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Mystery Shopping Cheque Fraud Scam In Bridgend

Mystery Shopping Cheque Fraud Scam In Bridgend
Bridgend County Borough Council’s Trading Standards service is warning of a possible scam involving mystery shopping which is currently in operation.

Has your credit card been repeatedly charged after paying for a papermill service such as online wills, online, divorce, payment protection insurance claims or other services including data recovery and forensics, has a case of wine or a create of beer ? Always be wary of something thats too cheap, it could end up costing you more than you think.

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The scam involves a newspaper advert asking for mystery shoppers to take part in a survey. Consumers are asked to send an email to the organisers, who then send a cheque for a substantial amount of money.

The consumer is asked to then transfer money with a well known company, which the organisers claim is a part of the mystery shopping scheme. Some people are transferring money from their accounts before realising the cheque they have been sent is actually a fake.

Service Manager for Trading Standards, Helen Picton, wants to highlight the severity of these scams to Bridgend County Borough residents.

She said: “We believe that this scam is likely to be operating from outside the UK and this makes it very difficult to bring the scammers to justice. It’s important that consumers are fully aware of the risks involved when responding to these adverts, and it reinforces our belief that if something sounds too good to be true it usually is.

“It is important to step back and evaluate the risks of this type of transaction, especially as the only information likely to be received is in an email. Please be on your guard.”

Anyone aware of such a scam should contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 or 08454 040505 for a Welsh language service. Further advice on scams can be found by visiting http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/watch_out/Scams/.

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