Beware of Secret Shopper Scam on Craigslist – Bogus FFLG checks being issued

Example of one of the bogus checks issued around the USA

If you have recently received a check from Food for Life Global, please note that the checks are bogus and will not work and are part of an elaborate scam posted on Craigslist for a Secret Shopper or Red Bull program. Food for Life Global is a food relief charity and we certainly don’t issue checks to people for secret shopping. An unscrupulous person(s) have created bogus FFLG checks and are hoping innocent people will cash them, take their “service fees” and then send the remaining cash to a person on the email or letter the people received with their check. One of the recipients of the funds is:

Receiver’s Name: Valerie Banuelos
Address:- 184 Grandview St,
City:- Pasadena,
State:- CA
Zip Code:- 91103

This is actually a real address, so hopefully this address can lead to catching these scammers.

What to Do?

If you have received such a check in the mail, DO NOT — USE THE CHECK. It will not work and if you try you will implicate yourself in illegal activity. Immediately report it to your local police, as  well as to Craigslist and the Internet Crime Complaint department. Also scan or photograph check and send a copy to [email protected] 


With your help we may be able to catch these people and have them arrested. 

Paul Turner

Paul Turner

Paul Turner co-founded Food for Life Global in 1995. He is a former monk, a veteran of the World Bank, entrepreneur, holistic life coach, vegan chef, and author of 6 books, including, FOOD YOGA, 7 maxims for soul happiness.

MR. Turner has traveled to 72 countries over the last 35 years helping to establish Food for Life projects, train volunteers, and document their success.

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