A man who signed up as a mystery shopper discovered too late that he’d fallen victim to a scam. The 21-year-old responded to an online job ad from AAA Staffing Services and later received a check in the mail for $3,216, Norwalk police said.
The company, apparently based in Canada, instructed him by e-mail and phone to use the check to purchase products and evaluate them for quality. He was told to keep some of the money as payment, Norwalk police Capt. Eric Hipp said.
When the man tried to cash the check, the bank held it but eventually allowed him to withdraw a portion of the money. The bank later discovered the check was fraudulent.
“He ended up spending some of the money, and unfortunately the bank will probably be seeking to get it back from him,” Hipp said.
An unexpected check in the mail is usually a red flag for fraud, particularly if it’s postmarked from an unknown location, police said.