In the second, a man who thought he was working as a mystery shopper was kept from getting bilked out of more than $775.
Ronald Johnson signed on to evaluate Western Union, under directions from Strategic Reflections, a company supposedly based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was to look at the service, efficiency and cleanliness of the store -- in this case, an outlet on Santa Rita Road.
Johnson received a money order for $975.75.
"They told me to take it to the bank and cash it and keep $200," Johnson said. "I went to the bank to cash it and the guy there was on the ball. ... That postal money order had been used before."
Johnson had been told to wire $775.75 to Frederick Smith in Atlanta, Ga.
He filed a complaint with the Pleasanton postal inspector.
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