American Consumer Opinion Arlington East, Texas, US

  • 30th Sep, 2017

I received an email from American Consumer Opinion regarding a position opening but it turns out that it has nothing to do with them! In fact, it's an elaborate scam and I found that out by simply doing my research.

  • Report #5YCIH
  • Reporter TRISHENYLS

First of all, I have been approached by fake American Consumer Opinion by email and I haven't suffered any consequences, thanks to posts like this one. I am thankful for all the people that shared their story regarding this fraud.

In the email offer that was allegedly sent by American Consumer Opinion, it was explained that I would be doing customer’s experience research. They would send me a check for $2320 which would cover my operating costs. I would be required to work 3-4 hours a day and a guaranteed salary would be between $2500-$3500. Well, all of that sounded a bit too farfetched! At least to me! I mean, that's a dream job and only a complete sucker would believe it's the real one without any other information. But these scammers did a good job with all the extra text they put into this letter like limitations and exclusion rules, terms and conditions, application form, etc... So I guess I can see why some people fell for their trap.

The letter further stated what would be my responsibilities and what would that check be used for. I was supposed to deposit that check into my account, and use that money to buy various items from Staplers, Gap, Dollar store, etc... I was not to spend more than $250 on those items and that choice was mine since I would get to keep them. Then I was to write an elaborate review of the customer experience I had, shopping in those stores.

What kind of an experience could I have in a Dollar store? And who would be interested in that? It was at this point I became suspicious that this is a fake offer and as such a scam. But then I got to the interesting part.

I was to send $1800 to some other employee of theirs so that he could complete a task as well, write a review of customer experience review for the Western Union (which I had to use to send the money) and keep $270 as a compensation for my work. As soon as I read that, I went online and looked up if anyone had experience doing that. At that point, I realized that this whole thing was a scam.

So for you folks out there that are reading this, you probably have already figured out that if you received the same email as I did, you shouldn't act on it because it’s all a scam designed to steal your money. If you haven't figured out how it works, I will explain it to you.

The check you receive is probably stolen or it's a fake check. Most banks will realize it right away but some will make a mistake and discover it as a fake after they already process it. Either way, if you do manage to deposit that money into your account and the bank realizes it even up to a year later, you are liable for the full amount of the money and you are considered responsible for defrauding the bank. But by that time, you already have sent the bulk of that money to the scammers through the Western Union. So the fact is that these scammers have you do all the work for them and rob you of your money without lifting a finger. And when you actually get charged with fraud, you are the one whose name is all over the place, while they escape unscathed.

Even if the check is real, there is a chance that the money is dirty actually. If the scammers have a large sum of money that they cannot account for with the IRS and cannot prove the origin of, they use this scam to launder it through you. And again you are left hanging. So my word of advice would be to report the address you received the email from to the authorities and inform your bank of it as well. They should be notified that someone tried to scam you as other clients might be in danger as well.

Scams like this seem to sprout out often these days and all you can really do is to research them and stay alert to any fishy behavior. AND POST THEM IN BOARDS LIKE THIS ONE. That is the key to keeping them exposed and protecting other people as well as yourself.

Stay smart!

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