February 24th, 2018
To all our valued customers, and clients:
We just heard of two instances today where someone contacted us regarding being selected as a “Mystery Shopper” and receiving an official looking email from someone named “Alan McKenzie, Senior Qualitative Directors, Ph.D” and they steal our logo, however the email is from jobs-focusinsite.com, NOT focusinsite.com. While it looks like this is isolated to only 2-3 people, one of our core values is over communication is always better than less- so we wanted to let you know ASAP.
It appears as if someone has registered the domain name jobs-focusinsite.com, and is trying to “phish” or impersonate us.
There has been a police report filed with the West Chester, PA police department. We have also reported this to Godaddy.com, who is the company who registered “jobs-focusinsite.com”. This has been reported to their abuse department and a report filed, as well as with LinkedIn.
Keep in mind nothing of our database has been compromised at all, someone is setting up a new phony email address “impersonating” us, by taking a variation of our domain name by adding “jobs” in front of it.
If you get an email from Alan McKenzie, or anything with “jobs-focusinsite.com” – please let us know ASAP!
Here is an example of what is being sent out:
So if you received a text message from 202-516-1155, or and email from jobs-focusinsite.com and an email from Alan Mckenzie- THAT IS NOT OUR COMPANY!!!!
Thank you so much! We’ll keep paying you for your opinions for studies, but wanted to make you aware of this very isolated incident.
Founder and President
UPDATE: February 27, 2018
Also – we NEVER, and I mean NEVER ask for any sort of check as some sort of “Mystery Shopper”. We just saw a copy of a letter that is being sent out. We typically NEVER send letters – all electronic!
SO IF YOU SEE THIS OR GET A LETTER LIKE THIS- PLEASE LET US KNOW AND CONTACT YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT!
Here is a good article we found on “check scams”. Repeat, if you have any questions regarding the legitimacy of something, please contact us.
We would NEVER send something like this- EVER:
A police report has been taken with the Westtown/East Goshen police force.
Here is an article we found online that explains.
Don’t bank on that check
March 17, 2017
Scammers know how to design phony checks to make them look legitimate. In fact, the Council of Better Business Bureaus just released a list of the most “risky” scams, based on how likely people are to be targeted, how likely to lose money, and how much money they lost. Fake checks were number two.
Fake checks drive many types of scams – like those involving phony prize wins, fake jobs, mystery shoppers, online classified ad sales, and others. In a fake check scam, someone asks you to deposit a check – sometimes for several thousand dollars – and, when the funds seem to be available, wire the money to a third party. The scammers always have a good story to explain the overpayment – they’re stuck out of the country, they need you to cover taxes or fees, you’ll need to buy supplies, or something else. But when the bank discovers you’ve deposited a bad check, the scammer already has the money, and you’re stuck paying the money back to the bank.
So don’t deposit a check and wire money or send money back in any way. Banks must make funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take them weeks. If a check you deposit bounces – even after it seemed to clear – you’re responsible for repaying the bank. Money orders and cashier’s checks can be counterfeited, too.
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