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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.


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??

Stop your son. I called the bank and they were kind enough to tell me the account was closed. Maybe they will do the same for you.

I'm upset by all of these reports. Apparently this is very popular and has been going on for a long time. All of these messages say that they didn't fall for it. Someone must be or the scammers would quit. I called two different police departments and no one even took a report. The scammer has been threatening me to send them money which of course I will not do. In the meantime it is fun to waste their time! Maybe if everyone messed with them they would give up. They obviously do not fear prosecution.

I just received a check today, asking me to deposit it in my Bank. It sounds to good to be true,so I looked it UP to see if it was a SCAM, YES it is. It was to Wrap my vehicle with a diet energy drink advertisement. These Animals need to be arrested.

Did anyone get a message from Xerox- asking if they were interested in having their car wrapped? A Mr. Denis from Xerox asked for my email and told me to watch the inbox. Unfortunately, I emailed back-and-forth with them. They are supposed to send me a check for $1495. I was then supposed to keep $500 as my first week’s payment, and after depositing the check, send a check to the “wrapping
company” I had a feeling that the whole offer was too good to be true so I checked it out. Wow, am I glad I did! I’m thinking of calling the consumer advocates from the local TV stations . There must be some way of warning the elderly and other vulnerable people. Thanks to everyone who shared their stories.

Got a check today for $3450.00. The phony letter said a check for $3940.00 was enclosed. Supposed to text some guy named Sean for the alleged car wrap. I turned everything is over to local authorities..... don't be fooled by this scam

I'm deliberately waiting on the check from the Dr. Pepper scam so I can have this information to report to the FTC and the police department. Not sure what the police department will do, they probably will throw the check awayb but definitely reporting to the FTC.

Got the same offer only this time it was 'AQUAFINA' that wanted to promote their product. They keep emailing and I keep deleting them as they arrive.

Hi, I wanted to let everyone know that I am a recipient of this scam. I received an email about a month ago asking if I would like to earn extra money by advertising oral-b toothpaste by using my car. At first, they said it was $500. a week and then it was $200. They then said they were sending me a check for $1650. They kept sending emails saying they were having system troubles, but a test was supposedly in the mail, and I should receive it by last Thursday. Well, I kept looking for this check to no avail. I wanted to email them to ask where it was, but I didn't have their email address, so I went through all my mail, and every email they sent to me was gone. I decided to look and see if Google could give me any information, and thank goodness I saw this information. I am very thankful that this was listed as I might have done something stupid. I did wonder though why they were sending me over $1600. It didn't make sense! I don't trust anybody anymore, there are too many evil people in this world! Thanks for your input, it saved me a lot of money and heartache.
Signed, Grateful

Google- bank routing number look up. Check the routing number of the fake check vs what is actually filed with the bankers association the check might say bank of america but the routing number is a us bank routing number. Easiest way to catch a fake check.

Have you Heard of Carvertise Promotional Program for Heineken is this company on your list for scamming? this sounds like what you aretalking about.I text him back and told him the bank would hold it for a couple of week before it would clear with the bank. So they would have to wait for it to clear before I could send the money to the people that will wrap the car?

I got 2 casters checks nothing with them each 2900. Nothing from anyone at all still till this day back said it was fake. Still haven't heard anything. 2 months ago

This happened to us but they sent a Wells Fargo check and ask us to go cancel one we sent and get eBay gift cards

I am talking to someone right now, May 5, 2019 to do the exact same thing. I thought this was to good to be true!.. Wanting me to decide right now. I got this with 22 other email accounts, but could not see the other phone numbers that was text to my cell phone just three days ago.

This happened to me too I received a check bye Fed ex and they want me to deposit the check and pay the installer 1200 dollars to the man that was supposed to install the stickers but the check was from a church in California I think it's sad a thieft would do this to people I have already had I'd theift done and don't need no more insedents to happen again for sure cost me enough last time

I just received a check from them I told them to give me the name of a bank close to me to take the check to they got offended so now I will drop the check off at the police station

I got one Friday and they text me to see if I got it I told them I was taking it to the police so they could check the Routing number and then I will take it to my back they asked me why did I do that I told them if the check is real it should not be a problem I haven’t heard back from them

My wife just got one of these offers in the mail, along with a cashiers check for $2988.00. Asking to deposit the check then send a certain amount back and keep the rest as the first week pay for "renting" our vehicle for their ad wrap. Of course I called the bank the check was issued from and lo and behold, it's not a valid check number, no surprise there. By the way the "Wrap ad" was for Oral-B. Don't fall for it folks!

My wife was contacted through a text message and then responded to it. Some days later she received an envelope with a check and instructions on what to do with it. The difference with this scam is that after cashing the check she was to receive instructions on how to contact an "artist" who will do the work and then she pays him. The envelope's return address was from a molecular lab in Arizona, the check had Toyota Motor Corp and the advertisement was for Bubble Up soda. Definitely a scam.

Just got this text message. Glad I checked.

Back in November, I got the same email from Carlos Baker..I was gonna work for Miller Lite! I got a check for $1550.48. But they told me "dont be alarmed by the payment not coming directly from Miller Lite Beer!!! I just threw the check away...never tried the bank, I figured this was all a scam!

I was asked to put a decal on my car for Skype drinks. They sent me a $3,600 check told me to cash it and a Gentleman would be out to put the decal on my car then I was to pay him $3,100 and keep $500 for the first week of doing so. I kept asking questions and all I kept getting was the same answer which was
(( make sure I cash it and send them the bank receipt )) I told them why would you send me all this money then pay someone else why wouldn't your company pay them directly. Over and over I got the same answer and they would never tell me why. Here I sit with a big check refuse to deposit especially in my own account. Like that old sayings. If it's too good to be true most likely it's not. BEWARE

I got the same thing lol this people are crazy I did not receive the check yet I should scan the sammers put the money into a 3th party bank acct then say the money is mines now lol but I am going to send the fake check back with a pop emoji

I was sent a 3250.00 check it has the name on it to allow starbucks to advertise on my car. If this is a scam where do I send it to

Hello I read your article. I just received a check for 3550.00 dollars from person at 312-834-7588. Verve Energy drink. I thought it was a scam so I took the check to City National Bank which it was written through. They told me its a fraud check. I wasnt about to deposit it without checking first. I have had fraud checks like three separate times now. But have never fallen for the scams. Check had piece of paper with it. Said call number and gove them information about the check. But number was no good, I tried to call it twice. 419-318-9114.


Well this just happened to me a couple days ago but I went as far as about to cash the check at on personal bank account but the bank caught it but the thing is they took a picture of the fake check and my id now I’m thinking my bank gonna press charges on me for attempted check fraud this is crazy I needed the work as I have fallen in hard times with my 6 kids and bills

I just got a check mailed through Fed ex for 3350 dollars from goons east service for a car wrap for Starbucks something told me to call and check the check out so I call the bank that was on the check they say that money is not in a account here sir and another think goons is a pizza place in chicago lol this world is crazy

I just recieved a check, how do i have it verified?

I got four check. From pepsi, dr pepper for over 10,000 dollars it looks so real that i token it to the bank they said it was a scam.I new all long but hoping it was real.still got them

I received a check today through certified mail $2,450.60 the check is the onliest thing that was in the envelope

Yes i received a email from scammers of the Energy Drink to wrap my car.I wont fall for it.If they send me a fake check it will go straight to the trash.I wont answer my phone either.Its sad people wont work.Thank you.Mrs.Joan hubert.

What is going to happen if we fell for it, I dont have the money to pay it back in my bank. Can the police help stop them.

Here's the e-mail I just got.
Congratulations! Your application has been received .To this effect you are admonished to check your email frequently for regular updates. Date of Arrival of your Paycheck, Details of the Graphic artist who will have the installation done would be what you will be looking out for in the email. Below are pertinent information that needs to be adhered to .

Payment has been mailed to you which will be your compensation for the services you would be rendering (wrapping your car) .This will include the cost of service you are rendering and the remaining covers all of the cost to have the wrap installed on your car.Thus the remainder will be made out to the Graphic artist

The graphic artist's details will be sent to you in a subsequent email. The Advertisement are always scheduled to run for six weeks, but you can elect to have the Advertisement on your car for extra weeks with the same payment package. This is not mandatory, but optional, so if you choose not to want the decal on your car after the first run, we will arrange for it to be removed and you WON'T be liable for paying for its removal, as we will be covering the cost of that.

In addition to the a fore mentioned, there will be no sort of damage done to your car after the decal has been removed. These people are professionals and do know how to go about it neatly and leaving no dent or residue on your car. Your car will be just as it were before the wrap.

Do acknowledge you have received this email and and we will be in touch with further updates at the best time possible.

What happens if I already cashed cheek at casino and got all the cash should I take the cash back to the casino

If it sounds to good to be true it probably is!

I just received a text with this scam. They now need you to buy a Walmart gift card with the numbers showing to take a picture of to know that you are serious about making money...

They're Back!!! Jerry Hererra from Dr Pepper wants me to put advertising for Dr Pepper/Snapple on my vehicle for $500 per week. No dice,

I received the 3700.50 check. Came from Fed ex. Mailed from Washington DC, letter is from Sandusky Ohio and the check is from Woodforest bank, woodlands tx. Wants me to buy 6 Walmart gift cards at 500 each and send them the codes. Yeahhhh. Nope. It's def a scam. Trash has it all now. Do not do this people

I recieved text messages from a scammer about the Monster Car Wrap Program which Monster doesnt have. I usually play along and just collect the checks making them spend their time and money for nothing. In these scams here are some things to look for. First a legitimate company will not use text as their only form of communication. Second watch for the wording of the texts. Usually 99% of the time its a foreigner style English. Words in sentences are out of place. Third a legitimate company will not send out outrageous amounts that are way more than the original agreement. 4th they will not request a copy of the deposit receipt. Thats just how they acquire bank account numbers. Fourth the checks are issued from someone other than the company they claim to be and altho they are legitimate companys and banks with the proper address and info, the checks are mailed from a totally different state with a totally different address and business name than whats on the check. These ppl make billions a year off Americans by scamming us. Dont let them get you. Tell everyone u know about the scams. We can end it.

After doing research, I wanted to report this as I think this is a scam!!!!! I received this in text message from phone #(515)-351-8461: I hope this will help!!!!!
Get Paid $400 Every Week by carrying kronik Energy Drink decal Ads on your car or truck,This opportunity will not affect your current work To signup please click on this link kronikamanager9. wixsite.

I received a text from someone claiming to be with bubble up soft drinks and they sent me a check for 3800.00 and a letter instructing me to take me first weeks payment of 500.00 and to get a money order for the rest.
As soon as I received the check and seen it had a lawnmower service and repair company's name on the check I looked up the lawnmower company and yes they do exist so called them to let them know what happened and they went straight to their bank and the police to file a identity theft report. I am holding on to the check and letter just in case the police need it for evidence. I am keeping in touch with the lawnmower company and hopefully these criminals are put behind bars where they belong.

My boyfriend got an email/text about getting $500/month to drive the Crayola logo on his car. I didn't think it sounded right. He was advised when get the check for $2950, deposit check, keep $500 and wire $2450. At this point he did not get an account to wire money to and he has done nothing with the check. He advised them that he would not wire any money, but get a cashier check. Still didn't sound right to me, and he as well was skeptical. I decided to look up both the company that sent the check Priority 2 day mail, with only a check inside and I looked up the company that appeared to have written the check. Neither have anything to do with Crayola, one is a company that makes oil tankers and the other a marketing company for healthcare firms, etc. So further research I came across this article. Definitely a scam. The check is written off a Wells Fargo 'account' so I suggest he take it to Wells Fargo and we are also going to report this. You know the saying, "looks like, smells like, must be...."

Unfortunately I fell for the fraudulent behavior hook/line/sinker. Out 2600$ because I did my research after the fact & contacted the FTC. Root cause? Approached with a deal to good to be true. I except full responsibility for the results & thankfully I have a plan B to correct the situation. How many millions of people around the world are taken advantage of in times of need?!?! Humans who prey on others have no soul....


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