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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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Received the exact same offer through my university. Besides the myriad typos, what clued me I was that Williams Carson was contacting me through apply.here2019@ . I actually reached out to Aegis Network through their website to check with them and then found this thread here. I’m just a little bummed because it would have been nice to have gas covered every week and my car decked out in Tokyo 2020 :’(

Did you hear back from Dentsu Aegis? I assume this is really a scam right? I have received the same.

I just got this same email through my school email, but the person says his name is Giovanni Luca Liam. I got suspicious when I was told the Car wrap specialist only accepted payments in the form of a money order, bitcoin deposit or walmart/target gift card. All of which are hard to trace.

Here’s the actual email ...
Hello!
I'm contacting you to inform you that the check for your first-week payment we be delivered to you, here is the tracking number from Usps(9405501699320138457144) you can track it at WWW. USPS.COM. Once you receive the check kindly go ahead and have the check deposit into your bank account and funds will be available for withdrawal 24 hours after it has been deposited. I will be waiting for a confirmation message once it has been deposited.
Please let me know you received this message!

Best regards,
Robert Paramo
W1201 SODAWING LLC

I have had. this exact thing happen to me but I was lucky and my banker called the bank the the con artist used and found out it was ALL a scam and so I turned it into our county Sherriff’s office! The check that they tried to scam me on was for $1,200.00 And now I just received another email this time for AMP ENERGY DRINK.Hi, Would you allow Amp Energy Drink to place decal on your car and get 400 dollars weekly? For more information visit
bit.ly/ 2JtSa Or and apply. Is this legitimate?

I got one from Dr pepper for 2988.00 supposed to keep 500$ for myself and send the rest to pay decal install. 12 week campaign. Came from campaign manager Daniel Wescott. 415-649-9764. Second time got one of these.

I just received a letter from this marketing company telling me if I put a decal on my car from Dr Pepper I would get 500 a month. Then i got a check for 4980.0 in not cashing ithust beware.
The name of the company is auto wrap campaign
The contact information Is
Nathaniel Brown

I got this same scam. I got the check but they tell me to deposit into my bank but I will not do it. Should I destroy the fake check and block the number.

well I guess I was one of the stupid ones I thought they was going to wrap my truck instead they they end up taking $2,900 out of my bank account so I'm going to contact the authorities and Monday they will be a lawsuit against jolt cola

FYI Received Oreo cookie promotion to advertise for them on car
Guess this is the latest money scam.

In May 16, 2019, I received a text message that read, “FRM:edwardo dongloid MSG:Cricket wireless still allow more cars/trucks to advertise our decal/POSTAL and Earn 400buck weekly . i await YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR
DETAILS .Thank you. And then today, June 11, 2019, I received another from Jorma Krenning a message that read, “Still on cricket wireless advert . few vehicles needed more to advertise our poster and earn $400per week. i
await your email address for
details.Good Morning.” I bet these are a total scam.

I recieved a similar offer today, only it was for Dr. Pepper. Is anyone aware if this is also another scam or actually legitimate? These people frustrate me

Someone just tried to scam me as well for Bud Light be careful you All

I received A text today claiming the same thing. The company they used is "Xerox". I thought it was odd that it was sent to my phone and 19 others. I am glad when I searched Google this page came up first on the list. Now my concern is if I can see the 19 other phone numbers they sent it to, then those people also see mine.

They did not come over to wrap the car they kept sending email Tony Jones @ I did not answer.dont send them anything or take it from them.they are running scam.

I have been chatting in email and in text with someone that is trying to scam me on the car wrap thing and this is getting quite hilarious. I am taking the check, the text, and the emails to the police today. Not that they can really do anything but when I said I was going to the police, this person seriously started threatening me and saying that I better be careful and that they will take legal action against me and that they will send someone to my house and that I better be careful... what a joke!

I was dumb enough to go for this. A week ago I received a check for 4620.00 he said I had to cash it that day so I did I asked who I send the rest to he said he would tell me when I was done with the bank should have rang a warning bell but I was not thinking that way I guess. When done at bank he said I need to download Venmo and send 2500.00 to @laurie-54 well I live clear up northwest by Canadian boarder and when storms start to move in so it just got downloaded yesterday. But he pulled the check from my account how can he pull it from my account? Why does my bank not have to notify me? And I was charged 15.00 for them to return the check just seems wrong all the way around but guess I had an angel with me because I was unable to send the 2500 and I was only out the 15.00 could have been much worst then what it was.

I have received a cashier check from this so called company for the amount of $4,450.00 (dollars) this needs to be STOP! I will be calling in about it. What is so bad where are they getting these cashier checks everybody is not dump like they are.

It’s a scam going around now with Dr.Enuff drink they are sending message to your email about wrapping your car for a set price....it’s not real the check is for $2996.00 .They want you to send $1200 to two different people from two different locations and you keep the rest for wiring fee and you first 300 a week check and gas money....y’all be careful my fiancé and I received a check...

Also, if the message MISSPELLS the company name, it's a scam... They can't spell it correctly because of copyright laws...

Well! I am going to make a video and post it and name names and everything.
I have a check for over 3,000.00 and a Dr.Pepper Wrap

Just today received UPS Next day air, ..opened, what appears to be a cashiers check. Luther Burbank savings, for $4,990.00. Remitter:Carl Bagwell, along with a letter, installation of your decal, and two weeks salary, $1,400, the balance goes to the installer. Regards Steven Niang. I was scammed a few weeks ago with the secret shopper scam, I'm out almost $4,000 I didn't have....I forgot the golden rules, Nothing is free, and don't count your chickens before they hatch!

I received this check seven days ago tickets on my bank they put a 12 day hold on it I’m glad that they did because it is bogus and I try to reach this company no one answer is a Google number. I also called the company this call cattle in Idaho the business is for sale and they sell cattle in that ice cream

I just received one of these from so called Napa for 1,800 telling me exactly what you said. Thanks for the info. I'm not getting scammed;-)

I recently got a check for "Lays Chips Auto Wrap", almost $4,000 for 3 months work as upfront payment, also promising commission. I'm still waiting to see what will happen. The sponsoring bank would not honor the check and the company seems slow about getting back to me. Scary

I got one that says they will mail me the check, to cash it and take my cut out of it then, give the rest to the person who is supposed to come out to wrap my vehicle. It's also supposedly from Amp Energy Drinks. Anyone else get this?

I recieved a check for 2, 9.00.00, saying to have my car wrapped, and they pay me 400.00 we, and they even pay for wrap, sent letter with tracking numbers, and all, out of the, I seen the website on local news station, but yep, its fraudulent!! And they didnt even ask for money, I called news station where I got the website, something needs to be done!! It was for amp energy!!!

So I received a check for $3500. They asked me to kindly return it or dispose of it because it has s wrong telephone number on it? What’s up with that?

So did the car wrap for celsius energy drink. Got a text minutes after fedex delivered a package containing a $2550 check and a letter telling me to go to bank cash check keep $500 and send rest to this car wrap company. Well seemed like a scam so i just didnt do it. Today 07/19/2019 i get a texted from that number asking me of i had received package and deposited it. This texted stated i was reported to FBI and local police for internet and call fraud. I wrote them back and said: Who is this? Bank says check is fake and i will be contacting my local FBI agency to see if their legit. Then i will proceed once verified this is not a scam. They wrote back and said just follow instructions on paper and i will be paid. I said once i find out the truth then well see what i do. Be careful these people hate being messed with so they will threat but dont listen and just dont believe them.

I've had someone call me to do this but they said they needed money first from me to get started. lol

Just Orange Drink just texted me for the same scam! Block all the numbers immediately when you receive these texts.

I got one now I'm gone take it to my Bank and let them look it over and see if it clears.. Then go from there I'm gone let it stay on the Bank for two weeks

I had an outfit who calls themselves Pepsi Drink&Co. Had their “check” for $2300.44 ready to deposit & did some research, just to find out it is a scam. Caveat Emptor.

What about stickr.co?

The Dr. Pepper scammer tried to get me with a $3000 check. But when I looked up the name on the check it was to a realestate company, the name on the envelope was to a house in Illinois. I mailed it back. Seen the house on Google maps.

I just got a check today for more than they has mentioned to me, and keep asking me to use my bank app to deposit it. I haven’t done it just yet because I’m skeptical about it.

Well someone just did for oral b, it came as a text or email with a link for the application. The application was brief and it didn't ask for your ssi number, I'm just waiting for a response. Now since I know it's a scam, I will reject it.....thanks.

Nos sent me a notice to earn money by having my car wrapped is this a scam?

I had one from snapple that used like 3 different citys mailed from Florida check cut from a place in Michigan and phone number from Oklahoma. Also the check it cut through a mortgage company that was are biggest red flag.

I got one in the mail today and they have been messaging me every 15 to 20 mins deposit it fast I already called the credit union and they told me it was a fake

Oh ya this happened to me except I knew right off! We went back and forth in text. I pretended that I was at the bank and cashing or depositing(is what they were insisting on ) they wanted me to send a picture of deposit slip! I lied and told them I forgot the deposit slip in the ATM then I told them the bank cashed the check and gave it all to me in cash and I was keeping the full amount and not sending them a dime! I told them I just took it to a check cashing place ! Boy was he angry! Then I said I worked for the feds and the gig was up and they were busted! No more response after that! I turned the check over to the authorities... I mean do they think in this day and time people ( meaning banks aren't smarter than that!

I just got the check today. Earlier I got a text asking me if I deposited the check. I answered saying that nothing was delivered at my residence as indicated on such text. Then I got an answer right away saying that it was delivered at the mailbox and gave me a tracking number. I went and got it from the mailbox and it was just a plain check in an envelope for $2,600 so it was suspicious since it was a cashier's check that wasn't printed right, letters on left side of the check were half printed. The signature line was a solid line and beware with this since this line must be printed with very tiny letters to create the line. I texted back indicating that I went to the bank to deposit (I didn't even bother going to the bank) an I was told that it was an invalid. A few couple of hours later I still waiting for a text that will gave me further instructions (Yeah right). Now I will shred the check and put it in my hamsters cage so they can play with it. The text I was receiving were with an horrible grammar. Not even my self that doesn't know English very well would have that kind of grammar.

There other way to check is too see where the envelope came from , the bank location then then contact location, my recent one came from 3 different states, I called the issuing bank to verify and found out it was a fake check

Listerinewrap.com is an online website where you are directed from an ad on facebook to wrap your car. I just got a check for $1750 to pay me $500 and then hold the rest for the person to come decal my car. So this is a scam too?

Did they ever tell you that if you didn’t do what the email said you would face the consequences?

And yesterday I received one of those fake checks in the mail was actually a cashier's check was $1,438 supposed to be from Listerine. $500 of it was supposed to be taken out as my first weekly payment. Access deposit I was to email a copy of the deposit slip then I'll be notified by the rapping company of where and when to come so they can wrap it at my location. I took it by the bank and as soon as I walked up to the counter they recognized the envelope and when I pull the check out she started shaking her head she already knew that it was a fake. I just wanted to verify I'm so glad I did.

This is one I received today. ....

Carry our sticker on your car/bike and start getting 500 weekly? just follow this link https ://bit.ly /2Z9

I received a offer like that, I know it’s a scam. I asked a bunch of questions she answered them. . I said. I’ll deposit the check and leave it the until it clears. She said it would clear in 24 hrs. I asked for pictures of the wrap. They are good but I know it was a scam. Just playing with her.

I RECEIVED A MESSAGE STATING THEY WAS GOING TO MURDER ME OR CALL THE FBI AND CIA BECAUSE I STOLE THEIR MONEY... I NEVER RECEIVED THE CHECK AT ALL... HOW CRAZY ARE PEOPLE...

OMG, thanks a mil for this article.
So, I have the same story. My wife got an email, and she opened it and it was this link: https:// driveforuss. wixsite. /marlboro It was telling me that Marlboro Man Cigarettes Company shall provide experts to wrap my car, and they would pay me $500 every week. But only for the first week, when I get the check, I would deduct $500 for me and send the rest funds to the decal agent. It was too good to be true, but something fishy in this ad.
First, in the web site, it's using wixsite. which is a famous site to create your own site for small fee. Second, there were no contact us, no line phone, no customer service no email... etc.
So I star googling about "Marlboro Man Cigarettes Company" and found no wrap ads related to this, then I put the same msg title of the msg that my wife got it on her phone "let marlboro cigarettes company put a small decal or sticker on your car and get $500 every week". Then I found you're very useful article.
Your article just saved my wife's and my life.
I just wanted to tell my story so someone else won't fall for this scammer like I was almost did. Thank very very much

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