Colorado Springs Residents Offered Fraudulent Positions as “Mystery Shoppers”

  
     
April 03, 2013
The lure of being paid to shop is often irresistible to consumers -- and scammers know it. That’s the impetus behind the latest round of mailings in Colorado Springs from LS Management, a company based in LaVergne, Tennessee that offers those looking for work the opportunity to become a “consumer service evaluator”.

It’s a traditional scam where the company – in this case LS Management – sends the consumer a counterfeit check and asks them to deposit it into their bank account, wait for the funds to clear and become available, and then use that money to buy goods at various retail establishments. It sounds like a dream come true to the person looking to earn extra money.

Here’s the catch: to get the actual assignment, the consumer is asked to go to a website and wire money to purchase training materials, send excess funds back to the original issuers of the check or wire money to various third parties. Consumers do this because they believe the check is legitimate. However, it can take banks weeks to actually collect the money from the issuer of the check and in these types of scams, the check is fraudulent. The result: the consumer withdraws and wires money they don’t actually have in their account. Instead of making money, the consumer is overdrawn and has spent money they don’t have.