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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 advertisements, 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.

Watch the video below to see the scam exposed and what celebrity received the same email:

Car Wrap Advertising Scam Exposed Video

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 Sunday, July 26, 2015, Tom Gathers wrote:

    This scam was sent to me my Bryci Ray

    Hello, my name is Bryci Ray from "Budlight Company" how are you doing?
    thanks for responding to our ads, We're currently seeking to employed
    individual's world wide. you will need to carry this advert on the
    exterior of your car and you'll be compensated with $480 per week
    which is essentially a "rental" payment for letting our company use
    the space, no fee is required from you. Company shall provide experts
    that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an
    upfront payment of $480 inform of check via courier service for
    accepting us to carry this advert on your car. It is very easy and
    simple , no application fees required. Just Drive your Vehicle
    everyday as you used to do. Walter Cole the Company agent shall
    provide the experts that would handle the advert placing on your car.

    Kindly get back to us with the below information, so that the check
    will be send out to you asap.

    Full name to be on the check :-
    Street address (not P.O Box): -
    City:-
    State:-
    Zip code:-
    Cell phone:-
    Age:-
    Sex:-
    Model:
    Do you drove the Car everyday:
    How Many Times Do You Check Your Mail Daily:

    I wait for the information from you as soon as possible, so that i can
    forward it the financier to issue out the check to you asap. The
    Vehicle will be wrapped at your location, Ok. Once i have your
    information, i'll forward it to the company asap. I'll get back to
    you on how to get the advert placed in your vehicle. Note: It's
    Company that will take full responsibility for placing and remove
    decal on your car and it will not resort to any damage, It's a
    removable sticker.


    Thank you
    Bryci Ray

  • On Thursday, July 16, 2015, Paul wrote:

    The initial email piqued my interested so I responded (but I always Google)! Here's what followed:

    -------- Original message --------
    From: Anthony Haque
    Date: 07/16/2015 12:08 (GMT-05:00)
    To:
    Subject: RE: Monster Energy

    Would you wrap your car for $300 weekly? Reply YES if interested

    Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:07:39 -0400
    Subject: RE: Monster Energy
    From:
    To: tarigsaeed66@hotmail.com

    Yes. For how long?



    Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note® Edge, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

    ------- Original message --------
    From: Anthony Haque
    Date: 07/16/2015 12:12 (GMT-05:00)
    To:
    Subject: RE: Monster Energy

    Hello,

    Wrap advertising is the marketing practice of completely or partially covering (wrapping) a vehicle in an advertisement or livery, thus turning it into a mobile billboard. This can be achieved by simply painting the vehicle surface, but it is becoming more common today to use large vinyl sheets as decals. These can be removed with relative ease, making it much less expensive to change from one advertisement to another. Vehicles with large, flat surfaces, such as buses and light-rail carriages, are fairly easy to work with, though smaller cars with curved surfaces can also be wrapped in this manner. Wrap advertising is available to anybody irrespective of the vehicle you drive.
    We are currently seeking to employ individual's world wide. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car or banner wrapped for Monster Energy Drink®
    How it works?
    Here's the basic premise of the "paid to drive" concept: Monster Energy Drink® seeks people -- regular citizens, professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for "Monster Energy Drink®" plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as "auto wraps,"that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car's exterior surface.
    Don't Have a Car?
    If you don't have a car, you can also participate carrying banners.
    What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy?
    Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it's a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic can't avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is a month.
    You will be compensated with $300 per week which is essentially a "rental"payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you. Monster Energy Drink® shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment of $300 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car.
    It is very easy and simple no application fees required. Get back with the following details if you are interested in these offer.
    Applicant information:
    Name :
    Full Street Address(not PO BOX) :
    APT #:
    City,State,Zip Code:
    Cell Phone Number:
    Home Phone Number:
    Age:

    We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information.
    Best Regards,
    Anthony Haque
    Hiring Manager,
    Monster Energy Drink®

    Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:19:11 -0400
    Subject: RE: Monster Energy
    From:
    To: anthonyy69@hotmail.com

    Ok, I'll fill this out.... Never! Not a fool. Maybe you'll get someone else but I pray to God you get your life right and stop ripping off people and causing hardships on them and their families. You wouldn't want someone to do that to you and your family. God Bless You.

  • On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, Freddie Sanchez wrote:

    I was asked to advertise for a Company. The check came in the mail with my name and check number hand written.

    Hello,
    I am glad to inform you that your payment for the Car Advertisement has already been sent by Usps courier service and it will be delivered today, so please be on the look out for it. Here is the tracking 9405501699320048070457 and you can track it on www.usps.com When you receive the check, I want you to go ahead and deposit and deduct your $400, and send $1,350 to the detailer via western union , so that they can come for the installation of the decals as soon as possible. Please send the money by western union
    (Money-In-Minutes) The remaining $150 should be used to pay Money Gram charges for sending the money.

    Here is the detailer's information to send the $1,350 to:

    NAME : LANEE LEE BRAGGS
    ADDRESS: 33 WEST AVENUE
    LOS ANGELES CA 90001

    I live in Louisiana. I contacted the bank on the check and not being surprised was told it was not any good. I responded my last email message simply with the following "NOT BORN YESTERDAY". They could not understand what I meant and wanted to know what was wrong with their check.

    Reaper1962

  • On Wednesday, July 08, 2015, Denny wrote:

    Just received a check for $2950 in a Priority Mail envelope with absolutely nothing else in it but the check! I called the credit union that it was issued by and they had no record of it.

  • On Wednesday, July 08, 2015, Dottie wrote:

    My daughter almost got taken in by this scam. She received a check for almost $2000 and was told to deposit it, keep $400 for her first month's pay and $30 for gas, then wire the balance to the place that would actually do the wrap. Thankfully, she called me first and listened when I told her NOT to deposit the check or wire the money. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

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