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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 received this "offer" to get paid for the advertising once in the past and responded but never heard back. I just rec'd offer again and said "yes" Im interested but again, I've never been asked to accept any checks in advance etc.... maybe this is legit?

I recently started receiving unsolicited text offer me the opportunity to have my car wrapped to advertise Monster Energy drinks. I did put in a response to ask a question, and now they've sent me 20 emails at least. Currently they are asking me to deposit a check, then take a picture of the check deposit slip and send it back to them. I informed them that I would take the check to the bank on Monday and have the bank deal with it. I told them that I would do nothing electronic with them until after I had dealt with several paper checks and they had all cleared the bank. Needless to say I have reason to believe that this is a hoax since I received nothing paper and they have asked for a very limited individual information.

I received a text today asking if I'd like to put a Bud Light decal on my car for 400.00 a week.

I replied back asking them if I could borrow 400.00 until I get mine in a few days.

Ha I love this reply! Bet they hate when people are onto them immediately!

I just got onefor Dr pepper, promising $500 per week for up to 14 weeks for decals on the car.the web address given is: forms. zohopublic. sscleaning1/f orm/ DrPepperAdvertisement CampaignForm2/formperma/ hguitEAOdyPUaKsHMktxsMwF96cv92cnNxVoCqo
And the phone number the text came from is: 252702349 Watch out!!

They tried to get me today. Nicole Robinson sent a check to me for $2950 for placing a decal on my car. Deposit, keep $500 give the rest to the "detailer" who would do the install. A few hours later they're texting again that I deposit the check. It was drawn from Bank of Southern California. I looked them up and called them directly. While the routing and acct number were indeed correct, it was from a long closed account. They were very grateful that I called and confirmed before doing anything with that check. Needless to say, I shredded it immediately and texted "Nicole" back and let them know we knew they were scamming me. Trash of the earth, these scammers!

CAN I KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON NOW AND I CAN NOW SEE THAT YOU WANT TO RUN AWAY WITH THE MONEY WITH YOU AND I WILL FORCE TO REPORT YOU TO THE FBI. This is the message I was sent. Should I reply that my bank said the check is fraudulent.

I told them thanks for the fingerprints cause they sent a 4200 check..

I just received a check for $1,880.00 from Allied Printing Resources; 33 Commercial Rd, Carlstadt, NJ 07072. 201-440-2000
I called this company and they said the check is fake; they have received many calls! from across the country!
It is from BodyArmor Super Drink Wrap Advertisement. I got a text from their so called hiring manager this morning; April Spencer @ 818-714-7590 asking if I received the check! I also received an email from her with broken English and misspelled words!
It’s all fake.... just reporting! I have not lost anything!!!

I got a wrap around decal check for 2950. They told me to keep my pay and give whomever details the car the rest. I was not biting on that. I don’t know what do with the check.

I just got one saying they would send me a chrck for 2500. 2000 to pay the person wrapping my car and 500/ week for me for Monster Energy. Monster says they only use their vehicles to advertise.

I recived a response from a job offer from a company called Frito lay auto wrap advertising. They instructed me to place a check in my bank account and said that when the check clear take out the rest of remaining balance to pay for the wrap. Of course I became suspicious and not do any of that. Instead I looked on your website and found this infomation pertaining to this issue and stop me from a disaster.Thank you Sincerely Rose Dinkins

I and my fiancé both got texts from a guy saying new zero ultra monster energy pop out signs for cars paying $500 a week and check for $4,989.99 would be delivered checks came via USPS name of person mailing is Columbia South Carolina tracking showed checks came from Albuquerque New Mexico bank is out of Texas claim to be cashiers checks. Not cashing them

Got a text message from Minute Maid orange juice. $500 a week for a car sticker. I'll play along, but not going to be bamboozled

i just got a check from Auto wrap Promotional Program for $1,500 i think its a scam?

Been scam today from rush energy not going to do it.

I just received this check $ 3740.00 in the mail yesterday about a RPR Enterprises , Inc . DBA Topsy's Popcorn & Ice Cream decal for wrapping my car..?

Call the bank where this check came from too Country Club Bank in Leawood , KS 66211 and they informed me it was a scam...

Got a check yesterday, from a gastroenterologist (return address in Ohio ) with a check from a different company in St.Louis. I live in Texas. So scammy!

This dude is texting me to deposit it from: 310-870-8788

Nope.

On Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 16:51 MR NELSON <duncan jx6 > wrote:
Good News! You're approved to carry the NEAPOLITAN ICE CREAM® ad on your vehicle. As you know this has been OUT-SOURCED to an agency and we have forwarded your details to the agency, we are currently working with them on sending out the payment to you to get the advert placed on your vehicle.

Please note that the check payment will be sent to you to cover your first week salary of $500. And also the specialist fund will be
included, you will have it deposited and when the check clears which will be in a day or two, you are to deduct your $500 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 instruction with details that will guide you on proceeding for the decal to be placed as soon as the upfront payment has been delivered to you. We will get back to you shortly with the tracking number for the payment once the sourcing agency provides us that.
Below are some questions you need to answer to proceed.
A. How long do you intend to carry the advert on your car?
1, 2, or 3 month(s)?
B. How often do you drive your car?
C. Make or Model of your car?
D. Also reconfirm your full name (as it should appear on the check) and address (House #, Apt #; Street Name, City, State and Zip Code) where your payment should be mailed to weekly.
Please reply to the questions above and if you have any questions whatsoever do not hesitate to ask. A swift acknowledgment of this email will be appreciated. Regards
Mr Nelson Neapolitan Ice Cream Advert Coordinator

I received an email telling me that I could make $500 a week if I wrapped or allowed a company to place a sticker on my car. Email also said that money/funds have been outsourced so don't be concerned if check doesn't have company name on ot. I was advised that check would be for a total amount of $2600, however $500 belongs to me a d the other $2100 is for the company who would be applying company sticker. I was to deposit the entire check into my checking account and wait for further instructions on how to send the company their $2100. I went along with everything. I received the check today delivered by FedEx as instructions said. I opened the FedEx package a d there was a blank envelope which had a check for $2600. Check had "Wood and Hustin Bank supposedly out of Higginsville MO. Remitted on check was WHB & LYMAN MITCHELL. So glad I did my research before cashing the check. I will be reporting this. SCAM SCAM SCAM. Supposedly the company was for AMP Enery Drink.

Just received a text asking to wrap my vehicle for Red Bull from the following #432-238-1719 with this link to apply or get info https://zfrmz.com/wYbHONuGOPD3U9wsp6kP
Never attempted to try the link being as it's tax season it is safe to assume that it's yet another attempt for lazy scammers trying to avoid getting a real job!

Thus is currently happening to me now and was sent from the following via text 213-263-7685 and shows to be a John A Jauregui who is supposedly 102 yrs. old and living in California and it's a great SCAM ( I looked up this number and it shows the number was inactive for months then became active again in Feb. 2020).They are more than willing to answer questions even though you're sceptical.

Hello Glorianna McBride, Congratulations! You have been qualified to take part in the Paid To Drive Concept by Aquafina Purified Bottle water advert application form you submitted, and a graphic technician has been assigned to you. Kindly send a text immediately to confirm if you acknowledge this message and received the email that was sent to you. The payment is going to be mailed out to your name and address I want to confirm the go ahead and you’ve to make your vehicle available.

so i answered an ad for payroll assistant. but it was the starting point of this auto wrap campaign scam. i was suppose to get $2000 a month, all i had to do was print checks on business checks that i bought from Staples. mail them either by UPS, USPS, FedEx to about 100 people a week with a letter of instructions. when i got the first set of checks to print i notice that a VFW, a law office and a non-profit organization were paying 100 people $2950 each to advertise for them by wrapping their car. and all of the checks were signed by the same person. the routing numbers on the check are valid but the account numbers are not. after i started looking into it more i ended contact with the individuals. now just trying to figure who to tell to try to stop them.

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.

I have received text from more than one place telling me I can make $450 weekly. The offer I got this week is from Halo Top Ice cream. Everything seemed fine until the last text I received was telling me the first check I would be receiving included $2000. To pay the wrap person. I immediately texted them back and told them I’m not interested. If they can not pay the person installing the sticker on my car directly then it is a scam!

I just received a check for $3890. This is an intuit turbo tax wrap scam. Letter says to deposit the check and go buy gift cards at Walmart and some other crazy stuff.

Our son was just scammed from Colgate sent him a check for $3,800. This was a job application that he filled out from the UW he goes to. So thinking an emailed job through the school website was good. He never cashed the check the address on the envelope was a construction company.

Yes this my 2nd time somebody sent me a fat checkIf you,re very despert person.it so easy to cash it .but it's 2good2 be true

I've seen plenty of the emails they also are sending a survey as an application to get your info if interested in the as being placed on the car. Survey monkey is the site I been getting lot of them kind emails. Also just random company that supposedly wants me to do the add. I received a fat check a year ago and tax time here's the second on its way

Yes this my 2nd time somebody sent me a fat checkIf you,re very despert person.it so easy to cash it .but it's 2good2 be true

I got a check an letter, deposit in bank wait 2 days take out enough to pay the guy who is coming out to put decal on my truck, how do I know if this is real or scam

Did anyone receive a picture of a wrapped car? The sticker looks very large even though they said would be small. Makes me suspicious!!!

How can I report scamer? I have their names and phone number. At these moment I’m trying to dance with them to find more info

Now are any not scams because in my city i do see a newport car monster n a couple others?

Yes there are some legit ones, but if they are saying you take money out the check you deposit once it r clears and pay the vendor doing the wrap on your vehicle it's not legit. Any company wouldn't trust a newly hired employee with that much money they'd pay the vendor their own way and all you'd do is have it placed on your car, no cost to you

Thank you for this, im usually a skeptical person, but I suppose I slipped up a bit.

I just got a check for 4750.00 and told to cash it asap and text once done. I appreciate everyone's warnings and posts about this scam, people like me fall for it sadly. So thank you. But my question now is what should I do with this check and letter? Can I just throw it away? Do I report it?

THATS CRAZY

I rec'd a text saying that I could make $500. A week for this car wrap so I responded to the text. Well I took the check to my bank and they kept refusing to deposit it. So now I am taking it to the bank that the check is written on to see if it is a scam. I kept the letter, envelope and the tracking receipt also. If this is a real scam then I am calling FBI in my area. This is not the first scam that has landed into my lap and the last ones were jailed for it too.

I just received this text in 2020 to wrap my car for $420. I have 3 cars and was gonna let them wrap all 3 for a wopping $1260 a week. I was hyped, told my wife about it, told my son who drives my 3rd car I would split that $420 with him and as I was putting in my 3ed vehicle my wife said, "this can't be real. You should check with Heiniken (the company whose advertisement was to be wrapped on my car) to see if it's real. "
I did but there was nothing about it on their website so I was thinking 'Cool'. About an hour later I got a text from "Paul" telling me to send him the same info I already sent tp him. I tools him I already gave that info. Here tools me I needed to send it tp him for authentication and activation if i wanted to get started. I told him, I guess I won't then.
Next morning, right before I asked Google, I got another offer to wrap my car with an energy drink for $600 a week. Upon asking Google, 'Has anyone heard about wrapping advertisement for $420 or $600'. I got this scam alert. Glad I didn't continue with 'Paul' but I'm not sure im gonna tell my wife she was right, she already told me she can't believe I gave them my name and number in the first place- yeah im not gonna tell her and just hope she forgets.

One more comment, what do u do if you get your car wrapped and it is a SCAM, what do u do??? From what I hear it DOES NOT easily come off

Another way to spot a car wrap scam: they tell you there is no schedule, and you just drive around like you normally would. A legitimate advertiser makes you log your hours and places you drove, and you have a quota of types of places and times you drive by them. If you don't make the quota, you don't get paid.

I just recieved an offer from a company to do a wrap for NAPA AutoParts . I've never heard of such a thing. But they want me to deposit the check keep the first weeks pay and use the remainder to pay the wrap company. SCAM??

His name is Travis from xerox corporation anybody know him

Arlene Perkins I just received a check in the mail for 2,200.n I was wondering how do I tell if it is legit it's for a monster energy ad

I get these and when the bank, tries to verify they always have a problem with their, check routing numbers and account numbers are off. Missing number. Ask Bud Light to send a money order, NO WE ONLY USE CHECKS. No wonder the saps can't get their money by robbing us of ours

I got a check for a car wrap to put Minute Maid on my car to deposit $3,950 into my bank, then sent the car detailer $2,300. It sounded too good that I was going to keep $1,650. Then they told me to go to Walmart and sent the money $2,300 to the car detailer. I went to Walmart and they told me it was a scam.

My husband and I have been scammed by 6 different places this last one I got today and the other one same place 2 days ok but we lose any money cause called first three of them were cashier checks recent one is for Budweiser u also need to watch out for loan company cause one deposited money in our account and was no good bank closed our account these people are preying on this time always on the was that need and disabled shame on them and carma will get them back worse we went to police station and they as long as no money lost nothing they could do calling cashier check from Budweiser tomorrow cause is down always call and check if funds are good very p offed

I haven't received the check yet but yes, card on international inc, email : Robertsmile0921 is the email communicating to me!

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