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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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well I almost got scammed here in Houston... said they were going to pay me $500 a week for up to three months to wrap my car. Said there were sending me a check with my 1st weeks pay and additional money to pay the company to wrap my car. I am supposed to receive further instruction by Friday at 9 am. so glad I found this blog... before I got the check !!! The company's email is from Car Wrap Admin Thomas Wool Ad Co-Ordinator
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Anybody seeing any of these involving XS Energy drink in the US?

I got one from Xs Energy Drink and I'm in Kansas.

Has anyone had dealings with AdvertiseOnMyCar. net, they ask for a one time refundable fee of $19.99 to insure you are putting the decal on the back window of your vehicle. Is this typical?

recived two money orfers for a james cook for cricket wireless to do car wrap both money orders where no good dont deal with james cook or any thing with cricket wireless auto wrap

This just happened to my brother and unfortunately the bank decided to give him $1,500.00 of the check before it cleared. He only had $600.00 in his account when he deposited the check, so my question is, if the check was bad, WHERE did the $900.00 come from and why is it my brother's responsibility that the bank decided to give him $1,500.00 when only $600.00 was available in his account?? The bank promptly closed his account and has literally left my brother penniless with no money for gas or even FOOD! My brother is on SS disability because he is mentally ill and can't work a regular job. He found this as a way to supplement his meager income and his life has gone from bad to worse. The bank has frozen his account and they are TAKING his next social security direct deposit check until his account is paid in full. My brother literally has NO MONEY. The bank is the biggest fraud of all in this situation because they've literally left a mentally ill man destitute because of THEIR decision to give him money that was not available. Beware!

Does Sotheby's international realty involve itself with car wrap advertising for Amp energy? Voiding this crap in South Carolina. Good Bye Mr. Anthony

I just got a e-mail last week they contacted me all week I am expecting a check this week can't wait to see what fake name they have used I will write something after I receive the check

A new scam is going on right now. They want you to carry magnetic decals for an energy drink "KiiVA " It's a Japanese drink and not in the USA. There are thousands of these scams out there. Don't fall for them!

I got a check today from the same ones. Kiiva organic drink. They won't get me. Soon as I find the right officials to send this check to.

I almost got scammed through a job posting group on FB. The guy who posted his name is "Adam Grills" he said he's from "Trade Ways Consult" for an energy drink call "Climax energy drink". The pay is $400 a week for car decal and wearing their brand clothing. Next day, I received a Text from "703-996-7940 - Williams Rivera" telling me to wait for the Cheque - after I deposited it, let him know and he will let the accounting lady know to release the fund. The cheque will include funds to pay for the decal and the designer for the clothing. When I start asking about check/bank information, he told me to relax and just wait for the cheque to come and then he'll text me the next step. Yep. I decided to email Adam again and told him I no longer interested. He replied quickly and said, "okay, no problem". I guess he knows I know it's a scam. The only information that I provided was public information, no monetary or privacy information loss for me.

I got my check over the weekend, and they used printable labels and a priority mailer, so why doesn't the FTC do more. I'm disablied and if I fell for this I would be in the streets. I. Feel bad for those who didn't know better. I'm playing there game and going to work with fraud dept.

I'm just curious do the banks actually cash these checks? Because the banks are professionals so they should know it's not a real check correct??

Some fake checks look so real that bank tellers report they are  fooled. The scammers use high quality printers and scanners to make the checks look real. Some checks contain authentic-looking watermarks.

These counterfeit checks are printed with the names and addresses of legitimate financial institutions. And even if the bank and account and routing numbers listed on a counterfeit check may be real, the check still can be a fake. The fakes come could be cashier’s checks, money orders, corporate or personal checks.

Glad i found this site. Hope this helps anyone looking for answers (sorry it's long). I got an email from a Eddy Sydney saying if i was interested in making 400 a week. I thought cool extra cash, so i replied that i was. Second email was from Miller Lite's hiring manager Carl Anderson asking for my name, address, age, sex, phone number and what kind of car I drove in order to process my application. I was hesitant at first. I looked up scams online, but didnt find this site yet or really looked into it (my fault) so i thought screw it and sent the info. Third email said I met what they were looking for, I just had to answer 3 questions to proceed (which i thought were relevant to the job) Q #1. how long do i intend to carry the ad? #2. how often do i use my vehicle #3. Have i been in a car accident from july till date? At this point i thought ok maybe it's legit, they haven't asked for my bank info or driverse license. After answering their questions the last email said I was in and that i would be receiving my check in a week. They wrote "WE HAVE OUT SOURCED PAYMENT DISBURSEMENT TO ANOTHER AGENCY SO DONT BE ALARMED BY THE PAYMENT NOT COMING FROM MILLER LITE" that's when I thought nah. The rest said i had to deposit the check within 24-48 hours for clearance, take out my first weeks pay and give the remaining to the specialist who was going to wrap my car (obvious BS what company would ask you to pay the specialist). Im glad i looked into this scam again, i was fooled in the beginning. Im now waiting on the check and their other instructions. I wish i can do something to really piss them off. If they call or text im plying stupid and mess with them. Sucks that they have my phone number and address now, but im moving soon so just my number :(

All these details are useful to law enforcement. Please report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

I was told I can make $500.00 a week, I told myself WOW easy money to put a car wrap over my car.
Thank you for informing me on this scam!!!!!

What if someone scams the scammers??? Then there out $1500. Screw em.

Hello  I’m freaking out about this. I just fell for the scam and I went through with the whole process. What do I do now?

I just receive this email: So it's a fraud??
Thanks for the quick response. We are pleased to confirm your status as our brand representative. A payment package will be mailed out to you in a short notice. The payment will include your compensation for the AD run and that of the decal specialist. Note that the wrapping of the car will be done at your residence and does not take long and you could be present while the wrap is done. Do acknowledge you have received this email and we will be in touch with further updates at the best time possible.
You will be compensated with $500.00 per week which is essentially a "rental" payment for letting our company use the space. No fee is required from you, Gatorade® shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. Adequate arrangements will be made as regards payment prior to making the AD visible on your car.
It is very easy and simple with no application fees required, we look forward to reading from you soon. If the terms of the above works with you, do provide the information below:
Full Name: Address: City: State: zip code: country: Gender: Age: phone number: Type of Car and Color : Model/Year : Present Condition and the Mileage: All I need from you is total honesty and sincerity. You will also have a nice period of time working with us. I will be waiting to hear from you. Yours Sincerely, Bruce Johnson, Hiring Manager.

I answered an advertisement to have my truck decal from Terry Rusb who answered my email who said that I was hired and a check will be sent to me for $450 and week for 5 months. The Check is to include money to pay the decal wrapper which I would pay after signing a contract. Has anyone heard of these people?

I have someone sending me a check this week for a Monster Vehicle Wrap. Check for $2000 and I'm to take out $500 and pay the detailer $1500. This happened to me last year when someone from another state tried to buy a car I was selling. They sent me check. It was a fake. I didn't deposit it. I called the FBI. They said the US Secret Service handles these cases. They said it's considered mail fraud and check fraud (they said sending fake checks is on the same lefal grounds as printing/using counterfit money/currency). So, remember to contact the FBI, the Secret Service and the Post Master General Office (which is USPS) when you encounter fake checks. Sincerely, Jacob

Scam them back lol keep it

I got a check to do the Gatorade wrap. I had never transferred money before from walmart. Thank god for that lady ( she asked how long the check had been in the bank I told her about day she said it sounded like a scam and I should wait a week at least) I went to bank and they put a hold on funds and put in fraud unit and told me to change the pin to my acct. I did and then I emailed Gatorade and they said they don't endorse this and to please not talk to them any more. I was just trying to earn money to pay for a veteran friend's expenses That passed. I gave my word I would take care of his pets. That scam gets you emotionally ,physically, who do you trust any more; The check says its a cashiers check on it. They try and egg you on to do it faster by email. I sleep in my car since its new and they know how many miles on it and where I live. I think we are all very lucky; I don't know about all of you I couldn't afford to give them 1890.00...I am already working 4 jobs this would have been very nice since I put a lot of miles on my car... If they get caught I hope it's in a third world co. where they will be missing a finger/hand at least they couldn't put out any more scams. At least a broken hart will mend and the embarrassment that it won't happen when I told friends and my boss. I will eat top r omen before I believe another scam. Good luck to all and I am blessed that a whole bunch of us don't have to pay it back.. sighed broken harted

I don't have any money in blank, and I want the job, what will I do..

Dont do this! if it is FREE money it is a scam!
Go to salvation army, Goodwill, Social services, food pantry, red cross anything else for help but dont accept a scam!

What if I have placed the check in my account, it cleared and all. I took the money out today, am I looking at criminal charges now??

Under federal law, banks generally must make funds available to you from U.S. Treasury checks, most other governmental checks, and cashier’s checks, certified checks, and teller’s checks one 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.

But just because funds are available on a check you deposit does not mean the check is good. It can take weeks for a bank to discover and untangle a forgery.

Until the bank confirms that the funds from the check were deposited into your account, you are responsible for any funds you withdraw against that check. If you take out money now, and later the bank finds out the check is no good, you have to repay all the money you withdrew.

possibly. Return the money to the bank asap. Let them know you think it is fraudulent - and you want to resolve the issue. If it is FREE money - and you do not know the company, if it isn't something that anyone else has successfully done ask someone who can help to verify it... research it, ask the police, check BBB, GOOGLE IT!!!
Free money has to have someone pay it and it isn't going to be a legitimate business!These scams have been around forever and consistently continue because people FALL FOR IT!

This scam was sent to me as well by text message stating Amazon wanted me to advertise there online store for 500.00 a week if I allowed someone to wrap my car with advertisement for Amazon Online store, from a guy with the name Robert Ching emailing from krausebeq @gmail. com Subject: Advertise for Amazon online store #64.

Offer sent to my son for SUNOCO GASOLINE and Illinois Institute of Tech - both legitimate businesses and both names are used by the scammer to seem more credible. I called Illinois Institute and send copies of the letter and email, and the check for $1800. My son was very disappointed, but at least he didnt go to jail because of them.
If it is FREE money and you didn't earn it, don't fall for it!

Just received $2,390 in cashier check for Dr Pepper car wrap couldn’t understand why they would send me the wrappers payment so googled and found this. Had bad feeling when got the check I have a business and wouldn’t trust a stranger to pay for any services I’d just pay myself.
I just got a text from 1-209-264-3126 said check is in my mailbox and to act accordingly, so I told them I was on my way home and in an hour I’m going to text them and tell them the bank confiscated the check and called the police on me and what should I do and I need them to explain to the officers that it’s not a scam this way they will leave me alone and I can skip the whole intimidation part of this scam.

So, i almost fell for this same scam. There was an advertisement on facebook that i replied to. About a week later i got an email from someone claiming theyll give me 500 bucks a week to let them advertise dr pepper on my truck. He claimed theyll come to my house to do the wrap, and id revive a check each week for an 8 week period. The emails have stopped, i wonder if theyre sending me a check in the mail? I guess we'll see

I just received the same offer from Dr.Pepper.It seemed legit, however, onething gave me an uneasy feeling. There was one typo. The word color was spelled "colour ". A large corporation like Dr.Pepper would have the resources to have their ads proofread. I decided to google search in order to see if it was a scam and sure enough I came across this info.

How about the send the five checks that came to my house to the local FBI building in Jacksonville FL

Still occurring / Savannah GA - with check shipped from Michigan/ reported to the police and gave them the check to shred.

I almost fell into this trap.. Good thing i google everything and so does my bf... It said it was for a wrap for my truck and they would pay me $400 a week untill i was ready to take it off.. I got the check today as well as an email amd a text message asking if i had got it yet and when i do follow the instructions..I will be reporting this to my local police department and turning over the xheck as well as contacting the company thats named on the check... Good luck everyone

I received a cashiers check today for 2390. I knew something was very wrong with it. It was for DrPepper...The cashiers check was from Barksdale Federal Credit Union in Louisiana. It was mailed from *Design and Architecture* in OK. No such place and if it had come from Dr. Pepper I am sure it would have had their return addy. The CC was signed by Patrick B Gullett which is also a bogus name. I called Dr Pepper and they said this has been going on for awhile and to just toss the check out but I may hold on to it and take it to the feds here in my city. It may mean nothing but I am pissed off that these thieves are screwing with people. I did email the addy too and told them my plans and was hoping they were going to enjoy jail/prison as I understand that this is a felony. Also I would be contacting the Feds and any other law enforcement agency that was interested in this fraud. I just hope they get popped soon. Good luck to everyone and DO NOT deposit these checks. I do love the fact that it cost them $6.85 to send it to me. .

Somehow, a faculty member at my graduate school in Fresno, CA sent out the recruitment email to all students informing them of this "opportunity" about a week ago. The email is legitimate, she really forwarded it to all students with the best of intentions. A quick websearch brought me here. I replied to her email and provided a link to this website. I really hope none of the students have fallen for this. Hopefully, this will be caught in time. The email is from Anthony Smith (who apparently works for Pepsi and Mountain Dew). He uses some awkward language (you can tell English is not his first language). Thanks for hosting this information!

Had same thing happen to me. Was mailed a check for 2,390.00 Then as soon as I deposit it am supposed to email a copy of my deposit slip to email address. Check is PROFED Credit Union, Fort Wayne , IN. But I guess I was wondering why they wouldn't send you a W-2 form or 1099 form for taxes? Did not cash!

I got one the other email name turner Campbell said would pay me 300$ to wrap my car I replied months ago my information and they finally got back to me two days ago. It stated your hired we will send u information on what to do and that I had to agree to check my email and once I received the check to deposit it in my bank account and it could take 24 hours to clear and I thought that was funnny cause my bank says it takes two weeks. When I replied to this person about what I’ve researched they stated that’s our policy.

I received the text and gave my name, sex, vehicle make and model (did not sent pictures as requested) and deposited the check I received today, but I haven't spent any of the money... Am I okay if they prove its fake? Or will I still have to pay the money back if I don't spend any of it?

The minute I saw the letter and the check I knew it was fake. Jerks. Reporting to FBI

I just got a check for 1350 for a sign for my truck it's for kiiva BUT check is from American airlines group? Scam?

I just got a check for 1350 for a sign for my truck it's for kiiva BUT check is from American airlines group? Scam?

I just got a check for $2520 I got my bank account closed and I have to pay fees with the money I earned I’m pissed Im going to report these people to my local police department

Well I got my check today! Guess I should have checked this site sooner. I will be ripping it up and replying to the jerk who sent it to me!

Anyone heard of Amazon Online car wrapping for $500 weekly. David Hall is his name. Haven't Got a check yet. But now I won't be cashing it!!

My son just recently got a check in the mail from what was supposed to be from Dr. Pepper, saying they wanted to pay him to put a sleeve on his car to do some advertisement for them and they would pay him 500 dollars a week to just drive around like normal and get paid. But something didn’t sit right with me cause, they sent him a check for 2,390.00. He was supposed to deposit the check, take his first payment of 500.00 and send a copy of the deposit slip and the rest of the money to the people so they can set up an appt. to come out and wrap his car. I’m glad I checked this out before he deposited it, cause now I really know I was right. It bugged me all night, something in my gut told me it was a scam. Thanks to all of you, posting about your simulator circumstances.

I got one yesterday. It looked suspicious to me. It was supposed to be from Dr. Pepper and the letter that came with it was also suspicious so I emailed Dr. Pepper and they told me about this scam, which they were aware of.

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