Bank Officials & Police Warn About Scam

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Some fear the more people struggle to make ends meet the more likely they are to fall for various scams.

Officials at one bank want to warn you about a scam they say at least two of their customers fell for.

Amscot Shoppers World is sending out letters that congratulate you on being selected as one of their new mystery shoppers.

They actually send you a check for more than $3,000 to get started.

“If it is too good to be true... then it is,” Janet Sandlin, Whitaker Bank, said.

The check looks legitimate and the amount of $3,300 is hard to ignore, but Whitaker Bank officials say the check is bogus.

“It is a real bank listed on the check and it is a real routing number, but it is a fraudulent check,” Sandlin said.

Bank officials say two of their customers deposited the check with clear instructions on what to do next.

“They wanted them to deposit the check send them back a cashier's check for over half of it then keep some of it and go to different businesses and spend the money,” Sandlin said.

After investigating further, Whitaker Bank Branch Manager Janet Sandlin says she found her customers received the check with a letter sent by Amscot Shoppers World.

The letter only listed a phone number from a regional office in Canada, so we called.

Mr. Tony Wilson, Listed as a contact in the letter, but he hung up on us after asking him about what his company does.

Police say before you decide to send money anywhere... you should check things out.

In this case, Janet Sandlin says the customers who thought they were getting a good deal will now have to cover the cost of the check.

“They are liable for it and you have already sent them the cashier's check which is good so they've got their money,” Sandlin said.

Sandlin says your bank should be able to verify a checks authenticity...

Janet Sandlin says whenever someone is asking you to send large sums of money from anywhere be sure to double-check with your bank or local authorities.


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  • by kay Location: Michigan on Apr 27, 2009 at 03:29 PM
    my mom applied for a mystery shopper's job 6 months ago and we just got something i the mail today. it was a letter with all of her instructions and a check for $3,946.21. we actually went to the bank, but luckily my mom's ID has expired and we couldn't cash it.they also said that the number to the bank was wrong because the bank on the check had changed thiers. i was a suspicious, so i decided i would check it out. i'm so glad the bank wouldn't cash the check. my mom is really ill and there's no way we could have afforded that big of a loss.
  • by nik Location: indiana on Jul 15, 2008 at 01:01 PM
    I got one from Insder mystery shopper and I put the check in my bank but I wouldn't do the money transfers until I was sure the check cleared. Well today my bank sent me a letter saying it was not clear. So I wasn't out of any money.
  • by steve on Jul 11, 2008 at 09:32 PM
    scamed in kansas by amscot mystery shopper
  • by Maudy Location: Smiths Gtrove, Ky on Jul 5, 2008 at 08:53 AM
    My daughter recieved the AmScot letter and check in her mail and immediatly called me. I got on line and looked it up and there is no website for it. World wide web search found the Cops and Bank alert. I clicked on it and I am so glad I found it. Thank you.
  • by Monica Location: Bowie, MD on Jun 27, 2008 at 06:45 AM
    I, too, received an AMSCOT letter with a check for $3300. But when I read how that money was to be disposed, i.e., I send $2500 money gram to smeplace, I knew this was a scam. Why should I send $2500 some place after they send me $3300!!! I went on line to see if the scam had been reported.
  • by Andrea Location: Sparkill, New York on Jun 26, 2008 at 02:31 PM
    I Too, Received a check for $3300.00 from NBA Credit Union, on June 20, 2008, It came with instructions on how to cash the check being it has a security code. I just feel bad for people that are going through a hard time (as I am right now), they might think they got a stroke of good luck or something...... UGH ! ! ! SCAM, SCAM, SCAM ! ! ! ! Disgusted in Rockland County, NY Andrea
  • by Ashley Location: Leesville, La on Jun 20, 2008 at 05:45 PM
    WoW i just actually got this letter in the mail today, i called it before researching it and by george Mr. Tony Wilson was the guy i talked to...he told me to deposit the check into my back account on monday morning and to not tell the clerk who or what it was for. that it was confidental...then to call him back after i did and he'd give me further instructions on what to do, weird i know. so after giving him my number and hanging up i desided to google the company for any critics on it and i found this....sure glad i did...or i'd be one of those poor souls that'd have to cover the check and pay the bank back the 2,500 witch is something i can't just pull out of my pocket and fork over just like that, this guys got a pretty good fish hooking scam going on here, hope he gets found and charged soon .....thank you
  • by Michael... Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota on Jun 18, 2008 at 07:40 PM
    My thanks to Peter O'Connor for reporting and researching this story. I was very recently close to being scammed by this scum but fortunately I suspected the frequent phone calls from "Mr." Tony Wilson urging me to MoneyGram $2,500. YAY for the good guys :-) My local bank refused to honor the $3,300 check. I admit I WAS tempted but my thanks to U.S Bank, here in St. Paul, I'll just chalk this one up to just another "eye-opening experience'! A little healthy skepticism is a GOOD thing. M...
  • by Erica Location: montgomery, pa on Jun 13, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    I did apply for a mystery shopping job; that's why I wasn't surprised to hear from them. But, I thoroughly checked everything out before I proceded. Thank God I didn't cash the check! Thanks so much for your information!
  • by mary on Jun 12, 2008 at 03:14 PM
    I dont think is that dumb of depositing into there account...Come on people...did u even apply for this mystery shopper?

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