Consumer Center Research
Complaint 48552 Details
- Date Occurred: 12/15/2011
- Reported Damages: $1,306.29
The complaint is against an online dating profile
The complaint is a listing fraud posted on public forums or sites against an anonymous entity
The complaint is mobile text spam or smishing related against an anonymous entity
The company or person contact no longer exists
i registered myself on this site when i was looking for a home based job. i received a letter from Consumer Center Research (return address 28 W. 44th Street, NY, NY 10036, phone 718-247-9890) and a check for $1,306.29 with instructions to cash it, send money to Western Union, etc.next thing a check of 1306.29 came into my mail with a latter saying that i have been selected as mystery shopper, i have to bank the check and call this guy jeff bishop at no 17182479890, ext 1.i thought i got a real job. the latter said first week pay of 200.29$ and an 86.00$ service fee for western union and then 100.00$ funds for retail shopping, The going rate was identified as $300/week which would, in a few weeks go up to $400/week and could go as high as $600/week.so i banked the check. the money came into my account next day. so i was kind of shocked that the check was real . i called this guy and he asked me to send the money 920 dollers to sarah moore in united kingdom as a part of survey in which i had to evaluate the service of the company.i sent the money to her. i got the call right away when i did the western union transaction. he asked me the MTCN no and i gave him no and he asked me to fill the survey form and fax it at the no 17807017451 in newyork.i did it and i called this guy again and he asked me to do the next survey and write a whole paragraph about the shopping experience and fax it which i did. next thing i was looking for the website of consumer center research and i found all these complaints. now i am scared. my bank didn't called me yet. but seems like i have lost 1306.29 dollars.
below is the info of what to do if you become the victim of this fraud which i am going to do on monday.i found this info in one of the complaint.
FIRST: Gather all of your info; the mailer, the western union transx, your banks letter that you're being charged for the fake check, the web forums address for, etc.
SECOND: File a report with your local police department and get a copy of the report. Then request they contact the Canadian Authorities and Western Union. It may help them if you provide them with a number to the Authorities in Ontario and the Western Union number as well copies of your transactions ( . Now, depending on how big your city is, you may have follow up with your local police to do anything.. VERY IMPORTANT AND HELPFUL !!
THIRD: Call the Canadian authorities and ask to FAX them a copy of the police report and all of your info and ask them if they can do anything to get phone records from the phone provider. Ask the Canadian police to contact the phone provider of the number the scammer is using; ( it will be prepaid ). The phone provider may be able to tell the police where the phone is being recharged, where it was purchased, etc. Most stores have cameras today !! Maybe the scammer used a prepaid card or other form of pmt that can be traced..?
FOURTH: Go to your local post office, give them copies of all of your information on the case. Fill out the forms for fraud. SAVE the envelope they sent you, they can track the local area of the sender. ANY little detail you can provide will help in finding these loser's !!
FIFTH: MOST IMPORTANT !! Call Western Union Fraud Department: Send them copies of your police report, transaction info and they can trace where the money was picked up and pull video from their cameras for the police.
SIXTH: Contact the company that is being used and get them involved. My company was the victim of fraud a few yrs ago and the scammers used my credit info and company name to appear legitimate. I immediately spent money and time to find who was using my identity. The company they are using is a large company..
Lastly posting like we are doing here. This isn't about $2400.. It's about the many people that are needing a way to make money who are willing to try anything and being taken advantage of due each persons own circumstances. I am fortunate enough to absorb this loss but it's still a loss, it's unjust and these loser's need to be brought to justice.! The more of us that take a couple of hours time to do the above, the more likely authorities will actively pursue it. How long did it take you to earn the money you just lost? Is it worth the time to take action ?
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Business Profile Summary
- Complaint Against Consumer Center Research
- Complaints Filed: 23
- Reported Damages: $38,956.76
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