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Car Wrap Advertising

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How the scam works:

United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain - this scam occurs now all over the world. It became the most notorious scam this fall.

Imagine this: Looking for ways to make extra money, you receive an email from a company offering the opportunity to make $300 a week if you have your car wrapped in a well-known brand's logo. "Our world-class partners such us Coca-Cola, Monster Energy, XS Energy, Johnny Walker, and Budweiser will generously pay prospective clients like you", the message says.

The scammers who send this message also post the same offer on sites like Craigslist, Oodle, or Gumtree, create well-designed advertisments, and even contact people who submit their resumes online hunting for jobs.

The offer sounds good, especially since you have the option of removing the wrapped sticker after the number of months you select. If you accept the offer, the scammers will then send a check for a large amount of money, according to the length of time you want to be the mobile advertiser.

The instructions for cashing the check indicate that a certain portion of the money is to be kept as your payment and the rest is to be sent via wire transfer to the company who will supposedly wrap your vehicle. After wiring the money, you'll find out that the original check was a fake and the transaction bounced. Now your bank is after you for thousands of dollars.

How to avoid:

No major brand would hire just anybody to wrap their cars with advertising. Corporations are very careful about their image and typically have huge marketing departments within. Be very careful when you receive this email, as the message might be presented in a very professional manner. The scammers steal images from websites belonging to reputable companies that do professional car wrapping and make you believe it's their business. Delete the email, not every online job opportunity that comes your way is real.

Always do your research and work only for legitimate employers. If you are really looking for a job and seek to make some money online until you find the next ideal job, there a couple of companies that are trustworthy and can offer you great opportunities:



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There are 490 comments

  • On Monday, April 14, 2014, jake wrote:

    Same type of scam but for a different company ...not a wrap o a vehicle but some sort of shopping scam ...i would keep a certain amount and i would have to send the rest to 2 different people via western union , they had a 1-800 number too that i called and what seem strange to me was when I called this "customer service" number there were kids screaming in the background lol....so I was like hmmmm , anywho I brought the cheque to the bank and the lady confirmed it was indeed a scam.

  • On Monday, April 07, 2014, Antonia Lemuz wrote:

    I just recieved one for SK energy drink as well from a supposed Glen Hovey with the email address glenhovey2@msn.com. As it is, this is an odd email for a hiring manager to have for a company. One should look out for things like this because it's these tiny details that are so easy to overlook, but that are instant giveaways.

  • On Friday, April 04, 2014, Tennie wrote:

    I received an email supposedly from Yamaha stating they would pay $500/week for getting my vehicle wrapped with their advertisement. Was skeptical and responded that I was interested. They then said they would email me the contact info for the technician in charge of applying the wrap and a tracking number for the check with an amount $2850. Was told that when I receive the check, I was to cash it at my bank, keeping my $500 first weeks pay, and then immediately send the remainder to the technician via MoneyGram/Western Union. As I was reading that, I knew that this was a scam.

  • On Wednesday, April 02, 2014, Charville Morgan wrote:

    I received an offer from Apple. 2200 was just mailed to me and I would be paid 450.00 a week for 3 months. I can't imagine being in the whole for 2200 with my bank which would make my account no good until that money was paid. Grateful for this information.

  • On Tuesday, April 01, 2014, J. Howarf wrote:

    I was just informed the procedures for cashing the check and paying the people who wraps the car. I am interested to find out if the check, coming through FedEx with a tracking number, is legal.

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