Consumer Alerts

Warning: People are attempting to Defraud Consumers out of Money Using Confero’s Name

Aug 21, 2015 by Confero Inc.

Recently, Confero received information on various scams where consumers receive an email through LinkedIn from someone appearing to be sending along a job opening announcement.  The recipients receive these suggestions from persons they know or are connected to on LinkedIn through groups, so they appear to be legitimate.

The LinkedIn profiles of the people sending these messages may have been hacked or they may be fake LinkedIn profiles or some combination.  The scams vary, but most include a request for your personal information, including name, address and phone number to “sign up” and the promise of a high paying assignment, for example one which pays  $300 shop fee. 

The scammers use the names of reputable mystery shopping companies in order to win the trust of victims.

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Confero Warns of Thomas Beck - LinkedIn Scam

Aug 19, 2015 by Confero Inc.

We learned today of a LinkedIn scam regarding someone falsely using the name of Thomas Beck, who claims to work for Confero.  The fraudster’s email was sent through LinkedIn, and he claims to be an employee of Confero. The offer includes a promise of $300 for a secret shopping assignment.   

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Confero Warns of Oliver Brand Scam

Aug 19, 2015 by Confero Inc.

Confero was provided information today on a LinkedIn scam regarding someone using the name of Oliver Brand, who claims to work for Confero.  The fraudster’s email was sent through LinkedIn, and his email used is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  The person falsely claims to be an employee of Confero, and offers $300 for a secret shopping assignment. 

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Confero Warns of LinkedIn Scam: Will@secretshoppercenter.net

Aug 19, 2015 by Confero Inc.

Confero was provided information today on a LinkedIn scam regarding someone using the name of Will, who claims to work for Confero.  The fraudster’s email was sent through LinkedIn.   

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Confero Issues Warning on Frank Wilson - Another LinkedIn Scam

Aug 19, 2015 by Confero Inc.

Confero received information today on a LinkedIn scam regarding someone using the name of Frank Wilson, who claims to work for Confero. The fraudster’s email was sent through LinkedIn.  The person falsely claims to be an employee of Confero, in the HR Department, and his email attempts to recruit secret shoppers.

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Confero Warns of Scam: Eric Johnson

Aug 18, 2015 by Confero Inc.

Confero received information today on a scam regarding someone using the name of Eric Johnson, who claims to work for Confero. The fraudster poses as an employee with Confero and offers an assignment.  

Do not fall for this scam! 

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Confero Issues Warning about John Gordon - LinkedIn Scam

Aug 14, 2015 by Confero Inc.

Confero received information today on a LinkedIn scam regarding someone using the name of John Gordon, who claims to work for Confero. The fraudster’s email was sent through LinkedIn, and uses a contact email of .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  The person falsely claims to be an employee of Confero and his email attempts to recruit secret shoppers.

We have no employee named John Gordon, and our email addresses are conferoinc.com, not conferoinc.net.    The scam asks for the person to reply by email in regard to secret shopping opportunities.  Do not fall for this scam!  WE DO NOT HAVE AN EMPLOYEE OR WORK WITH A CONTRACTOR NAMED JOHN GORDON!

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Confero Warns of Email Scam from Oliver@conferoinc.net

Aug 13, 2015 by Confero Inc.

Confero received notification of a fake email scam today, from someone, “Oliver” claiming to work for Confero. The email was from.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  We have no employee named Oliver, and our email addresses are conferoinc.com not conferoinc.net.    The scam asks for the person to send his/her mailing address.  Please do not fall for these false requests.

WE DO NOT HAVE AN EMPLOYEE OR WORK WITH A CONTRACTOR NAMED Oliver!

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Confero Warns of Third LinkedIn Scam - Toby Phillips

Aug 12, 2015 by Confero Inc.

There was a second  fake mystery shop offer that we learned of today, for a gig paying $300 for Marriott International assignment.  The offer was delivered via LinkedIn messaging. These fake positions are advertised through LinkedIn and possibly other sites as well. The scammer, who goes by the name of Toby Phillips, falsely claims to works for Confero.  The email listed is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

WE DO NOT HAVE AN EMPLOYEE OR WORK WITH A CONTRACTOR NAMED Toby Phillips!

Please do not contact this person on LinkedIn or elsewhere as "Toby Phillips” as this person is 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, 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! 

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Confero Warns of LinkedIn Scam Using Confero Name- Job Offer Scam – Lauren Smith- It’s a Fake!

Aug 04, 2015 by Confero Inc.

We learned today about a fake mystery shop offer for the position offered via Linkedin messaging. These fake positions are advertised through Linkedin and possibly other sites as well. The scammer, who goes by the name of Will George, falsely claims that he works for Confero. 

WE DO NOT HAVE AN EMPLOYEE OR WORK WITH A CONTRACTOR NAMED WILL GEORGE!

Please do not contact that person on Linkedin or elsewhere as "Will George" is 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, 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! 

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