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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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Does anyone know if “only Orange juice” is a scam? I got a text saying I would get $500 for putting a decal on the door of my car. Should I send them my location?

If they are texting you, it’s a scam. Companies don’t do that.

The texts started by saying that Budweiser wanted to pay me for advertising by a car wrap. They have said in a letter to put the check in my bank account. Today I recieved a check (with a water mark) and I let them know I had it. They wanted me to go to the ATM and deposit. A deposit slip I was told to keep for my records. They said when the check went through for this I would get a$200 Amazon gift card. I believed that this is real until they urged me to deposit it through my ATM.

I completely agree! When they try to pressure you to deposit check via the ATM it is a scam.
Im definitely going to file. We should ALL file to make something happen against such evil doers.

I've been getting texts over the last few days from "Mc Cafe logo advertising".. says they'll pay me $500/week + $50 weekly for gas, to drive around with their "tiny logo decal"... they're wanting me to reply with full name &address so they can send 1st check...umm no I'm smarter than that.

Thank God my boyfriend warned me. I'm unemployed. I almost got scammed twice!! First one was for an at home Customer service representative job. The guy was super pushy and the interview was on hangout. He wanted me to deposite a check to buy equipment Asap. It felt to good to be true so told him no. Now recently got contacted for Energy drink Rock star. They sent me a $3500 check and want me to deposit so that someone can come and put decals on for payment of $500 a month. Again to good to be true. Ughhh, so frustrating because it would help out my situation . What stinks the most is how so easy for people to get scammed. Especially at this rough time that we are going through.

I was just a apart of this possible scam. Been communicating back and forth "through text" by someone who calls themself Melvin Jones. It's supposed for Toshiba. They want me the check for 2,395 dollars and I'm only supposed to keep 400 for myself. I deposited through my mobile banking by taking a picture of it. And then my intuition just told me to call the back that's on the check which was from Bank of Tennessee and spoke with someone who said the check was invalid. So I then called my bank to notify them. I can't believe people. And yes, I truly was counting on this extra money to pay my bills and take care of my children with. I'm gonna trash the check. I honestly was already apprehensive about it because the person never reached out through a phone call. Only text. And then when I saw the check I was even thinking that it could be a bomb or something. This world is full of deceitful people. But I pray that nothing else comes of this. I spoke with me bank and made them aware. And basically once the check goes through as invalid from my bank they said they will send me out a letter and then a second letter in the form of a check but not to cash it because it's invalid. Has this happened to anyone this year? Its June 3rd 2020

The one I got was to shrink wrap my car for video games I got a check for 4 thousand 500 for me.since they had my phone number they were text me can't they trace any of this?

I received a message and mailed the check to me, but I did not give it to the bank.The phone number is 4022840839, don’t be fooled.

iwanr to snd the checks back along with the letter that cam with it
,whee do I send ir????

I am ready check been deposit

+1 (877) 336-9209 this number texted me recently about a Starbucks ad to wrap my vehicle for money

a start-up check for $4900 issued to me, mailed to me , I'm required to deposit the check into my bank account and from there wire payment to installer, of course, deducting my first weeks pay. As soon as the installer receives the money they will schedule an appointment with you to install the wrap. then reconfirm address. The bank account thing got HINKY!!! My experience. Thank God I googled the question!

A guy contact me saying that it’s a job from Burger King and he sent me a check for more than 2600 and he wants me to wire money to the “company” who will wrap my truck

I received a text offering to pay me $700 per week to allow them the wrap my vehicle in logos for Dr Pepper. The form they were asking me to fill out asked for my name,Address DOB, name of my bank and make/model of my vehicle. The alarm bells immediately went off. Way too much personal information.

Thank you I actually reached out to them by searching it on google. But I did finally get a fed tracking number today and directions to deposit the check and everything else that you said for Dasani water. When this check arrives I am taking it to the police department.

I got One from sensitive 9 to face and they're gonna give me enough money to pay to have the decals on and my 1st week pay he but I don't have to pay anything out of my pocket to get it done or anything does this company sound like a scam or does it sound legit because this not having me make all that money out of my pocket

This just happened to me but the check never came and I told them I thought it was a gimmick and have not heard anything else. Stay safe

I received a letter from Fitbit vehicle wrap service, with a Hawaii national bank cashier check for $2500.00 . Wondering if this is a scam? I

I was sent a check from car wrap and they dont require i send money anywhere. They say they are sending aomeone to my house to install the wrap. ????????

Allegedly,
"Aquafina" is now trying to get people to put a decal on your vehicle. Why do they need your age and name of your bank?
Hmmmm because it's a scam

This scam is still going on. I was contacted through a text message about doing a car wrap. Sounded good, but when I received my first check before the wrap was applied for more than the agreed amount. The alarms went off and it is a certified check. I do not pay anyone else out of funds to be paid to me. It is a big indicator of a scam.

There is no easy money. These people blew up my cell during the pandemic. Who with a soul would prey on humans during the worst times of their life I SAID I WILL NOT DO THIS UNLESS I TALK TO SOMEONE AT "BANG ENERGY DRINKS " COMPANY AND WHY DON'T YOU PAY THE DETAILER? I thought I finally scared them away but a week later I got a check FedExd to me. I called Bang & left a message, then shredded the check. I can see young kids falling for this and not telling their parents.

They use someone’s phone number to send scams to a whole lot of people at once. Then your phone blows up with half of the people texting STOP. I called the number that sent out 24 messages all at once to everyone. The phone number answered with a man named Brian on the voice message. He replied to the string saying delete. If they are using someone else’s number, then how did “Brian” text on the string of people? Hmmmm

What about dasani is it a scam for advert on car

I just got a message from Rockstar energy drinks an they said they pay 930 bi-weekly an someone comes to put it on an its all completely free but they did want my email, phone #,name,age,an sex . Has anyone heard about this one an if it's real or not ?

I received a check for Aquafina. I thank everyone for sharing their experiences

I just got a check for 1870.30 with this same thing I deposited it and of course I'm going to wait for it to clear but I had no idea it was a scam. Shame on you people. Didn't get my money ha ha.

Beware of the zip fizz energy drink Wrap Advert Program. It’s definitely a scam!!!
They will send you a cashier’s check $1950.35 and instructions for how to deposit into your account and keep for yourself $450 and get American Express $500 x 3 make copies of front and back and then text them. Please!!! Warning!! Do not do it! Report it!! So others can be aware!!!

I just received a check for 2000 out of which I keep 450 for my first payment and then put remainder 1550 on a cashapp, zelle or American Express gift card to pay the wrap specialist agency to put a Breyer's ice cream wrap on my car. The check is from a title company in Florida and the number to text back is a new Jersey number. Thank you for all your comments because I think this is another one of those scams.

I got the same scam on my phone, it offered me $660. a week plus put $1900. in my bank. Send them back $600. Ya right !

I got a fed ex package with a check for $4,950 telling me that I was an applicant for a car wrap campaign. I am to deposit the check then text copy and email a copy as proof of deposit to them. Tells me that an amount is for my weekly pay (no amount given) and the rest is for the car wrap. Checked the name of the entity check was written on (Washing International School) of course it does not exist. Surprise Surprise

Yesh... but how can the bank even cash a fake check or wire it.... I recieved one for $3500... and how do the criminals get paid if they are writing the checks???

I got one from frito lay last month and this month with the exact same information. Both had a cashiers check for $3970.00. Pretty sure this is a scam. I didn't deposit the first check because I wasn't sure my vehicle would make it to the "local installer" I were to have to report too.

I received a check today for 2499.75. They didn’t ask to wire money yet but I knew it was too good to be true. I deposited the check already and now I’m thinking of just closing my account altogether.

Does anyone know if halo top creamery texting me a link randomly for an application saying they will pay me $500 a week to have a sticker on my back window?

Just got this scam in the form of a GROUP TEXT message with 20 random numbers. Still happening in 2020. Monster Energy car wrap scam.

I got one tonight from Rowdy Energy Drink international versatile advertisement. Asked for an ID I asked for their iD, I s risky got a DL back from a girl that supposedly lives in West Virginia names, I sent them an old Texas issued private security ID with my DOB blacked out. They kept on wanting my Paypal routing and account number. I played stupid like I wasn’t very tech savvy and didn’t know anything about PayPal. I appreciated her sending her DL but told her honestly all I see is your hands how do I know this is truly you and not a fake or stolen ID? I asked for some proof the she really worked for HR for this Rowdy Drink company, also it’s almost 11pm who sends text messages to potential employees at this hour? Anyway never can be to careful!

Received message but they wanted my bank information! Always, if it’s too good to be true, IT IS!

I received an email stating if I would be interested in a car wrap for Dr Pepper. I hesitated but agreed, 1 week later I received a check for $3650 which is my payment and the balance for a technicians fee to come install decal. Have I been scammed

You haven't been scammed (yet) until you send them money or give them too much information (bank account, etc). Their check is no good. Just trash it.

I got a text a week or so ago about having a car vinyl put on for RC Cola and driving around for $500 per week for 16 weeks. The check just came in today for $1425.62 and I was told to deposit it and pay half the check to the graphic design person through either cashapp or zelle. At first I was super excited, until a friend convinced me to look into it to see if it were actually real. That’s when I found this article and immediately texted the guy, Philip Cook, and told him thanks but no thanks. Make sure to watch out for the numbers 2052362749 and 2057842499

I just received a check for almost $3,500 have my car wrapped you know I'm going through a lot of financial difficulty right now and I'm on furlough and it sounded like a good idea but I believe it's a scam what do people do about this I just got it today andhe's texting me in trying to ask when am I going to deposit the check I need to let them know what are you suggesting I do about this

I just recieved check for 4600 suppose to deposit in bank. Keep 500 for dr. Pepper wrap. Telling me pay the rest to person coming to wrap car. I know better than this scam. Ck will go to police station with Kelvin Drake claims he's the HR manager auto wrap. But email chris young then text Kevin seems like a big scam.

I got a check by a ups driver today telling me the same thing to pay the person and keep the rest of money myself so what do I do with the check ?

So did anyone at all deposit the check and then just wait to see what happens? If it is bad what are the repercussions if the funds are still in the bank?

I fell for this vehicle was ad three times. I rece

I had this happen but I waited few days and sure enough the check bounced.
I only lost $19.00 for the return check charge from my bank.
I would like to get that back.

ok so like a fool I received one of these text messages from now energy I filled out the info to sign up to ha e my car wrapped and received a check yesterday didn't get it to the bank until today no money has been removed it's still there but they are hounding me to send a cashiers check as things went today which was horrible. my car ran out of gas stuck inside of it hot as hates for an hour or so and I wasn't going to spend any of it thank goodness I didn't but what do I do now just wait or should I call and inform the bank? and if so of what a fraudulent check I deposited don't need that kinda drama

I received a text today from primetime06@ telling me I can make $500 weekly just for putting a Blue Bell Ice Cream decal on my car. I was to send them my full name; address, city, state, zip code; phone number; vehicle model; and an e-mail so that they can process my first week payment asap.

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