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Counterfeit Credit Union Checks and Secret Shopping

A variant of secret shopper and counterfeit check scams is showing up in several parts of the country. Capitalizing on the popularity of "mystery shopping," in which consumers are recruited to monitor the performance of retail businesses, scammers are making withdrawals from victims’ bank/credit union accounts. Secret Shoppers send the member a package by FedEx asking him/her to do a secret shopping assignment. The assignment was to cash a cashier's check and then send a Money Gram from the local Wal-Mart. The member thought he was monitoring Money Gram's performance, but the scammer, using the name "Secret Shoppers," sent a counterfeit check. The member had wired his own money, about $3,000 to the scammer.

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