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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 a text for dr pepper, they had a website that looked legit but I noticed some grammatical errors that gave me red flags. Glad I googled this before doing anything!

I received a text for advertisement for AMP Energy they were supposed to send a check for 2600 dollars and I was to sent them back 2 one thousand dollar money orders but the check never came

I'm currently involved in involved in one of these scams and I would like to work with law enforcement to bring them to justice.

Please reach out to me

Ron Smith
602-596-****
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They just sent me that email and want to pay me $3550 for me to wrap my car. Part of it’s for me and part of it to pay the company to wrap my car

I received a check from red bull for 3200 do I reported to Better business Bureau.

727-350-2613, claims to be John Ambrose advert guy for Budweiser. Original number 404-757-2628 asks you to advertise on your vehicle, earning $1,000 a week, min. 6 weeks

I am currently being emailed by someone named John Ambrose at 1-978-364-9671, please don't tell me it's a scam?

I jus got a cashier check is it a scam can I cash this check

Dasani water company is in on it too. Just got a check for over 2 grand. $500 was supposed to be mine and the rest to the wrap company. I started asking all kinds of questions like why did they have a package that is sent from a medical group, the guy on the other end, named Carlos Lucas, had all the answers. I finally just told him to go away, and that I would shred the check. The phone number is from Nevada 1.702.625.5750.

So I to am currently dealing with those so called Carlos Lucas person they sent me aa check for 2500 and some change, he or she won't answer my calls or my texts asking questions and the check is in a companies name that isn't dasani water.

I put my application in for the Monster Energy , and they sent me a check in the amount of 4,850.88 with a letter saying to deposit and keep 800.00 for my self and the other 4000.00 would be forwarded to the graphic artist, well they continued to e-mail me to see if I had deposited the check and I told them that I was going to talk to a bank officer to confirm that the check was legit, and they said that that was an insult and not to utter such statements again, (REALLY) so what ligament company would say that to someone. so I then said that if they would give me the name of the company that would be wrapping my car, then maybe we could move forward, and they said the they had their own Artist to install the decal's, so they are giving you money just to pay their own people, such a SCAM.
don't do it, I was smart enough to try and figure it out. Oh an I did call the bank and the funds were available, but I believe they wait for you to deposit and then they withdraw the monies so that when the check actually hits their bank it's not there.
Do not fall for these Scams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, My God this coludn't have come at a better time...I just recived a check for 3650...the guy will be here to put they sticker on my car tommarow...Thank God, I LOVE DR.PEPPER!!!
Long time trust worthy company just bought me a horse and possiably a car...Great for them cause we drive all day right by the beach!!

I got one of these today by email. Totally obvious scam. The number that texted me was 989-284-8586. They offered me $500 per week to put a small decal or sticker on my car. The link was from an obscure link shortener. Completely fake, the whole thing. I hope no one falls for any of these.

Izze Sparkling Juice will pay $550 weekly for their auto wrap logo ad...
“We will send each qualified candidate a Prepaid Debit Card or through direct deposit to your account which the weekly payment will automatically get credited on Friday of every week.”

Just got a cashier's check for $3,560 from Shark Energy Drink sent priority mail. I got angry and texted the number on the letter and told them I didn't want to be in their scam. I blocked the number after I laid them out. I hope they don't try something with me. I am keeping the letter and check as evidence in case they do something.

They tried to scam me this exact same way with Emery drink logo, just today I’m glad I picked upon it before I gave them the name of my bank. . I am so sick of these scammers! Something has to be done about them!! I’m getting sick of them every time I pick up the phone or read a text!!!

I am receiving those text as if right now. It started yesterday and I knew it was a scam. But I'm just playing along to see how far they will go. Wish there was a way that could just get them. They target elder the people who who needs money and right now especially with Covid19 happen and everybody need money fast. I'm just hoping I can someone to really come out to me. Oh they'll be back in touch in a couple days

I also received an email promising $500 a week and citing the hardships we all may be facing (2020) Pandemic. Job losses, etc

Only asked for name, address and demographic info to contact.
DO NOT PROVIDE INFO!!!! BE SAFE!

I recieved a phone message regarding an offer to have my car wrapped for $500 per week for 3 months with an ad for Starbucks. I'm in dire straits like a lot of Americans currently, and stupidly filled out the form and hit send before my brain engaged and I realized it was most likely a fishing scam. Luckily, all I'd given was my name, address, and year of car make. Is there any chance the offer was legitimate?

Just got this. 10/19/2020. There at it again. Bud light.

Just got one for Fresca, the check for $1985 has no markings of being legit. Checked routing number, it's not found to any bank. Even the verbiage screams fake. It also came from a different location than it claims it did and when you search anything regarding it-nothing comes up or it's mismatching info. Just be aware and smart about things. If it seems too good to be true, it is!

I received a text message from someone claiming to work for Aquafina and wanting to wrap my vehicle with advertisements. I thought it was legitimate, until the person started sending me long text messages, and mentioning a large check that will be delivered to me in a few days, along with other info listed on this site regarding fraud indicators present in so called "part time advertising" campaign with company. Name given to me and phone number of fraudster is: Mr. Tony Gray, Ph# 262-236-6226.

This is the message I got. Decided to check it out and found this info. Sounded too good to be true.

HELLO,Drive your car/truck with our company logo by the doorside OR BACK WINDOW and earn 500.00 weekly.CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO READ MORE AND APPLY.... zfrmz. com/ p30Xy n2C2Gs HfglbBAOQ

Yup, this happened to me 3 wks ago wth C4 energy drink by coke but coke wasnt the ones who did it. Check came for 2,000 , i put it in my bank got cash, now im paying bank back and now im behind on rent. Go figure...i was scamped.

What about someone who says they are going to pay you $500 a week if you will put a sticker advertisement on your car from jacquelineray193?

I got sent a bogus check so just remember if they are not collecting info like w2 or w4 to report income on you for tax purposes... then they are scammers!!!!!

I just received for purell

I just received a text message and email from the Anheuser Busch Car Wrap Advertisement Campaign and then a follow up email. I replied that I am not interested as this is a scam. Thanks for all the great information - almost fell for it.

I received the following fro (352) 232-0347:
Hi, Could you allow BANG® ENERGY DRINK to put a 15 inches by 12 inches" sticker on your CAR/TRUCK /bike and get 400 Dollars weekly? if you're interested click angel lakeith3 .wixsite.c for more information, hanks.

Block this number 1-330-987-5688. Got a text about Mountain Dew stick make $500 for a driving advertisement. I was one of 10 text. Scam!

I’m being texted from a number +1 (915) 245-4519 saying all of what y’all posted. I didn’t accept, I told them not interested

1 almost fell for it : they sent me a check for 4800.00 dlls.
very tempting .. but too good to be true.

Just received an offer from Cadbury for $400 a week to skin my Jaguar. Going to correspond with Jeremy Fernandez@ until I get enough information to report and nail him.

I recently received a text message about sponsoring Pureboost Energy Drink & I’m starting to wonder if it’s a real thing.

Just got a check for $4500. My share is supposedly $600. Does it really take $3900 to wrap my car? Hahaha... thanks to everyone for all the info. I’m shredding the whole package!

I got a text from somebody who gave me a link to a 1-2-3 forms site and an application to have my car completely wrapped with a Mountain Dew advertisement. I thought why would Mountain Dew do advertisement through a third party on a cheesy forms site? So I went to Google and searched "Mountain Dew auto wrap, is it legitimate" and found this site. Thanks for the information ...I never even filled out the form as a result, so I didn't respond and blocked that number. They were offering $500 a week for this and I thought that's got to be too good to be true. $2,000 a month something you could live on Just for driving around in my local town a logo on my car? Pretty ridiculous but it's amazing how brazen the scammers have gotten! Thanks for the site to confirm!

I just got a 4,550 check FedEx 'd to me to . Boy I was so close to cashing it lol.

This is still going on. Received check today for $2600. They wanted me to deposit immediately. I checked with rogue credit union in Medford Oregon. They did not issue the check. Said it is a scam

Drive with Burger King Logo Car Wrap Scam: (11/15/2020 - up-to-date):
Please be very careful!
1. They send you text message
2. They send you an email
3. Confirm your cell number and address
4. Send a check through the Priority Mail to your address and with your names on the check $2,965, you get to keep the $500.00 and rest of money needs to be use for car wrap
5. Every month you get $500.00 payment for 2-3 months
6. They tell you to deposit the check immediately
In Conclusion:
I did get check $2,695.00 with my name on it and it was issued from Community 1st Credit Union ( I just got check on 11/29/2020) and I am not going to deposit the check to my bank account. -Emily

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