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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 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.

call your local tv station they like that kind of stuff good luck! Fred

I could tell this was a scam by looking at the sender's email address. Why would PepsiCo use an obscure Gmail address when I'm sure their advertising dept would have a domain name of PepsiCo.com? I feel sorry for the people who were taken in by this scam. This kind of thing should be on all cable news channels. Banks should also be aware of the latest check scams.

They have one for neon energy drink going on now i supposed to received my check in the mail today

Shawn Collins

Contacted me and sent a check. It was a scam.

So I cashed my check and my bank has it on a 14 day hold so what should I do? They released 100$ should I just say Nevermind?! Can you do that?

Contact your bank about any options you might have.

Contact your bank immediately, explain to them you just realized that you are probably being scammed and that the check is fraudulent.

wow this just happen to me, I didn't respond to the last email for this car wrap because it screamed scam. they still sent me a cashier's check that I didn't even agree to have this wrap done. the person I'm to wire money to, to do the wrap is if Florida? I'm in California.

Never deposit a check that asks you to withdraw money to wire somewhere- you give away all your banking identification and are then responsible for the fake funds transaction.

Really??? Have you ever seen a car wrapped to promote some sort of product? It doesn't exist, that is why there are billboards and TV commercials. Don't be such idiots.

Yes, I have. My neighbor had his truck wrapped by Monster. It was a long process, about 3 months, with legal paperwork and some GPS device that was attached to the vehicle computer. He was paid $0.14/mile for a year.

Yes, I've seen cars with Monster wraps. I just received a $3,620 cashier's check today from Community Bank of Texas. The guy I've been texting is Adam Smith and this is supposed to be for E-bay advertising. Adam's return address on the UPS envelope is in Toronto. I was told I'd pay the person who will wrap my car. Haven't been told to wire any money. I'll be going to my bank tomorrow to see if there's anything they can do to get this guy. Also will contact E-bay and the FCC. This is just WRONG!!! Thank God I haven't done anything with the cashier's check.

So I found a similar thing on Craigslist so far nothin bad but I do have there phone number so if it goes south I'll give the number to the police

We just received ours from rockstars showroom sencerely rockstar promotion no names email was rock star new year promotions email.com luckily I asked questions and confronted him about it being fraud and now I haven't received any more emails back!!!

i have their number also, but its prob from a phone app.

What ever happened with car wrap

I recognized this as a scam when they wanted to send me upfront certified check take my cut and send the rest to a rep my question is what is certified check mean in this instance and what recourse would the bank have if I had them hold the check until funds were verified before any monies were withdrawn

I just got one of those emails...I emailed monster energy and then found this forum

I just tried to cash my check at walmart and it wouldn't go through, they couldn't read it stupid me.

I am getting a check in the am I knew it was a scam but I figured I would waste their money by having them pay for 2nd day air plus I can report them now to the postal service the company they are pretending to be, I suggest we all answer these ads and make them spend the money they ripped people off for on postal fees....lol

These scammers or very intelligent but also very antisocial, because any offer that sounds too good to be true, is too good to be true! The only way to earn $150 a day is work for it. These idiots will get what they have coming to then eg: JAIL OR DEATH!!! My heart goes out to any person who fell victim to this SCAM!! always trust your instincts. If you could make $150 a day for having advertisement on your car everybody in America would be doing it. Peace. Surfer 5

$150 a day!? Typical Canadian costs, we were only offered $300 per week. After I answered the initial text via email, I received an email saying I would receive a cheque for $300 up front for the first week. Contracts would run for a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 12 weeks. I responded that I was interestdd and didn't hear from the guy again. After a couple of weeks I received a new text, so I replied once again. This time I received an email from a different person and a different department - this time directly related to advertising. Again, the email said I'd receive a cheque for $300 up front for thd first week and contracts were from 4 or 20 weeks. Which contract was I interested in and what was the make, model and year of my car. I gave them the info and a few days later received the heartbreaking email. I was getting excited about how this Clearly Canadian advert gig was going to pay for the dentures I'm going to need when I finish getting my teeth pulled this Fall.

Now I knew that wasn't going to happ r n. These S.O.B.s were going to send me a cheque for over $4,000 and expected me to deduct $300 and send the rest on to their advertising company. WTF would be stupid enough to do business like that? Give some stranger payment for a supplier and ask them to cash it then pass it on? What's to stoo the recipiant from using a fake email and forged bank account to cash the cheque and take off with the money? Well, who besides someone who was running a scam in the first place? I was going to let them send me the cheque then contact them and say there must be some mistake. Their instructions gave me a Canadian address instead of a Nigerian one. But the want me to give them the name of my bank so they can "activate" my cheque and there's no way I'm giving them that info. Maybe I'll just give them the name of my Nigerian bank and be done with them.

I got a check today for $2988.00 I called royal bank and they could not give me any info over phone But they did say for $20 I can have the check registered and if it is not a legit company I would not have to pay anything. I only pay the $20 if the check is good. But I feel from what I read it seems to be a scam just like everyone is saying. Wish I found this on my first search I would not have given the information that I did to them.

THIS IS THE EMAIL SENT TO ME after I inquired

check of $2,850.22 has been sent to you via FedEx. On receiving the Check, You are instructed to Cash/Deposit the payment at your Bank you may also deposit via Mobile. Do note that we deal with banks ONLY. Reason is that we make monthly reports of our transactions and financial activities to the government through the bank, therefore all records are required and the fund can be released to you within 24hrs as the issuer bank instructed.

Once the funds are available, you are to deduct your first weekly compensation which is $350 for flying the Logo, Payment for subsequent weeks will be mailed out to you every week. The decal company has graphic artists nationwide, A graphic artist within your locality will be delegated to visit your residence to get the installation done. The balance of $2,300 should be transferred to the decal company for installation processing. Once the receipt confirmation of funds is made, the wrap installer will visit you with necessary materials to get the job started. The balance of $2,300 should be transferred via Money gram at Wal-Mart and CVS Store respectively in equal sum of $1,150 each at any Walmart & CVS location near you less transfer charges.

Below is the information of the decal company's agent: It is imperative the transfer be done as soon as the funds is made available. Receiver's Name : David McCray City :- Austin State :- Texas Zip code:- 73301 On completion of the transfer, do email the information below: Name and address of Sender Total Amount sent Transfer Charges Money gram Reference Number for both Transfer

Once you complete the transfer, email the details as requested above, and state when it will be convenient for you to have the decal specialist come to your house to wrap the car. This should not take long, so you might choose to watch them do it. We anticipate your response. We'll appreciate your team building exercises and excursions, a career plan within these organization. Best Regards, James Smith.

Postal inspectors are on the look out for scammers. I received a check today because i was "picked" to wrap my car in diet mt. Dew. Im contacting them tomorrow

MrsMee
Today is July 5, 2018 and I just rceived one of those letters followed by a check for $1,939.00. I wanna know why do folk do this to innocent people. They need to stop because it's not fair, they have people hopes up all high.
Watch out world for all this darkness
Thanks in advance

I got a check for 4600.00 dollars in the mail (fed ex) 2 days ago fortunately I just didn't feel comfortable and I googled the return address and got a Subdivsion of houses in Maryland. The check is written on a bank in Grand Forks, ND. Got ad off a job site. No vital information was exchanged but got a text yesterday a lot if misspelled words and I could tell they were not happy with my delay in depositing the check. Still have the check as a souvenir...

I had it happen to me. I got a job opportunity (or so I thought) and the company sent me what appeared to be genuine U.S. Postal money orders (they even had the water mark)as an upfront payment for my services, though they had not even told me what the job would be yet. I did not think it was a scam because they were sending me the checks first. I took the checks to my bank to deposit them. I had briefly scammed over the letter that came with the money orders but I had a lot of errands to do that day so I rushed to deposit the checks and ten minutes later my bank teller was waiting on the bank manager, then they told me they closed my bank account because the checks were fake! I was so mad because they closed my account. I decided to go to the post office to see if they thought the money orders were real or not..they said they were not and the way that they could tell was not by the appearance because they looked real but each one was made out for more than 900 dollars and the post master informed me that postal money orders are never for more than five hundred. I went to the police but they did not appear to know what to do about it either and I have since opened a new bank account with another bank. I also wrote back to the company telling them what happened (and not too nicely either) they assured me there must be some mistake and still wanted me to go somewhere and cash the checks!! I told them I gave them to the Police and a copy of their email transactions with me and I have not heard anything from the police or the crooks ever since. Thank God I could not cash them..I could have ended up in jail plus owing the bank.

One of the biggest clues that it's a scam is if they send you too much more or pay your first. Where on Earth can you find a legit job that throws money at people and trusts they'll show up for work?

In the last 3 days I've gotten emails from two different scammers, one was from John Colomon from Dogfish lager, and then today I got one from Gary Engel from Huber lager. I can't agree with u more TBird, what job pays you upfront and asks for nothing in return. Both emails promised $300/week for wrapping my car. I know some companies have and still do use this form of advertising, which is why I replied to the first one. Then they asked for my name, address, and phone number. What if you brought the check to a check cashing place? Would that still be considered illegal as in money laundering? I dont think it would because I have no intention of sending the money through western union, just keeping it for myself if its real.

I rcd one of those Car Wrap emails also but it sounded too good to be true even though you can be easily persuaded to give it a try. Anytime they mention YOU deposit a chk or moneygram, money order or whatever and YOU send the rest to someone else, that sounds odd to me. Any Reputable company does not do business this way.

Let me take a guess. Was it lakefront fixed beer? The man's name is Edson Norris. I just got a $2999.40 cashier's check yesterday. I called first national bank in Texas and I was told to call back on Monday to speak to the people who handles that department. I called today. So I will be calling on Monday. If it turns out to be a fake, I will take it to the FBI here in San Diego.

my mom got one in the mail for 2999.40 to wrap her car in BUDWISER check on union bank in VERMONT

Was almost a victim. My family has fallen on some hard times and husband was looking for extra work and got this e-mail and signed up. Next thing you know we get a check that was sent certified mail for $2650. the next day they tell us to keep $500 and wire $2650 to a company in tennessee. If i am in nevada, why am i send the money to tennesse to wrap the car. red flag 1. they also tell us it has to be done that day and send us some nasty e-mails when we teell them our bank won't release the funds until the next Friday. Checked my bank account and, sure enough, the money has been removed from my bank account and it says "returned/fraudalent check" in the notes. luckily for us, we are not actually out any money except the $25 returned check fee. I am ok with that.

hello, i just recently recieved an email for car wraping company, i replied and two weeks later i recieved a check for 2,450.00 i was very surprised because it was a just a check i received with no instructions. I left out of town that day and left the check at home, but i received various of emails from this company asking me to depsit the cehck and wire the money to a Sara Hess in WV i was alarmed and decided to check online about frauds just because the way of them going about me wirering the money to a diffrent state if the check is coming from a company in called Tooling Technlogy in OH, i thank god i checked firts and follow my gut instinct. Iam glad i read this first before taking any action, i wasnt desperate for money beacuse of the fact i was just looking to make extra to pay off some school loans, that the reasong i did not deposit the check so fast, iam going to take this check and emails to someone who can verify is this check is fake, ih ave not responded for the emails, but i just recently received a txt msg from a 909 area code that is in corona. This is all just making sense now. But thank you for posting this it made me very aware of this is all a scam, THANK YOU A MILLION!!!

Common sense . If a company sends you a check then ask you to send them cash back....its a scam

Did u have to pay all that money back?

I too had this happen.....rec'd the checks (2) within 2 days. I deposited the first one and waited to see if it would clear...it did and the next day it was put on hold. I kindly wrote back to the "Company" and told them my bank declined the check.

You cannot trust anything in your email anymore.

Just had this happen to me! The only good thing about the scam was I didn't pay them one dime. By the way My bank was absolutley no help! car wrap is a total scam read these comments and beware. Tell your family and friends!

LET'S SCAM THE SCAMMERS! I have decided to get even with the scammers. Every time I get an email with an offer to car wrap my car, I answer YES and make them send me the FAKE check via UPS. Once I get the check, I tell them it has been deposited and give them a FAKE Western Union Money Transfer Number. When they reply that the number in no good, I tell them they have been scammed. I have filed all kinds of complaints and have talked to my local FBI and Police offices, but there is nothing they can do. At least, I am getting even by wasting their time and money by having to send their check via UPS. So far I got 5 suckers to send me their FAKE checks. Have some fun!

Sounds like an excellent idea if i had the time to do so, if everyone were to do this, it would shut these folks down instantly.

I just got an offer this week I will do what u said get back at them thank,you

Nice!!

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