Secret Shopper Scam in Indian River County

Beware of the secret shopper scam from Walmart.
Beware of the secret shopper scam from Walmart.

VERO BEACH – A woman called law enforcement after becoming a victim to a secret shoppers scam, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Latonya King of Vero Beach has been a secret shopper in the past, so it wasn’t a surprise when she received an email from a company asking her to become one to represent Walmart.

After talking to Dynamic Advantage Secret Shoppers, they told her she would receive a check for $2,450.00 to deposit into her Wells Fargo checking account.

However, she was allowed to keep $200.00 of the funds to buy products at Walmart as a secret shopper. The rest of the money had to be returned to the company.

The check was deposited, and Wells Fargo began sending her text alerts of suspicious activities involving her account.

The bank contacted King and said the check she deposited was “fraudulent and that someone was trying to access the account,” the report said.

More: Vero Beach Man Loses $11k to Online Computer Scam

More: Woman Loses $1700 in Vero Beach Scam

The representative at the branch credited her account from the fraudulent transactions that attempted to go through and no additional
money was lost.

If someone you don’t know (such as a scam similar to this) sends you a check with the condition that you return funds to them, it’s a scam.

Signup for the free Sebastian Daily newsletter for your chance to win free dinners and merchandise!

Copyright 2020 SebastianDaily.com All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

mm
About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.