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Beware of "PineCone Walmart Research Survey" Phishing Scams

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Beware of "PineCone Walmart Research Survey" Phishing Scams

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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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  • July 10, 2019 at 9:45 AM by info

    "From: PineCone Research LLC [mailto:survey@pineconeresearchpanel.com]

    Sent: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 6:08 PM

    Subject: WAL-MART SURVEY DIRECTIVES

    Importance: High

    Survey No: 56990-1001

    Dear Survey Panelist,

    Your survey assignment is ready to be mailed and will get delivered within the next 1-3 business days. Enclosed within is a check for $1400.00 meant to cover the expense and compensation for your WalMart Evaluation Survey.

    WALMART SURVEY DIRECTIVES [#56990-1001]:

    You will visit the nearest WalMart store in your area to conduct your evaluation survey on their store services for customer satisfaction standards, associate skills, facility cleanliness and products testing

    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 >

    You will get paid $500.00 for each completed assignment.

    To confirm your survey participation, complete the information below >

    Full Name:

    Complete Mailing Address:

    Phone Number (cell):

    Sincerely,

    PineCone Research LLC

    500 Creekside Drive

    Pottstown, PA 19464

    Attn: Elaine Scott (Operations Manager)

    P: 2672239049"

    Received this scam.

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  • May 20, 2019 at 10:34 PM by an anonymous user from San Jose, California, United States

    If the $1400.00 check comes to you as a cashiers check, how can they tell whether you cash it or not?

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    • May 20, 2019 at 11:48 PM by info

      They want you to cash the check and send them the money. Once the bank discovers the check is a fake, you will have to pay the money back along with the fees associated with the processing of the check.

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  • February 27, 2019 at 4:27 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "PineCone Research LLC" <scott@pineconeresearchpanel.org>

    Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:01:50 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 b

    y utilizing their store services for customer satisfaction standards, assoc

    iate skills and facility cleanliness.

    As a survey-panelist, you will act as a potential customer to the assigned

    WalMart store to conduct your evaluation survey on the efficiency and custo

    mer service of the store.

    Please complete the Sign Up form below >

    Name:

    Current Mailing Address:

    Zip Code:

    Age:

    Phone Number (cell):

    Work Experience:

    Alternate Email:

    Sincerely,

    PineCone Research LLC

    250 E 5th St 9th Fl

    Cincinnati, OH 45202

    Attn: Karen Scott (Research Operations Manager)

    P: 5136667709"

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  • November 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM by an anonymous user from Hartwell, Georgia, United States

    Just received a check and email today November 21st also. Need the money, but I will survive without this headache and suffering of being in additional $1,450.00 in debt because of this scam.

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  • November 14, 2018 at 9:56 AM by an anonymous user from Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States

    Just got an email from this scam today, Nov. 14, 2018. Wording altered slightly from the more recent post directly above.

    ================= =================

    "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 to conduct your evaluation survey on the efficiency and customer service of the store in order to submit a fair and unbiased rating in your survey report.

    Please complete the Sign-Up form below:

    Name:

    Current Mailing Address:

    Zip Code:

    Age:

    Phone Number:

    Work Experience:

    Alternate Email:

    Sincerely,

    PineCone Research LLC

    250 E 5th St, 9th Fl

    Cincinnati, OH 45202

    Attn: Karen Scott (Research Operations Manager)

    P: 513-666-7709

    Thank you - We appreciate and value your participation!"

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  • 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

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  • April 2, 2018 at 12:28 PM by an anonymous user from Grand Rapids, 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.

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    • May 20, 2019 at 10:12 PM by an anonymous user from San Jose, California, United States

      How did they rip you off? Did you cash the check? Mines a cashiers check. Not sure what to do with it.

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      • May 20, 2019 at 10:21 PM by info

        Report it to the police.

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  • March 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"

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  • October 30, 2017 at 5:42 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "-----Original Message-----

    From: PineCone Research <scott@pineconeresearchpanel.com>

    To: sassy11611 <sassy11611@aol.com>

    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"

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  • October 2, 2017 at 7:19 PM by bsoundog from Dallas, 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.

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  • October 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 <admin@pineconeresearchpanel.com>

    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'

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  • October 2, 2017 at 12:45 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: PineCone Research <admin@pineconeresearchpanel.com>

    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"

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