The Rap on Car Wrap Scams

A new variation of the fake check scam is making the rounds. It works like this: scammers place ads on the internet or send mass emails to attract people looking for extra money. They claim they will pay to shrink-wrap your car with an advertisement of a popular company. All you have to do is drive your car as you normally would. 

An easy way to increase your income? Only if you’re a scammer. For the recipient, it’s a losing proposition.  

The scammers promise to pay you a certain amount to “rent” the space on your car, but they send you a check for more than that amount. They tell you to deposit the check, take your share of the money, and wire the rest of it to the company that will wrap your car. Weeks after you wire the money, which could be thousands of dollars, you find out the deposited check was a fake.

It takes only a few days for your bank to make the money available to you, but it can take weeks for your bank to determine that a check is a fake. You are responsible for any check you deposit: when a check turns out to be a fake, you have to pay the bank back. 

These four tips will help you avoid the hassle altogether.  

  1. If someone urges you to wire money, it’s probably a scam. Con artists often insist that people wire money because it’s nearly impossible to reverse the transaction and follow the money.
  2. Don’t send money to someone you don’t know, either in cash or through a wire transfer service. Consider using a payment option that provides protection.
  3. Don’t agree to deposit a check from someone you don’t know and then wire money back. No matter how convincing the story, it’s a lie.  
  4. Don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial information, regardless of whether the message comes as an email, a phone call, a text, or an ad.  

Should you get an offer that requires you to deposit a check and wire money back:

  • Throw it out. Legitimate companies don’t pay you by asking you to wire money to them. If you’re tempted to investigate the offer, ask for a check drawn from a local bank or local branch. Then, visit the bank in person, give them the check, but don’t withdraw any funds until your bank tells you the check is valid.

Comments

I just had this happen but asked my bank about the check before doing anything with it. I have also saved all the emails and info. Where can I report this scam and let the business named on the check know I have it.

thank you

You can file a complaint about this scam at ftc.gov/complaint.

You also may be able to alert the business named on the check by visiting the company's website and looking for a "contact us" link. 

The very same thing happened to me, I even emailed the company that was on the check and never received a reply, I have reported this to scambook.com, they are working with me for a possible resolution.

The FBI is always interested in these kinds of scams. Take the check, and any correspondence, written or e-mail, to the nearest FBI office or to your local police department if no FBI office nearby. Ask your local police to forward it to the FBI Internet Fraud division. Most police are willing to do that.

This happened to me to. went to Appleton Wisconsin Police Department thinking they would put a warning on their website to help others be aware and I was turned away, told I was not actually scammed because I did not lose any money. never got to even talk to a police officer, the reception area just blew me off!

Its bacccckkk! I just had that happen to me and now Im freaking out because my name is out there with my address and isnt that all they need to really wreck havoc on your life? So watch out!

Don't freak out, just do what u can and fight back, too many folks r being blown off n it's really understandable but with the technology out there to make a bad check ,then more should b done to stop it. I will b a pain in some 1s side till something is done. Haha

I just had it happen only its Pepsi now!

2 places have recently tried to do this to me.
They are using Jet Blue Airline and NOS Energy
Drinks. Possibly targeting the unemployed.

I had it happen to me. I got a job opportunity (or so I thought) and the company sent me what appeared to be genuine U.S. Postal money orders (they even had the water mark)as an upfront payment for my services, though they had not even told me what the job would be yet. I did not think it was a scam because they were sending me the checks first. I took the checks to my bank to deposit them. I had briefly scammed over the letter that came with the money orders but I had a lot of errands to do that day so I rushed to deposit the checks and ten minutes later my bank teller was waiting on the bank manager, then they told me they closed my bank account because the checks were fake! I was so mad because they closed my account. I decided to go to the post office to see if they thought the money orders were real or not..they said they were not and the way that they could tell was not by the appearance because they looked real but each one was made out for more than 900 dollars and the post master informed me that postal money orders are never for more than five hundred. I went to the police but they did not appear to know what to do about it either and I have since opened a new bank account with another bank. I also wrote back to the company telling them what happened (and not too nicely either) they assured me there must be some mistake and still wanted me to go somewhere and cash the checks!! I told them I gave them to the Police and a copy of their email transactions with me and I have not heard anything from the police or the crooks ever since. Thank God I could not cash them..I could have ended up in jail plus owing the bank.

One of the biggest clues that it's a scam is if they send you too much more or pay your first. Where on Earth can you find a legit job that throws money at people and trusts they'll show up for work?

I rcd one of those Car Wrap emails also but it sounded too good to be true even though you can be easily persuaded to give it a try. Anytime they mention YOU deposit a chk or moneygram, money order or whatever and YOU send the rest to someone else, that sounds odd to me. Any Reputable company does not do business this way.

Was almost a victim. My family has fallen on some hard times and husband was looking for extra work and got this e-mail and signed up. Next thing you know we get a check that was sent certified mail for $2650. the next day they tell us to keep $500 and wire $2650 to a company in tennessee. If i am in nevada, why am i send the money to tennesse to wrap the car. red flag 1. they also tell us it has to be done that day and send us some nasty e-mails when we teell them our bank won't release the funds until the next Friday. Checked my bank account and, sure enough, the money has been removed from my bank account and it says "returned/fraudalent check" in the notes. luckily for us, we are not actually out any money except the $25 returned check fee. I am ok with that.

hello, i just recently recieved an email for car wraping company, i replied and two weeks later i recieved a check for 2,450.00 i was very surprised because it was a just a check i received with no instructions. I left out of town that day and left the check at home, but i received various of emails from this company asking me to depsit the cehck and wire the money to a Sara Hess in WV i was alarmed and decided to check online about frauds just because the way of them going about me wirering the money to a diffrent state if the check is coming from a company in called Tooling Technlogy in OH, i thank god i checked firts and follow my gut instinct. Iam glad i read this first before taking any action, i wasnt desperate for money beacuse of the fact i was just looking to make extra to pay off some school loans, that the reasong i did not deposit the check so fast, iam going to take this check and emails to someone who can verify is this check is fake, ih ave not responded for the emails, but i just recently received a txt msg from a 909 area code that is in corona. This is all just making sense now. But thank you for posting this it made me very aware of this is all a scam, THANK YOU A MILLION!!!

Did u have to pay all that money back?

I too had this happen.....rec'd the checks (2) within 2 days. I deposited the first one and waited to see if it would clear...it did and the next day it was put on hold. I kindly wrote back to the "Company" and told them my bank declined the check.

You cannot trust anything in your email anymore.

Just had this happen to me! The only good thing about the scam was I didn't pay them one dime. By the way My bank was absolutley no help! car wrap is a total scam read these comments and beware. Tell your family and friends!

LET'S SCAM THE SCAMMERS! I have decided to get even with the scammers. Every time I get an email with an offer to car wrap my car, I answer YES and make them send me the FAKE check via UPS. Once I get the check, I tell them it has been deposited and give them a FAKE Western Union Money Transfer Number. When they reply that the number in no good, I tell them they have been scammed. I have filed all kinds of complaints and have talked to my local FBI and Police offices, but there is nothing they can do. At least, I am getting even by wasting their time and money by having to send their check via UPS. So far I got 5 suckers to send me their FAKE checks. Have some fun!

Sounds like an excellent idea if i had the time to do so, if everyone were to do this, it would shut these folks down instantly.

I just got an offer this week I will do what u said get back at them thank,you

I JUST received my check in the mail. Nothing with it. No instructions, nothing! I had actually went looking to make extra money on line. I couldn't even tell you where I saw the ad but thought Ill give it a shot. I thought it sounded so easy and to good to be true. Was my luck changing?? I answered their email that I would do it, went on vacation, came back, check my email and there was no reply. I guessed they weren't interested. I used an email account that I normally don't use, so I didn't go back into that email account for a week. Saturday morning I check the mail, and there is a "EXPRESS MAIL" from MELVIN NATHAN, FREELAND PET SEA FOOD,3949 ALHAMBIA ST, FT LAUDERDALE, FL 33304..A check inside FOR $2,430.00 and nothing else. The check itself was from a Company "TWIST INC.". Address, 47 SOUTH LIMESTONE ST., JAMESTOWN, PA 45336. My boyfriend and I looked at each other and then tried to figure out where it came from. After looking up the return address and then the name on the check...which by the way one address was a restaurant had nothing to do with a pet food company. The other address, the one on the check, was something completely different. Then I remembered the car wrap thing and remembered they said they would send the check in advance. After checking that email box I found the letter about them sending this check. I was to keep $300 and wiring the balance to an account. Of course by them we were really skeptical and goggled car wrap scams .. and WA LA found this site. I haven't don't anything yet, like take it to the police or FBI. I may take it into my bank and let them do the investigation.

If you haven't yet, make sure you file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint!

When I get an obviously fake email from people like the car wrap scammers I reply as though I am interested but for my name and mailing address I use:
Mr. J. Edgar Hoover
935 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20535
202-324-3000

Notice anything familiar about that address? It is the headquarters of the FBI in Washington!

Be careful out there...

Thank you!!. I decided to Google this company before answering text.

Thanks for the tip. I answered this email, and gave them address below as you shared for FBI. Hopefully they will investigate. They have been texting for 2 days about the check arriving. Thank you again!!!

This happened to me. I response to an ad on craigslist to make extra money. He told me that he would do a wrap advertising on my car, first I would have to send money first to get weekly installments. Sent me a $2400 fake check, which I deposited in my account and it went through. However, I read the email wrong I sent a guy in Florida $350. I was suppose to keep $350 for myself and send the rest of the money off. The next day they texted me with all these rude text message and told me to send the rest of the money. I tried to call of three of the numbers that they texted me from but no answer. So, later that day the so-called boss called me telling me to send the money. But by that time I was skeptical because I knew that this was not a real company by their behavior. And I thought everything through and realized that I been scammed out of $350. I reported the incident to my local police department, Western Union, FTC, ic3.gov, and many other agencies. I should have done my research. Please don't fall for this scam.

I received an email requesting personal information. They promised to pay me $500.00 a week to advertise Monster Energy drink on my car.
I immediately called Monster Energy and they told me it was a scam. I have saved the email from the scammer should you need it as proof in the future. thank you.

Yep, same thing here. Just got off phone with corporate office, it's a scam. Love Monster drink, so thought cool....but again, its a scam!

I received also offer from monster drink but thought it was to easy so I called the main offices of monster drink and was told it was fake.

Can you send me a copy of your email form the scammer?

I am shamefully a victim. MONSTER ENERGY DRINK SCAM car wrap. I blame the bank because they told me the funds were available, they know right? NOT , I was sent a check from Buckeye polymers inc, FIRST CLUE , being disabled I thought a car wrap with advertisement would be side cash, $400.00 per week for 3 months. WRONG. GOT A CK FOR $2800.00 for work to be done. I keep 400.00 for first pay and $50.00 for running around. Long story short bank told me funds were available so I withdrew $2400 to transfer 2000 and pay bal on completion. Screw me cause later in the day I'm out $2800

Under federal law, banks generally must make funds available to you from U.S. Treasury checks, most other governmental checks, and official bank checks (cashier’s checks, certified checks, and teller’s checks), a business day after you deposit the check. For other checks, banks must make the first $200 available the day after you deposit the check, and the remaining funds must be made available on the second business day after the deposit.

However, just because funds are available on a check you’ve deposited doesn’t mean the check is good. It’s best not to rely on money from any type of check (cashier, business or personal check, or money order) unless you know and trust the person you’re dealing with or, better yet — until the bank confirms that the check has cleared. Forgeries can take weeks to be discovered and untangled. The bottom line is that until the bank confirms that the funds from the check have been deposited into your account, you are responsible for any funds you withdraw against that check.

The article Fake Checks provides advice on how to recognize a fake check scam.

I was scammed also. Boy do I feel stupid. Police etc have been notified.

Just happened to me. Hope there's a way to stop this scam.

My girlfriend forwarded an email asking me if my step son wanted to make extra $. It was supposedly from Monster Energy Drink asking if anyone in my area wanted to make extra $ by having a car wrap put on car. After a few emails back and forth saying he had been excepted in a weeks time a check came in the mail for $2440.00 (priority mail). I had no idea what the check was for. It had Oak Ridge Assoc. Universities Inc. where it was from. I thought maybe my step son had won a scholarship because he is in last year of High School. Nothing else is in envelope. Then I go to my computer and there is an email from the person communicating with me about the job that a check for $2840.00 is coming with a tracking # and let them know when I get it and that I must cash it within 24 hrs. and send Western Union a check drawn on my bank for the amount minus $500.00 and the Western Union charge and this is for the cost of the decal and they give me a name and address of someone in Ca. that I should send the check to. Once they say western Union and that I should mail a check, I figure it's got to be a scam, so I write back on the computer can not send a check and they write back if I am uncomfortable to send a check I should send cash. I am posting this because this scam I thought was elaborate and anyone young or old could fall for this. I filed a complaint with the FTC and also wrote Monster Energy Drink and they could not have been nicer telling me to file the complaints and hold onto all the correspndence for local police authorities.

My son just got one of these checks by Priority Mail. Now it's time to scam these creeps back. Here's how; Once you get the check tell them you have no bank account and you live in the country and there is no western Union close to you. Tell them you could send cash by mail as your mail carrier picks up and that they need to send you a postage prepaid envelope. Then, when they agree (and they will), send them the amount thay are requesting, NOT in real money, but Monopoly money. Just copy or scan and print out the amount they want in Monopoly money and mail it to them (DO NOT copy real money and send it, that would be a Felony crime that could get you in hot water). Now, you have cost them the mailing of the check and the cost of the second mailing of the postage prepaid envelope. Now that we have the prepaid envelope with an address, we dropped it off at the Sheriff's office and they are communicating with the FBI to try and track them.

Beware of too easy away to make $

I also was looking for PT work on Craigslist & replied to the MONSTER ENERGY DRINK CAR WRAP SCAM. They sent a $3000.check & then 3 days later another $3000 Check came i dont plan on even trying to attempt to cash them now. But i came close & what a train wreck that would of been. I WILL BE MAKING Any & All Reports I can, to everyone i can.

I have received this scam and need to report it. I have phone Monster and they emailed all the information I need to report them.

I must be a magnet for these types of offers scams, I have enough bad paper to cover a wall. I am glad that the word is out and wish we could see that something was really in place to stop these people.

I was contacted also about a monster drink car wrap, I have not received the check yet, but thought I would double check with Monster Drink and they informed me it was a scam. I'm retired and thought that this would be great, it would pay for my gas and travel expenses. Sure am glad I checked this out. What does one do when the check gets here?

You can file a complaint with the FTC about this scam. Find out at  ftc.gov/complaint where you can send the check and any other information you have about this. If you don't want to file a complaint, discard the check.

I had this happen to me. Sounded so legit. I recieved my check for $2,350 2 days ago. All they sent with the check was a piece of paper prompting me to check my e-mail for further instruction. They told me all the same things they told all of you. Deposit the check, deduct $500 for myself and wire the rest of the money to the car wrap "specialist". I got on here and seen all these comments. So I told them I didn't have a bank account and asked them for a number I could speak with someone at. They sent me an email telling me just to cash the check and they didn't give me a phone number. I haven't done anything with the checks and I have not emailed them since, but I checked my email today and whata you know. I have a threatening e-mail on there sayin - that I've kept silent, and that I'm acting funny with their money and that they are going to get the FBI involved and track me down. I gotta admit, I'm a little worried lol. What do I do?

Resist the urge to cash this check because this sounds like a fake check scam. You can read more about these types of scams here. Report it to the FTC or to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), which also has information on various fake check scams.

Dont forget to request to have their email account closed and banned....

save the 1000 others, they are scamming from making the same mistake you just made or about to make...

if you get their email blocked,
and if yahoo, gmail, hotmail stop giving these same criminals with the same computer / network card mac address over and over and over....

these scams would not exist...
the problem is companies like
facebook
yahoo
google
hotmail
pinger
skype, etc

and the 100 other sites that allow criminals to create millions of fake accounts, identities to hide behind and do it repetitively,

over, over, over and tHEY take no action to block them.. when they can block them before they EVER CREATE THE ACCOUNT

It is so easy... to identify and block them
AND CHEAPER to block them
then to constantly ... respond to the complaints

Wonder why they don't ?
ask yourself...
or them.... WHY they DO NOT DO WHAT MORALLY, ETHICALLY THEY SHOULD DO....
THEY WILL NOT ANSWER

I got scammed by this car wrap job for Moster Drink. I though it was a refund from my title company on my house. I research the check and it was a title company , I deposited the check and it cleared in 24 hours. I send money to Weston Union to a Miguel Romero in Oaland Ca. Than two days later I get a email that he had an car accident and to go back to Weston union to resend the money to Lore Wayne. Mind you than I get a second check for the same amount of the first one $1,750.35 . When I go to Westen Union the has been picked up, so I text this people than have the money. But than I call Westen Union and the money is still there I get Refund of $1,250.35 , but no flags when up I send the money Found out yesterday that the check was a fake, and that now I own my bank this money. Plus $ 12 return fee , the $500 for my weekly paid when to my church to help fit the sidewalk . I asked my bank before I took the money out if the check cleared , and the teller said yes, so I though it was ok, however yesterday I was told by the teller that chase bank clears all checks by 24 hours so that you have the money although it's not cleared by the company that issues it. Now I waiting to see how I can work with my bank to pay this money back. Furthermore the guy who send the email goes by Ruben Peters, and I think there are also using Red Bull for car wrap. I called monster drink after the fact and learned its a scam. I posted my in Facebook to warn people. And I know it's a matter of time that these people will be caught, I trust God for this.

Thanks for sharing your experience. As you learned, it can take some time to discover that a check is a forgery. The best thing to do is wait until the bank confirms that the check has cleared. This article from the FTC has more information on fake checks and it explains why funds could be available before the check has cleared. You can file a complaint with the FTC at www.ftc.gov/complaint and report this car wrap scam.

I ran into this with the red bull shrink wrap advertising scam. I knew there was a 90% probability that it was a scam but decided I would play along until the scam was obvious. When they sent an email indicating that they would send me a large check and that I would send them part of it back, I emailed them "scams up cancel". I received the check any way. I ignored it. Now they are threatening me with legal action. I am ignoring that also. I'm a little concerned that they may have grounds for judgment of some sort. I'm pretty sure that they will eventually go away if I continue to ignore them because its obvious that I would win in any kind of legitimate legal action. I'm still not completely sure that they can't cause me some kind of trouble

Just received the first check. After reading all these complaints i decided to email the original respondant that im returning the check and will not be presenting it to my bank

These people actually took out a 1/8 page advertisement in our local weekly newspaper so I thought this was a legitimate way to earn extra money. I've seen cars with these ads on them so I thought, "why not" I could quit my second job. Long story short, I got an email asking a lot of inappropriate questions like my occupation, gender, age, etc., so I googled car wrap scams and found tons of postings about it. I like the idea of trying to scam them back, but decided to file a complaint with the FTC and also notify the local paper instead. I already have to work 60 hours a week to make ends meet, I don't have time to spend scamming them back. Good luck to all of you who can, go get them for the rest of us!

I am currently talking to a guy about car wrapping. He posted an add on craigslist and I responded. He told me he would send money in advance and to fallow instructions when I receive the check. Having read all previous comments on this page before, I asked him if I would have wire any money. He said no and that once I cash my check to call a # and that a person would come out to my house and wrap it there and that I was to pay that individual once the wrapping was done. Is this still a scam??

Yes. This sounds like it is a scam. Learn about fake checks here.

I wonder about this one also.....nothing has been said about deposit or wire or anything and i did make sure to ask..... and told them i would not be depositing it nor would i write a check or anything else. I would give the person the money to wrap if needed but nothing more. He said all of that was ok and check it is on way... a certified cashiers check at that from a bank and with a tracking number..... we will see what happens... still sounds like a scam but going to see what happens so we can stop some of the scammers

When you wire money, it is like sending cash. You can't trace it and you can't get it back. If a stranger asks you to wire money, this is a sign of a scam. Watch this video to learn more about Money Wiring Scams.

The ad is now on Craigslist for the 5 hour Energy Drink. Keep a look out.

I just got a check too..bank put check on hold so well see if it's fake or not. Reported to the FBI and unknowing people and companies they use. Figure they may get caught someday.

Hello there fellow readers, I hope to bring you guys another so called company to watch out for. My husband answered an ad on Craig's list. It was advertising "GET PAID TO DRIVE", wrap your car in Captain Morgan's logo, get paid $400.00 a week. They asked the following questions: my age, what my occupation was, what make, model and year my car was, and the address I wanted my check to be sent to. Just like all of your previous post..2 days later we receive a check in the mail for $1,900.00 . We were to cash the check , keep our initial payment of $400.00 then send the rest to a lady in Michigan. The check was from a real company and from a real bank. I was excited. We needed the extra cash and I was trying to convince my husband that it wasnt a fraud because we didnt have to send money first. The bank wouldnt cash a fake check right??? Wrong....always go with your gut. #2. A legit company will always want to meet you in person before sending you any type of cash.

Hey, I got an email perhaps a month and a half back asking if I would like to earn $400.00 per week to let them put an advertisement on my car, a Car Wrap. After I got it I went on line to see where in my area this could be done as I knew several companies that did this kind of work. After I read up on it here and found out it was a scam, I got back to the guy, Daniel Valderram, and told him yes I'd like that. I gave him the info he asked for. Nothing that isn't on line already. Yesterday I got my check so now I'm playing with him. They sent $2450.00 to me with the same deal, keep $400.00 for one week in advance and send the rest to the company that will schedule the wrapping. As others have noted, very poor grammar and spelling in all the emails. I sent him an email saying the bank says not to take the money out until they are sure that the check is real. Then I told him I was so excited to get my car wrapped that I was going to do it anyway. I asked if Western Union would accept a personnel check for the transaction or if I needed to give them cash? He wrote back and now he wants me to go to Walmart, someplace I never go, to buy some sort of MONEYPAK cards. Then I scratch off the back and let them know the 14 Digit code numbers along with the amount of each card. I guess the cards come in different amounts. He said this would be faster then Western Union and the cost was like $4.95 per card. I think he said each card is only available in $500.00 amounts so I'd need to buy as many as I needed to hit the $2,000.00 I'd need to send to them. The person that I'm send it to is in Pittsburgh PA. I have an address for them and everything. I did a check on the address and I found a beautiful house for sale at that location. I think my next move will be to say I went to my bank and after thinking about it I thought I'd save some money and I sent a money order which was free to the address for Lonnie Vearnon in PA. I bet this will blow his mind!

Reading through these comments it nakes me sad to see that people are that desperate and clueless to the fact that nothing in life is free. Why on earth would someone send you a M.O. and you not question why they would send fit to much and then ask you to send the extra back a different eay when they could of just sent it you through wire transfer in the first place. Is this the future of our country?

This economy sucks for good paying jobs at the moment. So for a chance to make some extra money to make ends meet is what some of us are trying to do. Besides its not a something for nothing thing. They are offering to rent space on our vehicles. I have to question of how much of an "intelligent citizen" you are to kick a person that is down and just looking for away to get back on their feet.

HERE IS THE EMAIL SCAM I RECEIVED:
They sent me cashier's check FEDEX on Academy Bank for $2,830.00 which I was to keep $300 and send the rest to the person to put the graphics on my car. There was nothing else in the envelope. No company name for the graphics company. I left several voice mails and emails for Mr. Michael Underwood the person who reached out to me on email with no return calls but a couple returned emails. I ended up calling Monster Energy Drinks directly and asked if they had a Michael Underwood that worked for them and they said no. Then I told them about the scam and they said it's a scam and DO NOT CASH THE CHECK. So I was glad that I went with my gut and didn't rush to cash the check. I was going to use the $300 payment to make my past due car psyment so I am glad that I didn't do that.
Why do peple have to be so dishonest. GEEZ LOUISE!!
Rhoda Q from Minneapolis, MN
From: Monster Energy Drink® [mailto:hiringmanager@monsterautoadvert.com]
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2014 5:43 AM
Subject: CONFIRMATION: Monster Energy Drink Auto Wrap Promo

Hello Again,

I am pleased to inform you that your information have been reviewed and your vehicle meets our criteria for this advertisement. Below are some questions you need to answer before we can proceed.

*How long do you intend to carry the advert on your Vehicle? 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 1 year?
*Do you drive your vehicle everyday?
*Have you crashed a vehicle between January 2013 till date?

More so, We will mail out the check payment for your first week of Monster Energy Drink Advertisement after receiving a reply from you with answer to the questions above and a confirmation that you are interested. Upon receiving the cashier's check, you are to go ahead and cash it at your local bank and deduct $300 which is the payment for the first week then have the balance sent to the graphic company's headquarters. They will be responsible for the advert placement on your vehicle and also the removal. They will be waiting to receive the funds in other to get the materials needed for the advert placement ready and also send a specialist. The specialist shall contact you as soon as the funds are received so as to schedule a perfect date and time to come for the placement which would last for 1 to 2 hours. It is the graphic company's policy that all funds should be in the name of the individual whose vehicle is to be wrapped so they can instruct the specialist based on the sender's information to avoid any misunderstandings except if a contract had already been reached. A case of Monster Energy Drink will be delivered to the address you provided once every week through out the period you will be carrying the wrap. The drinks are free and you can also share it with your friends if you like.

PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST (YES/NO):
Acknowledge receipt of this email immediately.

Kind Regards,

Michael Underwood
(323) 364-5102
Advert Manager
Monster Energy Drink®

We appreciate your blog comment because it helps warn other people about this scam, but it’s not a formal complaint.You can file a consumer complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. You can copy and paste the email in the complaint notes. Watch this video to learn more about how to report a scam and why it matters.

Felt it was a scam, I played along, when they asked if I had a sent the wire transfer - I told them I changed my mind, thanks for the free money (I knew there was none).

My Daughter was recently scammed by these people and her bank in investigating her! Yesterday a recovery agent said they were sent to repo her car and it is linked to the shrink wrap place. she called the police and reported it. Wedon't no what else to do!

THEY ARE USING YAMAHA MOTOR COMPANY NOW

Keep an eye out for John Ross sending an email on behalf of monster energy drinks with a car wrap offer. John Ross is actually a super cross bike racer that Monster SPONSORS so it makes no sense that HE would be sending an email with this type of "opportunity"...plus it's linked back to a personal Hotmail account... These scammers just aren't as sharp as they NEVER used to be..smdh...sad.

Dealing with them now , in Arizona .. But now it's for remy Martin 406 624 9518 Fred Wyne is the name it uses.. They have my name my mailing address my age year and make of my vehicle .. Has anyone had their identity stolen because of this?

I received a text from 731 213-4645 message: Cover your vehicle witha monster energy drink logo and get 300 dollars every week.
Now they are trying to get victims on cell phones!!!!

Can someone provide me with the information I need to report this? I just fell for this scam as a graduate student and thought it sounded like a good way to earn a little extra money. Unfortunately, it's ended up costing me a lot. Any advice would be much appreciated!!!

Thanks,
Meghan

You can file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.ftc.gov/complaint.

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I am still recieving e mails offering to wrap my car for 300 dollars per week. I threaten them each time with this website.

I received a US postal priority package containing two money orders for $950 each to become a secret shopper. My first assignment was to evaluate a western unionand its staff etc... So this is another way Lonnie vearnon is scamming people. I thought I would warn people.

Robert Miller is the name they used with me. Behind the email was an Indian name. I asked why didn't Monster pay their own contractors and never received an answer. Going to report them and send the emails and check to the authorities. Low down, rotten people.. I also contacted Monster.. Glad I didn't cash the check.. Dodged that bullet to the head!! Praise God! Someone needs to do something about this.

I have been trying to contact JetBlue to check for a scam using there logo. I am so glad I found this site so I will not be one more poor soul ...No check received yet but I am about to send a e-mail to them and tell them how down right sorry they are to attact people in this way

Anyone got their identity stolen?

YEP! There's one one Craigslist now for monster energy. They sent me a check for $1600 and keep blowing my phone up asking when will I send the money... I'm not stupid and they only talk by text..

Recieve this email this morning. Reported it to the Monster Drink company and they wrote me back with many links to report it to. This is one of the links they gave me. Told me to save all corespondence that I have with them. I just responded to the email with I would be interested if you were not a freaking scam artist. You have been reported to the Monster Company as well as all authorities possible.

I received the email, responded that I was interested, answered a series of questions mainly about the car, sent these to the real sponsor (Monster Energy Drinks) and asked about it....that's how I found out about this website. :) Monster also provided links to where I can report this.

Car wrap scam! Recently, like many of you, have been contacted regarding this "wonderful easy money" opportunity. I replied like everyone else saying I am interested and gave them contact information for this program for DUB Magazine. Unfortunately, they have my information- name, address, e-mail and phone. Thanks to all of you, I will NOT be cashing the check that I should be receiving in the mail today. I am also going to contact DUB Magazine and notify them that their name is being used in a scam. I will be printing the emails and submitting them to the local FBI office. In addition I will let this person know after I have received the check that I will not be depositing it and I will be turning it over to the FBI. Here is the latest email I have received: 8/18/14

Hello,

How are you today, Hope your having a great day. The upfront payment check for
the Dub Magazine Car Wrap promotions has been sent to you
and the USPS confirmed that it will deliver to you today.
This is the tracking for confirmation-----(deleted)
The check covers an upfront payment for you, the
payment of the graphics man coming to wrap your vehicle and the
materials suitable to wrap your vehicle.

Get the check deposited at the bank when you receive it, the funds
will be made available in your account once the check clears, it
clears your bank the same day.
Take out and upfront payment of $300 and send the remainder
to the graphics man via western union. The graphics man isn't in
office right now, he is currently working on another vehicle at CA.
Once he picks up the funds, arrangement will be made immediately to
work on your car and he will be at your door in a day or two. He will
wrap your vehicle and also bring the contract to sign and every other
necessary paperworks.

This is the info of the graphics man to send the funds.
There is a transfer charge at the store, take out the transfer charges
and send the remainder, send the funds via money in minutes service
and send a pic of the western union receipt when you get it sent.
Looking forward to reading from you.

Thanks for your cooperation.

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they just used our company's check to pay someone, who was nice enough to inform us about it. same thing..."Monster Drink" company and the fedex package came from a Shawn Williams, who actually answered my call when we called. the number that he used was 715.303.7775 if anyone wants to call Mr. Williams. We've closed our account with the bank, but didn't fall for this and the banks haven't cashed any of their checks.

If there is anyone interested my husband received a check, but we were smart enough to take it to the bank; however they are back on Craigslist looking for more people to steal from. I hope everyone who gets one of these checks takes it straight to the bank or the police. These people are real scum.

I also recvd a 2200.00 dollar check the person who emailed me didn't hv good grammer and I thought it was too good to be true, I told them to cancel but they sent the check ups also I di not cash I threw it away after tearing it up. they are using HP Computers name so beware I also almost made the mistake but when the guy said to forward the western union I said oh oh this is not correct so im glad I didn't do it YAY!!!

Received a survey request from PineCone requesting I send a check for $1550 via Western Union to a third party. That information would be forthcoming as to where to send the check when I clicked on the link (which I did not). They would send me a check for $200 after surveying Western Union and for paying the fees once I completed the transaction. Notified PineCone Surveys about the scam. Supposedly I would be paid $200 for each survey I conducted. Anyone needing money would comply and be out the $1550 they are requesting.

You can file a consumer complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. We appreciate your blog comment because it helps warn other people about this scam, but it’s not a formal complaint. The details in this comment are great for a complaint. Watch this video to learn more about how to report a scam and why it matters. Thanks.

I saw an ad on Craigslist in my area to drive 7 hours, get paid $13 an hour, plus $39 for gas. Then this evening I get 2 emails from car wraps advertising. I went on Google to check this company out, glad I did, but wish I had checked first before responding to their message with my information!! Smdh

Sent: Sep 1 2014 9:22PM
To: Monster Bev Corp
Subject: Fwd: Monster Advert Opportunity ( Wrap Your Car )

I received the email, below. Is this from your company?
Terry

Subj: Monster Advert Opportunity ( Wrap Your Car )

Earn $400 weekly with your car and valid driver's license for Monster Energy Drink putting Logo on your car for an advertisement. Email " monsterenergyinc@bellair.net " back if interested

Terry:

Thank you for taking the time to contact our company directly with your inquiry.

The email you received is not from Monster Energy. The email is part of a scam and we urge you not to participate or respond. Additional information about the scam maybe found on the Federal Trade Commission’s website at: www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/rap-car-wrap-scams.

We encourage you to report the email and file complaints with: The Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov/complaint); Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org); Federal Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov); the National Consumers League (www.fraud.org/complaint); your local law enforcement agency and your state attorney general's office.

We suggest that you preserve any and all communications with the scammers (for example, emails, checks, envelopes, and package tracking numbers). Such information may be useful to law enforcement agencies.

If you have any other questions please feel free to call us directly at 866-322-4466 extension 6466.

Thank you,

Monster Energy Company

I got the same Monster scam. Only it was 300 a week and from Martin Andrew; Hiring manager.
monsterenergydrink@linuxmail.org

Terry, I got a similar email but ours was $500 but not once was the email from monster itself nor did the email address.

Cash the check at Walmart and keep the money... Tell them your bank fraud department has check... Walmart does nothing, scammers get nothing and you keep money :-)

My check was signed by Thomas Jefferson. I wonder how much his autograph is worth?

I was just contacted about an ad wrap for DUB Magazine. When I read on the email over the past few days and I was told that I would be needing to send money to the graphics company, all my alert warnings went off. I started doing research and found this site. I've also contacted DUB and am awaiting a reply. I didn't give them my home address and I used my gmail account. I will see how things go, but now I'm just doing a wait and see.

some one sent me a check for 1,920 dollars...I had no idea who it was from..Ive not got any emails about wiring a certain part of it and it says its from a real bank that is 10 mins form me..could this be a scam?

Beware of Fake Checks Scam. Under federal law, banks generally must make funds available to you within certain time. However, just because funds are available doesn’t mean the check is good. Forgeries can take weeks to be discovered and untangled. Keep in mind that until the bank confirms that the funds from the check have been deposited into your account, you are responsible for any funds you withdraw against that check.

If u really need to question it, then it probably is. I just got one myself but this time I'm hanging on to the 1 I have or at least make a copy of everything

Rosario... I haven´t heard about this kind of scams are happening in Mexico but we better get prepare for it.

I will post on this topic on my blog and ask my collagues to the same.

We better inform people so they can be aware of it. Just in case.

It's a scam I just received it today. Thank god I didn't cash it

My boyfriend found ad on craigslist for verve energy drink. Gave Ramiro Fuller make and model of cars we have and address. We recieved fed ex express check left at our door for 1950.25, from a limo company in va, and a bank in va. When check arrived i was immiediatly alarmed, because it was left between front door and storm door in pouring rain and no signature was required. I called him and told him fed ex pkg arrived, he told me what it was, i opened it and told him " hello....it was printed from a computer, its not scored and its from a limo company in va, not az. .he did research and limo company never heard of fuller and isnt connected with veem.... Called bank and that account is closed. He said he calling police, i told him copy all emails and file complaint with ftc. Glad he didnt deposit if

If you receive an email that changes names when your are about to send off your personal information, STOP! Don't send it because that is one of the biggest hint it's a scam. It appears, from most of you here, that your identity was used for a check scam and this site has valuable information to help you through. I did research car wrap scams and found nothing at first...much to my surprise! I expected to find something that would give me a clue. I have received many legit emails for services and many scams too. This one seemed almost legit so I responded and noted that the email name changed. At that point I decided to proceed even though I knew this was not real. Guess my curiosity was greater than the risk. I asked them to send me a copy of their contract because I do not beleive this is real. Expecting another email name change, they responded that this is real and requested some basic info, but it was the same email address. Now I am approved for this promtion with Diet Pepsi...except the email name is Maryam Gunn or maryamhrt@gmail.com and is signed by Gary Shayne, Promotion Manager PepsiCo. Guess I now know the next steps. Thank you everyone!

Me and my wife both got strung along with this. He claimed to be advertising for PK Fine Spirits & Wine. He said we could do a wrap for Red Bull which the store sells.

Got the check today and it was for $1950.But the business it was drawn on was Hunter Truck Sales & Service Inc. Now this is strange since neither one of those are businesses that exist in Utah. Especially not PK Spirit and Wine which would not be able to operate in Utah, due to current liquor sale laws. (Only state run stores can sell anything heavier than beer)

I asked him about it and he got defensive and then "terminated our agreement" for giving him "attitude" then called me a fool for believing he would scam me.

Wish I could find him. I could sue him for libel.

TL:DR, Keep an eye out for advertisement offers for PK Fine Wine & Spirits and Hunter Truck Sales & Service Inc.

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