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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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  • On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, Tim S wrote:

    Glad that I just checked this on google.. They are using Citron drink in my case and paying $500. It was a Craigslist ad in Michigan,. BEWARE!!!

  • On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, Joy wrote:

    I felt like this was a SCAM but I decided to play along with them to see how far they will go. Now they are talking money and details.

    I just got this email today and 2 attachments for a MoneyPak Card and something called a Vanilla Reload Card.

    I decided to GOOGLE and see what I could find and here I landed. I wanted to share the email. I have the others as well. This was the lastest I received today.

    I want the check to frame and send a copy over to our State's Consumer Assistance Agency. Joy E.

    Good Morning,

    We are glad you are willing to be a part of this Ad Campaign and we would like to inform you that everything is in place for you to get started.

    Adequate arrangements have been made for your car to be wrapped. Payment is set to deliver this morning via USPS.

    Tracking Details :
    Check Amount: $2,380
    Tracking Number: 9405501699320018485014
    Track at : http://www.usps.com/

    On receiving the Check, it should be taken to your bank for deposit. Have the deposit receipt scanned and emailed once the deposit has been made.

    It takes a few hours for the funds to be available, and once the funds are available, you are to deduct your compensation which is $300 for the service you are rendering (wrapping your car) Payment for subsequent weeks will be sent out and will deliver next week.

    The decal company has graphic artists nationwide who will come to your residence to get the installation done. A graphic artist will be assigned in your state to get the wrap done. $2,000 should be transferred to the decal company, so on receiving it, they send down the wrap installer along with the wrap to get the wrap done.

    After deducting your weekly payment which is $300, I need you to buy 1 vanilla-reload network card (green in color, not the personal re-loadable prepaid card in black color) worth $1000 , and 1 greendot moneypak reload network card worth $1000


    Remember it is NOT a debit card and you will be charged $3.74 or less for each cards.

    Once you are done purchasing, scratch the seal at the back and email me with the 10 digit code as shown at the back of the vanilla-reload network card and 14 digit code as shown at the back of the greendot moneypak network card so that i can send it to the decal company

    Remember, it is your first assignment so you will be judged by your performance. Diligence and swiftness attracts an increase in commission in subsequent assignments. Kindly acknowledge the receipt of this details, so I can be rest assured everything is under control.

    Once you buy the cards, email the details as requested above, and state when it will be convenient for you to have the decal specialist come to your house to wrap the car. This should not take long, so you might choose to watch them do it. We anticipate your response.

    Many Thanks,
    William Balzer
    Budweiser® Beer

  • On Monday, March 24, 2014, rosemary wrote:

    I just fell for this scam didn't even think twice about it being fraudulent I took the check to the bank today what should I do

  • On Monday, March 24, 2014, Patricia wrote:

    I answered an ad on craigslist last week and here are the instructions from the scammer Alan Welsh with his email address
    Alan Welsh
    3:54 PM (1 hour ago)

    to me
    Hello ,
    Your interest in advertising for our company is highly appreciated as we have a target to advertise so many products for a number of companies.

    The information provided about your car make and exterior color gives us insight of the type, color and kind of car advertisement sticker that will be placed on your car.

    An upfront payment of $250 will be mailed to you with the materials needed for the advertisement to be pasted on your car any moment from now, so kindly check your email everyday for updates. You are to inform us by email as soon as you have the materials delivered so that the expert that will place the ad sticker on your car can be well informed.

    We also believe your full Name and address where your upfront payment mailed out to is very correct as given to us.


    Note: You will receive a payment which will cover your one week upfront payment including the expenses of the specialist/ expert in fixing the decal advert wrap on your vehicle.

    However,from the amount you will be receiving,the sum of $250 should be deducted which is for your one week upfront payment for working with us carrying the advert on your car and you will have to sent the remaining balance to the specialist/expert, who shall be coming over to handle the advert placement on your car via western union or money-gram .

    This is done in order to avoid delay or any inconvenience that may arise from your part. Also we do not want you to involve any of your personal funds in this program that is why all fund is made available to you.

    Moreover, you do not need to drive to Specialist/experts handling the advert placement.

    After the duration of your service and you want to discontinue, the specialist/expert shall come again and remove the advert placement on your car with no traces of ever placing a vinyl decals on your vehicle.

    You are to SIGN-IN with an e-mail every morning to re-assure me of your cooperation. Meaning you are required to send an email everyday to assure us you are still in for the job, this should be done every morning.

    We look forward to working with you Soon.


    Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:25:44 -0700
    Subject: Re: Get Paid For Driving Your Own Car

  • On Monday, March 24, 2014, Anonymous wrote:

    It IS a scam, I started an investigation, the check they sent was counterfeit. I have reported it to Ameritrade and I even went as far as doing my own investigation since I work in the Computer Field and handed over all the information. DO NOT DO THIS. Thanks!

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