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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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Dang, I was hoping this wasnt a scam ... too good to be true !!

Has anyone cashed the check and NOT wired the money??? Scam the scammer, so to speak.

Hello everyone, yes I cashed the check and told the scammer I changed my mind and did not to continue. They got mad and said quite a few things and wanted to know what kind of scam I was pulling. I told them all they had to do was to stop payment on the check. Well they never contacted me after this. I left the money in my bank for 2 years and the check cleared and I ended up with the 2500.00. I did inform my bank on what was going on and they told me that if nothing happens within 6 months, then the check would be declared dead and the money was good. I am thinking about doing this again. If you leave the money alone and don't spend it, you may be alright. Good luck.

I was thinking the same thing but where did u cash the check? Thnx

I received a check from a bishop for 3150.00
Told mee he wanted a copy of deposit slip. I have to get 700.00 and pay the sweat treat prom the remaining amount...My question is what happens if I deposit the check. And wait to see if it's good or not

The scammers just sent me a text saying that they are mailing the check tomorrow and I told them not to bother they are a scam and I will report it. What if they send me the check? What should I do? Throw it in the garbage? Please, advise.

I just received a check from Bubble up saying the same thing. I haven’t checked into it yet, but from what I’m reading this is a scam correct?

I just got a $1900 casheirs check from 5hour energy drink to wrap my car. They said deposit the quicly and the specialist who wraps the car will be intouch. I keep $500..00 and give the rest to the dpecialist

This was sent to me...From John Cooper of Barrnes Moving Group

Barrnes Moving Group, will like to put a small sticker of our new product on your CAR OR TRUCK and pay's you four hundred weekly. click on this to apply: https:// survey. zohopublic. com/ zs/ YMCs93
Recruitting Manager Barrnes Moving Group © 2018
Then This....
Dear Sir/Ma, This is to inform you that the payment you need for the advertisement to be pasted on your car will be mailed out to your address any moment from now. So kindly check your email everyday for updates. Terms and condition(s) Note: You will receive a check which will be issued out by our subsidiary company, it will cover your one weeks upfront payment including the expenses of the specialist/expert in fixing the decal advert wrap on your vehicle. This is done in order to avoid delay or any inconvenience that may arise from your part. Also we do not want you to involve any of your personal funds in this program that is why all fund is made available to you. Moreover, you do not need to drive to Specialist/experts handling the advert placement. For further information, you can get back to us to confirm you accept the Terms and condition(s). We look forward to working with You Soon. Regards

Then This one..... Dear Sir/Ma, This is John Cooper, We acknowledge your confirmation and acceptance of this offer. Your application has been reviewed and approved.
However, The payment for the first week upfront will be issue out to you, this is to inform you that the check will be deliver at any moment from now ? here is the Confirmation Tracking of the check # (9405510200883958367519) it was sent through USPS. The amount issued out is $3,980.39. I want you to proceed to your bank and deposit the check immediately you receive it, you can also make use of ATM or Online Mobile Banking to deposit, it will cleared within 24hrs of making deposit and after the check clears deduct $500 for the first week advance payment upfront and then the rest of the funds will be Transfer/Deposit in cash to the specialist/expert account that will come to fix the decal on your car .. Note : Get back to me when you do received the check through text only (813) 444-2351
Regards. Still waiting for the check as I just revived this email today. Nothing about a contract or what the advert is. No info on Barrnet Moving Group anywhere to be found on the internet. They use ZOHO Survey to get their application out to you. What a Joke.

I WILL KEEP THE CHECK, and see how far I can take them. Here is his email address for all to contact: buellmillsaps252 @gmail. com

UPDATE.... Got the check today by Priority Express mail. The check and instructions were just laying on the bottom of the envelope.The check has a legitimate bank name on it along with a legit company letterhead, minus a watermark. The instructions want my name, check#, and amount. Send it to autodecalteam@ or text to 240-237-xxxx.
Now John Coopers text # is from Tampa FL. area. The Priprity Express envelope label says its from Gershwin Ventures out of L.A. Cal., (which is a parking lot) but post marked from Moffitt, OK. (small town outside FT. Smith). The small printed instruction text # is from Maryland (just north of D.C.. Boy they really get around.
When they contact me, I'm going to tell then I decided to use the money for Christmas gifts and cordially thank them.

You know it's got to be a scam right away,

HOW MANY CORPORATIONS USE "GMAIL" EMAIL ADDRESSES? THINK ABOUT IT!

Redbull group messaged me today. I am glad I read all this. Texting the others to let them know

I just recieved a check also - suppose to wrap my car - Fac Print Ad- called Fac print - never heard of car wrap - scam !!! but how do they make any money if u deposit check and bounces ?

You are to deposit check into your bank account and the keep a few hundred for yourself, then send the rest to car wrap company. after a week or two the check bounces and you are liable for the total amount. Your car never gets wrapped and you are out the total amount of check.

Just got this link through a text from (978) 331-0394.
Hi,would you allow Amp EnergyDrink,to place decal on your car/truck and get $400 weekly,for more information kindly please visit https :// bit. ly/ 2xD7e3R and apply Https:// ampenergypepscoc. wufoo. com/ forms/ z1thexzp0b2sjp5/ AMP Energy Drink Application. Kindly Read & Understand The Below Content Carefully. Amp Energy (AMP) is an energy drink brand produced and owned by PepsiCo. At the time of its introduction in 2001, [1] Amp Energy was initially distributed under the Mountain Dew soft drink brand.[2] Since 2009, it has been produced and labeled under its own stand-alone trademark name.[3] The beverage is packaged in both 16-ounce and 24-ounce cans, and is sold in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Lebanon.[4] As of 2009, Amp Energy was the number four energy drink brand in the U.S. in terms of overall retail sales.
We are currently seeking to employ individual’s Nationwide, Regular citizens to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a small advert for Amp Energy® plastered on your car. The advert are typically vinyl decals that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle. Also what does the Amp Energy® Drinks get out of this type of advert strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness. The adverts tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it's a form of advertising with a captive audience, meaning people who are stuck in traffic can't avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 12 weeks and the minimum you can participate is 8 weeks.
Compensation: You will be compensated with $400 per week via Cashier's check which is essentially a payment for letting Amp Energy® use the space and no fee is required from you. Amp Energy® shall provide Vinyl car decals specialist that will handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment inform of Cashier's check via USPS courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car. It is very easy and simple and no application fees required to get started, fill the form below. Amp Energy® Car Advert Application Form.

This has happened a many of times I contacted so many people for this but they all told me if you found it just throw it in a bin. What I considered is it was so rude to take everyone's reaction. Then I started reporting against it. One person was captured but he was not aware about it

After a few texts about this too good to be true car wrap I simply ask for company address and phone number. No response. A few days later they start texting again . "Don't you want this job?"
I sent a link to this article.
I also got out my red pen and mentioned all the mistakes they had made which let me know it's a scam. Anything that mentions wiring money is a red flag to me, also words certified bank check. Most Americans just say check. Most of these scams are in other countries and shut down long before they are found.

I just take the check to the bank where it was issued. Try to cash the check and see what happens. If it works, good for me. If not, I am out any money.

I received one from a Scott Lipesky saying that the UEFA is offering 300$ for 6 months to wrap your car. I got the information from a trusted job adviser but I guess she was fooled too. I haven't gotten anything in the mail yet but is there any way I can report it when I do?

You can report to the FTC at www.FTC.gov/Complaint. The information you give goes into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.

After almost falling for it my wife and I felt a bit odd and just looked it up saw all these reviews realized it was a fraud because they are sending me a check for far more and they wanted me to deposit and send them money and keep the rest hahahaha

Has anyone ever heard of wrapify and if the are a scam???

I am certainly glad this site exists. I got a check from a Jeff McNaugh. 2500 dollars. I was suspicious, but this confirms it.

I'm glad I read this, but I was thinking it was a scam from the begining, because nobody sends free money.

I gotten a text to be able to make extra money for wrapping and to do events for Cricket Wireless. There was a link to click on, so I did click on it. The website had pictures of Cricket Wireless store and cars with wrap on them. They had requirements of being 18+ years of age, need a valid drivers license, and so on. It also said they would do background check to see if I qualify. Had to apply to see if I qualify so far didn't get any other text and they didn't ask for bank info or anything else. I don't know how to contact Cricket to see if they do use contractors or not. Cricket only has customer service number. I guess I have to wait and see what they want to find out if it is a scam or not.

Got one for $3000 today. Was going nuts researching trying to figure out where some random check came from. After about 20 30 minutes, I remembered the text about wrapping my car, and went back and read it. Lo and behold, the text said they'd send me a check for $3000. Not gonna lie, I was very tempted to go cash it at Walmart

I was contacted by one of these scams. When I looked at the check, the routing number seemed wrong. It was only 7 digits long. I used Google to look it up. Sure enough, it was not a match to any US Banks. The closest match was to a bank in Idaho, and not the bank named on the check.

Wal-Mart won't cash checks if their system cannot authenticate the routing number.

What if you just deposit the check and wait till the check is completely cleared before sending the money?

Received a 2550.00 check and said I would be wrapped to represent Redbull- deposit check and keep my 500 and call to see where to send rest for wrap job - is this what all I have been reading from above statements?

Looks like i should of looked around a little more i got a check of 1960 and cashed it being in need all i had to do was put a walmart decalson my car and get 500 for it then every person you recruitis 100$ ... bout 1350 went through 460 is on hold fml i really wish i would of looked into it better . It was too good to be true 500 looks good but imagine getting a check of more like 1960 you deposit 1200 and keep the rest thats hard to say no too but i have the money so lets see what happens im go to police and see what i can do but i cashed it being in need this is bad

I received a car wrap opportunity email by a trusted email account. A self-claimed UEFA person named Scott Lipesky arranged mailing out the payment. The envelop's sender is ENERGEO Inc and the check in $4850 is from another person's individual bank account, Fulton Bank. Asking me to pay out for an installer is a big No No.

I was contacted and they are FedExing me a check. I won't a dime unless that check clears.

I just went through the same thing. I just got a Check for $3957.14. It was sent Priorety mail to me. I didn't get any letter or anything with it saying where it came from. I read this article 2 weeks before I got the check and texted the guy back and cursed him out and told him it was a scam and haven't heard back from them. Than today I got a Check I don't know where or who Its from

Revived this email today. No check yet

Revived this email today. No check yet This is Jerry J Dowells from Dr Pepper®. The Payment for the Dr Pepper paid to drive innovation will be deliver to your mail this morning. Here is the tracking number for confirmation 774276205101 You can look up on fedex.com to check the tracking history. So, i will like you to check your email right now and we want to know how far you've get with the check. Acknowledge the receipt of the message there. I sent you the details on how to proceed. Looking forward to hear from you. Thanks

I m glad I found this website. Someone has been in contact with me about the same wrapping thing how are they still doing this scam!? I almost fell for it But because of the red flags I did a little digging, glad I did.
On Jan 25, 2019, at 6:09 PM, dawson carl <dawsoncarl8976 @gmail. com> wrote: Hello
Thank you for reaching out to us here at Amp Energy® We got the information requested from you. Below are some questions you need to answer before we can proceed. Do you drive your vehicle everyday? How long do you intend to carry the advert on your car 1 month, 2 months or 3 months? Do you have bank account Yes/No? We are not asking for your account details. Please don't send it. Have you crashed your vehicle between Jan.2018 till date? Amp Energy® will take full responsibility for placing and remove decal on your vehicle and it will not resort to any damage. Also we will OUT-SOURCED the payment to another Agency, so please do not be alarmed by the payment not coming directly from Amp Energy®. Your up front payment would made after you have sent a reply with answer to the questions above and a confirmation email saying we should go ahead and mail out funds.

Note: Don't edit any of the earlier content/thread messages or subject, discussion and intentionally posts on a subject related to the original post, don't create a new message with a new subject please reply the answers under the email. We will get in touch with you within 1-24 hours to verify your application. For this reason It's important you to keep track with your email address at least three times daily so that no vital information will pass you. Thanks We look forward hearing from you. Carl Dawson- Hiring manager © 2018 PEPSICO. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

I get this exact message word for word but his name was carl grewe but for Budweiser. The usps priority envelope was mailed from Coppell, TX. But the return address is a construction company in CT. The check has no watermark. I’m not depositing. I’ll see if they get back to me. I asked a lot of questions no one answered and suddenly I’ve got a check.

I had some fun with this scammer from bud light. Wouldnt give me any info about the company my checks been outsource to another company yadda yadda all that his fake name is ryan thomas email they are contacting me from hdking 1963 @gmail. com heres the message
CONGRATULATION!!! You do qualify to carry the advert on your vehicle. Also we have OUT-SOURCED the payment of funds to you to another Agency, so please do not be alarmed by the payment not coming directly from Budlight®. So we are currently working with them on sending out the fund to you to get the advert placed on your vehicle, note that the Check payment has been sent to you to cover your first week salary
of $400 and also the Specialist fund has been included, you will have it deposit and when the Check clears which will be in a day or two, you are to deduct your $400 and the rest will be going to the Specialist that will be responsible for the Advert placement on your vehicle, we will also send you the information to send it to and with Instruction with details that will guide you on the proceeding for the decal to be placed as soon as the upfront payment has been delivered to you. Hope to hear back from you soon and thanks you for been understanding. LET ME KNOW IF WE CAN trust you with the decal funds.
and the phone number is from atlanta where no main line of budlight is lol (678) 609-3822 so be aware everyone if u are not filling out a normal applicaion or even. A minimul background check dont do it

OK people. I just got an email yesterday from a Fred Henderson at Candy Wraps (auto wrap). It almost stated verbatim what Mr. Alf and his son received. I actually decided to "push' back on the scammers and wrote the following:
"Many thanks for getting this set up for me. I am very excited. I contact my insurance company to be sure it would not interfere with my coverage. The insurance company said they would need a business license # they can put in the notes of my policy for their records. Also, I was not able to locate your business online or in any USA registries - can you please provide me with your company's address and phone #? Lastly, as you know, there are many scammers trying to take advantage of people via email, would you please provide your bank's name and location? This way, when I receive your cashier's check, I can call your bank to verify it is real and then my own bank will have no issues with cashing it. Thank you so much for this great opportunity. I look forward to getting both of my cars involved with your service". hahahahahaha I wonder if I will get a response!!! Do these idiots think we were born yesterday? DON'T ever cash a "cashier's check" unless you verify it with the issuing bank first!

I recieved this same email today, did you hear anything from oir friend Fred Henderson?

Craigslist had about same type of scam.I was selling my pool table,had them send check to my work.Looked up the address from issued check.It came up as a hotel in NY city.Called hotel,no such business,gave check to local police.

I just wanted to add that the comments are absolutely true and I've also witness people in court for cashing those checks knowing they were fraudulent and getting put on probation and penalized for it . The best thing to do is : JUST DONT DO IT!! Personally I received three different checks from the same BS company so I emailed them back and ask them what was the purpose of that and never got a response oh, so I tagged them as scams and unsubscribed

I received a text from a company that wants to wrap my care with Crest Toothpaste. The number 413-749-5193 . When you call the number its a Google subscriber. And it says they pay you a bank check up front? Are these ever legitimate?

i got one from a company. What I did was I took it to the bank had them put it in my savings and have them notify me when the money clears and if it does not the bank notifies me , cancels the deposit and I notify the company. I have told them that money did not clear and if they want me to do work for them I would need a money order or cash before I start and they will have to pay the people wrapping the car. Never heard from them again.

My mother had been looking and it's saying that she gets 3850 ,to auto wrap her car ok she gets a check for the wrap but she would get the 850.00 and the wrap company would wrap her car for the reminder of the $$ now I know it seamed to good to be real so I did call the bank and Frito lay and is signed by Susan hook . I can't believe there's people that they do this never heard of Frito lays .doing adds like this

I received 2 checks in the mail, one for "Dr. Pepper" shrink wrap advertising for $1995,I think as it had only the date, a return address, and a text message with instructions? I was told that $500 is mine and the rest for the shrink wrap specialist, whom they would send. The other from " Oral-B for $1200.00, with $200 going to me for the first month and the rest, to a "car wrap specialist that they would send. I just received these today, after responding to a make money link months ago.

So i just got wrapped up in this whole wrap with Oreo cookie, I just received a check for 3900.00 via fed ex. So they tell me to deposit the check into my bank take out 600 for my first payment. Wait 2 days so the check will clear at that point I am to withdrawal the remaining funds and take it to bank of America and ask for the wrap specialist account at that time I will be given a check to pay the "specialist" when they come to my place. There words. Very cloak and dagger. I am so glad I decided to check into this before i cashed this very thin paper check.

I received a money order for 2,700. I have to text some number when I get it. Don't know for what. The person who texted me is asking me uf I already got the check and texted the person. I asked him to send me a pic of the wrapping and he sent me a poc of the company Ramp ad. What am I supposed to do? It s clear a scam. I'm going to tell him I'm returning the check.

Who would want to shrink wrap a car? If you did, how would you get in?

This is one of the emails I received. The guy wouldn't leave me alone until I told him that it was a scam.
Greetings! We'd like to bring to your notice that our representative have mailed out payment to your residence address provided on the application form you filled out. We have been informed that payment of $3100 was sent to you which covers your first week payment for your "Cranberry Juice New cans" Auto wrap Advertisement and the decal expenses via FedEx with the Tracking # 785503905615 expected to deliver to you soon

Due to an out of state check, and bank protocols, You are to deposit the check at your bank. Funds will be credited to your account within 12-24 hrs. Soon as it does, you should deduct your $500 for your first week payment. The rest in the amount $2600 will be deposited to the specialist's account coming for the installation of the decal on your car as they still have over 15 cars to get done for us there in your location and they'll be coming along with the necessary paperwork which you'll need to sign. i'll update you with their details to deposit thier payment when need be.

Note: Cranberry Juice New cans will take full responsibility for placing and remove decal on your car and it will not resort to any damage. And also you are entitled to receive $500 weekly wages for you carrying out our decal on your Car and upon the process for the wrap placement, you will receive an agreement form to sign by the specialist the same day the wrap will take place at your residence.

Let me know if understood or got any question.

Regards,
David Hall

He also says his name is Michael Loe. The number is a Google voice number 917-426-2833 Email Address is bartyajh @gmail .com

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