"MSPA-INC Online Research Mystery Shopper" Scam
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Sample of the "MSPA-INC Online Research Mystery Shopper" Scam
From: 112as12@ca.JHU.EDU <112as12@ca.JHU.EDU>
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 7:50:35 AM
Subject: # Welcome to MSPA-INC Online Research
Do not reply or ignore this message, if you have ever received before .. !!
WE HAVE CUSTOMER SERVICE SURVEY ASSIGNMENTS IN YOUR AREA.
YOU WILL GET $255 USD/ASSIGNMENT, WHICH WOULD COME [IN] THE
FORM OF A MONEY ORDER FOR YOUR ASSIGNMENTS. THE JOB ENTAILS
AN EVALUATION PROCESS SUCH AS VISITING THE GAP, WAL-MART/K-MART,ETC.
FILL-OUT DETAIL INFORMATION BELOW TO GET STARTED;
> NAME: ______
> ADDRESS-LINE: ______
> C.I.T.Y: ______
> S.T.A.T.E: ______
> C.O.D.E ZIP: ______
> PHONE?: ______
> AGE/GENDER: ______
NOTE : PLEASE NOTE THAT IS A PART TIME JOB,
THANK YOU #
RUTH Y OLIVIA
Scammers steal personal information from potential victims using bogus emails like the one above. Once they are in possession of their potential victims' personal information, the scammers will contact them and attempt to scam them or sell their information to other scammers.
Victims of these scams usually blame their banks, utility companies, ISPs or even the government, claiming they sold their information to the highest bidder, when in fact they were the ones who unknowingly gave the scammers their information when they fell for their phishing scams.
This is why online users are asked to be careful of messages which ask for personal information, especially the ones that promise quick money with little or no work. Scammers use the promise of quick money and get rich schemes to help lure potential victims into their traps.
Many of the mystery shopping scams that we have come across usually send potential victims fraudulent checks (cheque) and ask them to deposit them. The scammers will then ask the potential victims to take their share of the money from the fraudulent checks and send the balance to them. But, the checks will bounce and the potential victims will be responsible for paying the cost for processing the checks and paying back the money they have sent to the scammers; they may even get arrested.
Persons who have received the same checks are asked not to deposit them and report them to the police, and those who have already done so are asked to contact their banks immediately and let them know that they may have been a victim of the online mystery shopper scam.
Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or other information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.
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