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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 a text from a number saying I could make 600 for car wrapping and I was skeptical about it so I looked it up . No business listing and no website so Red Ribbon soda drink is what ther calling it and they said my payment would be here by Feb 18, so hope they don’t think I have a bank account!

I received a check today tp do a car wrap for Snapple Tea. So far instructions are yo deposit the check keep $600 and send the rest to the decal installers!
On the back of the check shows how to check the watermark, the code scratched off by a coin the same as the back of the check...there are 13 ways to check if it's real or not!
I have been reading comments here and watched a couple of UTube videos, how do I find out if this liget or just another SCAM?

I received one of these checks from java monster and I believe it's a scam as well Alex like one of those things is too good to be true need to get in touch with the Better Business Bureau

We recieved a check, but they told us when it clears, they will have someone come to our house to do the wrap, does this sound FISHY? The wrap is for Hermes colognes, but the check is from Highland Wake const llc.

So this happened to me as well ! I received a check for $3700 ! Saying to keep $500 for myself and the rest To send back to them ! They text me from a 475-328-0316 number ! I hope these scam artist are put to a stop very soon

I just got this in a text message PLEASE BE AWARE
Hi, COORS LIGHT® will like to put a small decal on your vehicle & get 400 dollars paid weekly. Apply free /b.link /coors37 and apply.

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