A new scam is making its way around the country. Apparently it's based in Canada, but targets people in the U.S.
It's a variation on the counterfeit check scam, where people are mailed a check for $5,000 from a company called Shadow Shopping. Then they are told to use a Moneygram to send 4,000 of it to an address in Canada, and then evaluate the work of the clerk who did the transaction.
People are told they can keep the remainder of the funds as their payment for putting the clerk to this test.
Banks, who had initially cleared the $5,000 checks, later found out they are counterfeit.
But by then, the money had already been sent out, leaving victims high and dry for $4,000.