sample of secret shopper scam letter
Once again St. Thomas Police have been inundated with calls regarding scam letters
involving a very realistic looking cheque for just under $4000.00 asking to be a
secret shopper. As the saying goes: if it's too good to be true - it probably is.
It's not always easy spotting a scam, and new ones are invented every day. If you
feel that you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don't
be embarrassed - you're not alone.
To report a fraud, contact the St. Thomas Police Service. To find out more about
frauds you can contact PhoneBusters toll free 1-888-495-8501 or their website at
There is a direct link on the St. Thomas Police Service website as well.
PhoneBusters is a national anti-fraud call centre jointly operated by the Ontario
Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. PhoneBusters plays a key
role in educating the public about specific fraudulent telemarketing pitches.
Here is a sample of what the secret shopper scam letter looks like, should anyone
receive one in the mail. A reminder to our citizens, never give out personal information
to anyone over the phone unless you initiated the call.
In the early evening of June 9, 2013, a 37 year old St. Thomas female and her 44
year old male common law partner became involved in a verbal argument that quickly
became physical. The female began slapping and kicking the male causing minor bruising
to his face. The female was arrested later that evening for assault and was held
for a bail hearing.