2/22/2020: I received a text in the parking lot of Whole Foods Market in Laguna Nigel, CA, stating “Whole Foods Market is starting an exceptionally huge research project in your general vicinity… so we need to choose Shopper to word as a store evaluator.” The text continues to state you will earn $400 for each endeavor, and provides a link to complete contact information. A couple of days later, I got a text stating my first evaluator assignment was being delivered tomorrow and to read and follow the instructions, and complete the task promptly to qualify for the reward. I received the U.S. Priority Mail package on Friday, 2/28/2020. A cashier’s check payable to my name, in the amount of $3,450, and “CUSTOMER SERVICE EVALUATION TOOL” were found in the Priority Mail envelope. The instructions state the check covers the assignment costs and my $450 evaluator fee.Here’s the scam: Within 24 hours of receiving the priority package, you are asked to purchase three $500 gift cards from Walmart and three $500 gift cards from Target (a total of $3,000); and to scratch-off the silver area on the back of each gift card. Next, you are to take photos of the front and back of all six gift cards and text photos to two phone numbers provided in the instructions (712 357-5451 and 562 337-3429). The fake cashier check never clears your bank, and the crooks spend all 6 gift cards; and you’re out the $3,000.