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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, iPhone 6, 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.

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  • On Thursday, December 18, 2014, Deanna wrote:

    I'm so glad I researched this. I actually found the ad in the Sunday Paper, in the jobs section. So I assumed it was credible. After a couple of emails I received this:

    Hello Mrs.George,

    The payment for your Auto Wrap Advert Job has been delivered today via USPS/ Post Office courier service with Tracking 9405501699320036969794. The Check (Amount= -$2850.) you received a combination of 1 week Up front Payment of $400 including other Payment such as -Materials-(Vinyl Decal),Transportation/Flight and workmanship Fee for the Specialist that will be wrapping your car.

    This is done because the specialist is always on the field carrying out His assignment (Wrapping Car) in different locations, in order to avoid delay or any inconvenience that may arise from your part. Also we do not want you to involve any of your personal funds in this program that is why all fund is made available to you.

    Note: The specialist will proceed to acquire the materials and stickers needed for your car wrap before coming down to your location as soon as He receives the funds. (The specialist should be at your location within 24-48 hours after He had received the funds)
    We are already behind schedule on the Decal, deposit the Check at your Bank/ATM and deduct your 1 Week Upfront Payment of $400.



    Below is the payment expenditure breakdown-

    Decals materials and miscellaneous expenses - $2150
    Products Shipping Charges - $300
    Your Salary/wages - $400 (upfront payment as agreed)



    Immediately the check cleared at your bank, locate the nearest Walgreens or CVS stores and

    Purchase MONEYPAK worth of $2450.00 USD. Each MoneyPak will cost you $4.95 USD including charges and make sure the charges is debited from the whole funds, not from your own payment upfront of $400.

    You can purchase any one of these Money Paks- RELOAD PAK or MYVANILLA.. Please do not purchase 'Vanilla Reload'.
    As soon you complete the purchase of the MoneyPak's, you should scratch back of the MoneyPak and get back to me via email with the below information at the back of the MoneyPak.

    1) The Scratched Number's (The digit numbers at the back of the MoneyPak pack)
    2) Amount on each Card

    Once the MoneyPak has been confirmed, the wrap Expert will schedule an appointment with you and come to your residence for the wrapping up of your car.

    Best regards

    Reynold George


    I received the check with a note and had so many questions, that I decided to nix the whole thing.

  • On Sunday, December 14, 2014, kimzy wrote:

    First if all, if they came out and wrapped your car....then sent you a check...why on earth would they spend all that time and money on your car ti send you a fake check?

  • On Tuesday, December 09, 2014, Kenneth Goettel wrote:

    There's another scam on craigslist I answered an ad for carpenter wanted and next thing I know im getting emails saying I was hired as an personal assistant and they sent me a fake cashier check wanting me to cash and send most to someone in the Philippines be careful people there is alot of scumbags out there.

  • On Wednesday, December 03, 2014, Nancy wrote:

    My daughter was approached by this guy, was very interested and also involved us. We both had Wells Fargo checks Priority Mailed to us for the amount of $1,988. We won't cash them and will take them to the police.
    Robert Miller
    352-504-3226
    cla_skin@hotmail.com
    Monster Energy DrinkĀ®

    Today he sent her an email as follows.
    Hello Applicant,

    1)Please confirm if you have received the check or not.

    2)If you ave received the check please confirm date of deposit.

    3) Please proceed to make payment to graphic artist if you have already made the deposit and if you require the payment instruction / details please let me know.

    You can reach me on 352-504-3226 by call or text.

  • On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, John wrote:

    Got one today from Elizabeth Anderson for Monster Energy drink. Wanted me to send to Edmaris Collazo in Daytona Beach. Facebook of her says she works at Baskin Robbins in Daytona beach and a total party girl. The address they gave me is an abandoned house in Daytona. A little research goes a long way

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