Confero Warns of Fake Check Scam: Thomas West and Andrew Mann

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Jun 13, 2019 by Confero Inc.

Confero received information today on fraudsters who are using the Confero name to try to scam consumers. We have no employee named Andrew Mann or Thomas West. The fraudster mention CVS/Moneygram/Walmart assignment and asks people to cash a money order for a mystery shop assignment, telling the consumer to keep wages of $500 from a fake check in the amount of $1998..  If you receive an email or letter in the mail from this scammer, DON’T FALL FOR IT. Do not cash the money order or provide any information. The fake check was sent via USPS priority mail. In this case, it was a cashier’s check drawn on Community Bank & Trust in Iowa.

The persons falsely claim to be associated with Confero and attempt to recruit secret shoppers through emails and letters.  Once contact information is provided, the fraudster sends checks via USPS, asking for the recipient to cash the fake checks. Please do not fall for this scam!

The names and addresses listed in this particular letter is:

   Thomas West

   5112 W. Wathan Drive

   Fresno, CA 93722

   Andrew Mann .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please do not contact Thomas West or Andrew Mann as they are trying to scam people.  These scams almost always result in consumers becoming duped into a fake check scam. In fake check scams, shoppers are sent checks to deposit, and then told to wire most of the funds elsewhere and keep the difference. Ultimately, the check the scammer sent the shopper turns out to be worthless and the shopper is on the hook to cover the entire check with the bank. Some of the checks look quite real - so real in fact that bank tellers see them all the time. BE CAREFUL! 

 Please be aware: 

1.    Emails from Confero employees will come from conferoinc.com. This one came from  johnsonsap1@gmail.com

2.    Confero NEVER issues checks to shoppers for any reason. Our payments to shoppers are sent via PayPal or Direct Deposit.  Payments are issued after successful completion of the mystery shop.

3.   Hundreds of dollars in pay for a mystery shopping assignment is rare.  

We thank the consumers who brought this to our attention, so that we were able to warn others of this scam.

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Comments

I received a letter and a check for $1,998.00 from Georgia’s Own Credit Union via USPS from Andrew Mann @ johnsonasp1@gmail.com who says he is employed by Confero inc. This is exactly the same situation i read in the above article. Just wanted to make you aware of this and if you need any of this paperwork, please contact me at 336-470-7170.

Sincerely,
Caleeb Campbell
2411 W. Main St
Albemarle, NC 28001

Caleeb Campbell
Monday, June 17, 2019

I received a text message. It won’t let me send an attatchment with this but I’d be glad to send a copy of the text in another way if needed.

Davlon Rutherford
Friday, June 21, 2019

I got one today from a contact of ericwarren270@gmail.com
Check also draws from community trust in iowa and is for 1998.00

Doug Atkins
Monday, July 01, 2019

The scammers are now using the name Eric Warren with the email ericwarren270@gmail.com
I just fell for this myself. Do I have any recourse?

Patrick H Knitter
Wednesday, July 03, 2019

I received the same exact thing - the check is on community bank and trust and the contact name is ericwarren270@gmail.com

Chris Rodgers
Monday, July 08, 2019

After signup on your website to do mystery shopping
Immediate contact was made on June 30,2019 from phone number (201) 579-9887

I received check for $1998.00 to do exactly as stated above article.
Contact was ericwarren270@gmail.com

However,I waited for the check to return before attempting to complete
the job. The check returned as fraudulent/police report was made
I did not lose money because I did not spend the provisional money but I did want to let you know what’s happening.

Aloha

Michaeleen Sale
Wednesday, July 17, 2019






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