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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.

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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There are 489 comments

  • On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Ynot wrote:

    yes recieved this very call from 323-647-3697
    supposedly from Paul Thacker at Monster
    Sent check, it was on closed acct
    Beware and do your homework before accepting or sending money anywhere
    Lesson learned

  • On Monday, March 10, 2014, zachary wrote:

    What do you do if you have check where can I report it?

  • On Monday, March 10, 2014, Cin wrote:

    Looks like the newest one is from SK Energy Drinks. From a Glen Hovey. glenhovey2@msn.com. That's a sign right there. I'm waiting for my check in the mail...guess I wont be cashing it. lol

  • On Sunday, March 09, 2014, Greg wrote:

    I almost feel bad because believe it or not, I scammed the scammer. In a similar type of fraudulent check scam of a person that wanted to buy a car from me. I ended up $9000.00 to the good.

  • On Monday, March 03, 2014, Debby wrote:

    Roadsection@hotmail.com offered the same job on craigslist. Cant remember whether for Maryland or Delaware.

    Do any of these people ever actually get caught?

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