SALEM — A person chosen to be a "mystery shopper" went to police when the honor began to involve more mystery than she was comfortable with.
The woman had signed up to be a mystery shopper, and she received American Express traveler's checks through the mail. She was instructed to use them at the store of her choice while keeping track of her spending.
As part of the program, she was to cash the two $500 checks, keep $300 for herself and send the rest to another "mystery shopper" living in St. Petersburg, Russia.
"It was those instructions that made (her) suspicious," according to Tuesday's police log.
She brought the checks back to the post office, where she was advised that this was a popular scam. Her bank informed her that no matter how genuine the checks looked, they weren't.
Told to report all this to police, she did. They took the FedEx envelope that the checks came in for evidence.