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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.

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

Car Wrap Advertising Scam Exposed Video

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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  • On Monday, April 06, 2015, john wrote:

    On 4/4/15 I was looking on Craigslist seattle
    And saw the ad for johnny walkers wrap and responded to it, I automatically thought something was fishy, now I know better after reading the scam on here

  • On Monday, April 06, 2015, Trisha wrote:

    Yipes! Am I glad I came across this web site. I answered a Craigslist job ad for advertising Zipfizz on my SUV. I better get myself out of this ASAP! I hope I can just simply send their 'check' back by using "RETURN TO SENDER' and block them from my Email & text. I will talk to my credit union and maybe the post office about this. Good luck everyone & I am grateful for this web site to give us the 'heads up' on this nasty issue!

  • On Wednesday, April 01, 2015, J. Jones wrote:

    I received a similar ad for Monster Energy Drink. They sent me the check a few days ago- same thing. Take your $300 and sent the rest to an address in Cypress and then a local installer will be assigned to wrap your car. I told them I didn't have a bank account, but I would cash at a check cashing place. They wrote back and said Wal-Mart was the preferred place to cash in lieu of a bank account. This is weird because wouldn't one of those places discover the check wasn't any good. If they cash it, then there is no damage to me, right

  • On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, Lori McClurg wrote:

    Just received email from Ben Johnson

    Same exact email as shown about the Pepsi Cola Drinks.
    Thanks for the quick respond we are pleased to confirm your
    status as our brand representative. A payment package will be mailed
    out to you in the next business day or two by USPS which we will
    email you a tracking number with instructions, The payment will
    covered your compensation for the ad run . Note that the wrapping of the
    car will be done at your residence and does not take long and you
    could be present while the wrap is done.You will be compensated with a
    $300 per Week), which is essentially a "rental" payment for letting
    our company use the space. Pepsi Cola 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 for accepting to
    carry this advert on your car and other weekly payments will also come
    in the form of checks and delivered at your address
    weekly.Note you will receive a payment the sum of $300 will be a 1
    week up front payment for carrying the advert on your car Do
    acknowledge you have received this email and we will be in touch with
    further updates at the best time possible.You will be compensated with
    $300 per week which is essentially . No fee is required from you,
    Pepsi Cola Drinks shall provide experts that would handle the advert
    placing on your car. Adequate arrangements will be made as regards
    after provide your information below after payment delivered,
    Also check your Email every day to get Updated as to when The Upfront payments
    will arrive your Place.

    payment prior to making the ad visible on your car.It is very easy and
    simple with no application fees required , we look forward to reading
    from you only serious and interested should fill this

    soon. If the terms of the above works with you, do


    provide the information below:

    Full Name:
    Zip Code
    Cell number:
    Home Number:
    Car maker/year:

    Kindly get back to us as soon as possible hope to hear from you.

    Regard. This is he message I received from pepsipromo8@gmail.com .. I guess this is a scam to from Ben Jordan?

    Almost sent my info until I decided to look into it a little further. Thank Goodness. Sometimes it is just too good to be true. Can't believe that there are people out there that are so lazy they would do something like this. Apparently they don't have jobs and all they have to do is sit around all day and think of ways to take peoples hard earned money. Jail isn't even good enough for these people

  • On Thursday, March 12, 2015, Gary wrote:

    On Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 4:04 PM, Eric Holt wrote:
    Dear xxxx xxxxx,

    Your information has been received, Below are some questions you need to answer before we can proceed.

    How long do you intend to carry the advert on your car 1 month,2 months or 3 months?
    Do you have a drivers license?
    Do you use your car everyday?
    Have you crashed a car between Jan 2011 till date?
    Do you have an existing checking account where you will deposit your check for letting our company use your car?

    Also reconfirm your Name and address where your upfront payment should be mailed to along with your mobile and home number Note you will receive a check/ Money Order, which will cover your weekly up front payment of ($300) for carrying the advert on your vehicle and an additional sum which will be forwarded to the decal installer/expert who will be responsible for the advert placing on your vehicle.

    Also Check Your Email Every Day To Get Updated As To When The Upfront Payments Will be delivered to you.We Need a Personal Phone Number And a Confirmation Of Your Personal Address Of Where You Want Your Upfront Payments And Also The Advert To Arrive to .

    Best Regards,

    Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:10:15 -0600
    Subject: Budweiser Beer Cover
    From: xxxxxxx@gmail.com
    To: ericholt.vehicleadvert@outlook.com
    Received their fake check today 03/11/2015
    I've worked in outside advertising in the past and let these scammer know about it .
    Return Address :
    11205 KNOTT AVE,
    CYPRESS, CA 90630

    Check is Nine digit Routing Number 311992904 is assigned to AMERICAN AIRLINES FCU, 4151 AMON CARTER BLVD, FORT WORTH, TEXAS - 76155

    A A Credit Union

    Remitter: Jennifer Elton

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