CINCINNATI -- When Hamilton County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Mark Pipemeier received a check for $2,730 and a promise of more money in the mail, he and his staff knew to be suspicious.
The letter attached to the check claimed to be from Market Force, a consumer experience research company, and requested the recipient spend a small portion of the money at Walmart as part of a secret shopper program. In exchange for that -- and transferring the remaining money to two other people -- that recipient would earn $350.
Pipemeier didn't fall for it, but his office wanted to make sure any other potential victims knew the scam was out there.
"We want to alert people that if it seems too good to be true, it is too good to be true," prosector Julie Wilson said.