Consumer Fraud Awareness. If you think you have encountered a mystery shopping scam, or other similar fake check scam, contact the money transfer company immediately to report the fraud and file a complaint.

Click HERE for a video message from Attorney General Schneiderman.

 

Consumer Research Group ~ crg2000.com

The Better Business Bureau opened a file in 2009 and now consumers are complaining that they are receiving mail with enclosed check drawn on Wells Fargo Bank for Secret Shopping.

Consumer Research Group – CRG2000
crg2000.com
Ontario Canada
Canada

Address lookup

canonical name crg2000.com.
aliases
addresses 66.175.58.9
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Domain Name: CRG2000.COM
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Referral URL: http://www.networksolutions.com/en_US/
Name Server: DNS1.EARTHLINK.NET
Name Server: DNS2.EARTHLINK.NET
Name Server: DNS3.EARTHLINK.NET
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 26-jul-2012
Creation Date: 19-aug-1998
Expiration Date: 18-aug-2013

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Registrant:
Consumer Research Group
4630 Weathervane Dr.
Alpharetta, GA 30022
US

Domain Name: CRG2000.COM

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Administrative Contact:
Bode, Don crg1@AVANA.NET
Consumer Research Group
PO BOX 2324
ALPHARETTA, GA 30023-2324
US
(770) 667-2177 fax: 999 999 9999

Technical Contact:
hostmaster@earthlink.net
Earthlink Inc
1430 West Peachtree St. NW, Ste. 400
Atlanta, GA 30309
US
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RetailTrack Mystery Shopping

Important Notice! RetailTrack Mystery Shopping  20 years of service
Is Warning the Public of Scammers
Impersonating RetailTrack Mystery Shopping

Retail Track Warn Consumer ~ Have you received a suspicious email about mystery shopping?

Have you received an unsolicited email from a company claiming to be RetailTrack? If so, beware.

The name of RetailTrack Mystery Shopping & Consulting, along with other leading mystery shopping companies is being used by fraud artists. Most often, the job seems “too good to be true” and involves sending money through a wire transfer. This is a scam.

While RetailTrack has clients in the financial industry, we have no assignments that require a wire transfer of funds.

Check out these links for more information:

  1. http://phoenix.about.com/od/scam1/a/mysteryshop.htm
  2. http://www.jobmonkey.com/mysteryshopping/mystery-shopping-scams.html
  3. http://www.wisebread.com/the-mystery-shopping-scam-that-could-cost-you-a-fortune

Here is the text of a current, fraudulent, email being distributed:

Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 04:30:44 -0600
From: “Retail Track INC” info@retailtrack.com
Subject: We Have A Job For You – Please Respond

Dear Applicant,

Top of the day to you.We have decided to offer you an employment as a Mystery Shopper. ( Customer Service Position ). This is a random contact and your response is needed to show your interest. If you have gotten this email sent to you earlier, please we apologise for the spam. If interested, Do respond.

About us : We needs someone who can conduct surveys and evaluate other companies, shops,grocery stores. We get hired to go to other peoples companies and act like customers in order to know how the staffs are handling their services in relation to their customers. once we have a contract to do so, you would be directed to the company or outlet, and you would be given the funds you need to do the job(either purchase things or require services), after which you would write a comment on the staffs activities and give a detailed record of your experience

Mystery Shopper(R) NEVER charge fees to the shopper. Training, tips for improvement, and shopping opportunities are provided free to registered shoppers. Mystery shoppers are either paid a pre-arranged fee for a particular shop, a reimbursement for a purchase

Examples of details you would forward to us are:
1) How long it took you to get services.
2) Smartness of the attendant
3)Customer service professionalism
4)Sometimes you might be required to upset the attendant, to see how they react to clients whey they get tensed. And we turn the information over to the company executives and they would carry out their own duties in improving there services.

Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops,20stores, restaurant and services in your area. No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours as it suits you. If you are interested do send in these information: So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put your service into, and your address would also be need for your payments.

Great Pay** Fun Work** Flexible Schedules** No experience required.

If you can shop-you are qualified!

First name……………….
Middle name………………
Last name………………..
Physical Home Address Line 1…………… ( No P.O. Boxes Please) City…………………….
State……………………
Zip/Postal code…………..
Home phone……………….
Cell phone……………….
Fax……………………..
(If Available) Sex…………………….
Age ………………..
Current Employer : ………………..
Employment Status : Working or Not Working : ………………..
Salary History : ………………..
Reference’s ……………………….. (If Any)
Availability:
No start off fees is required Must be above 18 years old Must be computer literate Must be very honest and committed Please note that this is a part time job and you can work freely online

Your response to this email is important , so that we can be sure you want to work for us and reconfirm your mailing address details we have in our database ASAP, it is compulsory you provide all these listed information’s, Your personal information shall be stored in our database and shall be kept confidential, However only your Name and Physical Address with only be sent to our customers who’ll be sending you payments.

Thanks For Your Total Understanding.
Sales/Hiring Manager
Attn: Mark Fraser
Delivering simple solutions and achievable business objectives

Source: RetailTrack Mystery Shopping & Consulting
assignments@themysteryshoppers.org 

contacts@themysteryshoppers.org

WhoIs ~ 123greatjobs.com

Like to Shop? Like to Eat? Get Paid up to %50/hour! Call for current jobs 1-818-581-3072 or go to: http://www.123greatjobs.com code: 2D1T8

Address lookup
canonical name 123greatjobs.com

aliases
addresses 64.150.191.149
Domain Whois record

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Domain Name: 123GREATJOBS.COM
Registrar: WEB COMMERCE COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED DBA WEBNIC.CC
Whois Server: whois.webnic.cc
Referral URL: http://www.webnic.cc
Name Server: NS1.CODERO.COM
Name Server: NS2.CODERO.COM
Status: ok
Updated Date: 10-aug-2012
Creation Date: 25-aug-2011
Expiration Date: 25-aug-2013

Last update of whois database: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:58:34 UTC
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Domain: 123greatjobs.com
Status: Active

DNS:
ns1.codero.com
ns2.codero.com

Created: 2011-08-25 16:37:24
Expires: 2013-08-25 08:37:24
Last Modified: 2011-08-25 04:37:22

Registrant Contact:
Whoisprotection.cc
Domain Admin (reg_1088792@whoisprotection.cc)
Lot 2-1, Incubator 1, Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia 57000
P: +603.89966788 F: +0.0

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Domain Admin (adm_1088792@whoisprotection.cc)
Lot 2-1, Incubator 1, Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia 57000
P: +603.89966788 F: +0.0

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Whoisprotection.cc
Domain Admin (tec_1088792@whoisprotection.cc)
Lot 2-1, Incubator 1, Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia 57000
P: +603.89966788 F: +0.0

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Whoisprotection.cc
Domain Admin (bil_1088792@whoisprotection.cc)
Lot 2-1, Incubator 1, Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia 57000
P: +603.89966788 F: +0.0

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Global Sweepstakes Lottery International

From the Desk of the Head Co-ordinator
Global Sweepstake Lottery International
14, Olympic way, Sefton Business Park,
Aintree Liverpool L301RD London U.K
Tel:+447040121867
Fax:+447092863839
Ref: GSL/988/05

Dear Sir/Madam,

WINNING NOTIFICATION

Over the years the prestigious Global Sweepstake lottery has set out
and successfully organised Sweepstakes on a daily, weekly, and annual
basis.
We have equally maintained a standard unrivaled in the industry as it
concerns the pay out of winnings to successful participants.

In line with the commemorating event marking our 10th year anniversary we rolled out over £2,000.000.00 (Two million British Pounds) for our 10th year Anniversary Draws. Participants for the draws were randomly selected and drawn from a wide range of web hosts which enjoy our patronage. The selection was made through a computer draw system attaching personalized email addresses to ticket numbers.

Your email address as indicated was drawn and attached to Ticket
which subsequently won you £250,000.00 (Two Hundred and fifty Thousand Great Britain Pounds) as one of the 10 jackpot winners in this draw.

You have therefore been approved the entire winning sum of £250,000.00
(Two Hundred and fifty Thousand British Pounds). The draws registered
as Draw number one was conducted in Brockley, London United Kingdom
on the 4th of June 2005. This lottery Draws is commemorative and as
such special.

Please be informed by this Winning Notification to make contact with
your designated agent who shall by duty guide you through the process
to facilitate the release of your winnings.

To file for your claim Please Contact your Fiduciary agent
Dr. Nichole Allen
Global Sweepstake Fiduciary
Email: global_sweepstaketeam@yahoo.co.uk

You are advised to contact your Fiduciary agent with the following
details to avoid unnecessary delays and complications.
Your Name (in Full), Ticket Number, Serial Number and Lucky Numbers as indicated in this winning Notification.

I wish to on behalf of Members and Staff of the Global Sweepstake
Lottery International Congratulate you on your win and wish you the
Best of luck as you spend your good fortune.

Thank you for being part of our commemorative 10th Anniversary Draws.

Sincerely,

Sir Peter Parker
Global Sweepstakes Lottery Co-ordinator.
NB:
PLEASE NOTE! Any claim not made before seven(7) working days from date of notification will indicate that the winner has voluntarily forfeited
his/her winnings.



Global Lottery Corporation Sweeptakes
303 carson St
las vegas Nevada 89193
United States of America
Phone: 202-506-9575

i been contacted by a company called Global Lottery Corporation/sweepstakes address 303 Carson st, Las Vegas NV 89193 u.s.a. Apparently, i am a winner of 2,500.000.00 dollars. The person who called me calls himself David Rogers(202)506-9575 but he does not speak English properly nor does his affiliates. He said that in order to claim my price i will need to
send money via Money gram.

I sent $195.00 dollars claimed the money in Alabama at 9:36 am 2/25/2011. He said that the money would be delivered today in the morning at 10:00 am. Another guy by the name of Peter White, calls me to say that he can not deliver the money do to the fact that “there is a discrepancy”(805)3140972 ext 31.

He insisted that i send $1,800.00 dollars to Elaine pol to leahla kykots movy Village Arizona. i said, i did not have that amount to be sent so he told me that he was going to talk to his manager by the name of Peter Morris(Authorized Agent Corporate Finance Global Lottery Corporation). Then he said that i only had to send $500.00 dollars.

He sent me an email from Gene Schaller with a called transaction request proof a u.s department Affidavit and a price certificate award for 5,500,000.00. but there was another one with a different amount. i suspect that this is a large organization of criminals due to the fact that i did a research online on google “Global Sweepstakes Lottery: Is this a scam” and Mumbai.indiabizclub.com appears on the research.