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Secret shopper program may be a secret fraud

A fraudulent cashier’s check scheme has been reported in Northeast Kansas. According to law enforcement a citizen received a letter from a company called BESTMARK out of Minnetonka, Minnesota.  The letter advised them that they had been selected to participate in a,“ Secret Shopper” program. A cashier’s check, purportedly from Finance Center Federal Credit Union for $1,490 was enclosed. It was requested that they cash the check and then complete an, “evaluation” of Western Union’s customer service by sending a portion of the money back to BESTMARK via Western Union. The citizen did not sign up for program and contacted police.  Federal authorities are currently investigating the scheme.  If you receive this type of mailing or email law enforcement advises you not to attempt to cash these checks, deposit them or wire any money.  You should also keep the mailing or email and contact your local law enforcement.  Remember legitimate businesses do not ask for your personal information unless you initiate the contact or purchase.

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