Secret Shopper Money Order Scam

Pennsylvania State police say a southwestern Pennsylvania man may have been duped into acting as a middle man for a bogus money order-cashing scheme.

State police in Uniontown say a man in Connellsville Township was asked to become a “secret shopper” in an e-mail last month. Some retail firms use secret shoppers to find out what kind of customer service people receive in their stores.

After the man signed up, he was mailed 10 money orders. The man was told to cash the money orders and use some money as a secret shopper, but to send the rest to an address in London.

The man cashed two of the money orders before his bank told him they were fraudulent. Police have yet to charge anybody in the scheme.



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