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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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Hello I am in the works with a scammer right now told me to wrap my car with monster advertising he has not sent money I know this is a scam he will send me a check in a few days how should I play this out? is there a way I can play him to get more information that will help him get caught? also he asked me to repost the ad I don't understand why this is so important to him do you know why?

I got one from monster and emailed them. They said was a scam to not respond. Use to their were programs you could install where you could get their exact up address then you know their location and everything but problem would be is you would have to be on computer where you are only talking to them cause if get wrong ip it could get wrong person

I am also I the works with a wrap my car scammer I ask him who the company was phone number so I can call them also I told him I wanted cash and I would pay the person my self tying o wrap my car trust me its a resk big scam going on now

I got a check that was 1,950.00 so I cash the check but I'm scare I may be in trouble after I read this couple of paragraph.

Did u get in trouble

I cashed my check as well then paid my car note off. Once I got home and seen the email, I'm freaking out. What do I do from here? any help would be appreciated.

I got one for 1950 as well. The check was from the bryn mawr trust company. Looked up the bank routing numbers and the routing numbers on the check are good. They told me to deposit the check and wait for it to clear. 500 was for my first week payment, the rest is for the wrap. Said the technician would have a contract for me to sign for the 3 month duration that I opted for for the wrap. It was for discover I do believe.

Hey did you ever get in trouble ? I just cashed mine the other day and kept all the money. Will any one come after me ?

When you deposit a check, the bank must give you some of the money within a few days. That doesn't mean the check is legitimate. It can take weeks for the bank to find out the check is no good. If it turns out that check was fake, you will have to repay the bank. 

Yes, yes, one thousand times, YES! That is not your money! The bank will eventually realize that it is face and expect you to pay the money back, with a penalty, and you may be potentially liable for prosecution. I understand the temptation to keep the money when it is in your hand, but it is not your money and the bank isn't just going to let it slide. Please use just a bit of common sense.

Hey, after you cashed the money, did someone came after you? Like the people that sent you the check or the bank?

I got almost a four thousand dollar check yesterday stating it was from tropicana fruit juice company for a car wrap. i deposited the check but called my bank first and told them to put a hold on it until the funds were actually available. that way theres no money coming out of my account until they get the funds first. they told me it would be a 9 dollar charge to put the hold on the check. i said fine cause thats much cheaper than your overdraft fees or jail time.

I just got fed ex from car rap Co scam
Return address is
BIBILEMTORP
Google Inc
345 spear St
San Francisco CA 94105

The very same thing happened to me, I even emailed the company that was on the check and never received a reply, I have reported this to scambook.com, they are working with me for a possible resolution.

The FBI is always interested in these kinds of scams. Take the check, and any correspondence, written or e-mail, to the nearest FBI office or to your local police department if no FBI office nearby. Ask your local police to forward it to the FBI Internet Fraud division. Most police are willing to do that.

This happened to me to. went to Appleton Wisconsin Police Department thinking they would put a warning on their website to help others be aware and I was turned away, told I was not actually scammed because I did not lose any money. never got to even talk to a police officer, the reception area just blew me off!

I just had a scam like this done to myself and my husband, they even asked for a address and picture of my husband andd myself stupid me sent it, he is the kicker we are a military family that has now been targeted! We went to our Police department and New York police department and they BOTH said they couldnt do anything so peoplle like these scammers are STILL going to get away with this. Here my husband is defending our Country and I cant even get police investigation etc....lost all hope in our system, so good luck to you all

What have you done to protect yourself and has anything happened as a result of you giving your personal info any? I recently made the same foolish mistake given my name, address, phone number, and age. I am not terrified. I have submit all correspondence to spam@uce.gov. off the fbi.gov website and signed up for identity protection. I am contemplating having my credit locked for awhile as well.

We just had a person sting he worked with" Robust Energy Drink" Sent a check got it yesterday. It even looked fake.so I called the bank to verify funds and it was no good. I also emailed this guy to see if I can have my sign guy do the work and of course no reply. What caught my eye was why send a check to a person who suppose to do your car wrap out of state. So watch out. Get that check they send verified first before ypu deposit it.

This just happened to me, I'm in such disbelief, I want to cry. I just wanted some extra money, to pay off some bills and what do I get SCAM. I gave the same information, name, email, phone number and address however thats it. Do we in any chance get in trouble for this?

If you deposit a fake check and withdraw money to wire to someone, you are responsible to repay the bank.

If you got a fake check but didn't deposit it, you can submit a Mail Fraud Complaint Form to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. You also can alert your state Attorney General and the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

If you gave out your bank or credit card account numbers, contact your bank and credit card company.

Here's the thing, I used to work for a consumer protection firm. They can't control these scams because the scammers create a fake business with a "borrowed" businesses name. They get one of those burner phones paying with cash. They extract as much money as they can from people till things start warming up legally. Then they terminate the business, go underground briefly, and start all over again. These scams come out of Florida, however, because people were catching on to them and they have the ability to pick their area code they now use various area codes. This makes it nearly impossible to catch and prosecute. So, it is up to the consumer, as it should be, to educate and protect yourself. The people I am most concerned about are the elderly. We need to help them by letting them know beforehand that these scams are out there. Good Luck everyone!

My local FBI wasn't interested said it wasn't worth there time if it was for millions then maybe it would be worth a look. There advice throw it away and forget it

That's so frustrating! If you add the sum of these checks, it is a reasonable amount. I'm sure that these people are funding some other things that the FBI would really be interested in; like someone had already stated, it's probably funding terrorism.
I'm sure they'd find it much more interesting if it affected their bank account.

I'm wondering if they would do anything if they thought it was Isis behind it getting their funding.

Its bacccckkk! I just had that happen to me and now Im freaking out because my name is out there with my address and isnt that all they need to really wreck havoc on your life? So watch out!

Don't freak out, just do what u can and fight back, too many folks r being blown off n it's really understandable but with the technology out there to make a bad check ,then more should b done to stop it. I will b a pain in some 1s side till something is done. Haha

I just had it happen only its Pepsi now!

I received a check today from the same people for $1950

Did the check say huntington bank?

My wife just got a check but thankfully, I googled and found this page. Check uncashed. It was a Dub wrap scam, Huntington Bank.
Check sent FedEx-- maybe to avoid mail fraud?

We just received the check yesterday for Pepsi Wrap also. Knew it was a scam just wanted to see how far they would go... I would love to be able to send this information to someone who would be able to catch and prosecute these people.

You can report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The information goes into a database that law enforcement across the country use for investigations. You can also contact your state and local consumer protection agencies.

Omg.i just recived my cheque too.1,990,00 I think I will ripped my. What do you recommended.?. Crazy, is a robots energetic drink

2 places have recently tried to do this to me. They are using Jet Blue Airline and NOS Energy Drinks. Possibly targeting the unemployed.

THANK YOU for putting this out and naming the bastards. I just receive a check from jetblue Airlines and I felt it was too good to be true so I started asking questions and im glade I started asking them cause their answers led me here.

willamculbertson71 <~ that's the name showing on the email that was sent to me. maybe this info will help someone out to catch whoever is running these scams. good luck

does anybody know about Halyard Healtcare. They ask for no personal info, but do require check deposit and remove my commissions from the check and send using reloadit packs. The whole thing is incredibly sophisticated. I don't know if real, but I think when I get check, I will have bank verify validity before I used the reloadit packs.

I guarantee you its a scam. And the scammer is probably only pretending to be "Halyard Healthcare" if thats a real company. NO legitimate employer or company works by sending you a check over the amount and asking you to send part back. ALWAYS a scam.

They are also using loud one winery I called the winery place to make sure it was a scam and let them know. They put something on their site to beware of the scam.

I am supposed to get my check to moron I thought in would research this before taking it to the bank thank god I did. My ad wrap was for saranacs ale and the person who was emailing me was Nicole ruby.

I received cheque from robust energy drink This a false thing? Maybe I'm not cashed the cheque.this is not legally?. Please let me know help me!!

If you got a check from someone who said he will pay you to put advertising on your car, it could be a scam.

The information in this blog post tells you the signs of a scam.

I just got the same pulled on me using JetBlue Advert Wrap. I feel so naive for giving them my name, address, age, divers license #. I'm really scared they are going to try to invade my finances and credit.
I believe this is directly involved w/ the recent phone call I received from a foreign bad English guy who claimed he was working with AT&T when I asked where they were located they said Philippines? I hung up and they continue to call and harass me. They also placed an ad on my ipad that my computer had a virus on it and I needed to call the # which was the same foreign guy with another scam. He asked for my serial # on my computer to fix it and my credit card info to process a small fee for their services. I hung up but they cont. to call and place blocks on my I pad. PLEASE HELP

I fell for this scam with an ad off Craigslist...rent your car for advertisers using vinyl wrap etc Got a check for $2,050,00 delivered in a USPO white mailer..even computer generator shipping labels and looked official as they come...had a return address on it of a small insurance company over in Indiana. However the check was made out on a bank in WI, a small suburb of Milwaukee , WI. drawn on the Bank account of Howard Johnson Enterprises...wow, this must be the real thing, right....WRONG..Happen to know my local bank president and spoke to him about it...he examined said check and recommended sending to the fraud Div. of my bank before depositing..to avoid the bad check fee in case it went bad, etc. He didn't like the idea of the routing numbers, looked odd, as well as the return address was in Ind. with the check drawn on a WI bank....plus the quality of the paper looked cheap with no watermark etc. Well, the check was returned "unable to locate account"...with little or no explanation,other than off the record, this was almost a weekly occurrence,fruad in some manner or another with this car wrap scam. Being mad as hell I lost out to some clown with devious intentions I was not satisified with the lack of intel with this deal..I hit the internet and located the return address,( insurance co.) and called for 2 day till they finally answered..the person I talked too was bewildered, or a very good actor..he said their ph. was ringing off the hook for days about some check scam mailed from there address..I then made an attempt to contact the bank the check was drawn on..only to find out the bank had sold out to another bank 2 years prior, and the account in question no longer existed,nor were they sure it ever did. (sketchy huh)...bells went off on that one..scam artist must have really did their homework. Anyways I got a dead end there, so I then made an attempt to talk to the Howard Johnson Enterprise folks, good luck with that...much Internet work I finally narrowed down the H.J.Interprise folks. It seems the Howard Johnson Enterprise Co (S) was not the Hotel/rest. chain. but a series of small companys slinging everything from nuts & bolts to fertilizer...worked my way thru all that after a day of ph. calls, and finally located the correct co. using the exact street address on the check. They denied any knowledge of said check or scam, or anything illegal at all,etc. I then turned my attention to the proper law enforcement authority, local police were all but disinterested (out of state thing)..local FBI blew me off after two days of leaving messages..talked to me all of 3 mintues basically saying nothing could be done as I was not out a dime etc. Apparently they have better things to do than look into things like a common (?) bad check scam. I thought using the USPO via the mail to commit a crime would catch somebodys attention...not a priority it appears. Sooooo...use your own smarts folks...the car wrap thing is a scammers desert table. Incidently when the check arrived there was no note,cover letter,intructions, etc.All I know is I was informed by email that I would get an advanced payment...I suppose my bank fraud Div. ruffled some feathers before the scammers had a chance to mail me the instruction letter to send back part of the money as I was overpaid , etc. I find it questionable that the authorities blew the entire thing off like "so what attitude ,don't be so gullible"...stay away from the car wrap scheme....

How about don't cash the check but find out where to wire the money then give a fake western union number and call the local police dept of that area and let them know when and where to pick up their criminal. That will stop them. Caught in the act.

I got my check yesterday for $2999.40 and this check doesn't look real everything about this looks fake. Wants me to transfer $1200 to Maryland. The bank for the check is in Texas and the check was mailed from New Jersey. No way will I fall for this from the first day I was emailed I Google the company to and saw that it was a fake but I went along with it to see how this thing really work but I will not deposit this check. I have teenage kids that I can show this to and let them know how this work so they won't fall into this hole. Sadly these scammers use this scam in my ways. Trying to rent your apartment from States away and send you the check to hold it and then call you saying that they are on the way in a truck that had an accident and for you to Western Union or wire some money so they can get the vehicle repaired. Beware of anyone that sends you a check and want you to send money back. I Google everything before I make any decisions.

The problem with that is you can't specify which WU office they pick money up at - a recipient can literally go to ANY WU office, anywhere on the world to pickup money that was sent to them. And they may claim to be in a particular area, but I guarantee you they lie.

Why cant a member of the fbi just have the scAmmer send them. check to a agents info then when they tell u to western union money to someone western union should flag that specific Wu check and whoever comes to pick up the check you simply grab them they have to provide ID When u receive the Wu the flagged check shows up and they alert authorities

If you tried to do that you would waste your time. The entire reason behind the crooks and scammers using things like Moneygram is because it does not have to be picked up at just one location. Especially with Western Union, they could tell you the code city, but pick it up anywhere in the world. So, you THINK you are sending a fake # to "Carson City, NV" for example, but the scammer picks it up in New York City. Where would you send the cops? I suppose you could send the police to every Western Union location there is, right?? Also, how can you just invent a fake western union number? By the time any authorities could be alerted, the scammer would be long gone. The only way this would work is if the feds got Western Union in on the sting and they agreed to make it seem like a legit # was provided. But youre not going to make that happen on your own and the feds clearly already know about this scam, and they are not doing it either or else they would have caught this guy by now. he's been at it at least since 2013.

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