12 On Your Side: $7,000+ in certified checks from online survey, says man

News 12 at 6 o'clock / November 19, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW) -- "We had a nice time it was like a family reunion type thing," says Edgar Jordan. A vacation cruise to the islands with his family. "You come back after you had a nice trip and then you see, oh you look at this (envelope) and say somebody's nice to me," says Jordan. He says he returned home to find three Express Mail envelopes at his front door. "It wasn't like we was busted for money," says Jordan.

Inside those envelopes, Jordan says he found three cashiers checks. It was payment for taking an online survey. "I read it and it says we pay up to $300 for participating in a survey so I put my name and address up there," says Jordan. But he says the most a survey ever paid was just $10. This time it was different. Inside the envelopes? More than $7,000 in certified checks.

"All weekend me and my wife we thought about it. I said you want to take one of these to the bank. She said nah, you take it to the bank," says Jordan.
He says his instincts told him it was a scam. To confirm his thinking he says he called the bank and spoke to a teller. "I gave her Beverly Hong Walsh and she said they ain't no good, they fake," says Jordan.

About the only thing that is not a fake is the bank name. We took a closer look and discovered the cashiers check has no watermark. While Horizon Research Inc. is a real company it is not located in Houston, Texas as it is printed on the check. Also the only way to respond to the company is by email. Jordan says he hopes the con artists who sent him all the fake checks do not catch anyone off else guard.

"They know the economy is bad and they know that's a way to get people," says Jordan. The Better Business Bureau says scammers are stepping up their activities as the holidays approach, so be skeptical if you get an offer that sounds to good to be true.


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