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The Rap on Car Wrap Scams

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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.

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I got one for putting Budweiser on my car I kept asking the same thing why send me the money for the installation why couldn't they pay them they had attitudes when I said they sound like a scam when I told them I put the check in the bank but then told them I never deposited it

Yep this crazy, got my check today to 2550.00 I'm to keep 500 and pay the detailer 2050.00 to put dr.pepper on my car?? Doesnt add up,

yeah, the contact person seems to be a poor english speaker

I received a check certified mail and was told that the money was for my first 2 weeks. I did deposit it but the next day it was gone. Does that mean the bank knew it was a scam and cancelled the deposit?

If you give someone your bank account number they can take your money. If you didn't give your bank account number and have a question about your account, you can contact your bank.

I was almost scammed buy Hiro energy drinks. They sent me a check in the mail and they also sent me a deposit instructions to deposit the check and then let them know that I had done that. A man named Matthew Cui contacted me and asked me if I had received the check and to advise them that I had.

I called this guy today and I spoke to him on the phone after we texted back and forth a few times this morning hand you never did answer my questions directly he just said read the email. So I went back to my phone after talking to him and telling him how I had done some research on the check because there's no letter with the check or anything it was just a check drawn on a on oil exploration company out of Canada.

I told him that I had contacted Citibank about the check and if they had no record of that check it was at that point he hung up on me. I have tried to call him back 3 times to talk to him he will not pick up the phone I've contacted the Better Business Bureau and let them know about this scam but I wanted to let you know that this scam is going on here in Kansas City Missouri and I think something ought to be done about it is Hiro energy drink. I looked up their website it's real pretty website out of Hawaii really beautiful. What I was explaining to Matthew about my doing research on the check I'm calling Citibank financial center and finding out that there was no record of that check because it had been cashed a year before he promptly hung up on me and has not returned my three calls to him since so I know that this is a scam. And it's starting to go around here in Kansas City Missouri and so I wanted to let you folks know about it so you could check into it also. I've contacted the Better Business Bureau here in Kansas City and let them know also. Thank you for your time

Let the individuals know that you have The fund's $$$ And get the necessary info that would help LAW enforcement out one tracking the individuals down, play the game with them.

I just received my check today, and thankfully felt like something was off by the whole process I was told to follow. I'm thankful I found this site with up to date information and help with regards to these kinds of situations. I would like to help put a stop to the specific person involved with the check I received and am willing to play along as you suggested. What steps would you recommend I take once I tell the person I've cashed the check and sent the desired amount they requested? Thanks in advance. I hope I can help to prevent future honest beings from falling into this trap.

If you think the person sent you a bad check, and the person is a scammer, you don't need to communicate with the person again. You could give the bad check to your bank, or contact local law enforcement and ask if they can use it.

You can report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint.

That's what I'm doing, I'm playing along with them in hopes to catch them or get some info to help authorities. Thank goodness for my son, who looked it up for me, I almost fell for it. But when your hit with a tragedy, your not looking at where did the money come from, your thankful for the blessing. Thing is I had this happen before but the check was real from a lawyer i had seven years before. He wrote a letter and i called and he explained it.

The minute they mailed the check they commuted a federal crime. Contact your local postal inspectors office. Save the check and put it in a zip lock bag. It’s evidence. The postal inspectors will collect the evidence and take it from there.

Received offer, received check, deposited check, check is fraudulant, bank did nothing other than screw the customer with fee. Called the company that the add was to be for, they referred to this government agency where I see they have done tnothing other than blog about it so it continues.

Any of these from Dr. Pepper??

Did you leave the money in your account after you deposited it? I received a check and deposited it but after reading all this I'm not pulling any money out

This happened to me as well, got the check deposited it, my bank released $200 against it, which I needed because of being unemployed , NSF on the check, but i will take the hit as it was my stupidity to think it was real, I'm negative in my account but spoke with my bank and we will work it out. Never again will it happen!!

How much was the check they sent you for that you deposited?

i have one ive been holding since jan first when it arrived

I got into this but it was from Dub magazine. Well that's the name they used. It seemed sketchy. I asked for a phone number to speak to someone the number I was given when googled was a scam. Called the actual dub head quarters an they said it was a scam also.

Did you deposit the money into your account? how long did it take to clear ? Was the scammers name Sheila

Sure is Shelia

I recieved the check today. Cant i just cash it at a checks cashed store instead of the bank and that way im not hit with any fees and they cant trace it? Just want to pull one over on these ppl and use there game against them.

I almost got scammed by one similar to this. My bank is online bank so I took to a check cashing place, they made a copy if my license and called to verify check. Supposed issuing bank couldn't verify so they turned it over to the police. If they did cash it they would come after you once it didn't clear their bank and you get hit with fraud charges.

Now think about what you just wrote. If you cashed the check at a check cashing place, and the check is phony how would you be getting over on these people? How would that be using their game against them? If the check cashing place would even cash the check which I don't think they would, the only person who would get screwed would be the check cashing place and well you, when they prosecute you.

How is my thoughts exactly I'm just going to take the check to Walmart or a check cashing store what could go wrong? Haha

Did that work at check cashing place? Thats what I was thinking too or if you take out money and just not wire or send ?

If you cash a fake check, the bank or check cashing place will eventually find out the check is fake. When they do, they'll come to you and you'll have to repay the money you got.

what could go wrong they come after you for fraud and you could be arrested and have to make restitution.

Did you end up going to a cashing place to cash the check? And how did it go?

I got one from this guy named Gibson, for Propell Water. I took it to the bank it was drawn on, feeling that this was a scam, of course it was, when he asked me for my banking information to direct deposit, warning signs went off because I had no paper work I requested. I told him the bank said the check was sketchy and he STILL wanted me to deposit it in my account. Although I contacted local police I told him the bank put a hold on it and when the funds are available I'll text him, then maybe I'll tell him, thanks for the money and sign off. Let him wonder if I really have the money. I gave the bank that it was drawn on the tracking number of the mail and his phone number, let their fraud department take over. I lost nothing but a few hours driving to the bank.

So did you cash it at a cash checking place if so did it work I'm trying to get back at them alsog

If you cash a bad check, the bank or check cashing place will eventually find out the check is bad. When they do, they'll come to you.  You'll have to repay the money you got.

You won’t be putting one over on anyone except the place where you cash the check. The check is FAKE, so the scammers won’t be out any money. And, if you cash the check knowing it’s a fake, then you are committing a crime.

Got a check today for 1680.00 from DUB or shall I say where the check was from...Cincinnati metropolitan housing authority???? Wth....was excited for NOTHING.. HOPE THESE BADTARDS ARE CAUGHT SOON!!

So I too thought awesome some xmas money, received a check today for 1950.00 but I figured too good to be true. I emailed the "company" back and told them I didn't have a bank account and would cash it at Walmart or something. They emailed back and said okay and to let them know after I do so I can be given place to take my car. The business on check is a high dollar California winery.. bank routing number is legitimate but after more research I found first set of routing numbers also correspond to State Bank of India. Then digging more found the entire bottom number on check was a FedEx tracking number from them sending the check certified mail. Obviously I'm not cashing it and will turn it over to police but just out of curiosity if cashed at random check cashing place and then found out it was a scam what would happen? Probably sued for check fraud

Wow I recvd a text then an email. Wrote back and forth now they say they sent a check usps what's wrong with people and their stupid scams. So when I recv ck I will automatically tear it up. Uhhhh

I just received a check for $1950. The theives must be getting better! The company that the check is from, is an auto parts manufacturer in Indiana. Then the money comes from an ecommerce back in another state. But oddly, the envelope was shipped from a Siemans Training Facility in FL!! So this scammer has access to this particular company's postage unit and sent it out on their dime.

I just received a check for 1950.00 on 2/8/16. Then today I get a text from 725-333-5940 from Krist Miller hiring manager of Dr Pepper. telling me to deposit check and let them know when I get the excess funds sent to Graphic Artist Money Gram so they can decal wrap my car. I received it through priority mail. The address on the envelope is Russ Group Inc Suttons Bay MI 49682.I searched for that company with the full address. Brings up a different company.
Now the check is from Hillside Honda from Jamaica New York. The bank is Capital One. I Google the business and it is a real Honda dealership.
To be honest I forgot about emailing back on the car wrap email. I did it about 2 weeks ago and have heard nothing in response. I figured at that point it was probably a scam. I was trying to figure out why Honda was sending me a check when I got the text.
But what company sends a check in the mail with no other paperwork? Going to give to my local P.D. Hope other people read this before doing anything with their checks.

You can also report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

Hi my names chris. I have the same situationa s you and did not deposit my check yet. Whats your email i will send you a picture of the check.

Heres some info from the check: Name on Check: J Joe Buckley Adress on Check: 2030 Windfield Dr., Monroe, GA 30655, Mill Valley CA, 94941

If the check came through the U.S. mail, and you believe it's fraudulent you can submit a Mail Fraud Complaint Form to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. You also can alert your state Attorney General.

I recieved a 5000.00 check in the mail two party drawn off of Bank of America. I called the company on the check in Iowa and discovered that a block of these checks were reported as stolen. The check was signed by a Company President from their Canadian Office, which does not even exist. I then turned the check over to the B of A manager

I got my check in the mail. From a company in spring hill, tn , bank in memphis tn, fake routing number.

I just fall in the trap of this scam what I have to do?

Please file a complaint with the FTC. Unfortunately, we cannot address complaints if they are submitted through the blog comments. Complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice. Watch this video to learn how to file a complaint with the FTC and why it matters.

I got one with from American college of physicians

I just got one of these checks the other name in the check HONG KONG SUPERMARKETS Jimmy certer blvd,suit F-100 norcross GA 30093

I got one of those today.

Did this happen to you Nicole? How did you handle it... were you out the money?

Nicole. .. Just so you know, you can complain all you want but they don't do for it.. The govt is part of the scam.

Yea buddy^

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