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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.

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There are 493 comments

  • On Sunday, April 20, 2014, Kathy wrote:

    Well I am glad I researched this before I did something stupid. I just received the check and I am going to contact the police about this scam just to see what they can do. I just read all the comments about how they went about contacting each of you and what they said and I received the exact email that all of you did. I hope that I can get someone interested in trying to stop this from happening to anyone else.

    Wish me luck, thank all of you

  • On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, chelsey wrote:

    I just received my check in the mail, as you will find the whole thing is a scam and the way they mail it is don't how FedEx mails. I shredded the checks.

  • On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Connie wrote:

    I received a similar email from Suzuki Motors last week and I also responded I was interested.
    I knew it was a scam when they notified me that they were going to send me a check for the $350 plus money for the technician.

  • 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.

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