Fake Check Scams Targeting Residents

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(Courtesy: MGN Online)

CLEVELAND — The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs is warning residents of a new check scam after a woman received a letter asking her to “mystery shop.”

The Parma woman alerted authorities after she received a suspicious letter in the mail, along with a check for $3,350. The woman was asked to “mystery shop” two separate Western Union outlets, according to the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs.

Mystery shopping, also known as secret shopping, is when a consumer is asked to report on their experience with a business. The scams can arrive by mail, text or e-mail and often have familiar logos of companies or banks to appear legitimate.

Officials warn to never deposit checks from strangers or pay an upfront fee to be a mystery shopper.

Anyone who receives a similar scam should contact the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs.