How to spot a car wrap scam

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Have you seen ads promising easy money if you shrink-wrap your car — with ads for brands like Monster Energy, Red Bull, or Pepsi? The “company” behind the ads says all you have to do is deposit a check, use part of it to pay a specified shrink-wrap vendor, and drive around like you normally would. But don’t jump onto the bandwagon. It’s only easy money for the scammer who placed the ads.

How you spot the “offer”

You might see an ad on a job board or on social media. Or someone might send you a message — maybe because they saw your profile or resume on a job site.

How the scam works

The message says you’ll make a couple hundred bucks. But when the “company” sends you a check, it’s for much more than that — a couple thousand dollars. They tell you to deposit the check, keep part of it as your share, and wire the rest to another company that will wrap your car.

Weeks after you wire the money, the check bounces and your bank tells you it was a fake. The money you kept as “your share” disappears, and the money you wired is long gone — no getting it back. On top of that, you’re on the hook for paying your bank back for the fake check. And, of course, no one’s wrapping your car.

How you can tell it’s a scam

If you get a message urging you to deposit a check and wire money back, it’s a scam. Every time. No matter the story. And if this were a legitimate car wrap opportunity, wouldn’t the company directly pay the car-wrapping vendor, instead of asking you to do it?

Has this happened to you? File a complaint at ftc.gov/complaint — select Scams and Rip-offs, then Counterfeit Checks. Want to know more? Read our articles to learn how to spot variations on fake checks and money wiring scams.

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The car wrap scam is happening again it has happened to me and my husband wanting us to wrap our car for amp energy

they just sent me a check trying to get me to cash it who do i turn it in to

I have been going back and forth w this amp energy drink thing I seen an add posted for getting paid to advertise and thought since I drive around the state I will let them wrap my car for a small fee well today I got a check in the mail for $2250.00 lol. Umm this has happened to me b 4 as I took the check to the bank it was from and half the routing number was missing otherwise they would've cashed it. That was a scam and iam pretty sure this is to. Iam looking into it as we speak Keep 600 and another 50 for gas he said then have to text another number for further instructions. Christ Wat is wrong w people Nobody wants to work for a living anymore just go rip off the world omg. I will get back to everyone wen I find out Wat this is so keep an eye out for this amp wrap your car scam. It a has to be one

oh wow, they really got you? im so sorry to hear that. they got me too, i really need a job bad so i was desperate and thought this was the 1 shot ive been waiting for. spent the last of the money i had, dropped my car off at "this shop" to get it wrapped and it was stolen from them, nobody at the garage had any idea what i was talking about. now insurance is giving me a hard time. i dont know what i can do, cant even put food on the table for my girls, im done. dont let it happen to you i guess

It's happening to me as we speak through text but texts numbers keep changing and instead of the header saying Energy it now says Eneryy and they promise $450 weekly will send check in amount of $1950 gonna set me up with a vendor to wrap vehicle, whether a scam or not anyone trying to cash a bogus check should not be allowed. My financial institutions all want checks to sit and be cleared.

Yep, got an email today!!

Have been in contact with a gentleman that says Gatorade will wrap. The same scenario is occurring. Going on the blocked email list now.

I received a text today from someone who said she represented Gatorade. I’m so glad I checked here to see if it was legit.

I have a check from Chattanooga Tn. For $2390.00 just received today, they sent priority mail from Oklahoma. Want me to deposit and send them a copy of deposit slip to lins9xo @ gmail.com. Thought it was very weird they would send this kind of money to someone they don’t know. Checked it out and guess who is not cashing the check :)

I just received a check for 2980.98 I am not depositing it. did you send check back or tear it up. my name is on check so I am Leary of giving it back. what should I do? thank you

I got a message from hublut or something like that. Anyways they told me to wait for the check to clear and then they send the vendors to my place or if i had a faststart i think it is go to them and pay them and then send the depost slip to them. Is it fake?

If this were a legitimate car wrap opportunity, wouldn’t the company directly pay the car-wrapping vendor, instead of asking you to do it?

I got the same. I though it was legit but now I have to believe it's a scam. They asked me to deposit it and send confirmation. If I get a check. I will send a copy to the ftc. It's a hustle.

This is a ducking scam, I got one from Dominos saying that they would pay me $580 a week just for renting my car, my gut was telling me this was just a scam , so I looked it up on the internet and that just confirm it, so I took the check to the police and file a report.
Then I texted the guy and told him that I was out, he got mad and told me to duck off.... But I'm glad I didn't cash that check, becareful y'all

Are any of the car wrapping advertisements real?

I reckon they are real , But you aint fixin to get paid nutin

I would think very rarely. A company would save money wrapping their own property. And we " free" prizes they give the consumer( bumper stickers, window decals, tshirts, glasses, sunglasses, etc.) Is free advertising, so really no reason too. If they're a start up, they would be goimng smaller.

Solar City they send their vendors to wrap your car and u get $400 a week for as long as ur signed contract say so if u sign for 6 mo u will get $400 a week for 6 mo they haven't said anything to me about keeping part of money and sending money so I think this one might be good

Thanks for information, God bless all of you keeping us safe

Why would anyone want their car shrink wrapped?

Its not shrinked wrap, its an advertising banner but its using the wrap technology that would allow banner to stick to your car

I have personally know one to get their truck "shrunk wrapped" the ENTIRE TRUCK ASIDE of lights ect.. they had a 3 he contract agreement for advertising. The truck owner (smart I say!) "SOLD" PLACES in truck i.e. front back quarters. Tail hate hood and doors of which they all came upon an agreed wrap. Then he had the truck "shrink wrapped" the amount from the advertising pd his payments for truck w cash to boot! Pd off his truck in 3 yes. AT the end of 3 yr contract he "peeled" off the wrap to unveil a truck that looked brand New! Truck tailored a boat daily that was in and out of salt water. No scratches, dings or any other mars were found in the trucks finish. Soooo maybe if properly researched this sort of wrapping can protect your vehicle longer?? As well as potential profit bearing? Id food for thought.

In the hopes of making a few extra dollars. I am on disability and would love to help out my hard working husband any way I can. I've always been a hard worker, but am unable to do that now so I thought, I can drive around with a wrapped car.

Hello were you able to wrap your car and get paid?

All this that is happening are these scram getting catch.

This happened to me. Mystery Shopper, caused me a lot of grief and Money. Thank you for watching out for us.

I've had the same thing happen to me with mystery shopper and it messed up my account.

Lovelygirl I they're alot good company's that actually pay you to be a mystery shopper. I work one that also host other jobs.

I have received 4 checks from a mystery shopper to a shrink wrap car for Budweiser I did not cash any of them took them to My Credit Union and Had them hold them to see if they cleared all were fake even received messages like We sent You a check Why haven't You done Your part of the deal once I told them thanks for the check but had to use it to pay off debts could You send Me another one or just said check is a fake and never heard anything else from them I have 2 checks in my filing cabinet marked scam one way to yell if the check is good from a company is there will be a water mark on the back My Credit Union told Me this one so I am hoping some day I get a legit deal from a company because I sure could use the Money I'm on disability worked My whole life and don't even make $1000 a month so My word to Everyone is have the bank or Credit Union hold the check til it clears or You will be liable for the repayment of the check hope this helps good luck everyone

Is their any real work at home jobs ?

Yes. Get a degree in IT and many companies allow you to work from home.

Thank you for the advice, did you know there's been a scam going around telling people who own company's that they are the water and power company telling them they need to pay them a certain amount of money, because if they don't they will turn off all power my perents used to own a buissiness and got tricked into this scam and I'm sure others have been tricked to.

That happened to my husband. He was able to drive to the property to find out it was a fake. He was livid with the power company didn’t understand why they were conducting business that way. They don’t.

We just apparently got scammed by a company out of McAllen,Texas calling themselves INFINITE PROPERTIES and TG WEALTH. They work through Real Estate companies as InvestorGroup helping Buyers who don't meet regular Home financing options. Am now having to file police report and go through Texas Attorney General and County District Attorney to pursue getting my down payment funds back. So far, ZERO RETURN.

Can you give me more info on these people? This is who we were going through as well. Haven't sent them money yet.

They say that your income is your credit and ask for down payment when you're going to do the contract. I recommend you not giving any money please so you don't become a victim as well. Texas 361.

Hello Ana in Texas I am going through the same thing with that company.

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Can you contact me 956-xxx-xxxx

I have a recording on my ansereing machining from pretending that IRS is preparing a law suit against me that I do not respond I would be arrested I call the number no such number.

I received 4 of these calls in one day recently. A total of 10 in the last 4 months. I guess people still fall for it otherwise they would stop. Makes me sick to even think about good people being scammed!

been there done that too. I called their bluff. I told them the IRS does not call people, and to quit bothering me. Then told them if they had a subpoena to send it to me, and i would deal with it from there. They never called back.

Jasmin,My fiance got the same cBluhey wanted him to go to target buy a moneygram to send money. Thank God we knew better.

For the record you will never be contacted seriously by police or court systems by any way other than proper mail or an officer at your door. It's the reason it's a misdemeanor not to keep your address up dated on your license. At least it is in Kansas. Not be speaking for other states.

I to have received such calls and when I told the last one that I knew it was a scam he threatened to chop my head off! I have also gotten to where I just tell them in the beginning that I am recording the conversation and they hang up.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace?????? Where & When???
They are doing a terrible job. The Do Not Call list is worthless. Filing a complaint with the FTC is a waste of time. The Agency should be investigated.

THIS IS MIKE FROM FROM WINDOWS CALLS. WHAT I DO IS SAY TO HIM, HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE TO WASH A WINDOW??
HE DOES NOT REPLY. I ASK HIM THE SAME QUESTION AGAIN. THIS IS JUST LIKE FISHING, YOU JUST KEEP PLAYING HIM. AND THEN YOU ASK FOR HIS CREDIT CARD NUMBER. YOU MAY BE SURPRISED BY THE ANSWER.

I was scammed like that recently. however my bank held the check till they got it cleared. Needless to say, the check did not clear because as soon as I told them it was in the account, they closed their bank account, and was hoping for the money. But it did not happen. The wrap was for HYPE Energy Drink. I am glad I have a bank that pays attention instead of paying checks then causing me heartache in a few weeks.

I also just had this happen but with "Apple" they sent me a $2,000 check by USPS and it looked so real. A guy texted me to tell me it would be in the mail today and even gave me a tracking #. Sure enough it was there and I was super excited! He said to check email immediately and I did and it said to keep $500 for my weekly agrees payment and send the remaining $1,500 through western union to a name an address they gave me that was supposedly my rep! That money would pay for wrap and then that rep who lived in California was going to come wrap my car in Ohio! I texted back and asked why wouldn't apple just pay their employees themselves and that apple wouldn't have me wire money and why is the person wrapping my car coming from California to Ohio, why wouldn't apple send someone that was in Ohio? Of course no txt back and that's when I looked up apple scams and came across this! So glad I didn't deposit that check! Cause I almost did!

That's the exact thing I got scammed for, the Apple car wrap around the same day asking me to do the same thing. I was a fool to do that, I wish I would have looked it up first.

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