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Chesterfield woman warns of secret shopper scam

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A Chesterfield woman is speaking out, warning others about a potential scam.

Karla Edward says she got a package that seemed suspicious. It came to her house Priority Mail and contained a near $2,000 check, next to a letter explaining she had been chosen as a secret shopper.

"It contained a check for $1,199," said Edward. "I had no idea where that came from, so it had a letter accompanying it and it explained that it was a secret shopper thing that I was supposed to proceed with."

The letter told her to cash the check, then keep $200 for herself and send the rest to the organization through a Western Union.

"I'm supposed to do a secret shopper on them," said Edward. "And look and see how long it takes and what their temperament is like and just what the whole experience is and I'm supposed to report it to them."

Then she got a follow up phone call, asking her to send the money.

But Karla has been scammed before and knew if that check bounced, she would be on the hook for it.

We checked with the Better Business Bureau and learned this is a scam - one that's tricked a lot of people... but not Karla.

"I just didn't trust it," said Edward. "You don't. It's just not that easy. And a lot of the mystery shops only pay like $15 or $30. They don't pay $200! I wish they did. But they don't!"

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