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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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My check was signed by Thomas Jefferson. I wonder how much his autograph is worth?

I was just contacted about an ad wrap for DUB Magazine. When I read on the email over the past few days and I was told that I would be needing to send money to the graphics company, all my alert warnings went off. I started doing research and found this site. I've also contacted DUB and am awaiting a reply. I didn't give them my home address and I used my gmail account. I will see how things go, but now I'm just doing a wait and see.

some one sent me a check for 1,920 dollars...I had no idea who it was from..Ive not got any emails about wiring a certain part of it and it says its from a real bank that is 10 mins form me..could this be a scam?

Beware of Fake Checks Scam. Under federal law, banks generally must make funds available to you within certain time. However, just because funds are available doesn’t mean the check is good. Forgeries can take weeks to be discovered and untangled. Keep in mind that until the bank confirms that the funds from the check have been deposited into your account, you are responsible for any funds you withdraw against that check.

If u really need to question it, then it probably is. I just got one myself but this time I'm hanging on to the 1 I have or at least make a copy of everything

Rosario... I haven´t heard about this kind of scams are happening in Mexico but we better get prepare for it.

I will post on this topic on my blog and ask my collagues to the same.

We better inform people so they can be aware of it. Just in case.

It's a scam I just received it today. Thank god I didn't cash it

My boyfriend found ad on craigslist for verve energy drink. Gave Ramiro Fuller make and model of cars we have and address. We recieved fed ex express check left at our door for 1950.25, from a limo company in va, and a bank in va. When check arrived i was immiediatly alarmed, because it was left between front door and storm door in pouring rain and no signature was required. I called him and told him fed ex pkg arrived, he told me what it was, i opened it and told him " hello....it was printed from a computer, its not scored and its from a limo company in va, not az. .he did research and limo company never heard of fuller and isnt connected with veem.... Called bank and that account is closed. He said he calling police, i told him copy all emails and file complaint with ftc. Glad he didnt deposit if

If you receive an email that changes names when your are about to send off your personal information, STOP! Don't send it because that is one of the biggest hint it's a scam. It appears, from most of you here, that your identity was used for a check scam and this site has valuable information to help you through. I did research car wrap scams and found nothing at first...much to my surprise! I expected to find something that would give me a clue. I have received many legit emails for services and many scams too. This one seemed almost legit so I responded and noted that the email name changed. At that point I decided to proceed even though I knew this was not real. Guess my curiosity was greater than the risk. I asked them to send me a copy of their contract because I do not beleive this is real. Expecting another email name change, they responded that this is real and requested some basic info, but it was the same email address. Now I am approved for this promtion with Diet Pepsi...except the email name is Maryam Gunn or maryamhrt@gmail.com and is signed by Gary Shayne, Promotion Manager PepsiCo. Guess I now know the next steps. Thank you everyone!

Me and my wife both got strung along with this. He claimed to be advertising for PK Fine Spirits & Wine. He said we could do a wrap for Red Bull which the store sells.

Got the check today and it was for $1950.But the business it was drawn on was Hunter Truck Sales & Service Inc. Now this is strange since neither one of those are businesses that exist in Utah. Especially not PK Spirit and Wine which would not be able to operate in Utah, due to current liquor sale laws. (Only state run stores can sell anything heavier than beer)

I asked him about it and he got defensive and then "terminated our agreement" for giving him "attitude" then called me a fool for believing he would scam me.

Wish I could find him. I could sue him for libel.

TL:DR, Keep an eye out for advertisement offers for PK Fine Wine & Spirits and Hunter Truck Sales & Service Inc.

Wow!! I am so thankful that something in my heart told me that this deal was too good to be true! I am sorry that this has happened to us but I am thankful that you all had the nerve to post what has happened and helped to save others from this terrible crime! They seem to send it at the most opportune time! My check is actually on its way today...I will take pleasure in shredding it! By the way, this is what my emails read...

Dear Applicant,
we have to collate all the interested parties emails and reach out to them together, that is why the response to you have been

slow, your car has been chosen for the advertisement. It is very easy and simple, no application fees required, this is how it works; the

basic premise of the "paid to drive concept" Monster Energy Drink" seeks people, regular citizens, professional drivers, and all car owners

above eighteen(18) years old,to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with an advertisement for "Monster Energy Drink"

plastered on their cars. The advertisements are typically vinyl decals, also known as "auto wraps"that almost seem to be painted on the

vehicle, and which will cover some portion of your car's exterior surface.

What does the company gain from this type of advertisement strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness; the auto wraps tend to be

colorful, eye-catching and attracts lots of attention. Plus, it is a form of advertising with a captive audience, meaning people who are

stuck in traffic can not take their eyes off the ad vehicle. This program will last for three(3) months and the minimum period you can

participate is one(1) month. You will be earning between $2000 to $4000 monthly depending on how often you use your car,which is

essentially a "rental" payment for letting our company use your car. Monster Energy Drink shall provide detailers that will handle the advert

placement on your car, these detailers have been tested and confirmed perfect for the job in order not to leave any damage on your car

after the end of the program.

There will be no fee for gas since you are not driving to anywhere else apart from your daily routine.Please provide the following

information so that we can confirm you for this posting and send you further information;

Full Name:
Address:(Include PO Box)
City:
State:
Zip code:
Age:
Occupation:
Make of car/year:
Do you have a driver's license?
Phone Number(s) mobile and home :
Email Address:

We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information,Monster Energy Drink looks forward to working with you.

Regards

-----Original Message-----

And the response....
Dear Applicant,
we have to collate all the interested parties emails and reach out to them together, that is why the response to you have been

slow, your car has been chosen for the advertisement. It is very easy and simple, no application fees required, this is how it works; the

basic premise of the "paid to drive concept" Monster Energy Drink" seeks people, regular citizens, professional drivers, and all car owners

above eighteen(18) years old,to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with an advertisement for "Monster Energy Drink"

plastered on their cars. The advertisements are typically vinyl decals, also known as "auto wraps"that almost seem to be painted on the

vehicle, and which will cover some portion of your car's exterior surface.

What does the company gain from this type of advertisement strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness; the auto wraps tend to be

colorful, eye-catching and attracts lots of attention. Plus, it is a form of advertising with a captive audience, meaning people who are

stuck in traffic can not take their eyes off the ad vehicle. This program will last for three(3) months and the minimum period you can

participate is one(1) month. You will be earning between $2000 to $4000 monthly depending on how often you use your car,which is

essentially a "rental" payment for letting our company use your car. Monster Energy Drink shall provide detailers that will handle the advert

placement on your car, these detailers have been tested and confirmed perfect for the job in order not to leave any damage on your car

after the end of the program.

There will be no fee for gas since you are not driving to anywhere else apart from your daily routine. Please provide the following

information so that we can confirm you for this posting and send you further information;

My response today...
Good Morning:

I have a few questions regarding this arrangement.

I am not quite sure if this is a legitimate request. I've tried to look up information on a Jolvontea Snipes and there is nothing to be found on Google maps for that particular address. Please understand that in this day and time that I would need to be extremely cautious of schemes, especially during this time of year. I did submit your email to the Better Business Bureau to assure me that it is okay to proceed. I also sent it to Monster Energy to make sure that this is something that they are connected to. If this proves to be legit, I will proceed as you requested, if not, I will kindly discard your check. Quite frankly, I am not even sure how you received my email address. Please provide me with a phone number so that I might be able to address some concerns with you and to assure me that this is a legitimate partnership.

Thank you.

i got a check in the mail for 2200.00$ they told me deposit the check and let them know when i have available funds an they will send a specialist to wrap my car. i went to the wells fargo to open an account an deposit the check in it. the bank didnt even check it out at the bank it was drawn on they just looked at it, heard me say monster energy drink advertisment and said they suspected it was fake. they confinscated the check to turn into the fraud department. i asked for something in writing saying that they took the check for further examination, or some kind of reciept. they refused(wells fargo just broke a federal banking law). i told them i'd call the sherriff and have them make wells fargo give me a reciept. on my way out the door i heard say good luck getting the sherriff here before we close.....i contacted the company that sent me the check. they were pissed said i could sue the bank. an this is a legitamete bussiness. i even told them i brought the police to the bank to get some kind of reciept. they are still keeping in contact with me trying to get this straightend out. i think mine is real, i have seen normal everyday people driving around with their car wrapped in monster drink decals.

crazy paul -- When I read in your comment that you see everyday people driving around with their car wrapped in monster drink decals, I was curious. So I contacted Monster Energy Company and they said: "We do not do any type of advertising on privately owned vehicles. All vehicles used at events and for promotions are owned by our company and are driven by Monster Energy employees."

Fake check scams are common. If you end up depositing that check, remember that just because funds are available on the check you’ve deposited doesn’t mean the check is good. Forgeries can take weeks to be discovered and untangled.

i have wells fargo too they did the same thing to mw but gave me 200.00 of the check then over drafted my acc when my checks came through plus took that 200.00 back off my funds that was already in my acc charged me a late fee it was their fault ! now their saying i was already in over draft i have proof that i was not over drafted until that check was dospited

I received one of theses scams a couple days ago to advertise for JetBlue.I'll have to see if a check(fake of course)shows up.
JetBlue confirmed this is a scam.They are aware of these scams and indicated they are "working to stop them"

Just got one from my school email from MillerCoors! I'm gonna go fishing til I get the check then hand it over to the local police Department.

Hahaha I do that too. I love wasting their time and getting their hopes up lol.

I also learned of this through a job advertisement wrap your car in monster energy drink and get paid 520.00 a wk then give rest to designer whos suppose to come to house and put it on i was sent an over 2000 dollar check.i.was told to put money in bank and draw it out after one day.after telling man i thought it was a scam he insisted it wasnt deposit money and withdraw next day.then ask if i recieved it yet.oh it came via fed ex.i said yes he said let him know how things go with check when i get money he will send man to home to put wrap on car.well thinking this is a scam i had bank hold check.they said one week would be good enough and if funds come through theyd call me but doubted they would.i told them ive kept emails and text they sent and all papers i got with check envelope so on and will be giving to local police if its a scam .along with reporting to other agencies but like some other people on here ive been making them jump through hoops for them to prove its not a scam.unbelievable what people will do to cheat people out of there.just sad.

They are also using exxon Mobil. I received an email from larry.dalton005, they wanted me to send $2200 half via western union and half via moneygram

I read all your posts and I got the same thing from Full Throttle Energy Drink. They sent almost 2 grand then wanted me to keep 300 and send the rest to China! I had signed up online for local car wrapping\advertising and thought I was actually getting a reply. No luck here. Deposited the check but didn't send anything.

Just got one for red rain car wrap. 300. A week for 12 weeks. Harvey has a man email address. Thanks for providing information to protect us!

I got the email for the Monster Energy Scam and agreed to the plan through an email address. After researching the "Car Wrap" job on the internet I found numerous sites complaining that this was a scam. Since I've received a check in the mail (via priority mail) I've contacted the fdic, fbi, and post office. Because there are so many people affected by this scam the agency that is most interested in this scam is the U.S. Post Office because the scammers are bypassing the Post Office fees. This constitutes "Mail Fraud" and is probably going to be the best way to end this scam.

Same thing happened to me recently. I have the emails and check. I emailed monster energy directly to confirm it was a scam and they gave me all these websites to go and report it.

Lol they just tried to get me here's some numbers they called from 949-229-596 and 909-589-1208 they also tried to pull the Monster car wrap on me. The guy has a deep accent I could barely understand, I guess his name was David Light.

I was on Craigslist and found an ad for extra money for wrapping your car with a Jetblue advertisement. They wanted my information and text me a lot and sent me a check with no information. Just a mannila envelope with a check in it. That seemed suspect. They are texting me and almost ordering me to deposit the check and get back with them. I told them yesterday was Thanksgiving and that I couldn't deposit it that day. They started getting pissy with me. I thought that was strange. No banks are open on Thanksgiving. I am glad I found out about this before I even went to the bank. Thanks to all of you and your information about this. I am so depressed that I can't find anyway to make some extra cash beside my regular job. The number they contacted me at was
+1 978-719-4597. They said they were Sarah Krager from Advertising Dept. at Jetblue Airlines.

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Yeup just tried to get me. I knew this jetblue airline ad thing was a joke.

Just received this email about a 5 hour energy car wrap scam

Tried to copy and paste but wouldn't work.

I was emailed about a JetBlue car wrap advertising that promised to pay me $400 per week. I received a check from Boulder Colorado Water Company. I googled the water company because I had no idea why I received the check. On their website there was a notification that someone was issuing fraudulent checks from their company. I put two and two together and googled the JetBlue advertising, and found out about the scam. The FBI said to report the scam to: www.ic3.gov.

Has anyone heard of an iPhone car wrap advertising? One came in our email today, December 9, 2014. Thank you to anyone who has heard something.

just signed up for a 5 hour energy wrap and sent him my address and name, no actual other #'s tho. ugh then i read all this . stinks people are so shady. :( wonder if they'll cash the check at walmart haha

Did u cash the check? what happen

Just had this happen to me. When I told the guy I was taking it to the sheriff office he texted me back and said you will see hell. I am scared now so I an definitely going to contact police tomorrow.

i just got one from a Abbey Itola claims to be from rock star energy drink promising 400.00 a wk for 4 months

Boy, I almost fell for this scam. I got an email from monster energy drinks last week saying they needed people to put decals on their car to advertise for them. Paid $800/week which I thought was a great deal. They asked what town I lived in and where I commuted then told me I qualified. They sent the first check today to me for $4200 and said to deposit it.It looked very real. I would then get instructions on how to pay the graphic designer to put the decals on...It never said anything about wiring money which would have tipped me off. But that last email had some misspellings, so I googled it and found this site! Good thing I did. These guys are getting much better than the Nigerian lottery stuff of the past. I feel like Manti Te'o. Sharing it so nobody loses their shirt on garbage like this.

i received the same type of email only this is for PBST Beer Company. I just sent an email asking if I don't have a bank account why can't I just take it to the bank the check was drawn off of. I'm still waiting for a response. My plan is to take it to the M & T bank and ask them if the check is real or fake.? If it is then I will go ahead and cash it and wire the money to them. I can't lose anything if I don't use my bank account. I'll keep you all updated.

What, if anything can I do if I've already fallen for this scam? It was a Pepsi Wrap, emails came from Pepsi the links went back to Pepsi. When my bank released the funds, I thought the check had cleared. What do I do now, just wait and see if the bank declares it a forgery. All the people I worked with were very nice and I never received a mean or threatening email throughout the process. Help?

It can take weeks for a bank to uncover a fraudulent check. If you sent money to someone through a money transfer service or a prepaid card, you should contact the money transfer company or the prepaid card's customer service line, and explain what happened. Then, file a complaint at ftc.gov/complaint. You also may want to contact your bank to see what options you have.

This is the post I got...seem legit right...WRONG...notice how they claim to even works at Monster...

-----Original Message-----
From: Monster Energy Drink [mailto:admin@monsterpromowrap.info
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 3:07 PM
To: (deleted)
Subject: AUTO WRAP PROMO!

Hello,

Would you wrap your car, bus, truck or van in an Ad to earn $300 Weekly at
no cost by just going about your normal routine only with a small
advert(LOGO) of Monster Energy Drink plastered on your vehicle without
affecting the painting or the body? Your vehicle would also be insured
through out the period you will be carrying the wrap. Kindly reply via email
if you are interested in other to get more details about this promo.

Best Regards,
Kyle Busch.
Hiring Manager
Monster Energy DrinkR
323-647-3697
hrm.monster.energy@gmail.com
inquiry@monsterpromowrap.info

C 2014 Monster Energy Company. All Rights Reserved.

OMG!!! The guy whose name was on the instructions sent to me from "Clearly Canadian" was named Kyle Willson!!!

This type of thing popped up on Craigslist here in Missoula, MT. They use 5-Hour Energy as the company. Said it paid $480/week. They left just a number to text for information. Sounded like it could be a scam, but I thought I go down that road to see how it works. Got several texts hours later and they said it would pay $420/wk. Asked occupation and vehicle type, then later name and address. After reading the text and notice how poorly it was written, I looked into this being a potential scam before I texted back with some questions. Now I just baiting THEM from here on out.

Oh, and the number they gave for more information is: 1-954-526-3069

Saw an add on Craigs List, did some research and responded. Got a $2500 check ain't done nothing with it because Yea they want me to wire money. I'll get these guys back right now.

so i received a text from Opus One Winery to do this very same thing. had to do verifying emails and everything, give them address, make and model of car..etc. told me that when funds are available, to go to walmart and send the money via walmart transfer in cash to detailers information. sooo.....im guessing this is bull like the others huh??

Shawn williams is the hiring manager for monster drink. The person to send money is nicholas williams in randolph MA And who send to me the check is JHON FIELDS. ALL are scammers Be carefull

The comment list I just read of people getting scammed by fake car wrap companies is endless. I am sorry for the ones who got scammed but grateful for the heads up as I was just researching these kinds of companies. BUT I have heard there are legit car wrap companies and I've seen a few driving around. I am in a desperate situation and need to get from california to kansas to my 9 year old. Money is tight, ridiculously tight, and so I've been wracking my brains on a way to get there, the trip would cover a lot of miles and locations which could promote a company ,which led me to this car wrap idea. Does anyone know of one of these companies that are in fact legit?

pepsico wrap scam going on in Indy, beware, promise you 400 per week, not real. don't bit

I received an email for JetBlue airlines for a wrap .I told them let's do the wrap. They sent to checks in separate envelopes, with no instructions. They emailed me and told me to deposit both checks into my account, and to send them the money as soon as possible, because the wrapper wanted to do the wrap really soon. So I waited 4 days before contacting them. And between that time, they sent me a lot of emails and texts asking me if the checks had been deposited, so on the 4 day I emailed & texted them, telling them that my bank had a fraud department, and that the fraud department reported the checks where fake, and the fraud department of the bank sent the checks to the FBI Internet & Fraud Dept., and I told them that they were scammers. I haven't heard from the scammers. At all

Now they are using Budweiser Set a check so i deposited it now they want me to send them 2500 via western union and Walmart .so i looked on like and found this . Now im just playing the game in my terms . Oh and changing bank account #s 01/24/2015

Yeah the whole FBI caring thing is complete bull I know this because this also happened to me and I called the FBI who told me they couldn't help me with the problem and gave me the number to reach homeland security who also gave zero help. I had all the info they had given me telephone numbers addresses to send money everything! And what's worse they were located by central park new York and it just so happens the FBI office I contacted was located right down the street from the address to send the money I checked the locations using Google GPS the govt does not care what happens to us or our money I can assure you of that.

i just fell for it as i just bought a new car then got my hours cut....then, i just had this bad feeling...
there are a lot of companies that do pay so i hoped this was legit....fortunately im smart enough not to give out bank info or so sec....

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