Creative Image Associates

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Creative Image Associates
18 Spinet Rd
Newark, DE 19713-3512
302-664-5010 (ph)
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LUNENBURG, MINNESOTA -- I have been the victim of a fraud based on sending money via Western Union overseas, in this case to Turkey. Background: I recently retired from the hotel business and moved to Florida. Finding myself with too much time on my hands and not enough money I searched the internet for home based jobs.

After a week of just researching I received an email from a company, Creative Image Associates, offering me a position as a 'mystery shopper'. The request for information on myself and the descriptions of responsibilities seemed routine. I had done mystery shopping previously for companies regarding retail sales, fraudulent goods and restaurants. I googled the company and found no adverse comments and several positive comments from alleged employees indicating they 'shopped' banks for the company.

After completing the requested information I received a packet in the mail which included a check for $2850.00 and instructions to complete two assignments; 1) shop the nearest Walmart Store, spend $100 on personal goods and report on the transactions. 2) send $2400 to a Mr. Jeremiah ** in Istanbul, Turkey. The first Western Union office declined to do so saying if I didn't know the individual it was probably a scam. I however was instructed to attempt a second submission which I did successfully at a Sweetbay Western Union office.

Yesterday I noted my bank account had been reduced by the amount of the original check, $2850. The check was obviously bogus and someone has received $2400 of my money in Istanbul, Turkey. At the same time I received another Fed Ex'€™d check for $2650; it appears legit but apparently it is not. It states it'€™s a "CASHIERS CHECK" drawn against WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, 3231 I-70 Business Loop, Clifton, CO 81520. The numbers on the bottom of the check are **. The return address on the Fed Ex label is **, ExamOne, 309 Mooty Bridge Rd, LaGrange, GA 30240.

I have saved all email correspondence. My main contact has been a **, Creative Image Associates, Inc (CAIA), Office Address: 2801 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816. I have also copied a **. When I notified the company the first Western Union had turned down the transmission I received a dozen calls from a number of calls from ** but could only hear a screeching noise.

I've lost $2850.00 through the bouncing of the bad cashiers check through my bank. I take responsibility for my errors. I'€™m an ex cop and should have waited for the original check to clear. Regardless, my goal of the moment is to stop these people from scamming others. I'€™m unsure whether this is a garden variety scam, a money laundering scheme or funding for an anti American organization.

After receiving the second set of instructions yesterday and the check in the Fed Ex envelope I emailed my contact and stated I was in Ft Myers for the weekend and would get around to the transaction when I returned Tuesday. I'€™m hopeful I have bought some time for your organization to do some diligence. Best of luck to us all.

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