Mystery Shopping Scam Targets Nebraskans

Nebraska Banking & Finance says a company calling itself Global Complaince, Inc. is trying to scam you.

The company offers consumers an opportunity to participate in a paid customer research program known as “mystery shopping” or “secret shopping.”

The company requires consumers to complete a paid training assignment.

In this case, the company sent the consumer a counterfeit cashier’s check in the amount of $2,930 to assist with the training.

The consumer was instructed to deposit the check at her bank, use the proceeds to purchase goods at retailers and restaurants, and evaluate the quality of service she received.

The consumer was also instructed to send $2,450 of the proceeds to a representative of Global Compliance via MoneyGram.

There are many variations of the money transfer and counterfeit check scam.

The Department strongly cautions consumers against cashing the check and sending money to this company.

The Department offers these tips when receiving a mystery shopper opportunity or a check in the mail from an unknown source:

Keep these tips in mind:

--Don't pay to become a mystery shopper. A legitimate company will not require the shopper to send them money.

--Before you withdraw funds against a check you have deposited from an unknown source, always ask your financial institution if the funds have been finally collected, rather than simply counting on the availability of the funds.

--If you are not absolutely sure who you are dealing with, get the company’s number from the telephone book or from directory assistance, and call it to make sure you know with whom you are dealing.

--Sometimes scammers pretend to be another legitimate company. Take the time to find out if the company really exists and whether or not it is valid and reputable.

You can always contact the Department to check the status of the company by calling 402-471-2171 in Lincoln, or the toll-free consumer hotline (877) 471-3445 for Nebraska consumers outside of Lincoln.

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