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Wednesday November 14th, 2012

Posted at 2:31pm

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The Essex County OPP are investigating a few occurrences of mail fraud where the promise of ‘Secret Shopper’ payments turn out to be fraud.

Over the past month, the OPP have received calls from victims indicating that they have received mail from various companies saying that the victims have been selected to be part of a “Consumer Research Program”. The citizens are offered a job and specialized training in this field. Part of the program is for the citizen to visit major retailers and purchase approximately $100 worth of products.

The citizen is then asked to fill out a survey and transfer personal funds to the company, while assessing their experience with the transfer process, in turn, the citizen will receive monthly pay cheques of approximately $500.

The types of documents that are mailed to the citizens are scanned documents and include an initial “fraudulent cheque” valued in thousands of dollars, say OPP. The citizens are told that they will be hired as “secret shoppers” and are asked to fill-out and return a form which includes personal and confidential information.

OPP say that no citizens have lost money to this scam locally as of yet.

OPP Sergent Rick Tonial says “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is a fraud”.

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