My wife received a letter in the mail stating that she had been selected in a paid Comsumer Research Program as a Mystery Shopper and that this was her training assignment should she accept. Included was a check for $3, 900.
- 2 hours probationary training pay @ the rate of $75.00 per hour: $150
- Funds for shopping: $300
- Service Charge by MoneyGram / Western Union: $180
- Required funds to be sent: $3, 270
The task was to:
1) Evaluate a local retail store (Walmart, K-Mart, Macy's, JC Penny or Target) by spending $300 there.
2) Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of Western Union/Moneygram or any specified financial institution by sending a Western Union/Moneygram in the amount of $3, 270 to a training agent in a different location.
We became suspicious because there seemed to be several different Companies and addresses involved:
- The address on the envelope was 705 Logan, Longueuil QC J4P 1K7, which supposedly is in Quebec, Canada. It even had a Canadian postage stamp.
- The address given on the letter itself is 200 Park Avenue East Mezzanine #48 New York, NY 10166. (The address of "American Survey Research Organizations" from their web site is similar).
- The company name and address on the check is Gas Pipe, Inc. III, 1407 North Collins Street Arlington, Texas 76011. Which according to yellowpages seems to be an actual company.
After reading several similar rip off reports we decided to report this one too.