Secret Shopper Scam?
Thread poster: LesTrad

LesTrad
Local time: 21:17
English to French
Jan 6, 2012

Hi everyone. Happy New Year.

I didn't connect ProZ for a while but I just received a job offer from a newly ProZ member. This is absolutely scam so I've decided to post it in the forum:

Good Morning,

I have an evaluation project in France which involves me
communicating with someone who understands English and French.

Could you please inform me if you are available for any day this
month?
More information about this evaluation is below.

Thanks.



I am an agent working with Secret Shopper® Europe
We are currently searching for English speakers in EUROPE to help
us with our survey.
Currently, we have been paid to evaluate the services of a
prestigious company which
is the WESTERN UNION.

JOB SUMMARY:
The WESTERN UNION is a company that offers money transfer
services.
The sole aim of this job is to evaluate the services of WESTERN
UNION in your area.
We have received a lot of reports about their poor services.
Hence i will give you a detailed job description in key points.

1. You are to locate a western union office you intend to
evaluate.( If you need a list of WESTERN UNION in your area please
specify.)

2. A cheque would be sent to you to enable you have funds that
would be transferred to another mystery shopper
like you who would be evaluating another western union office in
his / her location

3. You deposit the cheques into your account.

4. You deduct your wage of 200Eur

5. You transfer the remaining funds(after the subtraction of your
wage and possible bank charges) to the name and address that would
be attached to the cheque.

*NOTE* during the transfer process, you observe key things that
would be sent to you inform of a questionnaire via email/post to
enable you give us a detailed feed back of the whole process.

6. After the transfer, you fill out the questionnaire and give a
general comment about the whole process.

The reports would be based on how true/false the complains of
these worried customers.
Materials needed for the evaluation would be posted to you.

Hence your duties would be to go to a WESTERN UNION outlet in your
locality as a customer.

You do not require any experience in this field as detailed
guidelines
would be given to you to ensure a successful completion.

This role would pay 200Eur per Evaluation.

First Name: Last Name:

Age: Address:

City: Country:

Postal Code: Mobile Number:

Home Phone: Current occupation:

Email Address:




We await your urgent response. Thank you for your help, we look
forward to working with you.




Best Regards,

Tom *****
Secret Shopper®
+44*********


 

kashew
France
Local time: 21:17
English to French
+ ...
Is it a scam? Jan 6, 2012

Definitely originating in Scamalot!
Don't fall for it if you want a happy new year.


 

Walter Landesman  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 16:17
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
Already dealt with in this forum Jan 6, 2012

Yes, that is certainly a scam.

Please see also:
http://www.proz.com/topic/212354
http://www.proz.com/forum/scams/214048-alert_scam.html

It might be of help.


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 21:17
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
Scamalot Jan 6, 2012

kashew wrote:

Definitely originating in Scamalot!


The perfect "home" from which this reknown scam originates.icon_biggrin.gif

Happy New Year!


 

Rolf Kern  Identity Verified
Switzerland
Local time: 21:17
English to German
+ ...
Yes Jan 6, 2012

Walter Landesman wrote:

Yes, that is certainly a scam.

Please see also:
http://www.proz.com/topic/212354
http://www.proz.com/forum/scams/214048-alert_scam.html

It might be of help.


Best regards
Rolf Kern


 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:17
Member (2008)
Italian to English
Yes, it's needed Jan 6, 2012

It isn't "The Western Union". It's "Western Union". So for that reason alone it's obviously a scam.

 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:17
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
Not a scam... Jan 7, 2012

But money laundering, which is worse because you could be in deep legal trouble.

 

Bérénice Mougenot
Local time: 21:17
English to French
Defo a scam Jan 7, 2012

I also received this email, and the phrasing as well as the bad English make it sound wrong. I agree with the post above that it is money laundering.

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 21:17
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
Here we go again Jan 14, 2012

This email sailed in this morning, this time coming from a ProZ profile. I find it interesting that it took 4 days to arrive, having been sent January 10th (Di, 10 Jan 2012 7:30 pm) via... ProZ.com Forums

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 21:17
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
Secret Shoppers Scam Jan 14, 2012

Hi,

I have an evaluation project in Germany which involves me communicating with someone who understands English and German.

Could you please inform me if you are available for any day this month? More information about this evaluation is below.

I am an agent working with Secret Shopper® Europe.

We are currently searching for English speakers in EUROPE to help us with our survey.
Currently, we have been paid to evaluate the services of a prestigious company which is the WESTERN UNION.

JOB SUMMARY:

The WESTERN UNION is a company that offers money transfer services.

The sole aim of this job is to evaluate the services of WESTERN UNION in your area.
We have received a lot of reports about their poor services. Hence I will give you a detailed job description in key points.

1. You are to locate a Western Union office you intend to evaluate.( If you need a list of WESTERN UNION in your area please specify.)

2. A cheque would be sent to you to enable you to have funds that would be transferred to another mystery shopper like you who would be evaluating another Western Union office in his / her location.

3. You deposit the cheques into your account.

4. You deduct your wage of 200Eur.

5. You transfer the balance (after the subtraction of your wage
and possible bank charges) to the name and address that would be
attached to the cheque.

*NOTE* during the transfer process, you observe key things that would be sent to you inform of a questionnaire via email/post to enable you to give us detailed feed back of the whole process.

6. After the transfer, you fill out the questionnaire and give a general comment about the whole process.

The reports would be based on how true/false the complaints of these worried customers are.

Materials needed for the evaluation would be posted to you.

Hence your duties would be to go to a WESTERN UNION outlet in your locality as a customer.

You do not require any experience in this field as detailed guidelines would be given to you to ensure a successful completion.
This role would pay 200Eur per Evaluation.
Your details would undergo security checks before the position is granted to you.

First Name: Last Name:
Age: Address:
City: Country:
Postal Code: Mobile Number:
Home Phone: Current occupation:
Email Address:

We await your urgent response. Thank you for your help, we look forward to working with you.

Best Regards,

Guy Fernadez
Secret Shopper®
+447956968663


 

Rolf Kern  Identity Verified
Switzerland
Local time: 21:17
English to German
+ ...
It goes on Feb 6, 2012

I just got it twice this morning.

RK


 

rstranslations  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 21:17
French to German
+ ...
It goes on and on... Feb 12, 2012

Got it this morning, but with a different name (Ben Hainsworth). Just to say that they still try...
Here is a copy of it:


Hi,


We have an evaluation project in the whole of Europe which
involves me communicating with someone who understands English.


Could you please inform me about your availability.
More information about this evaluation is below.
Thans


We are currently searching for English speakers in EUROPE to help
us with our survey.
Currently, we have been paid to evaluate the services of a
prestigious company which
is the WESTERN UNION.


The WESTERN UNION is a company that offers money transfer
services.


The sole aim of this job is to evaluate the services of WESTERN
UNION in your area.
We have received a lot of reports about their poor services.
Hence I will give you a detailed job description in key points.




* You are to locate a Western Union office you intend to
evaluate.( If you need a list of WESTERN UNION in your area please
specify.)


* A cheque would be sent to you to enable you to have funds that
would be transferred to another individual
like you who would be evaluating another Western Union office in
his / her location.


* You deposit the cheques into your account.




* You deduct your wage of 200Eur.

* You transfer the balance (after the subtraction of your wage and
possible bank charges) to the name and address that would be
attached to the cheque.


*NOTE* during the transfer process, you observe key things that
would be sent to you inform of a questionnaire via email/post to
enable you to give us detailed feed back of the whole process.




* After the transfer, you fill out the questionnaire and give a
general comment about the whole process.




The reports would be based on how true/false the complaints of
these worried customers are.


Materials needed for the evaluation would be posted to you.


Hence your duties would be to go to a WESTERN UNION outlet in your
locality as a customer.


You do not require any experience in this field as detailed
guidelines would be given to you to ensure a successful completion.


This role would pay 200Eur per Evaluation.


Your details would undergo security checks before the position is
granted to you.




First Name: Last Name:
Age: Address:
City: Country:
Postal Code: Mobile Number:
Home Phone: Email Address:


We await your urgent response. Thank you for your help, we look
forward to working with you.


Best Regards,
Ben Hainsworth
+447956968663
+442081446028






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Carla Guerreiro  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 21:17
French to Portuguese
+ ...
Same message. Feb 12, 2012

rstranslations wrote:

Got it this morning, but with a different name (Ben Hainsworth). Just to say that they still try...
Here is a copy of it:


Hi,


We have an evaluation project in the whole of Europe which
involves me communicating with someone who understands English.


Could you please inform me about your availability.
More information about this evaluation is below.
Thans


We are currently searching for English speakers in EUROPE to help
us with our survey.
Currently, we have been paid to evaluate the services of a
prestigious company which
is the WESTERN UNION.


The WESTERN UNION is a company that offers money transfer
services.


The sole aim of this job is to evaluate the services of WESTERN
UNION in your area.
We have received a lot of reports about their poor services.
Hence I will give you a detailed job description in key points.




* You are to locate a Western Union office you intend to
evaluate.( If you need a list of WESTERN UNION in your area please
specify.)


* A cheque would be sent to you to enable you to have funds that
would be transferred to another individual
like you who would be evaluating another Western Union office in
his / her location.


* You deposit the cheques into your account.




* You deduct your wage of 200Eur.

* You transfer the balance (after the subtraction of your wage and
possible bank charges) to the name and address that would be
attached to the cheque.


*NOTE* during the transfer process, you observe key things that
would be sent to you inform of a questionnaire via email/post to
enable you to give us detailed feed back of the whole process.




* After the transfer, you fill out the questionnaire and give a
general comment about the whole process.




The reports would be based on how true/false the complaints of
these worried customers are.


Materials needed for the evaluation would be posted to you.


Hence your duties would be to go to a WESTERN UNION outlet in your
locality as a customer.


You do not require any experience in this field as detailed
guidelines would be given to you to ensure a successful completion.


This role would pay 200Eur per Evaluation.


Your details would undergo security checks before the position is
granted to you.




First Name: Last Name:
Age: Address:
City: Country:
Postal Code: Mobile Number:
Home Phone: Email Address:


We await your urgent response. Thank you for your help, we look
forward to working with you.


Best Regards,
Ben Hainsworth
+447956968663
+442081446028






----------------------------------------
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Sender: kbenhainsworth
Sender's profile: http://proz.com/profile/1547252
Sender's IP address: 81.149.212.192
To adjust your ProZ.com email preferences, visit this page:
http://proz.com/?sp=ef
For technical assistance, please submit a support request:
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Hi everybody!!!

I have just received the same message. Beware!!!


 

Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 16:17
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
Thanks for reporting this! Feb 12, 2012

The profile used for sending this scam has ben fully blocked and associated with a BB page related to this scam.

Because of these actions the profile shows the message "Blue Board: ATTENTION - SCAMMER! / SECRET SHOPPER SCAMMER / WESTERN UNION SCAMMER" and this will serve as a warning to other translators that received the same notification.

A new section of the ProZ.com dedicated to diseminate information on scammers, including notifications to subcribing users will be launched in the next few days.

Regards,
Enrique


 


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