Fake money orders result in mystery shopping scam

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The flexibility of working from home is very appealing for many Americans trying to make ends meet. However, it's important to proceed with caution.

Postal Inspectors zeroed in on a recent scam and discovered $750,000 worth of fake money orders. They found bogus checks were put in express mail envelopes and sent across the country to hundreds of people.

"I knew someone had been mailing hundreds of pieces over a year. On a certain Saturday 150 went out from six different post offices about 25 each one," postal inspector, Bob Schmidt, said.

Once postal inspectors confirmed "who" was sending all of these packages they confronted the woman.

"She couldn't believe it at first, she wanted to help right away, offered email phone numbers whatever I wanted to help catch the guy," Schmidt said.

The woman told police the checks and instructions on what to do came from West Africa.

"These people are usually victims themselves they've gone online to look for a job to do from home and they get contacted by the scammers," Schmidt said.

The woman said she didn't realize the checks were bad or that she was doing anything wrong. The scammers promised her up to $200 an hour. Inspectors are now warning for people to be weary of these promises. They say no company is going to pay that much money to have somebody stuff envelopes and ship them out.

They say scam artists can really disguise themselves they could say they are whomever they want to be.In a mystery shopper scam the goal is to get the victims to deposit the checks, buy something small while shopping and return the remains of the check to the company. They want this process completed before the bank realizes the checks were counterfeit.