Cleveland Man Scammed Out Of $2,300 Warns Others

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 10/29/2012 9:29 am
Al Roach did what a lot of people would do when asked if he wanted to earn a little extra income.

He nodded.

Roach adds, "Retired, so I entered a bunch a survey's."

Survey's online about health care, electronics, just about anything.

After about dozens were completed, Roach was asked if he wanted to be secret shopper.

He said yes.

Roach adds, "And they gave me my assignments to do. Two of them was to send money orders, the other was a shopping spree at Wal-Mart."

Just like clockwork, the checks needed to do those assignments came in the mail, more than $2,300 worth from Cascades Sunoco.

Roach says even though they looked legitimate with real water marks, he called the bank just to double check.

Roach adds, "They said the check was good, but they couldn't verify the amount."

With that green light, Roach deposited the checks and started on his assignments.

However, while on the last one, his Wal-Mart shopping spree, this happened.

Roach says, "I got to the register and my card was declined."

The check had been cancelled and as a result, Roach was cleaned out, more than $2,300 gone.

Roach adds, "It just makes you feel like you've been honest with this company, did my part, and then to get shafted. It takes away a bit of who you are."

Roach called the company clearly labeled on the check, and they said some of their checks had been stolen.

Roach adds, "I feel like more people need to be aware of this because I'm sure there are people getting these things in the mail, going online, and looking for extra income."

Especially this time of year.

Roach says presents might have wait.

He adds, "Right now I'm doing yard sales every week, trying to pay the bank back."

The bank is investigating this matter, but no word on if the money will ever be returned to Roach.
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