James Callier calls himself a retiree who is aware of the potential dangers around him, yet he nearly got caught up in one of the longest running scams out there. It started when Callier got an email about becoming a secret shopper.
"I have heard about secret shoppers before, so that is nothing new. So I thought to myself, I am retired so I can do that part time," Callier said.
Callier responded to the sender and he was forwarded instructions on what to do.
"I thought they wanted me to send them money and I thought, man you think I'm crazy. So I emailed them back. I don't give nobody no money up front for nothing. So then I got back, 'No, no, no, no! Your check is in the post office for $1,970.' I freaked out," Callier said.
The check set off warning bells.
"You are going to give me, who you don't know … $1,970? Which I can cash and disappear? I don't think so," Callier said.
Callier was told to keep $350 for himself and send the rest to Manila, Philippines, but instead, he called the number on the email.
"I said hi. The person said, 'Did you get the check?' I said, 'Yeah, I got the check and I am returning it to you immediately.' And when he cursed me, I said, 'Oh my gosh,'" said Callier.
Callier called the bank that's on the check and was told the check was no good. He said he's thankful he didn't fall for the scam, but he worried others may and it could cost them dearly.
"This amount is coming out of your account, OK. So you are already on the hook for the money out of the account, now when the bank tries to get the money, it can't because this is a fraudulent piece of paper," Callier said.
Authorities say if an offer sounds too good to be true, chances are it is.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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