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This would not be a money laundering scheme.
There are some mystery shopping companies that are legitimate. Other mystery shopper companies that are scams. So it could be that you are a victim of a scam.
The way that works is that the company gives you a cheque. You deposit the cheque into the bank. Then you give the company directly or indirectly some of that money back. Then a while later you find out from your bank that the cheque actually was not bona fide. You then owe the bank the money and that company has some of your money.
I can't know whether this is a legitimate mystery shopper company or a scam.
If the cheque is very large it would not make any sense. In fact it doesn't make sense for you to get any money upfront. Usually when you do a mystery shopping job you get paid after.
In any event, you should take the cheque to the bank, tell them what is going on, and them to check for you to see if the check is legitimate and asked them to hold the cheque for as long as they need to so that they can never come back to you later tell me the chequebwas not bond fide.
Do you understand what I'm saying?
So this is a scam. I have no doubt about it.
I suggest you make an appointment to speak to the manager of the bank, tell them what is going on and tell them you believe you are a victim of the scam.
For sure do not take out any of that money and most assuredly don't forward them any money.
That is not how mystery shopping works at all. A friend of mine was a mystery shopper and actually a lawyer and I saw how it worked and he never, ever had to pay them money.
He submitted his expenses with receipts and was reimbursed afterward.
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If that doesn't work let me know, after you rated me and then I can message customer service for you. I cannot do that until after you rate me because when I do that the post will lock.