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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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Yes I am in contact with a person now that just sent me a check for $2600.00 I haven't deposited it yet but I am supposed to today. They have only asked for a copy of the receipt with all my info blacked out before I text them a copy. I think they offered me $500 and the rest would go to pay for the wrap. It's supposed to be for MTN Dew. I want to help catch these creeps so if anyone that can legally try to trace them I will do what ever I need to do to help it happen if it can happen

My sister is dealing with the recent suicide of her husband, the reemergence of cancer, and being unfairly fired from her job, as well as a pending lawsuit she has had to file against her former employers, to go along with this the current quarantine has made it impossible for her to get work, and in her desperation she fell victim to one of these slime balls. Is there any thing that can be done?

This has happened to me several times, getting these offers. They also use the scam as a mystery shopper. I already do mystery shopping for a legit company so knew it was a SCAM!!!

Have you heard of IZZE sparkling juice? They just sent a check to me today for $1850. to have my car wrapped. I feel as if this is a scam! Do you have any information on whether this is light or not?

I just received a check for $2000! It’s supposedly from Buffalo Wild Wings to do a decal wrap on my car!! I’m sure this is a scam...

I just received one that says GET PAID TO DRIVE WITH NEOPOLATION ICE CREAM. They said they sent a check that I'm supposed to take out 500 and send the rest to the decal company and that they are going to pay me $500.00 a week to drive around with this logo. The guys name is a Mr Nelson Lorris.

I contacted frito lay due to a scam i fell for it cost me 3 thousand dollars and thats how far in the neg i am now and being on disability its made impossible to fix it so had hoped frito lay would help me sense i sent them everything but guess they wont only reply i got was thanking me for letting me know about the scam with their name lol gezzzz have a heart help a person out...

Received a text message with a car wrap offer from the “Hershey Candy Company@$400 a week for simply driving routinely. 1st off.. Hershey is a Marrs Company . 2nd.. sounds to easy to be true. Scam

If in doubt look up the company that makes the product and call them and ask if they have a program that pays people to shrink wrap your car. They will tell u if it's a scam or not. Most likely it's a scam. I just got one for Rush Energy drink. It's a scam. I can also tell it's a scam because there are several spelling mistakes. No ligit company will have the mistakes I'..ve seen. So be smart.

Is Amp Energy Drink which is offering to car wrap your car for the driver to make $600 per month for real?

No its not

I just received a check for almost 5,000.00 saying they would pay me to wrap a decal on my car. Check looks real seemed legit. But to good to be true. The name on the envelope that came in the mail is Southern Company from Atlanta Georgia and the check is from citizens Bank in cheekowaga New York it all at first looked so real so people please be very very careful money that good and that easy isn't real.

I just received from her she’s candy company. To wrap car deal. They need jail time

There is a car wrap scam ran by a guy named Bowen Green.Use caution with this one.

I was just working with someone I deposited check told them I’m having people look into this does the bank charge you to deposit check if it’s bad?

Just received a check for $5000, they have not asked for anything from me yet, I suspected it was a scam but decided to play along as long as they asked nothing from me. Once the check arrived I called monster energy and the bank the check came from and they both said it’s a scam. I sent the check to the bank they said they will forward it to the FBI.so now I’m waiting to hear back from the scammer to find out how they expected to profit from this.

I received a text from Mc Cafe asking me to reply with the words (NEXT) for more information about advertise their sign on my car while I was going about my daily driving . Said I would b paid $500 a week for 3 months. And the sign would be easily removed and would not harm the paint on my bike or car. When I replied they asked for my full name and mailing address to get my first check processed quickly. I did not respond to it. They did not mention depositing the money at this point but I feel sure that would have been the next instructions. Thank you for posting these other experiences for others to see!!

Did recived an text message to offer me the same potato chips wrap for lays company and FAGO INTRRNATIONAL
THE elephone numbers was
Wrap scam1 >714-276-1979 that one for layes potato chips for amount of $1929.99
Wrap scam 2>701-309-8559 this one for pepsico holdings with total of $3400

The both scammers have another phone base verification which is 434-288-0623

They do send those checks and asking in urging to cash them out or deposite them to my bank acount. Which i did ...
Also i have contacted my chase bank to report this fraudulent checks when the both numbers start to ask to wire money to some bogus wrapping companies name .

Peopel be aware ...
I have posted their numbers so every one be a careful up there .

Yes I got two checks from monster one from Dr. pepper now I got a little far from Häagen Dazs the Häagen-Dazs is pretty new so just be careful nobody give me nothing God bless y’all

I just saw the request in my messages and decided to ask Google because it was to good to be true... and sure enough y'all verified it was., so thanks

My Daughter just got a check in the mail from one of those So Called Car wrap venders....My Husband said ask if they do W2 forms ....for taxes and is there withholding for car use...Not A Response Yet...But we Tried to tell her not to deposit or expect a real product or pay.....That's when I looked and saw the Fraud alert..Thanks For The Alerts
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My scammers name is Scott Fuller from Tucson Arizona. $400 a week for Worldlife Water sticker on my door. Received almost a $5,000 check written on Bank of America from Reliant Energy in Houston Texas. Worldlife Water is in Colorado where it is supposed to be clear crisp Mountain water. Their water comes from a filthy part of Georgia. Not Colorado. And Relant Energy is a gas company unaffiliated with Worldlife Water.

Hi! I am receiving a mail from the company a drink, they send my a check it like 2,900 something,they tell me to deposit the money on my bank.. or they ask me if I did deposit allready but I said no not yet.. coz I was thinking is scam...I am not so sure if the check is original or a fake so I told them I don’t have a bank account..

I just saw this job posting on governmentjobs.com. Job postings on here can be professional careers, for someone who is looking to "get their foot in the door" an add like this can be misleading. I wonder how I can report it.

Mcafee coffee offered me 800 weekly to represent their logo Kevin Ozan messaged me is this for real

I just got a check for $3900 from Awkwafina saying that they would give me that weekly as long as I put a decal on my car the check looks very very legit but after reading all this I don’t know. Can’t the bank tell you if the check is real or what not so nothing comes back on you?

Thanks for the info

I received an email from "Gillette" as a car advert... They said they will send me a check... Thanks God I read this first!! I will keep the check as a medal.

I received a check from Hermes priority mail today for $3750.00 from a real bank. Still a scam? I haven’t done anything with it.

What if you never wire the money will you owe the bank the amount of money you never wired

Received a check $1850.00 from Escrows, Inc to wrap my car door’s with Sweet Treat Ice Cream logo. They told me to deposit the check keep $800.00 and the balance was for the wrap company.
The check was sent from City of Huntsville 1212 Avenue M
Huntsville Tx 77340. By Fed Ex.
The check from Escrows Trust Account
4000 W Magnolia Blvd, Suite H
Burbank,Ca 91505.
Citizens Business Bank
Specialty Banking Group 90-3414/1222.
I’m sure this is a scam and will not deposit the check, so glad I checked this out before I went through with it. Promised $800.00 per week made me wonder if it was a scam or not.

Got one to Red Bull I get one at least once a week

I decided to check this company out about putting the wrap on my car. The guy sent me a check for about $1,300 and I was supposed to deposit it and send somebody money to put the rap on so I told him I couldn't deposit the check at first because it was a holiday weekend and the bank would not be open again until Monday. He wanted me to just drop it in a bank it one of those deposit Aries but I told him I didn't want to do that. So fortunately my next door neighbor is a bank teller and I went and asked her about it and she told me that these people are scam artists and that they never do what they say they're going to do and they only want to take you for however much money they can get their hands on and the bank has no recourse so if you deposit a check from these scoundrels they will just rip off your bank account and then it will be closed for future use and you will have to pay the bank back all that money so be extremely careful don't do it just tear it up and tell the guy or whoever that you tore it up and you don't want anything else to do with that. The man had the audacity of telling me that he was going to turn me in to the police because I kept his money and I was trying to rip him off even though I had told him I will not deposit your checks. So I finally told him that my husband wanted to speak to him immediately and I never heard another word from him . Thank God!

continued-- in this day and age of internet information, LOOK UP THE COMPANY NAME OR PERSON POSTING THE OFFER! The product my hiring manager used was ROCK STAR....a Google search leads to the exact scam, CAR WRAPS
I am going to pursue this with the Postal Service fraud department. This is the 2nd scam !!! The first one, I actually fl for it and got cleaned out for $1600.00. I know better now

I’m in the midst of this right now. They text every day to tell me the check has cleared my bank. I always tell them I’m waiting a week for it to clear their bank. I’m supposed to pay the installer when he comes to wrap my car ???

I got a Minster wrap scam. My bank is great about detecting frauds. The name used is Lawrence Hill (515)789-0774 Lawrencehill022

My mom just got one from pepsodent and to wrap her car she got a $2,400 check and they taste it and want to make sure that we wanted to do it and then I started looking up about it and seeing it was fake thank God for yall on here I then deposited the check in the bank how do I go about getting it out of my account

Mine was for Frito Lay. What a ripoff.

Got a check for 4,987.65 supposedly from Capri-Sun Name on Check: CHRISTIAN DOUGLAS, 1st national bank OK. I'm in Tucson , AZ, enclosed letter plain white paper no letterhead - what a joke

I received a check today it came from a bass shop in Florida but the check is from Wisconsin and it was for 2620.00 from Amp Energy to put on my vehicle they told me to deposit it into my account and send a picture of the deposit and my fund should be there in 24hrs is it a scam

This happened to me

I responded to one of these "car wrap" things from Dr Pepper. We're to pay me $1000.00 biweekly. Sent me a check for $4050.00, I was to keep $1000.00 and send the rest to the person who was going to do the wrap. I thought it was some kind of scam, even told the guy (Slaven) that I thought it was a scam. He assured me it was not. Just got the check from Fed-x today...like two hours ago. The guy just messaged me asking why I haven't contacted him yet! Some nerve!

I responded to an ad for M&M car wrap. $500 a week. Was very leary when I had gotten the check overnighted. Too many addresses and areas involved. I questioned and they had another phone number to text to expedite the check. They assured me it was Valid. I did a mobile deposit and was asked to check to see if it cleared so they could make the appointment. I got a very uneasy feeling and checked my bank. Nope nothing cleared and Im thankful. Said nope not today my banks very good about fraudulent transactions perhaps it will clear Monday. Well I checked Monday am first thing. Nothing whew ok Im safe. Then after the bank opens I checked again. Negative 1600 the check was for 1900. I almost died immediately called my bank and explained everything. She said please take it easy we already flagged it once the deposit was made. Nothing has come from your account. I said please do something to stop this from happening. They are working with the federal fraud department. An hour later I heard from the guy yet again. I explained I have a wonderful bank that protects their customers and have turned everything over to the fraud department. Never got a response!! In these times looking for employment these scammers go beyond elaborate schemes. Please don't be like I was thinking WOW this is great. I can get ahead!! Yeah that is what they are counting on. You to be so desperate that you will deposit the money so they get theirs!! DON'T DO IT!!!!

my husband recently applied for a car wrap job and it was for red ribbon soda drink. i did research and found this site and i also reached out to the company listed on the check and the company listed on the check confirmed that they were indeed a victim of identity theft. thankfully we did not deposit the check into our bank account. i wanted to post this so no one else falls victim to this scam.

Email I received today- Good day. Just wanted to let you know that you qualify for this AQUAFINA® Advertisement Job opportunity you apply for, your information has been received. Below are some questions you need to answer before we can proceed.

NOTE BOARDS (1/4)

1.. How long do you intend to carry the advert on your vehicle? 1 or 3 months..
2.. Have you crashed a car between January 2020 till date?
3.. Send a picture of vehicle.
4.. Do you drive your car daily?

Please Note that a Check will be send to you to cover your first week Upfront salary of $800. And also The Graphic Artist Agent fund will be include, When you receive it you are to deduct your first week payment of $800, i am offering you extra $100 for your stress then forward the rest to Graphic Artist Agent who will come and install the AQUAFINA® LOGO on your vehicle, The further Instruction to guide you to get started easily with the payment will be send to you immediately after you confirm you receive and understand the content of this Message

I........Confirm to have received this email and understand the
content to go further

Thanks and Best Regards.

We got an email from Nokia saying they would pay $499 per week to advert on our vehicle. Then, when the rep contacted us the amount went down to $400 a week. No biggie we went further still...We would normally not be ok with tainting our family ride with advert graffiti. However, times are different and we saw this as the kismet powers at work helping provide for our family and keeping us together,home and safe... Nope. Not today.
My husband took the $1,900 check to Walmart customer service and they wouldn't cash it. There is a bank in this particular Walmart. They ran verifications on the check and said it didn't clear and refused to give the check back... The bank that the check was supposedly from is Old Second Bank. I don't know if they are a part of the scam or just another victim.... People from the scam are still contacting us. They keep texting on different numbers with different area codes after we already told them the bank kept the check. They haven't set up a time to wrap. They just keep messaging about getting the money in a bank acct.
What saddens me most is that people are out there taking advantage of people at a time when we should be reaching out and helping each other. We have 5 children under our roof, 2 already on their own in the world and a grand baby on the way. I have many many family related things to occupy my time with and feel robbed of precious,irretrievably lost time with my family because of this. We also had gotten sucked in to a Facebook marketplace RV scam. We were so excited and planned our life around getting it. We got to the point of almost sending money and looked it up on Facebook scams page. Most of the time, if you are feeling like something is too good to be true,follow your gut instinct,it probably is... Look up a name in the Google search bar and 99% of the time you will find the answer you are looking for. That's what has saved us both times.
Thank you to those that have posted messages like this to help others not get duped. Good Luck! Stay safe!

Thank you for the good advice. I was about to fall for the scam. The money sounded good. Thank you again.

This is a message I received this morning, May 21st:

"1 of 8 FRM:Michael Axelrod MSG:_ Thank you for your reply and interest in taking part in our advertising campaign for the New Zero Ultra (Con't) 2 of 8 Monster Energy Drink. We are searching for candidates, because we offer to pay $500 a week for a span of 3 months. Get paid by (Con't) 3 of 8 submitting your full name, mailing / street address, city, state, zip code & email address. We'd like some information regarding (Con't) 4 of 8 the vehicle, make, model and year to better assist us with our selection and decision process. Upon which we can notify you if (Con't) 5 of 8 chosen. If your application is selected , your check will be sent to you via mail. As for the installation, a technician will be desi More?" They didn't even bother to properly finish the message. No need, I will not be pursuing this so called "opportunity" anyway. They seem to have gotten more savvy, sending the scam through a message center instead of directly from a cell phone number. Interesting.

I wish they could do something about these people the internet has turned into a tool to rip people off every body has a check for you I close about 40 things aday with somebody wanting to give me money the internet has turned into something really bad the like going after older people

My son applied over a year ago for one of these scams to wrap his car, same scenario they sent a check and were pushy about depositing it. I started researching all the addresses, their were three different states . Come to find out their adress was a construction company in Florida. I talked to them and they said they called the police many times about their adress being used. Any way we shredded the check and will informed the texter we would not be part of his scam. Fast forward to this morning, my son got another yellow enveloped delivered by FedEx. We have moved since last scam so no clue about how they got our new adress. But again he received a cashier check for 2950 same sonario asking him to deposit the check and so fourth. This time the check comes from Downey Federal credit union in CA. Check comes from a tavis Williams. Just thought I would add this here.

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