A mother of four children was arrested in an Anderson South Carolina bank on Monday. The woman asked to remain anonymous, but said she's the victim of a mystery shopper online scam.
She was charged with counterfeiting and and forgery after trying to cash a bogus check that she claims she didn't know was fake.
"I was online looking for this job to be able to make money to work at home, because I have 4 kids," said the unidentified woman.
She said while searching online for a way to make some extra cash from home, she came across secret shopper jobs, and was later contacted by one she found. "They sent me everything by mail, and turned around and sent me a check for 1,800 something dollars."
She said it was made out in her name, and had BB&T Bank printed on the check. When she went to cash it at the BB&T Greenville Street branch in Anderson, the teller told her it was fake. The police were called and she was arrested.
"Because I was gonna cash the check, and I asked to see if it was real, that's why they turned around and arrested me."
The president of the Better Business Bureau in Greenville said mystery shopper scams are among the most common types of scams they hear about. "A lot of incidents they're going to tell you, go buy office supplies or go buy something for the company," said Vee Daniel the president of the Greenville BBB.
Daniel said you should always check out the companies before you get involved with them. The BBB website said many of these scams end up asking you to take some of the money you cashed to a Western Union.
"If you're taking a check, and it's a fraudulent check, it's going to come back to your account, and if you don't have the money in your account... it's going to come back to haunt you," said Daniel.
To try and prove that she is innocent, the woman arrested has done her own investigating. She said she found that the company is working out of a home in Illinois and she's tried calling them several times but no one answers the phone. "Just ignore if you get any emails... just ignore all that, it's not worth your life to end up behind bars and you don't know what's going to happen."
The BBB president recommends visiting their website for a full list of the legitimate mystery shopper jobs they recommend.
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