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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Nevada Police warn of possible scam

Nevada Police were made aware of a possible survey scam going around the area.

A letter containing a check is being sent out to individuals asking them to take part in a survey of certain large businesses. They are requesting that you get a Money Gram transfer for the amount of the check given and send it to another individual usually in a different state. 

Before sending the check they are requiring you to make notification to a phone number or email address letting them know you are depositing/cashing the money. The possible scammers are using the name and logo of "Market Force".  

The following information was obtained from the Market Force website. "In the last several months we have been seeing increased activity among scammers attempting to take your money and as a trusted mystery shopping provider, Market Force wants you to know that we're here to help.

If you believe you have been approached by a fraudulent mystery shop company, we suggest you contact one or all of the following:

Your local police department. Ask for the Cyber Crimes department or an investigator. 

The FBI. See FBI Complaints
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which handles complaints about deceptive or unfair business practices. To file a complaint, visit FTC Contact, call 1-877-FTC-HELP, or write to Federal Trade Commission, CRC-240, Washington, DC 20580.
E-mail service provider of the person contacting you such as AOL, Google, Yahoo, etc., visit their 'Contact Us' page to file a complaint. Remember to provide accurate information about the person or persons perpetuating the fraud so that the authorities can assist you in stopping this activity.

We've found that some scammers are:

Using Market Force Information logo
Pretending to be a Market Force employee (and using a real Market Force employee name) Taking text from our website to present a professional look and feel 

These individuals or groups want to take your money and will go to extreme measures to trick you into believing that they are a legitimate business. Here are some of the clues that will help you identify the contact as a scam:

You are sent 'money' in the form of a check in advance of your performing a shop. These checks are not good and your bank will then look for you to make good on the deposit. Market Force Information does not pay shoppers in advance of a shop.
You are asked to pay money to become a shopper. Legitimate mystery shopping firms never ask for money from a shopper."

Courtesy of the Nevada Police Department Facebook Page