All right, so we all know about the Nigerian scam emails. We've also all heard of people offering to buy something off you using a money order and you're supposed to send them some sort of refund.
Anyways, this one is a little different and quite elaborate in that someone took a lot of effort to create some legitimate-looking docs:
I get this letter in the mail yesterday, addressed to me by full name. The return address on it is:
1077 North Service Rd.
Mississauga ON, L4Y 1A6
I was actually able to find a website called www.cpia.com which is a legitimate marketing organization. So far so good.
The letter contained a very real-looking check from Walmart for around $1,000 in my name. It also contained a letter from Walmart and a survey form.
The letter said I was being asked to participate in a marketing test for the Western Union kiosks inside of Walmarts. I was supposed to phone someone by the name of Marc White at 905-783-9103 where I would be able to get further instructions on this program. The idea is that I'm supposed to help Walmart test their in-store Western Unions, fill out a survey and give feedback.
So I phone the number up, and it's a voicemail of some lady at a company called Survey Lot? I didn't leave a message.
So I decided to phone the Surrey RCMP and tell them about this. Surely, I'm not the only one to have received this. So they tell me they haven't heard anything. I ask them to write up a report so that they can maybe start a list or something and confirm that this is a scam? The lady didn't seem interested. She said it's probably a scam, and that I should phone Walmart.
So I phone Walmart head office, they put me through to their security line where I left a voicemail. Nobody has called me back.
Ok, so far, I don't have any real confirmation that it's a scam. Maybe it's legit?
So I head down to the local TD bank, where the check is supposedly from. I tell them everything up front. I tell them it might me a scam, but if it's real, I'd like to cash the check.
Of course I wasn't going to deposit it, and I don't even have a TD account, so this was in no way going to involve my real accounts.
They said they haven't seen this scam yet, and that the check looked real. The clerk suggested I go to my bank and deposit it.
I told him that I wasn't going to do that, but since the check is supposedly from a TD account, why doesn't he see if it's legit and if there's funds?
So off he goes to do some research. Turns out the check account number for Walmart is not legit. They don't even have a Walmart account under that specific name "Wal-mart CanadaCorp". Big surprise.
Ok, so definitely a scam. Just a heads up.
Hmm...I must be really getting bored these days to actually go out and do all this.