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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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My previously written comment about the offer up and apps and apps that are similar to that has nothing to do with the car wrap scam but just scams in general.

Thank you for the info. I’m wondering I got the check now from them. What do I do at this point? Should I return it to sender or throw the check Away or call the bank where the check came from? I don’t wanna get charge.

I told the Bud Light Drink man, Gary Benson that once I received the check and cleared my bank and the bank it was drawn on the graphic designer could contact me and after the car was done he would get paid. But it has to clear both banks first. I'll see if I hear back from him.

A friend of mine got a similar offer from "Wrapify". They offered $500 from a $2400 check to wrap in Samsung logos, pay every 2 weeks for a period of 3 months. Thought it was the old to good to be true. So i checked with my financial institution & they said yep, its a scam.. Crazy the things people come up with now days.

I just got one those checks today claiming to be from Minute Maid. It was for $4,885.00 They want me to go to bank and deposit it. That won't happen. I wish I would send 4,500.00 dollars to someone and keep only $500.00 for myself. How dumb can these scammers get. Thanks for the Check that's not going to my bank!! lol

I got a message from Estrella drinks they sent me a $1950 check. I called bank first thing. An I got one the other day from amp engery. Pll will do any kind of scam to make money stilling from the honest ppl to make a easy buck

I have a check from wwwelding saying to wrap my car from
G--shot but he is pushing me to deposit right now, I feel something is not right, I need and advise what to do

Here is a scam to watch out for, just got this today with a check . They send me instructions and a check for 1,473.00 message says to go to the bank and cash it and let them know when you make the deposit and some come and wrap up the car .

I just got a text message wanting me to advertise for Dasani. It’s an obvious scam. I was wondering who would actually fall for something like this. Then I found this site...

I'm currently texting someone who mailed me a check for $2,850. I'm taking the check to the police when i get off of work. Hope i can catch the person. DO NOT FALL FOR IT!! IT IS A SCAM!!!!!!!

I received an actual check..I googled the company name and called them. They said it was a fraudulent check and not to deposit. I sent all correspondence to their fraud department last Friday. Got a text from an anonymous # from a Texas area code on Saturday wanting to know if I deposited their check, told them I haven't had a chance to. Kept pressuring me to deposit....I quit responding to the text
I also called my local police department to file a fraudulent check, unless I deposited the funds and was scammed only then would it be worth their time to investigate.

Got a check for $2500. to advertise on my car for Fendi Roma Bags. I'm taking it to the bank and see what they can do, or to local police.

I rcvd a letter n a check from autowrap campaigne but it tells me to cash check n send pic of dd to email n amazon will send a $200 gift card n payment will be every wk dd n the campaigne goes from 8 to 24 weekz.ups delivered it to me today

I received one from them also

Hahaha they just called me a stupid fool after I exposed them

Just got a letter in the mail from a Fujitsu global.com, David Freeman, someone sent me a check from Houston federal credit Union bank, for 2,250.000 dollars ,just becareful, it's a scam. There is no car wrap.

"PAY TO DRIVE WITH XEROX CORPORATION LOGO"
"A start-up check of $1,495.00 will be issued on your name by one of
our sponsors and mail to your address. via (UPS/FedEx) The amount
covers your first week pay ($500.00) and the installer's charges. Your
subsequent pay check will be $500.00 weekly after the wrap has been
installed." I am to deposit the check as others were instructed .

THANK YOU ALL FOR POSTING THE WARNING! Scam!!!

Has anyone heard of the fresca soda drink manufactured by Coca-Cola? And they are doing this sticker/livery? Is it scam?

Fresca is a drink manufactured by coke a cola. That part is true, the other part is probably a scam that someone is using the fresca name

Scam goes for Samsung as well I have the check but not going to deposit it. No legit company would tell you to wire money to a installer

I just received a check.. how can you catch them?

I got a check from Heineken beer to wrap my car for 500 dollars. They sent me over 3000 dollars and told me to keep 500 and send the rest to a company that will wrap my car, scam almost did it, just didn't seem right?

Got one on the way from Miller lite. I'm sure it's a scam the email has tons of misspelling and grammar errors . The guy is telling me he will lose his job if I don't cash the check.

I got a text message for a car wrap for Oral B Toothpaste and would be paid $500 weekly but to go to that website my computer tells me it is not a secure site and is probably someone trying to get my information.

I just received the check from UPS ,for $3600.00 from a blue moon Brewing Company ,Coors and Miller, has anybody heard of that wrap scam ,or of that yet in st. Louis Missouri

I recently had a guy contact me claiming to be a hiring manager for Budlight saying basically exactly this. Says his name is Ryan Thomas.

I got one from Bud Light and the guys name was Samuel. They Fed-ex'ed a check for $3,000.00. I want to know what to do with this check. I mean, what agency should I take it to? The police? They need to be stopped.

got very similar ordeal. it appeared a textbook scam to me. they were very pushy for us to deposit the check. they seemed like it was an insult that we ask questions. to be short i took picture of it and mailed it back from where it came with a note on the side saying "here is the check, not interested.

Got a check today for $3700.00 to wrap my car for Bud Light. The guys name is Samuel, told me to deposit the check immediately. There is a document that I need to sign and return. I am wondering what agency I need to contact with this fraudulent information.

I saw a site to wrap my can and started to fill in Information and a couple of days later I get a text and email telling me that UPS has just delivered my check the amount was 3600 but the email said 2860 but what got me was there was no company name on the email or text just an individual name so he kept texting like dis you deposit the check and told him I didn't cause I needed to check some other I formation this was for Bush Beer but I don't drink so I was hesitant anyway and when the check came I knew it was too good to be true. Thank God for this site cause I started to research after he kept texting SCAM

Received a text today and said to myself "Scam" right away searched the phone number and description and sure a you know what it was a scam. Posted to the text which included several people the link to this page and wrote that it's a scam.

I just recieved this car wrap offer from Smirnoff Vodka Company. They want to mail me a $3,800 check. $850 for myself and the restto the person thats going to come wrap my car.

I filled out one of the applications for the wrap. These people are good. I googled the bank and was greeted by a lady in a barbershop. Return number is 832 905 9379, name on check is Frank Johnson. So beware if they text you. DO NOT DEPOSIT CHECK . JUST SAYING FROM CAPE COD MA

Here's the one I got today. Just for everyone's information and recording of the email.

I also got a text from: (323) 320-5303
Dear Participant, Congratulations! You have been selected to for the Rush! Energy drink wrap promo, Re-confirm your name and address and text to (608) 352-0357.
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RUSH Energy Drink® Wrap Promotions. <timrossy7d@ Thu, May 9, 2019 at 11:45 AM
To: Good Day .We at RUSH Energy Drink® are pleased to inform you that you meet our laid out plans for this advertisement as your information has been received. Below are some questions you need to answer before we can proceed.
1.. How long do you intend to carry the advert on your car 1 month or 3 months?
2.. Do you use your car everyday?
3.. Do you have bank account Yes/No? We are not asking for your account details.
4.. Send the picture of your vehicle.
5.. Have you crashed a car between October 2018 till date?
6.. Reconfirm Your Name and Address.
RUSH Energy Drink® will take full responsibility for placing and remove decal on your car and it will not resort to any damage. 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 RUSH Energy Drink®. 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 and i will like you to send the pics of the vehicle.
Acknowledge receipt of this email immediately. Timothy Roland - Hiring manager RUSH Energy Drink ® Email:www.rushenergy.com Phone: (800) 967-2751 Phone: (608) 352-0357 TEXT ONLY. __________________________________________________________-
Monarch Beverages Inc. operates under an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Quality Management System. This e-mail and any attachment are confidential and may be privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure. It is solely intended for the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, any reading, use, disclosure, copying or distribution of all or parts of this e-mail or associated attachments is strictly prohibited. If you are not an intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately by replying to this message or by telephone and delete this e-mail and any attachments permanently from your system. Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.
©2019 Monarch Beverages

1st off RHANK YOU PERLIWOG!!! You sent a copy of the email you got, and it had the name I was looking for... Timothy Roland... Got one from him too... THANK YOU!!

Mon, Jun 15, 2020, 2:01 PM INFO@ Coffee & Espresso Drinks Auto Wrap Campaign <nessajamehbzsd@ wrote:
Dear Participant.
McCafé® McDonald's Coffee & Espresso Drinks are pleased to inform you that you meet our laid out plans for this advertisement as your information has been received.
Below are some questions you need to answer before we can proceed.
1.. How long do you intend to carry the advert on your car for 1 month or 3 months? 2.. Do you use your car everyday?
3.. Do you have a Bank account Yes/No? We are not asking for your account details. 4.. Send the picture of your vehicle.
5.. Have you crashed a car between December 2019 till date?
6.. Reconfirm Your Name and Address.
McCafé® McDonald's Coffee & Espresso Drinks will take full responsibility for placing and removing decal on your car and it will not resort to any damage. Also we have OUT-SOURCED the payment of funds to you through our sponsor Agency, so please do not be alarmed by the payment not coming directly from McCafé® McDonald's Coffee & Espresso Drinks. Your up front payment would be made after you have sent a reply with an answer to the questions above and a confirmation email saying we should go ahead and mail out funds and I would like you to send the pics of the vehicle.
Acknowledge receipt of this email immediately. Timothy Roland - Hiring manager

latest version is for powerbarsports.com ; got as far as having a check sent to me; check did not have a ph# so i looked up the number for the bank on the check they confirmed 'not their check'. I don't know what the next step would have been but i'm betting 'the guy' will email me soon to know if i deposited the check. (i did not).

I just got a check in mail for 2500 from some car wrap company I looked into months back. I almost was going to go through with it until I read this!! Thanks for saving me, I'm an idiot.

Anyone ever got one from verve ? Said they would send me over two thousand dollars ! And my pay would be 500.00 ! Didn’t say what to do with the rest , is this a scam ?

I got a check to for oral b wrap and I never talked to anyone just sent out my information. I think it might be a scam.

I had 2 scams one from Dr Pepper saying that they want to put a decal on my car to advertise it and pay me 500 a week.but sent me a check for 3500 and got mad when I told them I wouldn’t put it in my bank account.the other was from amp energy water and got a check for 3050 same thing happened.i still have the checks

Everyone out there do not take that check do not deposit it those checks are fake they are scams it's been going on for years don't wire no one nothing don't give anyone anything and dear God don't schedule an appointment for somebody come over to quote-unquote wrap your car

Yes I got a group text about making quick money .. with a car wrap .. I’m glad I seen this right before I cashed this check

I just received a text from amp energy drinks claiming to want to pay me $400 a week for using my car with a wrap they asked me for my name, address, make and year of my car and that was it I'm sure it's a scam sounds too good to be true

I received a text and email from amp energy drink said they will send a Pearson to install the stuff on my car go deposit the check and let them know when the money is available to withdraw

I was legitimately contemplating this sort of opportunity and then I came across this warning. Thank you for this warning.

For all those who may run into this scam, please see below for posting information:

Hello Christopher,

We so much appreciate your willingness to know more and hopefully participate in this program. Dentsu Inc. is a Japanese international advertising and public relations joint stock company headquartered in Tokyo. Dentsu is currently the fifth largest advertising agency network in the world in terms of worldwide revenues. Dentsu bought Aegis in 2012 and formed Dentsu Aegis Network, which is headquartered in London and operates in 145 countries worldwide with around 45,000 employees.We still strive to improve and reach Faraway local cities around United States where our awareness have not reached and as part of our effort to promote the program.
How it works? Here’s the basic premise of the “Advertise While Driving“ concept:
We have decided to carry out a major campaign for the upcoming tournament to boost its reputation..Apart from carrying out TV commercials and Bill Board,We have decided to take our marketing practice to another level by adding automobiles and trains to the campaign list so as to reach a broader audience thereby passing out the message to a large audience which is why we seek interested candidates to go about their normal routine with the advert of the “Tokyo 2020” on their Car,Bus or Truck. The program will last for 6 months and the minimum amount of time a candidate can participate is 2 months.If thereafter a candidate chose not to participate anymore,The decal can be removed.We have recruited professionals in each selected cities to carry out the process so no damage will occur on any participants car.

What do we get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps 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. This program will last for 6 months and the minimum you can participate is 2 months.If after that you decide not to participate anymore,the wrap can be removed
You will be compensated with $250 and $50 for gas weekly which is essentially a "rental"payment for letting our company use the space, No fee is required from you, We shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on/off your car (before and after the program) which would not have damage on your car whatsoever
It is very easy and simple no application fees required, Find below the required information to apply for this offer:

Full Name: Residential Mailing Address (Not PO BOX): City: State: Zip code: Country: Make of car/ year: Telephone numbers: Warm Regards, Henry Ortiz Hiring Coordinator/ Logistic Supervisor www. olympic. org

I received this exact email.... from Henry...

My son received a similar one, same situation, for Tokyo 2020. Horrible that these scammers prey on college students. : (

Yo, I just got the same email but my school provided it to me, I don't think its a scam but ill do further research on it.

This is the exact email I received, except my contact's name was "Frank Anderson." Every word was the same, otherwise. I received this opportunity through my university, and I went as far as applying and getting the job before realizing that this was a scam.

I received the exact same email, from Henry Ortiz. Thank you for publishing this so we all know that this is a scam.

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