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Nashville Secret Shoppers Scammed Out Of Thousands

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Tracy and Wayne Tibbs Tracy and Wayne Tibbs

By Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Nashville coupled signed on with a New York company to be secret shoppers at area stores, but they said they were actually scammed out of $2,300.

Tracy and Wayne Tibbs were working with Associated Career Inc. and promised compensation for shopping at different stores.

"You get to spend $200 at Wal-Mart to buy anything you want and they give you $55 for transportation to put gas in your car," said Tracy.

The Tibbs received a check for $1,985 in the mail. They deposited it into their bank and then got to work.

"The first assignment was to go to Western Union. He said they were evaluating Western Union because they had been losing people's money," said Tracy.

The money wire went through and the couple moved onto their second assignment at Wal-Mart. A phone call from Wayne Tibbs quickly ended the shopping spree.

"This morning when he called and told me our bank was $2,300 overdrawn," said Tracy.

The check for $1,985 from Associated Career Inc. was returned for insufficient funds, and the couple is responsible for the large some of money.

"It's just so hard when you work for your money as much as people do, and then people sit around like this and just run scams and make easy money," said Wayne.

Tuesday morning, Wayne contacted Larry Johnson at Associated Career in New York.

"He said call me back after lunch and I'll check on it. I called him back after lunch and there was no answer," said Wayne.

NewsChannel 5 also tried contacting Johnson and got the same recorded message saying no account managers were available.

The Tibbs said this could not have come at a worse time, with the holidays just a week away.

"It's Christmas and I have no money," said Tracy.

A check on-line did not turn up any information on Associated Career Inc. The Better Business Bureau also did not list the company. Tracy plans on filing a report with Metro police.  

email: ccannon@newschannel5.com

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