USPS warns of secret shopper scam, don't cash checks
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Officials across the United States are warning about a secret or mystery shopper scam that many people have fallen victim to.
The scam involves a check for thousands of dollars that you get in the mail with a letter saying you should deposit it, wire back some of the money to the company, keep part as payment, and then use the rest to shop at another store.
The U.S. Postal Service warns that if you deposit the check, you'll get a notice from the bank that it bounced.
So, then the victim is left with the amount of money they wired.
Police say to be wary of any job that requires payment before any wages are earned.
Postal Inspectors advise that if you receive this offer, do not respond, but instead report it to the Postal Inspectors online or call them at 1-877-876-2455.