Where is the time going? I can't believe it's been almost a month since I've posted! There's been lots going on in my life since the past few months - and I'm still pain free!
I must share with you a most recent experience! It started with a promising email about earning a few extra dollars by being a "mystery shopper"! Being the gullible person I am, I applied for the job and within a few days my first assignment arrived in the form of 2 postal money orders for the same 2 large amounts totalling more than $900 each. I wasn't hasty to get started - I even had doubts about what I was supposed to do and sent an email to ask a few more questions about my new job!
As it turned out, I chickened out of the first assignment after reading the alerts on the moneygram form I was told to send out to a third party! ! It stated: " don't send any money in regards to a request of you as a mystery shopper, because someone may be trying to steal money from you"!
The puzzling thing- it wasn't my money I was asked to send out - I received the monies the day before in the form of 2 postal money orders delivered by FedEx! My assignment was emailed to me a few hours later after the money orders arrived: cash them at your bank and forward the money in a moneygram from this particular store to a third party whose address was given me! The reason I was given: customers had been complaining that the monies they sent from this location was never received! It sounded legitimate enough - however a red flag went up when I read the alert on the moneygram instructions! I was stopped in my tracks knowing that I didn't have the confidence to go forward with what I was being asked to do! So I returned home and sent another email to the person with more questions!
I found out today from the bank manager that even tho the money orders looked authentic enough to cash, that they were either stolen or counterfeit and would probably be returned to the bank within 10-14 days! My checking account would be held responsible for that money, had I sent the moneygram - I would have been out of almost $2000.
Live and learn! Luckily I stopped to read the instructions before sending the moneygram which also asked for my social security number, my birth date, my occupation, etc. because the moneygram was over $900.
I never got a reply to that email sent back to my assigner - so today I took the money back to the bank for safekeeping until the money orders clear or bounce! In the meantime I am thankful I did what I did - it was a learning experience - and the anxiety I was having has dissolved!
Beware - if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
the gullible kardlady
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