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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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I just got one from Pepsi telling me they are sending me 3500
To keep 1000 and give 3500
To the vendor

Just received a check for $2850
They want me to deposit
Keep $500
Pay someone to wrap my car

I will not be depositing

It’s from a Davies Randal
Check from Murray State University
Federal Credit Union in Kentucky

Don’t fall for it guys!

Watch out for Henry Ortiz. The scammer who attempted to swindle me out of hard earned money. The guy wanted me to deposit $3350 and take only $300 so that my car could be wrapped with Olympic ads. What A SCAMMER!

I seen the ad on TV so it's the one on the TV is that a scam

I recieved an email asking if i wanted to make $300/week advertising a sticker on my car. I filled out the form and they texted me right away. This is the text message from Andrew Krause (917-936-0337:
This is from ourhomeus property and its regarding the car wrap promo you signed up for, you are suppose to get the first paycheck in tomorrow's mail, Kindly send a text to this number confirming you receive it, And you can be given further details on the moving forward. Thanks and enjoy the rest of your day.

I thought this was quite odd that they would send a check immediately but i responded saying "thank you, i will contact you once i recieve it."
The very next day (today) i woke up to these texts:
"Hello good morning please have a good look in the mail and send a text as soon as you received the paycheck thanks."
"what time does your mail usually run please ??"
"HELLO WHY ARE YOU BEING QUIET AFTER WE PROCESS A PAYCHECK TO THE ADDRESS YOU PROVIDED ??"

I checked my mail right away and sure enough i had a big package waiting. It was a check in the amount of $3,850.00 with a letter attached stating to deposit directly into my bank account and funds will be available within one day. So I responded with tons of questions and the answers sounded legit. He said they would send someone out in the next few days to apply the sticker. I keep the $300 as promised plus $100 for gas allowance and the rest goes to the decal company. This was so odd to me! Big red flag!!

Thank goodness i jumped on this website and saw these reports for scammers! I texted this man back telling him i will report him! His response was:
"Well you will hear from our attorney tomorrow together with the IC3"
My response to him:
"The IC3 is the Internet Crime Complaint Center. They investigate internet facilitated criminal activity. I have done nothing wrong. I have not cashed or deposited this check. I almost fell for your scam. So if anything, YOU will be investigated and they will see that you tried to get me to deposit a check into my personal bank account with a fraudulent check. I have the text measages, the letter, and the check to prove it. Also The FBI Cyber Division is a Federal Bureau of Investigation division which heads the national effort to investigate and prosecute internet crimes including cyber based terrorism, espionage, computer intrusions, identity theft and major cyber fraud. You will be reported."

Never heard a word back from him. I hope something can be done about this because this is so illegal and wrong!! BEWARE!! Scammers and Identity theft is real people!! Raise awareness! Lets put an end to this!!

I was sent a check for $2550, the check was sent through ups, i took the check to the bank and deposited it into a new account, after thinking about it i just had the feeling something wasnt right so i googled car wrap scams and after reading about all the people that shared their stories of being scamed i got scared, i deposited the check today im going back to the bank 1st thing tomorrow morning with all my paperwork and im closing the account will i be safe or do i have anything to worry about

I have several checks & cashiers checks on file including latest from Kronic or Kronik whichever the case..

Hi all!

Just adding my 2 cents here. I just received a text about www. powerbarsports. to wrap my car and get paid $500 a week. Text came from (432)301-5227. I replied and then received an email from Rey Anderson <power basen sport@ asking some more questions plus another text asking me to look into the email. Spelling mistakes and unofficial email address triggered the good sense in me. I also emailed Power Bar to let them know about this scam. Watch-out people!

I got a text from Apple Advert LLC. To put them on the front doors of my car. I asked them if it was scam and the got offended. They said that they are sending a check 4500.00. The representative of the Apple Advert LLC. James Wealthman 209-214-7934. Google voicemail. Any one know of this. Pretty sure it's a scam. Just a heads up.

I got one from sent me a check for 3650 and wanted me to put it in the bank, then let them know ,and take 3150 for the wrap. Supposed to come out and wrap the car and pay them. They keep texting me ,trying to get it cashed. They won't answer the phone when I try to call.

I just found out today that the check I actually cashed then decided to deposit instead of keeping cash on hand was possibly a scam. I was ordered to overnight the cash yesterday and today my account was negative the entire amount of the check. The guy emailed me today saying I needed another $30 for the installer to get it by Travelers Check and text a photo to him so the installer will come to wrap my van and pick up the $30 once he arrives. He hasn't responded back since I told him there was a problem with the check. He says he works with Xerox Corporation.

Vegan@. SCAM! Received a check took it to BOFA, fake stay away, im taking the whole envelope to metro, good luck scammer!!!

THIS IS A SCAM DO NOT DEPOSIT CHECK IN TO YOUR BANK !

Budweiser wrap campaign is a scam do not accept offer

I just got a check for an Auto Zone wrap on my car. The return address was from Petco on the envelope, the check was from some other company. Never deposited the check. When they sent me a text I replied why do you work at Petco? They never responded back.

I got an email stating the company name was Dentsu Aegis Network Ltd., from apply .here2019 @ Williams Carson, Hiring Coordinator/Logistic Supervisor; signed by Douglas Jones, www. nkedin. com/company/ dentsu- aegis- network. I sent car info to them then was told I was selected, just had to sign their contract... then days later they said they're sending me a check with 'extra' funds for me to pay the vendor, so when I deposit my payment directly into their bank account it will initiate finding a vendor in my area--I was sure then it was a scam.

I straight told me it was shady and asked what company was wrapping the car and never got a response. Don't like someone questioning them.

I run the fraud department at a bank and unless you personally know the individual paying you to wrap your vehicle, it's a scam. I know it sounds like a great way to make money, but unfortunately these scammers count on you to do what they ask so they can make money (meanwhile you'll end up owing the bank money). There has been a recent increase in mystery shopping, car wrapping, and house cleaning scams so if the offer sounds tooooo good to be true, proceed with caution.

Working in consumer Engagement for the past 10 years and I will tell you this no big brand will pay any consumer to wrap your car in there logo. Any branded cars is wrapped by the 3rd party marketing company that these brands hire. Anyone that tells you there wrapping your vehicle with a big brand like beer tobacco or a drink is a scam.

I just got a 2200 dollar check from Bashas the people told me it was legit my bank told me if it was real to take it to wells Fargo where the check is from will I get in trouble if I cash it

I just got a check for 4200 dollars to wrap my car in Dr pepper...i answered an ad about a job how do I know if this is legit or a scam

I just got one of those checks. Wow if it was that easy. Wanted me to deposit the check. The check is from Appleton, Wisconsin.
Their number was from NY

Heavy accent. Nope. It was what I thought.
Everyone be careful!!!!

Someone by the name of kenethbeasly@ sent this link 123formbuilder. /form- 5056372/ my-form
for me to fill out an application and someone would text me thereafter. So I filled out the application with an unknown address with my phone number and this man allegedly named “Jamie Russel” at 1-325-267-6156 text me with several confirmations that he’d be sending this check for $2500 to me and to take $500 out and for me to send the rest to the detailer to wrap my car. I knew it was a scam and had several people of leisure to do the research. And we came to this site and all of the information you all said was exactly what he was texting me to do! I guess he thought I was an idiot but right idea wrong person! People please be aware that there are people who really hate their lives and try to destroy others! I hope everyone considering this reads this carefully and report these people because sadly it is a never ending process to attack people who are truly in need! God Bless!

Oh yeah I forgot to mention on my last post they said they were from Budweiser! Please don’t fall for anything you don’t get in an e-mail or former conversation in writing for sheer and precise proof!!!

I just recently agreed to one of these. I was promised $400/ week but received a check for $3000 & was told to deposit it & withdraw $400 & hold the rest to pay the professional to wrap my car. After reading this, I think I’m going to call the bank & have them cancel the check

I'm playing along with this second one to try the scam on me why in the world can't our government catch these guys I'm chatting with a scammer right now who wants to wrap my car in worldlife pure water.... is there any law enforcement that would like to catch these guys I would gladly help you!!!!

I cashed the check at my bank and because it was a cashiers check I thought it was good, the bank didn't say anything.
What an idiot I've been

I received a check today as well for 2,500 but I will not deposit it

I'm so grateful for what I have just read. I was contacted only minutes earlier today from, "Tucson Strong and Beautiful" to have my car wrap for their advertising. I had never heard of the name so I googled it. The company that has that name is Hyundai. So now I'm wondering why Hyundai was not included in the title at first? This is what caused concern. Thanks to you and YouTube, I won't be hooked winked or bamboozled into a scam. Thank you.

Crayola Scam in Georgia via text messages right now October 2019.... if it's too good to be true...

Just cashed a check at my bank and it was returned as un-processable. Seems to be no bank on the other side. My bank withdrew the amount from my account to cover costs.
I have a very good bank, however they did not have any steps to look into the bank before cashing it.
This is a scam still going on. In my case, I cash the check and keep 500 for pay. Send the remaining 3700 to a place in Texas to have the wrapping done to my car in Virginia. I suspected, something there so I asked the supposed representative I was talking with, they had a worker in my area.
Later they send me another check, not for the agreement amount of 500/week, but for 4200.
Name of this place was given as Solimo Energy drinks. Solimo is a real company operation through Amazon. The people I worked with have no connection and are a scam.

I just received a text message from the BUBBLE UP SODA CO. They offered me $400/week to place an advert on my car and commit to at least 7 out of 12 weeks. They offered to send a CASHIERS CHECK by courior. Of course I did not fill out the application. I googled to see if the BUBBLE UP CAR ADVERT was a scam and saw all these other comments from 2016 and previous years back. If anyone knows for sure if this is a scam or legit, please let me know! Please respond back. I would like to warn others, so they don't get scammed as well.
Thank you!

A few weeks back I received a cashier check for $1767 for prepayment on a job I was suppose to do, checking Walmart’s customer service. I first called the bank it was drawn on and it was bogus.

***Just received this email on my schools email address, This has to be a scam !!!!!!!!
Hello Applicant:

Thank you for your interest to know more and 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 Logo” on their Car, Bus or Truck. The program will last for 6 months and the minimum a candidate can participate is 2 months. If a candidate chose not to participate anymore,the decal will be removed. We have our specialists in each selected cities to carry out the process so no damage will occur on any participants vehicles and we will be responsible for any damages

What do we get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto decal tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. According to the outdoor Advertising Association of America, it is estimated averagely a car advertisement can reach up to 60,000 impressions. In fact, vehicle advertising reaches more people than billboards, radio, direct mail, local group mailers and mass transit advertising. But here is the best part – most individuals say that advertisements on vehicles are actually more noticeable, more memorable and caused them to take action quicker than traditional forms of advertising.

You will be paid $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 programme) which would not have damage on your car.

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:

Car Make/Model:

Telephone numbers:

Average miles driven each day:

Have you held a VALID US license?

Driving License Type:

Warm Regards,
Henry Ortiz
Hiring Coordinator/Logistic Supervisor

I think I just fell for the scam. I hope not. I was desperate for making extra money to help my sister that has cancer. Stupid me. I can not believe it has happened. But they had me go purchase Walmart gift cards for the wrap person. They sent me a check I deposit the check wait a day all seems ok. Out of that check I go get $950.00 Walmart gift card. That should have stopped me but again stupid desperate me I get them and they don’t show to do my wrap so I text BOTH numbers. They reply they are coming so I wait and nothing so the next morning I get ready for work nothing. So I get to work and I text and call. NO REPLY. I’m sure I got took. Do tomorrow Oct 11 2019 on my birthday I have to go see my bank and let them know and try to clear this up. NO MATTER HOW DESPERATE FO NOT DO IT !!!

I got a text to do Amp Energy Drink wrap. Filled out application and received a very unofficial 2 page guideline letter. The return address is a college which initially set of the alarm for me.
I use to work at a bank and telling someone to deposit money and send funds from it within 24 hrs is definitely a scam. Regulations banks are to follow require the funds to be available next day when less than $5,000.
A good teller who knows to ask you about such checks should tell you it’s fake. They do receive alerts on these situations
When I get the check I will be reporting this scammer.
Also will reply to the initial message as 19 others received this scam text.
They will always be a scam if you are to use the money before it clears thru processing by the other bank.

Got a text today from 209-470-7590. Could you allow McCafe Drinks to put small sticker on your Truck/Care and you get paid 400 weekly for more details click this WWW. tiny. cc/ snppez.

Is this a SCAM?

This one keeps coming to my email account! It is continuous and am exhausted getting this crap! I wish there was a way to scam the scammers!!!!

ROCK SHANDY DRINK WOULD LOVE TO PASTE ITS AD ON YOUR LOVELY CAR AND YOU GET $300 FOR THAT PER WEEK.REPLY IF YOU ARE INTERESTED

The ad always uses the word "kindly" in the instructions....its a Nigerian english lingo and a very common giveaway to me. The latest one I found is on craiglist.... always pay attention to the choice of words used...how many Americans have you heard talk like that? I.E.: Please> "kindly" read this.< or >"Bud Light energy drink"< >"Bud light Drink"< Us Americans dont referr to it in that manor.

I have been getting advermitments for this very thing offering 600 a week, they send you a check for you and your detailer. teal construction!

Is there a scam where Napa auto parts send you a check for you to deposit for a decal for your car. 450 a week

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I just received a check for $1,550 to wrap my car with Bud Light's logo, the check came in a big card board envelope from the postal service it has one name on it August Holmes from Naperville IL on the check it has a women's name Lee Ann Sims, of course being a single mom and down on her luck I thought why not I'll give it a try. Well when the check came something just told me to do a little research and I came across this and now I'm so glad I didn't cash it. I also saved the number because I plan on taking everything to the local authorities and to my local news so the word can spread because I don't want to see anyone else getting scammed. I'm so glad I listened to my gut.

Got a text from Budlightdrinkinc about a car decal for new energy drink saying they would pay $400 a week to drive around as usual to work, shopping or wherever. English was not good so felt it was a scam, and when they say it seems too good to be true, it usually is. I would send the fake/bogus checks to the FBI or call your government official and ask them what you should do. They want you to apply with name, address, phone number and car model and color. They stated that a courier would be dropping off the check, but do not say money has to be sent to vendor doing shrink wrap! Good luck all, another one bites the dust as did not fall for their scam.

I received a check from Xerox Corp for $2650 to shrink wrap my car and pay for the process. Have you heard of it and is it legit?

I've had this Xerox scammer on the line trying to get his broken English responses to provide me his name and address to return the cashiers check hoping he would not realize I know he's a scammer in order to catch him or them I'm assuming. The number he contacted me with is (405)865-0133. So beware.....

I received the same exact message from a car wrap company called teal constructions they sent a check but I haven't deposited it yet cause I basically wanted to do research to find out were they legit

Received a check through FedEx for $2,199 today. And the guy said keep 500 and send the rest to the wrapping vendor Decal For Bud Light. Thought that was weird. Two of my kids are bankers, so lucky me, they told me about the scam.

How do they want you to send the money to the "decal installer?" If it's a mailed check or wire transfer, can't you give the information to the authorities and have them catch the scam in action?

rip it up burn it !! It’s a scam and what they do is get you to deposit it not cash it cuz you put a stolen or fake check for $1600.00 you deposit it into your acct. pulling cash out and sending it to the company that is going to come a put on the decal ( which is like a 2 by 3 size square , would not be hard to put on your self ) but in truth your sending them (the scammers) back cash so you keep $400 as your first payment and end $1200 cash back to them !! The $400 never get a into your hands before your bank finds out it’s fake! Then left you owing your bank $1600 cash!!! You can’t cash them no where will cash them no check cashing places no Walmart’s not even the Indian casinos will cash them they put the numbers on the bottom of the check lower then the correct location on the checks so that When places like Walmart run the check through their check system the reader won’t read the numbers if the reader won’t read the numbers Walmart or anywhere else won’t cash them!! My husband and I got a check one in my name and one in his for $1600 each!! We knew it was a scam was gonna try scamming them back out if all the money but they out smarted us again they can not be cashed,@! If you found a stupid store to cash it then you would be held liable criminally !!

I just received a check today for almost $2000 .. no other information.. and they haven’t texted me in a while.. since I accused him of it being a scam .. the check is from a company in NJ but mailed from New York.. I am not deposited it.. it will get setback tomorrow!

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