March 14, 2009
We have recently received requests asking that we validate the employment of Robert Preston, Micheal Thomforde, James Clayton, Paula Moore, Carlos Burnett and now Chris Jordan.
None of these persons work for Confero. This is a scam.
They are offering the chance to perform Western Union shops where shoppers receive money orders in excess of $800. The shopper is then asked to try to send the check to someone, while retaining $200 for their time involved in conducting the shop and answering a survey. The money orders prove to be forged and the shopper is personally responsible for covering the amount of the checks. Previously, they had sent emails from Gmail or hotmail accounts. More recently, they have begun to send emails that appear to be from Confero using email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org in the From line of the email. When shoppers attempt to reply, a Gmail address appears.
Please do not give any personal information to anyone via email. You may register through a secure server on our website if you wish to become a shopper with Confero. Please forward any correspondence you receive from anyone claiming to be a recruiter with Confero to us at email@example.com. Thank you for assisting us as we try to identify and stop these people. This scam is being run using the good names of multiple mystery shopping companies. Almost all of the emails share a similar format.
Confero is a Charter member of the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA), which urges consumers who receive these offers to file a report by contacting the following:
October 20, 2008
Cary, NC — October 20, 2008 — We have recently received requests from people asking that we validate the employment of Robert Preston, Micheal Thomforde, James Clayton, and Paula Moore with Confero. None of these persons work for Confero. They are offering the chance to perform Western Union shops where shoppers receive money orders in excess of $800.
September 30, 2008
Cary, NC — September 30. 2008 — The Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA), the largest professional trade association dedicated to improving service quality using anonymous resources, wants to warn consumers of a new version of a check cashing scam. In the past, the scam used a fake cashier’s check to take thousands of dollars from consumers. Recently, consumers have received what appears to be a regular check from a legitimate mystery shopping company, but the check is actually forged. The name of a real company usually appears on the check as well as real account information. The forgery of the check is discovered a few days after it is deposited, and the consumer is held responsible for the entire amount of the check. For more information, please MSPA website.
August 25, 2008
Cary, NC — August 25, 2008 — We have been contacted recently by prospective shoppers who were emailed by persons with Hotmail and Gmail email addresses, claiming to be recruiters for Confero. These emails are a scam! The emails ask consumers for personal information and promise an unrealistic $200 per shop survey. PLEASE never give your personal information to anyone via email. To register your profile to shop for Confero, please do so online via our secure website. If you have been contacted by these scammers, please forward a copy to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are working with the authorities to put a stop to this!