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Denton Woman Says Mystery Shopper Job Was Scam

POSTED: 12:44 am CST November 6, 2007

A woman who was hired to evaluate the customer service at a wire-transfer business said the job was actually a scam.

Wendy Tant, who is new to Texas, said she answered a classified ad to be a mystery shopper.


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"It never dawned on me that it was a scam," she said.

Tant said she got a letter and a cashier's check in the mail. As instructed, she deposited the check into her bank account and wired a portion of the money at a Wal-Mart using a service called MoneyGram. Then she evaluated the customer service.

Soon afterward, Tant said she learned the check she deposited was phony.

I was floored," she said. "I was really floored."

Tant said she is now out thousands of dollars.

"The bank took our money, and now we're owing the bank more money because everything is bouncing," she said.

Denton police said they know of at least four people who were duped by the same company.

Tent said she hasn't been able to leave a message with the company that hired her. She said she encourages others to not fall for the scam.

"Don't do it," she said. "Don't believe it."

Wal-Mart is not associated with the scam, but was just the place where people were supposed to come to wire their money.

Denton police said they turned their investigation over to the Secret Service.

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