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The Bottom Line: Mystery Shopping Scam

Updated: Friday, August 1 2014, 11:38 PM EDT
ALBANY -- A renewed warning about a scam that's targeted Capital Region residents many times in the past.

The Better Business Bureau is sending out a new warning about mystery shopping scams, saying they're making a comeback.

You might remember how they work: 

As CBS 6's Dori Marlin has reported, you get a check in the mail, along with an assignment to go shopping and evaluate a store, but The Bottom Line is the whole thing is bogus.

One major retailer whose name is being used this time - The Home Depot.

Michelle Falco received a letter in the mail supposedly from the chain, containing a check for almost $1,500.

She says she thought it sounded good at first, but then thought better of it.

"I thought it would be cool - you get to shop, keep your product, and make money," Falco says. "I'm struggling right now financially, and I'm like, this can't be real."

And it wasn't.  It turns out the check was a fake, and had she deposited and spent it, Falco would've been on the hook for all the money.

There are legitimate mystery shopping opportunities out there.  For more on how to find them, click here.The Bottom Line: Mystery Shopping Scam


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