Be vigilant dear reader! Man loses £1500 in mystery shopping scam!
Over in the North of Ireland, consumers are being told to be on their guard as some bloke got conned out of £1500 after being caught up in a "career opportunity" piece of hoodwinkery. He received an email telling him that he could earn a little extra by becoming a mystery shopper (yes, yes, thick as pig shit, clearly, but we feel the need to tell you all the same).
Sadly, the chap from Lisburn agreed to carry out a mystery shopping exercise on a local money transfer outlet, after being told that the business wasn't up to scratch. The very silly man gave the scammers his bank account details and £1,500 was subsequently lodged into his account. Then, he was then given instructions to send £1,300 of this money to an address in Nigeria by money transfer. You know Nigeria right? That place where they're so wealthy that they offer you money on a daily basis?
Then, with crushingly inevitability, the bank's fraud department told him that his account was under investigation and things had gone the way of the pear. The £1,500 lodged in his account was part of a fraudulent transaction and the consumer had to pay the total amount back to his bank.
Kerry McAuley from the Trading Standards Service said it was a "nasty scam which exploits the promise of paid work to defraud victims". "We are urging anyone who is considering work from home opportunities to be extremely wary of job offers from individuals or companies overseas."
If you think that you have been the victim of a scam or suspect a scam contact Consumerline, on 0300 123 62 62 / 028 9025 3900. We promise that the phone number in question doesn't direct your entire bank account contents to an offshore Bitterwallet account. OR DOES IT? No, it doesn't. OR DOES IT? Nope. Not in the slightest. We're on your side, remember? OR ARE WE? [ad nauseum]