BBB warns of scam in which victims are asked to buy Walmart gift cards

BBB warns of scam in which victims are asked to buy Walmart gift cards
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Better Business Bureau is warning the public about a recent mystery shopper scam involving a company purporting to be based in Hawaii.

The BBB said it received four reports from various states on the mainland, and at least one person lost about $7,800 in the scam.

Here's how it works: Victims receive a message through LinkedIn, suggesting they sign up for a mystery shopping job with a company called Cube Survey. They are then sent a check to deposit in the bank. Then they're told to buy Walmart gift cards to evaluate the store's customer service.

The victims are then told to send the company a photo of the code on the back of the gift card. But the victim later learns the check they deposited has bounced.

The BBB found through an investigation that Cube Survey is not located in Hawaii and not registered to do business in the state.

Anyone who believes they have been scammed should file a complaint to the BBB and Federal Trade Commission.

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