Arlington Heights Resident Loses At Least $4500 on Secret Shopper Scam Email

Arlington Heights police received a report about 1:10 PM Thursday of a scam or fraudulent activity. Police received a report that an Arlington Heights resident, female age 49, came into the station and reported she received an email on September 18, 2012 that offered her to work as a secret shopper.

She was instructed to deposit money orders that she should cash at her bank as her salary and wire the remainder of money to a person claiming to be an agent of the secret shopper company.

She received eight money orders and cashed six of the money orders. She then sent three wire transfers, each in the amount of $1500. She was later notified by her bank that the money orders were counterfeit.

She is now responsible for the $4500 total. She made one wire transfer on October 29, 2012 and two wire transfers on November 1, 2012.



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