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Logan couple victims of ‘Secret Shopper’ e-mail scam

December 11th, 2010 Posted in Opinion

By Marissa Bodily

LOGAN–A man and a woman from Logan were the victims of a money scam that took place through e-mail.

The Logan couple, both in their sixties, was contacted through e-mail by a company that called itself “Secret Shopper,” Logan Police Lt. Brad Franke said.

After some communication the couple sent a check and was instructed to ship money by wire transfer to a place out of the country. They sent two different money orders totaling over $2,000. All the checks they received bounced because there were no actual funds behind the checks, Franke said.

Upon the third transaction, which was over $2,000, the couple realized there was nothing to any of it, Franke said. They then reported the incident.

Police are in the process of tracking it now, Franke said. Often these scams originate outside of the country which makes it difficult to track the source down. It is very difficult to get a resolution.

“Scams are fairly common,” he said.

People are usually contacted by an e-mail that tells them they won a certain amount of money, victims are told to deposit their money and send a portion of the money somewhere else, Franke said. The cashier’s checks are fraudulent.

“It’s something to watch out for,” Franke said.


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