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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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Yep, the scammers are hitting Las Vegas too. To bad, I love Dr.pepper and would have been proud to advertise for you. Will be contacting local law, and Ftc hope someone can stop these people.

Revieved 2880.00 check today from Dr.Pepper to wrap my car. I know this is a scam. What should I do now?

Some people give the fake check to their bank or local police. If the check came by postal mail and you have the envelope it came in, you could give all that to your local post office.

JUST RECEIVED A CHECK FOR $2980.50, FOR A BASKIN ROBBINS SMALL DECAL.... 1ST I'LL GO TO THE BANK, THEN TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THIS GUY SAID THAT A PERSON WAS GOING TO COME TO MY HOUSE TO PUT ON THE DECAL/WRAP. SHOWING UP TO MY HOUSE IS GOING TO BE A BIG MISTAKE!

I got a Priority mail letter today with a check from Dr Pepper to wrap my car is this legit

Received an email a couple of weeks ago and i filled out the application and didn't hear anything for about two weeks then they told me to be on the look out for my check and wrap in mail... I waited but nothing. Today i received the chrck for 2390 and i have not deposited it into my checking account and I'm not going to. But like another person said what about scamming the scammers. Cash check at check cashing place and go from there.

You are responsible for the checks you cash. If you cash a fake check, and the bank or check cashing store later finds out that the check is fake, you are responsible for repaying the bank or check cashing store.

My Dr. Pepper/Schnapple scammer was named Jason Bateman. I too deposited the check, but asked the teller about it. She put a hold on it for a week. The check did go through, but I haven't touched it. When Jason was concerned that it hadn't cleared -last we talked, he called me, was foreign with a lot of background noise/callers in the background. I guess my next step is to take the check to the police, based on what I've read above. If anyone has gotten into the process where someone is ready to prosecute or go after these guys, lets me know. I'm in.

I just received a text to wrap my car with Dr Pepper. I responded stupid me! Dr Pepper says yes it is SCAM!!!

I got the check and put it in the bank but then found this and called my bank and they put a hold on the check. Will I get charged if I don't use the money?

They almost got me today I was really mad because I need to make some extra money to help pay some bills but I was really looking forward to seeing my truck wrap in drpepper that would been so cool

I just got my check in the mail for $1,939. Supposedly for Hiro energy drink. And the check happens to be a JPMorgan Chase Bank which I also use. Thanks for the information everybody I will be bringing this information to the police. Thankfully I just had a funny feeling as to why someone would randomly send me a check for almost $2,000 when they don't know me. That's when I knew it was fake

I just read your comment and wanted to let you know that I recieved my check via Fed Ex a couple days after I let them intrigue me more, Im not an idiot, I just wanted to see what would happen. (Im too curious sometimes) so I thought, dang! Fed Ex! They PAID to ship it? Hmm... So I opened it and my check was for $2,888.40! I was like, what????? So I handed it to my husband to look at, mine was for Dr. Pepper lol, and he did some research to find out that it was a scam just like I thought. So, I will be handing MY information over to the police as well. Im TIRED of others trying to get one over on one another, They prey on people that are looking for extra money, sad part is, that I know that probably hundreds, if not thousands by now , people who fell for it and screwed their bank account up and probably took a turn for the worst after trying to get that all resolved. What a shame this world has become and it's only getting worse! GET A JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'am one of the lucky people and went with my gut telling that this is a no brainer.I did report it to my bank. Thank all of you people for their wisdom and so sorry for their losses. Dr.Greg D.

Here's a new one. They offered $400 a week to put a wrap on our 18 year old truck for Mio energy drink, saying it was a division of Bud Light. They asked for a picture. We didn't send one but the next day we got a check for $1950 via Fed Ex. The email said to keep $400 and they would tell us who to wire the rest to. For one thing, Mio is owned by Kraft, not Budweiser and the vehicle is too old and has body damage and they didn't even go through the motions of checking that out. We didn't deposit the check.

The Mio wrap scam guy just emailed and said he turned us in to both the FBI and CIA for not responding after he sent us the bogus check (that we never deposited).

I almost got caught up in this scam. I got an email from "Dr pepper" and a check for &1325.00. They wanted me to deposit it and pay some guy $825.00 to rap my car. I didn't do it because the check didn't clear and was returned unpaid. The guy kept emailing me acting like he didn't understand why the bank would not give me the money. I looked it up on the Dr pepper website and found out that it was a scam, so I emailed the guy, his name is"Rick" and told him it was a scam and wow! I have not heard back from him. I got lucky. It only cost me a $12.00 returned check fee. DON'T FALL FOR THIS SCAM. IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT IS!!!

Well unfortunately, they got me on the, Monster Wrap & I have to pay my bank back $3000 in which it will take me forever to pay them back because, I live on less then $800 Social Security.
So when I got this one from, Dr. Pepper, I instantly thought Dr Pepper wouldn't do this to their customers, so took check to the bank they scoped it out for me, called me next morning & told me what we already knew, check was as good as the Monster Wrap check.
So needless to say, I won't be having my car advertising for Dr. Pepper, (ONLY pop I drink) Nor will I be spending $500 on Wish, Tophatter or Amazon, Plus no Indian Jacket this month.

This almost happened to me. Supposedly the Colgate Wrap Company. I filled out the information. No bank anything. Then I started getting text messages. And long story short in a week they fed exd a check for 3050, they never said anything g about that amount. So I wanted to look it up cause I didn’t want them to end up with my bank information. I found this page. Thankfully I found this page.

We were so excited to have both cars approved for the Dr Pepper wrap. We thought that we could save up for a NICE cruise. We got 2 checks, from different financial institutions. I almost fell for it, but my bride said I should check it out. I called the financial institutions (Resource One FCU in Dallas and Spokane Teachers Cu) and learned both checks are fraudulent. Good thing I did not cash the checks. Came VERY close. Still have the envelope. Taking them to the sheriff and the postmaster and copies in my safe.

I was on another end of this scam. My company email was hacked and they found a copy of a business check that my accounts payable employee scanned and emailed to a supply company. They then printed very good copies of my checks and sent them out to people all in the amount of $2750.55. These people had all signed up to have their cars wrapped for advertising for the Dr. Pepper Snapple Co. They were directed to keep $500 for their salary and $50 for fuel and were told that the car wrapping company would send someone out to detail their car and collect the balance for their fee. Most people who received these checks realized something was wrong when a plumbing company in Queens, NY was sending them payments for Dr. Pepper advertising but a few desperate ones deposited the checks which hit my business account. The fraud department at my banking institution is making good on the withdrawn funds but the aggravation, time and money spent on closing that account and opening a new one was tremendous.

I just received a cashier's check for $2.222.22 from Zions Bank Salt Lake City for Tropicana advertising on my car but I have not been told to send it to anyone ,what do you think?

After searching for a job I received a text to use my personal vehicle to display Dr. Pepper adverts for $500 a week. I responded to the text and got an email. Was asked some innocuous non-invasive questions and received another email or text explaining had been accepted for the program and that I would receive a check which I should deposit and wait until it cleared. I was then to deduct my first week’s pay plus $50 for travel/admin expenses and the balance would be forwarded to the installer. When I questioned via email how the installer would get money deposited to MY account I got no response for several days. I texted back to see if I’d get a response and got instructions again. Received a check for $2655.46 Priority Mail on 9/12. Confirmed I received the check via text on 9/12. Texted the number to confirm receipt on 9/13. Checked for local sites for the bank the check was drawn on 9/13. Called to confirm check was valid. First bank number was a different company. 2nd site I called in downtown Chicago was a “trader” site only. Was given a Cleveland phone number as the “home base”. Called THAT number and got a recording that the bank wasn’t “available” (at 1pm on a Thursday) and to call 800-KEY (the name of the bank)2 YOU. Bank goes to prompts for folks to enter their account info. After all this I decided these folks must be pretty successful at the scam. I’m convinced it’s a scam. Especially since I contacted Dr. Pepper Snapple and they confirmed they have NO SUCH CAMPAIGN and provided a link to report the scam.

Just got a check today delivered by FedEx. $2,890.00. Company name on the check is KREHER Steel Company, LLC out of Melrose PK, Illinois. It is a legit company. I have the check right in front of me know.
It was also to advertise for a Dickies Grillen.

I should have known by all the bad spelling in the 1st e-mail. My check was from sterling nat'l bank for $4600. I called the legit Dr pepper company and they informed me of this scam and led me to this site. Needless to say, the scammers won't leave me alone. I don't open there e-mails or answer their phone calls.

I also just received a check form someone about wrapping my car with the Dr Pepper logo the check was for 2250.00 didn't talk to anyone just texted he told my to take 500.00 and an extra 50.00 for gas then text him and he will give me instructions were to send the rest for the wrap ,I've been scammed like this before with the Canadian lottery with a check that looked good and I put it through my banks sercurity and they said it was real it took them two weeks to find out it was bogus so I didn't draw on it at all so I just received this check last night and decided to look into it ,I'm glad I did this check is from Mechanics Bank Hercules Ca. the name of the company on the check is Background Profiles Inc from Pleasant Hill Ca. with two names on it it came by Fed EX it looks good but if it was real I have no contract with these people so they could wrap my car and say screw you they told me that it would be a minimum of 16 weeks @ 500.00 ,if it were true it would be nice so i'm going to report them this morning to the FTC.Gov/complaint.

I just got another offer this time thru wofuu/ apply with them to let DR Pepper Wrap the Jeep. I have had the problem with Dr PEPPER AD OFFERS BEFORE ! BOTH TIME IT WAS THE CHECK ! I STILL HAVE THE CHECKS .should have them checked for finger prints I think it is horrible that they pick on the product in that way.will they ever stop! I will still offfer the jeep as ad space someday maybe .

Wow, this literally just happen to me via text message when he asked for my ID to register it hit me, hell yesterday he got my address oh Hell nall this a scam I asked to be directed to a Website and his attitude changed that was my indicator so I followed my instincts on this one. It was a wine company wanted to put a sticker on my car for 9 mos at 500.00 per week.

I just got scammed by someone who said they were from Dr Pepper campaign Advertisement. Please don't fall for this like I did it's not true

Well just got my check for 2450.00 ,yay ! Really ! Fed ex just dropped it off , same thing ! Keep 500.00 and pay a decal guy the rest ! When he comes to put wrap on my car, I’m thinking I should get the police involved, and have them here when the guy shows up ? Hum ? I’m retired, got the time ! Sounds like fun ! I’ll let you know how this works out ! Oh ! Btw , “ if it sounds to good to be true , ! It probably isn’t “ wise words !

What websites did you use? So I can see if I haven't e the same

I received a check today supposedly from Apple Juice Company for the amount $1,920.00. Delivered by fed x on the envelope it says from Target Corporation nothing but a check inside from Chase Bank. Not long after the check arrived I received a text wanting me to deposit the check pull it all out & keep $450 & when a man got here to my house to do the installation of a little sticker on my vehicle for advertising. That the $450 was my first weeks pay. I knew it was too good to be true of course, it’s a big fat SCAM! So many different kinds of scams are going on, please investigate before accepting any money or sending any money for anything.

I just received a check by FedEx for $4800.00 for DrPepper car wrap advertisement. I was to text my name and check number to receive next instructions. I called the bank on the check, money is verifiable right now for $4800.00 at $500.00 a week. Number is a Texas number what I do next about this.

my sister received one today, she too was more than excited to drive her Baskin Robbins car. I have been in the banking industry for quite some time and every few years (usually around the holiday's) these checks are sent out to people with some form of quid pro quo, throw them away! If its too good to be true it most likely is; Sorry.

I recieved a cashier's check to for lays decal but I figured it is a scam as well I'm going to shred the check or do you think I should take to the police. It came in a priority mail envelop.

Dr. Pepper is still going strong got a check for $3,950.45 the name on the check says James Gerringer the cashier's check from commerce Bank supposed to keep some of the money and send the rest to the wrapping company well I've been fooled once not this time aroundso I'm going to file a complaint with the consumer reports and see if I can talk to somebody in the FBI to investigate this people work hard for their money they don't need to be taken advantage of by these people that have no heart I hope they get what's coming to them what goes around comes around

I've had people try and use this scam on me twice and both times is when I posted a car for sale on Craigslist. That's probably where they got my number from. I knew it was a fake from the moment I received the check in the mail and when I told the scammer I was no longer interested, they insisted that I deposited the check anyways. So I sent them a picture of me setting the check on fire lol

If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is, don't do anything except report this so that they can catch the scammers! Thank you!

Got this text today... “Earn extra income $500 weekly by letting Dr Pepper to spot it's brand advert logo on your car/truck. More info click http: / /bit. ly/ 2NSe7t0”... received the same offer in 2010, brought the check to the bank, bank included it to their current investigation of the scam (as it turned out there’s a lot of clients who received the same offer during those time, so they start investigating and reported it to FTC. Couldn’t believe the scammers are still doing it till now.

Got this email today. It's really detailed and they just gloss over the part where they tell you your first payment will include your $400 payment along with the fee for putting the decal on your car. Emphasizing the part that says that's the reason you must enter in all your real information on the form included. I decided to nevegive any info at all unless there is legit contact phone, website and address. When you look up the only company listed "Alpha" I had to add + car wrap, all you get is info for the car wrap company. What's crazy Crazy is that this website is also very detailed with pictures etc.. The only clue that it may be a scam, is the website is one of those Do it yourself ones and there isn't any nothing about the company paying you. This is the 3rd time this month I've been hit with variations of this scam. It sucks because I'm in a bad situation and both really seemed like a wish come true till I realized . Bottom line if it seems to good to be true, it is.

Something to add, they put a mark on the account number listed on the bottom of the check so you can't cash it at Walmart. So it has to be deposited. Also, there phone numbers are Google voice numbers and their official emails are personal made up ones from Gmail or Hotmail.

I emailed back and forth they, georgetta fergus, michelebq2 @gmail. com wanted 5 things, how long I would like to have the decal 1 or 3 months, do I drive my car every day, do I have a bank account, attach a pic of my car and have I had crashed my car between Feb. 2018 to date. Said I would get a check from an out sourced company not Miller Lite and not be be alarmed. Then deposit the check keep my $500 and the rest is for the agent who will come to my home an apply the decal. Wew, almost, since I do need the money, but after vacation I sat here researching, and both the out sourced company and the bank on check are ligit. Thinking more why would Miller Lite need to out source funds from another company, and have me pay the agent applying the decal. Not my first scam check so thank you but $500 plus the $2098.75 that was to go to the agent applying the decal is more than I can afford to loose.

I received a text message on 12-17-18 saying that dr pepper are doing a car wrap I sent in my info about my vehicle and about three days later I was sent an email saying I was approved from a Mike Hill and that I would be receiving a check from dr pepper but from some out source company that sent out a red flag I immediately went to the Dr pepper website and it said( NO)it is a scam

If your bank cashes it and u get screwed over do you have to pay it all back at one time seeing how I'm the victim or would they take payment plan

Government shut down!!! Can't file a complaint! Terrorists will be able to pray on people who may be needing some extra cash and making their lives an even bigger mess!! This needs to stop and idk how they get away with this ! I'm pissed and it's scary !

I answered an ad for V8 fusion advertising put a sticker on your car and make money. Several days later received an email saying, submitted your application you're approved a check is on the way via USPS. That afternoon received a check in the mailbox. $2,500 pay to the order of me looks like a real check. The individual emailing me pushes for me to deposit the check. They will set up a time for me to have the car wrapped. I am told this is for a four-week duration. Basically that is all the information I am given, I don't have a mileage requirement, I don't have an amount of time required to drive around. I have not been told how the sticker will be removed from my car, or given any information as to any form of contract. I called the bank the check was written on, the bank says it is a good check. I don't feel comfortable with this lack of information I am not cashing this check.

Here is the email I received:
From: Pepper Agency <pepperagency recruitmen @gmail. com>
Date: Sun, Jan 20, 2019 at 9:36 PM Subject: Dr Pepper To: tinosomalou Hello
Thank you for your swift response and your willingness to be a part of the pay to drive program. We also want to congratulate you for this.
Chosen among different entries received from your area. To this effect,you are advised to check your email regularly for updates as regards when you will be getting started and when our graphic designer will be coming to brand your vehicle.
We will take full responsibility of installing and removal of the decal on your car. We guarantee you that your car will be returned back to its original state at removal with no single sign of damage on the paint. Your first week payment will be on its way to you soon, The check will cover your first week payment along with the expenses for the exact wrap for your vehicle payable to the graphic designer upon completion but you most have a bank account for the check deposit.
The graphic artists will be coming with Catalog which has over 100 designs from which you can chose. We mostly prefer the 2 front door and rear glass design(transparent) All you need do is to confirm the acceptance and understanding of this email and be sure you keep an eagle eye on your email as you will receive further instruction when necessary.
We’ll like you to re-confirm the Information below about your vehicle i) Type of Car and Color : ii) Model/Year : iii) Mileage and Present Condition iv) Bank name Note: Please, confirm you received this message to proceed on further arrangement as get you started this weekend Regards
Williams Thomas Hiring Manager Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Ask yourself this: If this scam is so prevelant (and it certainly appears that it is), if it weren’t a scam, then why don’t we see a ton of vehicles out there amongst us with various wraps, decals, stickers and or signage on them?

I am so lucky My Mom was skeptical. I have a brain injury and they would’ve gotten me today, I’m on a fixed income. It would’ve made things so bad. I still have the check to the person who is interested.

I received a check and threw it away but when my son received one, he refuses to believe its not real and wants cash it. Please help us as my son is determined to cash it it as he is out of work. He won't listen to me. Do you collect the information we were sent? How can we protect ourselves when finding out about this threat isn't promulgated on YOUR website. We will contact local tv reporters to see if they want to do a story on it. Its certainly widespread enough. THIS IS A SCAM! What do WE do??

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