New Haven Barracks/Mystery Shopper Scam
VSP Press Release-Incident
STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
VIOLATION: Scam Involving Becoming a Mystery Shopper
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: Recently the Vermont State Police-New Haven Barracks was made aware of a mystery shopper or secret shopper mail scam. In these particular cases, individuals received a letter stating that they had been approved to be a mystery shopper and that the accompanying check was for their first assignment. The letter asks that the individual deposit the check at their respective banks and withdraw the cash. The letter continues by stating that the “shopper” is allowed to keep a small portion of the cash to complete their assignment and as
a commission. All remaining funds are to be transferred via Money Gram/Walmart RIA Transfer or Western Union to another “agent” listed in the letter.
The State Police would like to remind the public that although mystery (secret) shoppers are paid for conducting assigned shopping tasks, a legitimate company hiring these shoppers will never send a check to the shopper before a task has been completed. Additionally, these companies will never ask you to cash a check and/or send money through Western Union (or a similar service) to an individual.
Trooper Adria C. Pickin
Vermont State Police
“B” Troop New Haven Barracks
802-388-4919 P 802-453-7918 F