When I received the brown envelope in the mail, I believed it to be more 'junk mail', but when I opened the envelope it contained a check in the amount of $3, 789.50 and made out to my name...so I was quite excited. I almost deposited the check twice, but was hesitant to doing so until I fully checked it out. Everytime I googled the name of the company, what came up did not match the 'Mystery Shopper' guise. So I looked at the check itself a little closer and saw it was drawn with Keybank National Association so I googled that name and lo and behold, it came up, stating that there were conterfeit checks printed using this banks name. So I called the banks fraud dept and they confirmed that this account was true, but could not confirm if what was in the acct would cover the check I held, and that if the check is drawn out of state, it could take up to 10 days for the check to clear completely. Of course the rip-off con artists required that this 'probationary' assignment be completed within one week. The fraud dept also stated it was 98% a scam and to be very careful.
The funny thing is I'm really good at saying 'oh this or that is a scam' but this one truly threw me. But now that the fuzz has left my brain, it's so obvious, as most of the money is required to be sent 'back' to them. It's just a new spin on a old way to cheat people out of their hard earned money. It's too bad these days that we have to constantly be on our toes for new age rip-off artists, shame on them.