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Beware of "PineCone Walmart Research Survey" Phishing Scams

2017-10-02T15:33:19  +
Beware of "PineCone Walmart Research Survey" Phishing Scams

Online users, beware of phishing PineCone Research email messages like the one below, which ask recipients to take part in a Wal-Mart evaluation survey. Every month, thousands of these phishing email messages are sent out by scammers to trick their potential victims into sending them their personal information. Therefore, online users are asked never to respond to unsolicited email messages that request personal or financial information, and to be careful when asked to do surveys that collect personal and sensitive information that can be used against them.

The "PineCone Walmart Research Survey" Phishing Scam

From: PineCone Research™ [scott@pineconeresearchpanel.com]
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2017 9:25 AM
Subject: Survey Directives for Evaluation #85839-1001

Dear Survey Participant,

Your survey packet will be delivered within the next one business day. Enclosed with your packet is a check for $1400 USD

You will visit a Wal-Mart™ store to conduct an evaluation survey on their transfer services for customer satisfaction standards, employees adherence policy, associate skills and facility cleanliness.

As a survey participant you are to carefully observe your experience at the store by acting cool, calm and confident during the period of your evaluation in order not to arouse any suspicion.

SURVEY CONDUCT GUIDELINES

Upon receipt of your survey packet, you are to cash the check then proceed to the Wal-Mart™ location to utilize their services in sending a transfer to a panelist at the recipients' end. Visit Wal-Mart™ to find a location to conduct your survey.

You are to deduct $500 USD as your compensation for this survey.

Afterwards, you will proceed to send two transfers of both $450 USD and $420 USD to a panelist for conducting their survey at the recipients' end. You are to conduct one survey for both transfers.

You are to use the balance of $30 USD for the transfer fees by minutes service.

RECIPIENT TRANSFER INFORMATION

Name: ROBERT J SCHMITZ

City, State: PHOENIX, ARIZONA (AZ) 85083

First Transfer Amount: $450 USD

Second Transfer Amount: $420 USD

SURVEY REPORT GUIDELINES

Upon completion of your evaluation at the Wal-Mart™ store, you are to submit the survey report using the parameters below by replying to this Email

Full Name:

Wal-Mart™ Store Address:
Accessibility To Location:
Ambiance Of Store:
Appearance Of Attendant:

Appropriateness Of Attendant:

Courteousness Of Attendant:

Security Protocol (if any):

Time Taken To Complete Evaluation:

Personal Opinion For Future Improvements:

Eight Digits Reference Number Provided On Both Receipts:

Forward your report and questions (if any) by replying to this Email

Thank you for your continued interest and CONFIDENTIAL participation in PineCone Research™... we look forward to being able to include you in our next surveys.

Sincerely,

PineCone Research™
250 East 5th St. 9th Fl
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Attn: Karen Scott

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  • Posted: May 15, 2018 at 8:53 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -----Forwarded Message-----
    From: PineCone Research LLC
    Sent: May 15, 2018 1:24 PM
    Subject: WALMART ASSIGNMENT

    You have been selected as a Customer Service Evaluator to participate in our short 10-15 minutes paid research survey on WalMart stores in your area.

    Compensation: You will get paid $500.00 for each completed survey.

    You will visit the nearest WalMart store in your area to conduct a survey by utilizing their WalMart-2-WalMart transfer services for customer satisfaction standards, associate skills and facility cleanliness.

    As a survey panelist, you will act as a potential customer to the assigned WalMart store and conduct your evaluation survey on the efficiency and customer service of the store.

    Please Complete The Sign Up form Below:
    Name:
    Mailing Address:
    Zip Code:
    Phone Number (Cell):
    Work Experience:
    Alternate Email:

    Thanks for your interest and CONFIDENTIAL participation in PineCone Research. . .we look forward to being able to include you in our sequel surveys.

    PineCone Research LLC
    250 E 5th St 9th Fl
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
    Attn: Gary Scott (Research Operations Manager)
    P: (513) 666-7709

    delete


  • Posted: Apr 2, 2018 at 12:28 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Comstock Park, Michigan, United States

    I am a victim of this scam & was ripped off for $1450. It involves Wire, Bank & Mail Fraud. Have NOTHING to do with it.

    delete


  • Posted: Mar 28, 2018 at 3:13 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: PineCone Research LLC [mailto:scott@pineconeresearchmgt.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 9:02 PM
    Subject: WALMART SURVEY DIRECTIVES
    Importance: High

    Dear Survey Panelist,

    Your survey packet has been delivered in the mail. Enclosed within is a check for $1450.00 meant to cover the expense and compensation for your WalMart survey.

    WALMART SURVEY DIRECTIVES
    You will visit the nearest WalMart store in your area to conduct your evaluation survey on WalMart-2-WalMart money transfer services for customer satisfaction standards, associate skills and facility cleanliness.

    During the period of your survey, you are to carefully observe the quality of efficiency and customer service of the store in order to submit a fair and unbiased rating in your survey report.
    Locate a WalMart Store to conduct your survey >
    Upon receipt of your survey packet, Cash the check then proceed with your survey by utilizing WalMart-2-WalMart money transfer services to forward a fixed amount of $900.00 to panelist information provided below.

    You are to deduct $500.00 as your compensation.

    You are to deduct an additional $50.00 to cover for the transfer fees using minutes service.

    REQUIRED PANELIST INFORMATION
    Name: KATHLEEN L SLUGA
    State: CLARION, PENNSYLVANIA (PA)

    SURVEY REPORT GUIDELINES
    Upon completion of your survey at the WalMart Store, you are to submit your survey report by using the parameters below provided in your survey guidelines to this Email >

    Full Name:
    WalMart Store Address:
    Ambiance of WalMart Store:
    Accessibility to WalMart Store:
    Appearance of Attendant:
    Appropriateness of Attendant:
    Courteousness of Attendant:
    Time Taken To Complete Your Survey:
    Your Opinion For Future Improvements:
    Reference Number(s) Provided On Receipt:

    Thanks for your interest and CONFIDENTIAL participation in PineCone Research. . .we look forward to being able to include you in our sequel surveys.

    PineCone Research LLC
    250 E 5th St 9th Fl
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
    Attn: Karen Scott
    P: 513-666-7709"

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 30, 2017 at 5:42 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "-----Original Message-----
    From: PineCone Research
    To: sassy11611
    Sent: Fri, Oct 27, 2017 12:31 am
    Subject: Wal-Mart Assignment

    You are invited to participate in our survey on Wal-Mart customer satisfaction, associate skills and facility cleanliness.

    You will be paid $500.00 for each completed survey.

    You will visit the nearest Wal-Mart store in your region to conduct an evaluation survey by utilizing their transfer services for customer satisfaction services, associate skills and facility cleanliness.

    Upon completion of your survey, you will submit your evaluation survey report based on the parameters provided within your survey packet.

    To apply, please complete the signup form below.

    Full Name:
    Mailing Address:
    Phone (Cell):

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Gary Scott
    Research Operations Manager
    PineCone Research Panel
    250 E 5th St, Ste 1000
    Cincinnati, OH 45202"

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 2, 2017 at 7:19 PM by bsoundog from or near: Porter, Texas, United States

    I must have a target by my email address. I received one of these wanting me to complete a Walmart survey. I deleted it, of course. This comes soon after the PCH scam telling me I had won $5,000,000.

    Thanks again for keeping the social network users advised of these important issues.

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 2, 2017 at 3:31 PM by info

    Received via email:

    'I received an email in my spam folder claiming to be from PineCone Research, a legitimate survey company.

    From: PineCone Research
    Subject: Wal-Mart Assignment - $330.00

    "You are invited to participate in WalMart customer service evaluation survey.
    You will be paid $330.00 for this survey."

    The link below was to hxxp://shamshyrak-gazeti.kz/evaluation/survey/signup.htm (replace "hxxp" with "http" at your own risk). Certainly not the legitimate PineCone Research website; seems to be an innocent third party's website that was hijacked. The details on this webpage read:

    "You are invited to participate in our In-Store Evaluation Survey to gather opinions for WalMart customer service satisfaction, associate skills and store cleanliness.

    You will earn $330.00 for this survey.

    To conduct your survey, You will visit the nearest WalMart store in your region to carry out an evaluation survey by utilizing their services to send a transfer and submit a survey report on your store experience.

    As a survey panelist, you are to carefully observe your experience at WalMart store by acting cool, calm and confident during the period of your survey.

    You will receive a survey packet in the mail within the next 2 business days. Enclosed within your survey packet is a check to cover your expenses and compensation for this survey.

    Upon completion of your survey, you will submit your survey report using the guidelines provided in your packet."

    There was a form for name, phone number, email address, and mailing address.

    Interestingly enough, while I was looking through the source of the page, the "publisher" and "author" in the HTML header led to MySurvey on Google , seemingly unrelated from PineCone.

    Also, PineCone has become aware of these scams: https://www.pineconeresearch.com/security-notice.asp'

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 2, 2017 at 12:45 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: PineCone Research
    Date: October 1, 2017 at 3:43:59 AM CDT
    Subject: Wal-Mart Assignment - $330.00

    You are invited to participate in WalMart customer service evaluation survey.
    You will be paid $330.00 for this survey.

    Click Here To Join

    We appreciate your time!
    -PineCone Research"

    delete


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