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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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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....

Hi put ad in Craig list for job and contect me He work for wine put wrap so I called wine companey so person so knew was scam so sent me a check from Hamline University 1750 then guy said cash it send him money lol here his number 131203619518

Hi tony..this number is the same number they texted to me

I responded to an employment ad in indeed.ca for a data entry payroll clerk. They responded that I had the job. They would send me money to money ram their authorized dealer to receive my computer equipment for the position. Cheque arrived today and I'm so glad I read all this before I took it to the bank. Do not trust the job search ads completely. This guy claimed to be from archstone consulting based in the UK but the cheque came via ups from Ontario, but the cheque bank was in Quebec.

I see I am far from being first with the Monster Energy Drink scam. I too responded to a Craig's List ad. From there all communication was by text. I received a check with the only instruction to text a new number that I deposited the check. But it read as if the sender was in a hurry for me to do so - that raised a flag. It was a Dollar Bank of PA check on the Chatham University account. I took the check to my bank and explained how I got it and the banker told me it was fraudulent and suggested I not deposit it. I then took it across the street to the local police department. I came home called the university and Monster Energy and both informed me they had been getting lots of contact like mine and that they were not involved. Then I reported it to I3C (or is it IC3?) - it was a link on the FBI's website.

Me and my wife was just scammed on a Full Throttle Energy Drink wrap i seen a ad on think it was on Amazon and i fill out app.and they got back with me about week later and said that they would be getting back with me short and that i was hired man i was very excited and they sent us a check and i went to get it cashed and they it was counterfeit what a let down and embarrassing

I got an email and a check I went to the bank and said it was fake and there gonna report it to the FBI they said

I happened to me two weeks ago..they offered to me $500 a week to wrap my car with opus one..and they sent check and they got me.. I wasn't smart enough to think that time..I really needed money...I owe my bank that money now...any idea what can I do ??

Please report your experience at ftc.gov/complaint. Complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice.

You're responsible for the checks you deposit, and when a check turns out to be a fake, you have to pay the bank back.Con artists often insist that people wire money because it’s nearly impossible to reverse the transaction and follow the money.

You can tell the bank about the check so they can report it, and you could contact the business that was named on the check to tell them their name is being used. You may be able to find the company's website or contact information online.

Yeah i just got the check in mail it was supposedly to do a monster energy wrap on my truck but the check is written from a electric company out of Illinois and FFortunately the guy at bank said he tried same thing and check is a fraud

I'm In the process of this crap. Waiting On my check for $1950.25 I plan to get it checked probably but I won't send any money anywhere. I think I might do that plan of giving then a fake check number myself give them the run around. Any one deal with a guy named Season Barvo number I have been texting is from Nevada.

The bottom line is 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. That's different from the bank making funds available.

Under federal law, banks generally must make funds available to you from U.S. Treasury checks, most other governmental checks, and cashier’s checks, certified checks, and teller’s checks, one business day after you deposit the check. For other checks, banks must make the first $200 available the day after you deposit the check, and the remaining funds must be made available on the second business day after the deposit.

But just because funds are available on a check you’ve deposited doesn’t mean the check is good. It’s best not to rely on money from any type of check unless you know and trust the person you’re dealing with or until the bank confirms that the check has cleared. Forgeries can take weeks to be discovered and untangled.

The article Fake Checks provides advice on how to recognize a fake check scam

(207)358-9716 Ben Jordan pepsipromo8@gmail.com. newest email, name and phone number being used for this scam...

These are useful details for a complaint.  Please report your experience at ftc.gov/complaint. Your complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice. We can't address complaints that are sent through the blog comments.

How many people have been affected by these scams? How much money have those people lost?

I thought this might've been a scam. I've collected all the information I mean to give it to the authorities thank you for the information on your website

THIS IS THE LAST LETTER I RECEIVED... WHEN I HAD TO DO A WESTERN UNION TRANSFER I KNEW SOMETHING WAS FISHY... Kindly proceed and deposit the check into your bank account and funds will be available for withdrawal 24hrs after it has been deposited. I will be waiting for a confirmation message immediately the check is deposited.
As soon as the cash is out you are to deduct $300.00 which is your upfront payment and forward the balance ($2030.00) to the graphic artist head office in China that will be wrapping the decal on your vehicle via Western Union Transfer and they will be responsible for removing the decal when the program is completed.
Transfer charges/cost ($20.00) will be deducted from $2030.00 after you must have taken your $300.00 weekly.
Below is the Graphic Artist Western Union Transfer Details to send the Money to: Graphic Artist Head Office Rep. Receiver's Information: NAME: JIAYUE WANG ADDRESS: 87-2 SANLITUN ROAD CITY: CHANGYANG STATE: BEIJING COUNTRY: CHINA
Kindly get back with the information below once the transfer has been completed. MTCN & Amount Sent FAQ: -Why am I sending money to China? The head office of the graphic artist is China. In addition, the decal wraps are produced and manufactured in China. Cost of sending to china is less than sending within the state that is why they prefer all funds directed to there head office (China). As soon as payment is acknowledged by them, a local person (graphic artist) in your zip code will come to your house and install the decal wrap on your car. He will come along with the contract and all other document including preview pictures on how your vehicle will look when installed.
-How do I receive subsequent payment? Payments will be mailed to you address weekly once the wrap is installed on your vehicle. Let me know as soon as the check is deposited today. If you require additional information, do not hesitate to email or call me. Acknowledge receipt of this email immediately and looking forward to your mail with further updates. Regards, Robert Miller 352-504-3226 Hiring Manager

I got one from Shawn Williams for Monster Energy wrap.. very skeptical so I received the check went to the bank and had them look at first.. right away they told its a scam.. they're going to turn it over to the fraud dept.. Anyway I called Shawn the next day and I wish I played it different but I told I took the check to the bank and security was on like flies on crap.. then the phone connection went dead ... rotflol

Why would a company who is going to pay you each week that kind of money make a potential employee handle the purchase of their vinyl vehicle ads, anyway? That would also complicate tax write-offs.

Our company got hit, cks look real, even has a "like" signature with our acct# ~thank goodness our bank was wise to this scam right away, no funds were taken. But if people would just get it` if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. I hope none of you, who thought they were being hired didn't give out your SS#.

I love the fact that they wasted 5.95 on postage. I sent them an e-mail to mail me another check because there was a horrible rainstorm that destroyed the first one. I hope they waste more of their ill gotten money.. Bwhahahaha !!

I got a $1600 check in the mail after getting a text saying I should have the funds that day. Nothing else. Never applied for anything or gave out any of my info to get the check. Deposited it in my bank and asked them to hold it till it cleared. Money cleared three days later. Withdrew the cash and never heard anything else.

By law, a bank has to make the funds from deposited checks available within days. But it can take weeks to uncover a fake check. It may seem like the check has cleared and the money is posted to an account, but when the check turns out to be a fake, the person who deposited the check is responsible for paying back the bank.

Thanks to all of you I will not be getting burned by this! Thanks everyone!

I almost went for this! Sounded too good to be true and that just happens to be the case! Thank you all, especially Opus One Winery, for alerting me to this scam!!

My son put an ad for 2 tires on Craigslist for $250. Got text asking if the tires were still available, that he would send him a check for the $250, plus extra for shipping. Why would somebody in CA want them. We went through, got the check yesterday for $1,775. It is on a company check (the company is legit) Monday, my son is calling the bank it is drawn off of to tip them off. Funny thing, business is in California, but it was mailed from a Texas post office.

YEAP!!!THIS PEOPLE WONT STOP,,I JUST HAVE THE GREAT NEWS,,I WAS ACCEPT IT AT THE NEW PROMOTION JOB FOR herforder pils beer,,which obiously is a scam,,some chick name samantha ferguson,,,,so be careful out there,,they are cahnging companys like crazy just so they can get our hard earn money,so watch out,,imagine i am in mexico and they are everywere,sucks lol,,,

I am corresponding with someone right now asking me to paticipate in getting my xar wrapped for $300 a week for my rental fee and the company is Sierra Nevada Beer.
The only thing I've done is given my name adrress and type of car I have and also That I understand the content of the email sent to me. I have recieved no check as of yet..but it was implied that money would need to be western unioned or Money Gramed but did not tell me where as of yet.
Now I have also emailed the company's email yesterday and I got a email back of confusion over the content of wrapping cars for advertisment..and maybe it was the brewery that was sending out that kind of email So I'm thinking I'm being contacted by a scammer andreally am curioys if any one has been contacted by the name of Sierra Nevada Beer saying authorization of Registered trademark Our Beer is looking for drivers to pay to drive
The email I'm being contacted by is;
Any help in my dilemma is so appreciated.

The scam starts with ads on the internet or emails that say you can earn  extra money. The scammers say they will pay to shrink-wrap your car with an advertisement of a popular company. If this is what happened to you, it's probably a scam. If they send a check, don't cash it, and don't wire money back to them.

I waiting on as supposed check. the phone number they texted me from is (913)730-5401. and guy even came to look at my car. So I guess i will see.

I applied on Craigslist for a car wrap but they are now use Edible Arrangements (Canada). They sent a second email with more questions which I didn't answer, deciding this was a scam. Yesterday I got a cheque from Trent University, a reputable institution, but one I have no dealings with. I figure this must be these scammers, even though I never replied to them after the original contact. How are they even able to do that? I have not received any emails from them and there were no instructions in the FedEx. I'm not sure who to tell this to in Canada but will definitely be researching it.

Dishonest promoters use websites and email to get you to think you’re signing up for a job, but then say you must pay a fee, or  deposit a check and wire them money. Don't do it.

If you deposit a check from someone you don't know, It may seem that the check has cleared and that the money has posted to your account. It can take a while for a bank to discover that a check is fake. When the bank finds out the check is fake, you'll have to repay the bank the entire amount that you withdrew and sent away.

The scammers are spamming craigslist with this ad: :Wrap your car or truck for Verve Energy Drink Advertisement payment is $400.00 Every Week text (917)473-3980 for details no application" There is no "Verve Energy Drink" sold in this area.

What a screwed up policing system that can't grab these guys - but especially because they won't look into it. I was suckered in because the sender's email was a .edu But then I googled "budweiser car wrap scam" We should all be forwarding this blog to our local police, our state representatives and fbi office and demand action!

YES, I AGREE @ GLADTOFINDTHISBLOG. OUR LOCAL P.D. ALSO COULD CARE LESS."MONSTER"AKA SCAMERS,THEY JUST TOLD ME SAME CRAP AS ALL OTHERS ON HERE. I TOLD THEM I LOVED MONSTER, I WOULD DO THE "JOB" FOR FREE. STILL WAITING TO HEAR BACK FROM THEM!

The scam is back,using Pepsi this time. My fiance got a check for $1,950.00,and now she's getting texts and calls from 207 358-9716 telling her to withdraw $1,600 from our account and send it via Walmart moneygram to the wrap ppl,of course she won't do it,Taylorville Illinois police department has the fake check and they promised that a detective will call us on Monday, in the main time my honey had to shut her phone off because they keep on texting and calling. If it looks too good to be true it's because it's too good to be true

I recently received the same offer with a PK electrical company check to do this for Monster energy drink. Thanks for posting this!

I think.i was scammed as well how long does it take to receive check after you've been connected

If you cash a check that turns out to be fake, you are responsible for paying the money back to the bank. If you wire money to someone you don't know, you can't get it back. It's like sending cash; when it's gone, it's gone.

If you get a fake check by postal mail, submit a Mail Fraud Complaint Form to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. You also can alert your state Attorney General.

wonder if you can have bank to see if funds are there and cash the check and not deposit it..

If the bank makes money available to you, but then determines that a check is a fake, you are responsible. If a check turns out to be a fake, you have to pay the bank back.

If 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.

 

How does the check come ups fedex or usps?

My check came by USPS, because I gave them my P.O. Box number. They probably also send them by fedex too. They put a phoney return address on the envelope with a counterfeit check enclosed for $2,200. They asked me to send them $1,800 in a money gram, and to let them know my every step. If anyone ever asks for you to send them money...DON'T!!!!!!

what if i cash my check at a check cashing place and keep it will i get in trouble

If you are holding a fake check or documents connected with a scam or crime, you can contact your local police department.

Please file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

If you have information related to a scheme that involves the U.S. mail, submit a Mail Fraud Complaint Form to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service

You also can alert your state Attorney General.

 

DO NOT EVER SEND ANYONE MONEY IN THE MAIL. IF THEY ASK, IT'S A SCAM!!!!!!

I got the check the other day and then that I do not have a checking account I used the check to open up a checking account they put a hold on the check for 9 days 9 business days as of today I kept getting emails asking for me to send them the money I got suspicious and went to the police station being that I have not cashed the check being that the check has not bounced they told me go to the bank and inform the bank of what has happened thank you so much for the information someway somehow he should be punished is it possible by any chance that I could receive information that would help me in this matter

It's good that you contacted the police and talked to your bank.  The article Fake Checks has more information about how to recognize a fake check scam. Scammers use a lot of different stories and try to convince people to deposit a check and send money back. Don't wire money to someone you don't know.

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU CONTACTED YOUR BANK?

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