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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've recieved several text messages from an individual claiming to represent liquid ice energy drink.... they ask for name, age, address and car model. Given i never applied for a job with this company I'm not sure how they even got my cell phones number. This is the 6th text I've recieved.

I just got a message this morning it is for Frito lay to wrap ur car for 500.00 a week for 8 weeks and also the selling and wording were not good I knew it was a scam

Has anyone received an email from Loop Juices regarding this?

Does baskin Robbins do public ads?

A friend of mine did this and got a legal check with it. Then she deposited it and the sender used stamped information on the canceled check to gain access to her bank account.

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Just wondering if anyone cashed the check and kept the money? If it is fake but you can have the bank cash it, is it being cashed against your personal funds or the bank is waiting until the check clears? I'm confused how a bank cant spot a conterfiet check, Im also confused how anyone would cash a check and send money (not a check) in person to someone who would do a car wrap. I sound idiotic, but couldn't some just cash the check /get the money and go in person with their car to get the wrap done. Then if the scammer is fradulant the person having the check and cashing would just be able to pay the bank back, can that happen and 'catch' criminals? Or not get scammed out if the money. Also, if the check comes theough the mail, isnt that a Federal charge across state lines and using the postal service although the amounts sem to be below grand larceny in some states isn't federal laws and out of state checks -wiring money or sending casheries checks to address isnt that the scam wrapping innocent people into a mail/cash checking and fradualnt scam? There has to be a way to find a paper trail, especially if the checks are mailed and there are multople address.

I received a text from Bud Light Drink about car wraps. I almost fell for it but decided to google it first. Glad I found this site.

What if they are not asking you to wire anyone money. Say its payment for u and a sign on bonus

I was sent a check for 3000 to shrink wrap my car for zevia sports drinks..i am supposed to keep 600 for me and also receive 600 a week to do this..Is this a scam?Oh also I have to send 2400 in a money order for the guys to come to my house and shrink wrap it
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I received a text claiming to be from Been and Jerry's. I will stay from from this offer. Thanks for the information.

It's Monster drinks now...i even received the check for $3,980.00....and was asked to message Mr Slavin at 832-742-6664. Glad I checked this out first :)

My daughter received a check. We have it. they are still contacting her to cash it. Is there anyway to use this info to track this individual scammer down?

I received a check for over 3,000..just now, so it's a scam ,go figure anyway to SCAM PEOPLE..IM not going for this at all..I need money myself but to do this to me??? Wow crazy world we live in NOWADAYS!!

I got a check and I want to press charges against Mr. Francis Adams with Capri Sun car wrap Company he sent me play bad Counterfeit check I did not deposit it. How do I go by pressing charges?

If this car wrap thing is a scam what are they getting out of it?

It sounds like your money from your account. Because the bank loans amount until the funds officially clear. By the time check bounces you have already forwarded them they money they are asking for..Or they have your account information from the canceled check..Either way they are trying to steal your money...

I just got one from "Cranberry". First said it was beer, then said its juice

energy drink com. Car wrap just had that happen to me

I got a check for $3500 today. Dang ,I was hoping it was real

Just got a check for2900.25 claiming you wrap for Nestle’s company glad I saw this.
Thanks

I just received a envelope from Fed ex with a check for 4,650 the paper it came with stated to follow said instructions. The paper doesn't say anything about keeping so much amount of money and wiring the rest to a specific acct, the company that's to be wrapped is Manthei Costom Manure LLC out of Pearl City, il

Got Text for jj wrap said I would get 500 weekly + some

1-708-762-3371 is number 500 weekly 3500.88 +500 1st week 3000.88 for specialist

My $4650.00 check came with a letter similar to all of you, but I was not instructed to send any money anywhere. Just that the balance after I get my $500. weekly pay , the balance will be for the technican/installer. They do want to know when the funds will be available in your acct.
So if you send them that information of say 10days or more what are they going to say then? Because only you can take money out of your account, its not like , once they know it is there , they are going to file for it as a transaction you made. Anyway, I just thought I would share the # to text is 315-320-6845 email is , caronjhn @ Also I was not told what wrap they wanted to put on my car. This came UPS From: LOGISTICS MANAGER @ FASTENAL COMPANY (which I looked up) Winona, MN (which is where there corp office is). So I am going to wait this one out, they have not contacted me to see if or when I was going to cash check.

Has neone gotten one from Izzy juice and if so ligit or scam

I was contacted via text by someone claiming (not until I asked)
I would get $400/week for 8 weeks. This was then demanded as their tone changed to threatening: I received a check for $2,550
Threatening me with forcing to contact the police if I did not deposit the check immediately Then telling me to immediately wire the money to another account for the car wrapper who is town and needs to schedule the wrapping I then asked about a formal contract and was told the car wrapper would bring it with them, so I had nothing to worry about. I asked it be emailed to me, they agreed and still have not send it hours later They want confirmation of the transfer then my installation will be scheduled It immediately raise suspicion why not pay the installer after the work was done in person? Or again, why wouldn't they pay them directly? Thank goodness I found this information online before wiring them anything? Thank you for the information...

Xerox texted me.and sent chdck for 2700.00. I thpught it was a scam but it was real i founf after i ripped up check

Got an email today from Hiball Organic Energy Drink about my car for advertisement. It hasn't mentioned the money situation yet but thats why i have been reading about it ,sounds too easy.

From email: rodneyd miller70@ Jones Soda CO will like to put a small sticker of our new product on your CAR OR TRUCK to get you Five hundred weekly ($500). click on the link to APPLY HERE : o6cl1t7 yvxai. wixsite. / jonasoda Recruitting Manager Jones Soda CO © 2019

I have been getting these things for years now, not much changes with them, doesnt matter what, letter and check/cashiers check/money orders/ electronic checks, and it doesnt matter what kind of employment/ job they need you to do from personal assistant, housekeeper, um to how its sent Email, Postal mail, or text messages, even in a group message. All of them will turn out to be scams! I have been able to be a little smarter then these guys but they keep coming back for more or sending their friends. Never ever deposit always if u still question it always take it to either bank its drawn on if local, if not the google, alexa, coranna, alex, or whatever other new search talk to your alexa ask where is that bank. If say its a real bank call them ask them to verify if it came from a legit account before cashing it. One out there ive experience which was a legit thing was standing outfront of a gas station with a couple tablets and get customers to take that gas stations survey that i recieved the tablets instructions incentive for customers when surveys complete. Everything was sent to me. I dont think i had to pay except getting to the stations werent reimbursed.

I'm glad I came across this article because I was "this" close to going through with it. I started to ask questions like how is the designer gonna get the check and is there a website for the company. Of course they claim the server for their website is down. And I would be sending the designer their money via mail. I was like nah, i'm cool. I'll send your money back.

Hello——————— How are you doing,i’m Williams the Hiring Manger of MONSTER ENERGY DRINK COMPANY ADVERT PROGRAM you signup that you will be earning $700 weekly..Thanks for getting back to u with your information,we got the information and we are working on it ,Also you will Be Receiving a Check Of $3500 Included with the Specialist Funds that you will have to give to them once you have the cash which you will be giving to them to wrap your car. Thanks you

The payment will be mail out first thing in Monday Morning and i will keep you posted with the tracking number of the package and t specialist information very soon

Hello ——————— I got notify from usps that my check as been delivered to you . Kindly check your mail box and get back to me ASAP Thaanks for getting back. Move ahead And get the check deposited at your bank or to make it easier, You can have it deposit via your ATM deposit or MOBILE deposit and get back to me with the deposited slip For a records purpose

Once you cash the check at your bank deducted $700 for this week you will send the remaining money to the specialist. next week money would be coming at $700 which is for you and you don't need to send any dime to anybody again. The installer will come down to your location to put on the decal on your vehicle and the decal is easily removable and it will not damage your paint

Hello Good Morningh , I just got contact with the bank this morning that they have told the bank to release the funds to your bank account and i assure you that they already release the funds to yo account today ...so i want you to kindly deduct your money and sen the rest funds to the specialist information below via Walmart too Stalwart money transfe today so that he will be on his way to your location today Regards and waiting to read from you asap.

The payment went OUT-SOURCED from another Agency, so please be awar the payment is not coming directly from DR PEPPER COMPANY.
You have nothing to worry about.

These are all messages he sent me and I could not stop laughing! Please be aware some people do fall for this scam so share with everyone.

Got a text from a Wayne Denison instructor manager for Mccafe saying I would get $800 weekly for 6 months to put decals on my car. I called McDonald's corporate office and confirmed that's it's a scam

Very helpful, thank you. I just received the same text!! SCAM

Here is the scam I am dealing with from “Snapple” using this number:
+17862240031 I was stupid enough to fill out an online form giving them my name, address and google voice number. Feel like an idiot.

Hello (my name) This is Michael Loe. Representative for the Snapple fruit Juice Ad car wrap you submitted an application for. We reviewed your application an sent you an email for follow up please check your email to confirm receipt and to proceed.if you do not get it let me know an we’ll resend .. thanks “

We just got one for Snapple wrap. A ck for $2600 was sent via UPS.

I got one check 2.550 if you gus know there is people use moster energy name way can help to find to stop so far I know I won't get my money back but help to stop

I just got the text for vehicle sticker for Butterfingers!! paying 500 weekly....I mean come onnnn !!!

So I recently received two text messages regarding this exact situation. Both companies I never even heard of. They didn't give me company information until after submitting my name and phone number. A couple of days letter, I get checks in the mail for over 3,000$ a piece. Called the bank that was on the check and explained the situation. The account numbers on both checks didn't even exist! And both banks said they've been getting alot of fake checks coming through claiming to have been from an account through them.

I am waiting on a check as I read this from Jolt Energy drink out of Rochester New York. They have not told me what to do yet have not got the check yet I did go online and there is a Jolt Energy drink company on New York is there a way I can call and ask them if they are advertising for this service

I have recieved at least 6 assorted amounts from companies to do a car wrap or secret shopping. With all the scams going on I researched every company, bank to verify they were real or scams and every single one was a scam. The best thing is I did not cash any of them. One company wanted my bank name and other bank info. I told them NO WAY!!! LMAO... PLEASE PEOPLE BECAREFUL WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFO. IF YOU HAVE TO SEND MONEY SOMEWHERE ELSE IT'S A SCAM BIG TIME!!

I’ve been receiving emails and text for Blue bell ice cream saying I can make 450.00 a week. With a car wrap how do I find out if it’s a scam or not

I just received an offer of 500.00 a week to put a magnetic sign on my vehicle for at&t. Is it legitimate?

I received a check for 3,000
To use part to pay person to wrap car & two payments up front
The is for FRITO LAYS

We offer applying BUSCH BEER® sticker on your machinery for advertisement while earning $800 weekly. I received this today as a text!! Of course it sounded too good to be true!! Just want people to beware! Site looked official as well!

Has anyone ever taken the check to where it is wrote from like chase bank and tried cashing it not depositing it in your account?

Just got one for a Pepsi wrap. I deleted it, but I did call the number to see if anyone would answer. Someone did and after I explained the reason for my call, he said it was probably a scam and that I should delete and block his phone number. How are these scammers using other people's phone numbers to send out a blast text? In this case, my phone showed that 20 other people were receiving this message.

I just got one saying Frito lay hiring paying me $500.00 a week to drive around with wrap on my car. Was thinking about my son and his family. Sign Well Don is all I will say.

Is this a wrap Scam?

PAY TO DRIVE WITH XEROX CORPORATION LOGO
We are currently seeking to employ individuals in the United States of America, How would you like to make money by simply driving your car or banner wrapped for Xerox Corporation®

Xerox Corporation is an American global corporation that sells document solutions and services, and document technology products in more than 160 countries

Here’s the basic premise of the "paid to drive" concept: Xerox Corporation seeks people -- regular citizens, professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for new "Xerox" plastered on your car or truck. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as "auto wraps,"that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car's exterior surface. What does the company 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 alongside them.This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is 7 weeks. You will be compensated with $500 per week which is essentially a "rental"payment for letting Xerox Corporation use the space no fee is required from you. Xerox Corporation shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car/truck. You will receive an up front payment of $500 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car.

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