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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.


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.

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.


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