Fraud Alert: “Fake Check/Mystery Shopper Scam”
We have recently received reports of fraudulent letters or emails claiming to be from IRI offering individuals the opportunity to become a mystery shopper. The letters often include a check with instructions to deposit it in a personal bank account, withdraw the amount in cash, and wire it to a third party. This is a scam. IRI does not maintain a mystery shopper program. The check is counterfeit and these fraudsters have no connection to our organization or any of our affiliates. If you have received one of these letters or emails, please file a complaint with your local consumer protection agency, your state Attorney General, or the FTC. Visit http://www.ftc.gov to learn more about the mystery shopper scam and/or how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud.