I received my check for $3, 950 from Research Group, a division of mysteryshoponline.com with instructions to spend $100 at Walmart and send the rest by MoneyGram to persons unknown. The check looks very legitimate and is drawn on Wachovia Bank of Charlotte, NC. A large check like that certainly gets one's attention and, since I had heard of "mystery shoppers, " I decided to check it out. That is how I found this website and discovered this scam to be a very large and sophisticated operation. I plan to forward my information and check to our local FBI office.
I note one common thread throughout all similar reports: directions to spend $100 at WALMART. Coincidentally, I had a problem with Walmart in December of 2007 and wrote it a letter expressing my anger and frustration. I can't help but wonder if Walmart is somehow involved in this scam, as it is clear that they are certainly benefitting. I would be interested to know if anyone else receiving these letters has had any type problem in the past, or is in any way connected with Walmart, or is in their computer mailing list.
Many thanks to complaint for the information provided.