Another Victory for the ‘Mystery Shopper’ ScammerFebruary 26th, 2009 by josh farley
It’s always painful to read police reports of Kitsap Peninsula residents getting scammed through the mail.
This scheme, though, has a special sting to it: the “Mystery Shopper” scam.
An East Bremerton woman went to the sheriff’s office in Silverdale last week and gave a familiar story. She’d received mail from the “Zenith Monitoring & Research Group,” which said she had been “selected to participate in a paid research program as a mystery shopper.”
Inside the letter was a check for $3,991.35. She was asked to return a money order to the research group for $3,325 to cover costs.
There were a lot of red flags in this letter. But sending more than $3,000 to a stranger is the biggest of all such flags.
The woman felt “very upset over being victimized in this scheme.” I don’t blame her.
I yearn for the day I never read a report of this type again.