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St. Marys Police warn of Mystery Shopper scam


Saint Marys, PA – Police in Saint Marys are warning of a Mystery Shopper scam that you might see in your mailbox.

This specific report was from Friday, sent to a resident on Margaret Street in Saint Marys, but it’s a common nationwide scam that could affect anyone.

The victim had been sent a package, via mail, regarding a mystery shopper opportunity. There was a check for $1,490.00 and a letter with directions to deposit it and how and where to transfer it.

This fraud specifically involved the “Mystery Shopper Representative Research,” “Shopper’s Care,” and “Western Union.”

The City of Saint Marys Police would like the public to be aware of this incident and be aware of similar scams regarding job opportunities.

Following these tips can help you avoid a mystery shopping scam:

  • Do your research – ensure the service or company is legitimate
  • Never wire money to someone you don’t know
  • Never agree to deposit a check from someone you don’t know
  • Never give your personal or financial information out online or by phone

Additional information and/or details can be found, within the Consumer Information, on the Federal Trade Commission website.

If you receive similar mail or job opportunity offers like this, please be mindful that this may be a scam.

If it is in question, please do not hesitate to call the City of Saint Mary Police Department at 814-781-1315 or call your local police department.