Concise Survey, LLC Money Order Scam

by Alex Steininger
(Indianapolis, IN)

If you receive an email from Sean Lawson of Concise Surveys, LLC to be a Mystery Shopper, it is a scam.

I received a Money Order this morning, 8/22/11, by way of Overnight UPS, not USPS, however it was a USPS Money order, which makes it mail fraud. It did not have the Benjamin Franklin watermark or the security tape. In fact the printed amount was $900.00, but the written amount was Nine hundred twenty dollars. That was a huge red flag for me.

The instructions told me to cash the Money Order "AT MY BANK ONLY", which was another huge red flag, when I could easily cash it at the post office and get the cash in hand if it was a legitimate Money Order.

If I cash it at my bank and it is no good, I am out the $900.00 However I would get to keep $250.00 of it for my services !! Isn't that nice of them. They wanted me to send the remaining $650.00 cash by way of Western Union to someone in the Phillipines. Below are the instructions they sent me:


You will evaluate western union by utilizing their money in minutes wire transfer service. Western union will charge around below $10 to $30 to wire funds to Philippines, this charge will be deducted from the $650. Not your own pay.


Zip: 1250


Once the evaluation of western union is complete
and the money's sent. Please send me the following info, along with your reports and receipts of both evaluations...

A. Your full names and address exactly how you wrote it on the Western Union slip.

B. The receiver's name exactly how you penned it down on the Western Union slip.

C. The total amount sent (Amount receivable by the receiver).

D. MONEY TRANSFER CONTROL NUMBER MTCN. (This is the 10 digit number for receiving funds,it is not the receipt number)

Remember, you're a mystery shopper. You are EXPRESSLY FORBIDDEN to disclose this information to anyone, related to the evaluated business (In store or out of the store).

Your report will be turned over to me at you can fill out your report on the survey sheet included with the survey packet or typed out in an email as answers to the questions in this email.

There were many other red flags to look for. The Overnight UPS package I received was sent from:

Aaron Abbott
926 Richmont St.
Scranton, PA 18509

The area code 937 from the address above is from Dayton, OH...The overnight UPS package was suppossedly shipped from Scranton, PA by Aaron Abbott and the signer of the fake money order, Sean Lawson is from Seattle, WA. Wow if this is not a huge red flag, I don't know what it is.

I will not be falling for this scam and I get a little satisfaction knowing that they spent money overnighting me a fake money order.

I will be submitting this to Postal Inspectors and The Indiana Attorney General. Hopefully they can catch them and put them out of business. :)

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Nov 01, 2011
Same Company/similar scam
by: Anonymous

I received a package with phony money orders by Fedex, sent by a real company (Jodi Kristopher), non-existant employee (Eddie Velasco) using a random veterinarian's phone number.

The money orders were also sent by Sean Lawson.

Oct 19, 2011
Thanks for the warning
by: Anonymous

I just got one of these in the mail.

Thank you for putting this info out there so people can be informed about the scam. I am going to go to the post office to see if it is real and if its not then im going to turn it in to someone.

Sep 23, 2011
Money Order Scam
by: Anonymous

I received a cashiers check overnight UPS in the amount of 2100.00. They told me they would be sending me instructions by email which I received and was told to take it to my bank and deposit it today so funds would be ready for my assignment on Monday.

Glad I decided to search this company out because I lost my job due to a plant closing about a month ago and could have really used the money...

Sep 08, 2011
The scam is still going .....
by: Anonymous

I just received my money order via ups yesterday for $850.00. with the same instructions,, cash at my bank, spend $20d at walmart and send the remaining $550.00 out of the U.S..

This is truly sad, with the economy in the state that we are in for this to be happening. What if I was elderly and put this in my account and lost my ssi check and the only means I had to survive, as I'm sure others have done.

People smart enough to come up with a scam like this should be doing something else with all this intelligence, like being President.

Sep 06, 2011
Received my mailing a few days ago
by: Anonymous

All of the above comments were helpful to me. I knew that there was something wrong with this and now I will take this information to the postal service.

The red flags are definitely there. My first one was that no one would speak with me. Cashing the money orders at MY BANK ONLY was enough for me not to touch this.

Sep 02, 2011
I got mine today
by: Anonymous

I got the check and have not cashed it and do not plan too, I just plan on contacting the authorities.

Sep 02, 2011
He's still operating***615
by: Coco

This guy is still operating, as of yesterday I received my UPS envelope with a check for $XXXX and $XXX was to be sent via Western Union to the Philippines. RED LIGHT, that's a lot of money to be sending when you're only evaluating customer service and why outside the US.

Is there a Lawyer handling the issues with this company and person. I have with me evidence that I would surrender to assist in getting this party convicted.

Aug 25, 2011
I was scammed
by: Anonymous

I, unfortunately, fell for this scam and am out $1,640.00. Beware...

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