New scam uses fake US Postal Service money orders, gets victims to buy gift cards as ‘mystery shopper’

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The U.S. Postal Service is warning about a scam that’s making its way around the area by criminals who hoping victims will fall for it because they might get caught up in financial distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s a variation on the “mystery shopper” scam that previously used what appeared to be real checks. Now, the criminals use fake U.S. Postal Service Money Orders.

A victim would not expect to find cash just sitting in a mailbox for no apparent reason, but that’s exactly what criminals want their targets to think when they send a letter asking a person to accomplish a simple task for cash.

Here’s how it works:

 

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