International e-mail scam reported

HURON Stephen Sloan, 48, 500 block of Cleveland Road West, reported to police he had been a victim o
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

HURON

Stephen Sloan, 48, 500 block of Cleveland Road West, reported to police he had been a victim of an e-mail scam to the tune of $6,900 by a company in Canada.

Sloan told Huron Police that on April 3, 2007, he received an e-mail from a person claiming to be Martin Spencer. It offered him the opportunity to be a secret shopper in the Erie County region. The recruitment correspondence said Spencer's company was affiliated with Walgreen, McDonald's, the Gap, Olive Garden and Target.

The e-mail asked Sloan to fill out an application at shoppercity.com. On April 11, Sloan received his first assignment. Each assignment had a check payable to Sloan for $2,300.

According to police, he was supposed to cash the checks at a bank of his choosing then go to Walgreens or Money Gram store to complete his part of the assignment. After going to one of the stores, he was to keep his identity hidden and make a Money Gram deposit to the person indicated on the letter.

Police said $2,100 was sent by Money Gram, $150 was training pay for Sloan and $50 was for a service charge to Money Gram. Sloan performed the assignment three times for a total of $6,900; all three checks were returned unpayable. All the money grams were sent to Canada. He had cashed the bad checks at Key Bank, which told him he is responsible for the entire $6,900.

Police said the Web site Sloan responded to is registered to Lateef Fasasi Scarborough, Ontario. A report has been made to the U.S. Treasury Department. Police said they would assist if the Secret Service or Treasury Department requests it.