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, Florida – 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.

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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.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.