Authorities warn of 'secret shopper' scam

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A tipster called Eyewitness News about a scam known as the "secret shopper."

Bakersfield police told Eyewitness News that they see scams like this more during the holidays.

The Eyewitness News tipster did not want to be identified. We'll call her "Norma."

Norma received a cashier's check in the mail for about $1,500, for her to be a "mystery shopper."

The letter wanted Norma to deposit the check into her bank, then spend money at Best Buy and evaluate her shopping experience.

But, something wasn't adding up.

"I don't know anybody that would pay you up front without doing anything to earn it," said Norma. "That was the first indicator."

She called the Better Business Bureau. The BBB said the bank will reject the check, then delete the advanced funds from your account.

Norma would've been out at least $1,000.

Police reiterated these scams are out there. Guard your computer, guard your mail, because scammers will try to get into your financial accounts.

"People should be aware," she said, "a lot of people need money right now. They should be aware of what's going on right now."