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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 Wednesday, October 01, 2014, Saundra12 wrote:

    I have been going back and forth with "Coke Zero" Car Wrap Advertisements... my check of 2,989 is being sent out today. They gave the "name" of who i sendcit to via western union OR money graham. The name is Vinett Lincome in Sacramento... im to hold 400 for myself for my first weekly check. Lol I knew this had to be BS, looking for another job im pretty sure ive gone through this similar situation about 10 times in the past 3 months... and I only use legit job sites (career builder, Indeed) so yes be weary ppl!!! Thanks for THIS PAGE

  • On Monday, September 29, 2014, Charlie wrote:

    I called out this guy that I've been emailing back and forth and this was his response, "My name is Frank Neyland, i'm a freelance advertiser working on two years contract for Tropicana juice company on mango juice only. other people were awarded the advert of other of their products.. You may conduct a search in my name".
    Of course a search of his name means nothing because I have absolutely no proof that he is who he claims to be. I'm contacting the FBI as my initial "check" is in the mail on its way to me now.

  • On Monday, September 29, 2014, David Leffingwell wrote:

    After I received the initial email from "Elizabeth anderson, (sic) Hiring Manager" ( I have never seen the term "Hiring Manager" before this, I emailed her back. It sounded too good to be true, but I was unaware at the time what a tired old chestnut this particular scam is. There was no request for any information from me that was not readily available, so I did not see any downside to checking it out.

    Even then, there were some red flags - the email was unadorned with any Monster Energy Drink logos or other identifying material; the letter was poorly written, with obvious mistakes, like the one above - the lower-case last name of the "Hiring Manager," no phone number, etc.

    Of course I was accepted into the program . . . a real mark of distinction, I'm sure! Today (Sept. 29), I received an email telling me that a check in the amount of $2,680.00 would arrive tomorrow, and gave me the same instructions reported by the other folks posting here.

    Other than the sloppy email, one of the first things that rang an alarm bell for me was the idea that a major company was going to send me nearly $3,000.00 that I could cash on the strength of my signature alone. There was no requirement that the vendor has to sign it before it is negotiable - nothing.

    Because the amount is less than $5,000.00, and I have had both personal and business accounts at the same bank for early 10 years, my bank would release the funds immediately - and, yes, then I would be on the hook for any money that was unrecoverable - meaning all of it, of course.

    Some folks have written here about going somewhere other than their bank to cash the check, so that they could scam the scammers. Bad idea. First, apart from the moral problem of screwing Wal Mart, or another bank, or whomever, anyone who goes that route to negotiate the check does so with the knowledge that it is bogus - probably printed in someone's basement.

    Having that knowledge and acting on it probably makes you a co-conspirator, and guilty of both civil and criminal fraud, theft by deception, or however the statute in your jurisdiction is worded. And whoever cashes it for you might not be able to get at the original scammers, but they can sure get to YOU, because they will have your driver's license information and whatever security video they happen to use.

    The only people who won't be hurt are the scammers - since there is no money and no legitimate bank account, they are not out by so much as a dime.

  • On Monday, September 29, 2014, Sion wrote:

    Yup, just got one from Yamaha Motor Corporation LOL

  • On Friday, September 26, 2014, kathy wrote:

    I jus received a check and was wondering can i jus cash it and screw them over?

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