Valley woman warns others about secret shopper job ad
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Customer service is high priority for businesses, especially with all the surveys on receipts nowadays. So when one Valley woman found a job to evaluate stores, it sounded like the perfect fit. But that turned out not to be the case.
"They just need to leave me alone they're calling me, they're texting me, they're ridiculous," said Leisa Larson.
You would think someone would be excited to hear from a potential employer, but not Leisa. She is now regretting answering an ad about a secret shopper ad posted on Craigslist.
"It's upsetting," said Lisa.
Days after emailing with a secret shopping agent, she got this envelope in the mail. Inside was a check for almost $2,000. An email told her to keep $200, use $50 for her shopping evaluation at a store and wire the rest to someone in Tennessee. Leisa knew getting paid before she did any work, just didn't sound right.
"I have done nothing except read their text messages," said Leisa.
When Leisa didn't wire the money her employer started asking questions. One text she got from him came just after 4am asking "Why didn't you get back to me?". Another one came at 9am. Leisa was fed up.
"I can send them their check back," said Leisa.
But when Leisa called the man and said she wasn't interested in the job anymore and to ask where she should send the check, he hung up. So we decided to give the secret shopper agent a call.
"No, wait I have a couple of questions for you, can you just answer a couple of questions," asked Action News anchor Tricia Kean before the man hung up.
She called back.
"Ok, so now we get a voicemail we have some questions for you. It's Tricia Kean from Channel 13 you hung up on me," said Tricia. She left him our number, but he never did call back.
Contact 13 reached out to BBVA Compass whose name is on the check. They say the check does not appear to be authentic. The Federal Trade Commission's web site warns about depositing a check from someone you don't know and then wiring the money back. Leisa says the whole experience has changed how she looks for her next job.
"I won't be responding to any part time at home kind of work at all," said Leisa.
Here's the Contact 13 bottom line. Verify a check that you're being asked to deposit is legit by contacting the bank on the check or take it to your own bank. If you're specifically looking for this type of work, click here to check out the Mystery Shopping Providers Association web site.