An email scam that was very popular several years ago appears to be back!
A viewer forwarded me an email he had received inviting him to apply for a Mystery Shopper job. The email offered him $750 per week with expenses paid in advance. It contained numerous spelling and grammatical errors. The viewer wanted to know if the offer was legitimate. Unfortunately, it isn't.
In 2009 11Alive reported on several consumers who lost thousands of dollars in a similar scenario.
Here's how it works: The Mystery Shopper receives a cashier's check for several thousand dollars with instructions to spend a small amount of it in a store, for example, Walmart and then write a report on their customer service. The Shopper is then told to return any money remaining via wire transfer.
The original cashier's check turns out to be counterfeit, the funds are withdrawn from the consumer's account and he or she loses several thousand dollars. The Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Protection said the scammers are often in other countries and extremely difficult to track down.
Georgia Power is warning of another scam. In this one, customers receive a postal mail, email or phone call offering assistance from Federal Stimulus funds to help them pay their energy bill.
The customer is asked to supply banking information and a Social Security number. Georgia Power says the operation is designed to steal customer's identities and their money, and urges anyone who has received the offer to call police.
And Yahoo is warning that 400 thousand user names and passwords have been hacked, along with some users G-Mail, Hotmail, and AOL email information. The Wall Street Journal published this link where consumers can enter their email address to find out if their information has been compromised.