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Another good old Costa del Sol scam
26 October 2010 @ 15:18

In the latest edition of Sur in English there was a job advert for mystery shoppers.  I've done this sort of thing before in the UK and thought it would be intersting to do it in Spain as well.  Here's the advert from Sur In English:

Auto Investment Firm wants some Mystery Shoppers. All applicant would be given a Guide to read. All the needed explanations would be done. No application fee. Requirements: applicant must be 18 years and above, must access to check email 2-3 times in a day and be honest. For more details email dalkardelliot@hotmail.com

I emailed the contact and it looks like the whole things is another, cleverly disguised Western Union scam.  I shouldn't really be surprised because even after the bust, there's still a lot of scamsters and crooks on the Costa del Sol.  Here's the reply I got:

Position Title: Evaluation officer /Staff Support
Hours per week: up to  20- 32
Pay Category: Paid

 
Application Procedure: Email resume and cover letter as word doc.
 

Company Information:
JSCardinalconsulting is a full service production and management  firm committed to the implementation of technical and creative improvement in various companies. The services we provide include: evaluation and continuous improvement exercises about our client ( corporate organization)
 

Job Responsibilities:
There have been reports about lapses in the services of the Management and some of their staffs,the complaints were based on reports which their customers forwarded anonymous  Phone calls which were also made to the head office.The Western union locations were reported for evaluation, Negligence for the following reasons:
 

I)   Customers have reported their money missing
II)  Slow services
III) Unbalanced transfer charges
 

The 2nd company was reported to be rendering
(I)   Poor services
(II)  Rudeness to customers
(III) Excess charge
(IV)  Late opening time and Closing before time.Your Secret Evaluation would be
 

1) To make a transfer of funds from this western union location to our Mystery shopper, and the funds would be picked up by another evaluation staff  at the exact location Which a customer reported her funds missing.
 

2) You would have to record the time at which you go to the location and how many minutes it took you to get service.
 

3) You would be sent a check/Money order which would cover your expenses  for the duty. As soon as you receive the check/money order, you would cash in at your bank, and deduct your weekly fee $300.00, and use the rest of the money for the services.
 

4) Upon receiving the funds, the locations address would be forwarded to you, and also the Name and address of whom the our other staff the transfer would be made to. You would have to keep a comprehensive report on every activity you carry out.
 

5) You would also provide me with the name of the cashier that attended to you.Please, confirm to `me that you did received this message so that the check/Money order can be sent out to you ASAP.
 

 
If you are interested in this opening, furnish your
 

1.full name: 
2.full address:
3.City:
4.State:
5.zip code:
6.Country:
7.Nationality:
8.telephone number:  
9.Age:
10.Present Occupation:
 

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation in order to start work soon.
 
 
Regards,
Mr Daniel Robertson



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