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My son received a check that looked legit for $1500; $450 for him to keep for being a Whole Foods "Mystery Shopper" and the rest for expenses.  He didn't apply for position and the nearest Whole Foods is 3.5 hrs away ( haven't bought a thing from them in 15 years).  We think it is a scam ( deposit check, check bounces etc), what do you think/ know?

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It's a scam. You can google it as I just did and you'll see the info.

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A bank manager can tell you very quickly.

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@patbz    Call Whole Foods Corporate and ask them.  If your son has registered on one of the job search websites, it leaves him vulnerable to all kinds of scams. 

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@patbz  Take the check to your bank & ask the bank manager if it's legit.  If so, don't deposit it.  Cash it out!

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DH read enclosed info packet, they want him to buy $1000 worth of AMEXCO gift cards, open them and e-mail mail the code.  Clearly a fraud.

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@Mz iMac wrote:

@patbz  Take the check to your bank & ask the bank manager if it's legit.  If so, don't deposit it.  Cash it out!


If you cash out a check that comes back later as a problem, they will pull the money right out of your account.  I wouldn't suggest cashing out a check that is questionable @Mz iMac .  No one wins.

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When it sounds too good to be true, it always is.

 

Good move to google and delete.

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@Mz iMac wrote:

@patbz  Take the check to your bank & ask the bank manager if it's legit.  If so, don't deposit it.  Cash it out!


@Mz iMac 

 

No way!

 

It takes an out of state check 10 days to clear (in my banks) and in that length of time, the scammers have your money and the bank charges you back for it, until you jump through hoops to prove it was a fraudulent transaction, to get your money back.

 

Not me!

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Re: Probable Scam

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@patbz 

 

I've seen cases like this on JJ and The People's Court.

 

They are ALWAYS FRAUD AND A SCAM. Tell him to take all the materials to the local post office and turn them in to the postmaster in charge.