Friday, November 2, 2012


If you receive below email then do NOT response on it. It is send from a AOL email. The link from this email from the BBB logo was going to :

(An hacked Wordpress website)

They also send checks and try to get you into doing a survey. The check is NOT covered.
You need to send them money back. Minus a fee. But because the check is not covered. You loose all your money that you send back to them.

P.S. Pinecone Research is an existing company, and is NOT involved in this. The email is not from them.

See warning of them here

Important Security Notice:

We have been made aware that third parties may be attempting to use the names and logos of Pinecone Research for different "scams."  One example of such a scam is a "mystery shopping" assignment.  Essentially, the victim is provided a fake check and 

advised to cash it, and then use some of the proceeds to test a service (for example, testing a Western Union wire transfer).  The victim is advised that he or she may retain the balance from the cashed check as payment, however, the check later bounces.  Other examples include recruiting for "business evaluation surveys" or "hiring" employees. 

Please be aware that Pinecone Research has no involvement in these fraudulent transactions.  Participating in our surveys is always free of charge, and we never ask our panelists to cash a check for a large amount and then use the proceeds to “test” a service.   Furthermore, all communications with us will always be with the email address "” -- be wary of any email that asks you to respond to a different address, or asks you to respond by clicking on a link within the email.  (Please be aware that email sending addresses can be faked, and so it's possible for a fake email to appear to have come from this address.)

If you are targeted by any of these scams, please report any information regarding these activities to local law enforcement agencies, as well as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) "" reporting system ( in the United States or the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre ( in Canada. your name,
Following the successful assessment of your application which took place a couple of minutes ago, you have been selected as a Mystery Shopper for your region of United States. We strongly believe you've got what it takes to carry out the various survey in your region and hope we'll not be disappointed.

Your First Assignment:To carry out a Secret Survey on the nearest Western Union outlet in your location by forwarding a fixed amount {$980.00} to a "Mystery Consumer" in another region who is conducting the same survey at the "Recipientend. The recipient's information will be provided to you in subsequent email.

  • A check for $1220.00 has been issued and should get delivered to you via regular mail within the next 1-4 business days.
  • Cash the check.

  • Your income is $150.00 for the survey.

  • You're to deduct another $90.00 to cover the transfer charges (Money in Minutes) at the Western Union outlet.

Visit to locate the nearest Western Union store to your location.

How to rate the Western Union Outlet's Service:

You're to rate the Western Union outlet's service by simply observing and recording the parameters below

Outlet store address:
Appearance of agent:
Time taken to complete transaction:
Future improvement you would like to see:

Upon Completion of the survey, you are to send us an e-mail with your ratings of the store/outlet under the parameters above.

Please acknowledge receipt of this e-mail if you fully understand this procedure and will be available to accept the payment

Thanks for your interest and CONFIDENTIAL participation in PineCone Research. . .where we value you, your time, your privacy and your opinions.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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