Mystery shopping scheme hitting western Massachusetts

Hampden County

Fraud calls are nothing new.  The Federal Trade Commission reports that every year, thousands of Americans lose money to schemes.

It’s not stopping. In fact, 22News has received complaints recently about a new scheme in western Massachusetts. In this one, the schemer sent Frank Dailey of Springfield a message on social media, posing as a colleague, and asking him to be a mystery shopper. 

In the days that followed, Dailey received two text messages and a package from the schemer. Inside the package was a check for more than $8,900. 

But the FTC said an offer for advanced payment is usually a sign of a scam. 

One West Springfield man said he gets frequent scheme calls about late bill payments, but he knows when it’s fraud. 

“You should know about that because you pay the bill. You call them first, and then take action.”

The FTC also said that people should never pay a fee to become a mystery shopper, evaluate a money transfer service as a mystery shopper, or wire money to someone you don’t know. 

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