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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 had a man 'Wayne Denison' 1-601-436-9249 try to do this to me! He over nighted me a cashier's check for $3,850.00 to wrap my car for McCafe. I took the check straight to the bank it supposedly came from CHASE and turned it into them with all of this guys information because of course it was completely faked!!! I hope this can be stopped and I hope I was able to help in some way to get it done!!! How horrible some people can be!

I applied for what I thought would be a great opportunity to make some easy money.
Received a substantial check instructing me to imediately deposit then send a picture of the deposit slip back to them. Keep the weekly amount plus $50.00 for gas the purchash a gift card for the wrap installer. ( Red Flags started waving). That's when I contacted my consperierist son to have him to directed me to this website.
Well then I sent an email to the number (234-956-0761) that told me to deposit the check: "Read the Federal Trade Commission report on your scan. Will shred the check right now!"

Dunkin Donuts is now being added to this list. Not falling for it.

I received a text message just now from Jason Garton from 6195581800 asking to have my car wrapped by Langers Juice Company. He wants to have someone come to my home or work to wrap my car in this ridiculous looking sticker. I told him to send me information and he advised he's providing all the information now. We don't even have that juice around here. This is the 3rd car wrap scam this week. The other two sent me fake checks. Wish they'd use their efforts to do something good.

I just got a check for 4850.00
I cashed it and deposited 4000 in the bank of America I have the boucher.
OMG I cannot believe I fell into it.
I Should have asked my kids about this before .
My daughter sent me this information.
She got really upset .

Now they are using Dr Pepper also, getting notified by phone text.

This happened to my son and when I contacted the bank it was supposedly from they told me that they could not give out info and told me to deposit it and see what happens. I deposited it and was told we could withdraw a portion of the check immediately but had to wait for the check to clear for the rest. We left it untouched then 4 days later it was all gone when bank said it was a fraud check so the removed the full thing from my account

I was sent 2 checks for 2450.00 to just put a fit fitbit car decal on my car. As soon as the check came I knew it was fake. Most checks come with a check stub and if I'm being paid to advertise Fitbit why would a check come from Los Angeles Audit Department and the envelope have a return address of St John's Orange Hospital . These scammers are getting lazy!! Never got the fitbit but the next morning they message my phone asking if it had been delivered and if my check was deposited I replied Nope never did receive it and your checks bogus good day I know where your at.

I was just scammed TODAY from auto wrap wanting to place a Red Bull bumper sticker on my car. They wanted me to deposit the money and let them know immediately when I do. I reported it to the FTC.

red bull shrink wrap scam. sent check from company in texas. no bank will take check. said they were from red bull

It happened to me in the Louisville area and many more

Dr. Pepper Car Wrap is a scam. Offering 700.00 weekly for 3 months 1st payment is a check I got for 1790.00. 700.00 my first week then text says they will tell me where to send the 1090.00 to the specialist. They don't want me to go to the bank want check electronic deposit asap. I know my Bank only allows the first 200.00 to be available the rest once check clears
. This is how I really realized it was a scam.. The Check is from NY & Mailed from Mesa AZ I'm reporting it to the FTC & Posting on Facebook to help others from these scammers.

Received a check today for $3,750.00. Text instruction say keep 500 and have the rest ready to give to someone coming by to wrap. The check was mailed from Ft Lauderdale Florida, but the check is from a Masson Honda in NJ seems fishy to me

Well I had one of them hit me up right now I have a $2,499 check in my hand they told me to keep 500 and pay the decal guy to come put the decal on my car I have to pay him $2,000 the thing is they said they were from Cadbury chocolate and to let them know when I deposit the check I don't know how far is going to go from here but it's not fun to scam people if I can upload a picture I would show y'all they almost had me talked into going to cash it but I was going to ask the bank about it first

Im In the process of doing it right now I barely looked up if monster drink was really doing it and I seen all this I sent a money order today at 1pm est time at a post office . Is there anyway I can cancel that money order ? My bank is at - , because of this scam I really thought it was real

So I woke up and I got a text from red ribbon energy drink so I looked it up and fount this page

There is one going around now with Worldlife Drinking Water. When I tried to research the company, this page came up. It’s truly frightening that this starts out as appearing legitimate and then gets weird. They asked for my CashApp LOGIN access, not just my Cashtag. Giving them LOGIN access would effectively give them access to my bank account! They retracted that request and offered to send me a check instead. Thanks for everyone’s input here, I had no idea this scam existed.

Just got an invitation to join into this 'wonderful' deal. If the grammar and punctuation wasn't enough to deter me....I Googled 'car wrap scam' and found this. Thanks for watching out for us!

This is crazy reading all of these comments because I just received the check for $4,880 telling me to keep $1, 000 and to give the installer the rest at that moment I knew it was a scam but then again I don't really know the check came through FedEx but I'm going to take some of you guys advice and go to my bank and tell them to put a hold on the check for at least 21 days and if it's still good and it clears I guess I just got a free 5000

What is you got a text and replied back to it with your address? Should I be concerned or is there anything I can do to protect myself after doing this dumb act? Thanks.

I almost bought into the scam for a wrap for my car. I notified my bank, told them the check looks legit*powers of photoshop*. Told The bank it a fake.
Now i have the scammers threatening me hahaha. "We have your information!" We need to know the status of the money, or we will notify the FBI."
They wont scare me with their tactics.

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Dolfin energy is trying to get me

SOMEONE HAS BEEN TEXTING ME ALL NIGHT THE PERSON SAID THAT HE IS THE MANAGER OF AMP ENERGY DRINK DEPARTMENT AND THAT THEY WANT TO WRAP MY CAR WITH THERE LOGO AND THAT THEY WILL MAIL ME A CHECK FOR THE AMOUNT OF $1,950 AND FOR ME TO KEEP $400 FOR THE 1ST WEEK OF HAVING THE WRAP ON MY CAR AND SEND THEM $1,550 THIS IS THE MESSAGE THEY SENT ME OF WHAT TO DO SO EVERYONE PLS DONT FALL FOR THIS SCAM.
Like I said you are receiving a sum of 1950 check. You are to deduct $400 for your first week. And you are to send the rest 1550 to the supplier for the materials needed for your car wrap offer.

Just got a group message saying that dunkin donuts will pay me $600 just to drive around with a DD decal on my car..... scammer

TALK ABOUT BEING A DOPE. I GOT THE TEXT FOR MONSTER ENERY DRINK . FINNALY AFTER MONTHS OF LOOKING AT I THOUGHT I WOULD TRY IT. WELL THE SAME THING HAPEND. GOT CHECK BY OVERNITE MAIL ,CASHED IT AN THEN SENT THE MONEY AS REQUESTD TO INSTALLER THRUGH PAYPAL. WELL NO TIME SET FOR INSTSLLER. A WEEK LATER THEY WITHDREW THE WHOLE AMOUNT OF $2500 THEN A NOTHER PARTY FOR A DECAL (I THOUGHT 2 DECALS WOULD BE BETTER THAN ONE) WILL THEY TOOK ANOTHER $2580 FROM MY BANK LEAVING ME DEEP IN BEBT. WISH I HAD SEEN YOUR POST FIRST. MY ALTERNATIVE IS TO SEND ALL THE INFO THAT I HAD PHOTO COPIED TO THE ATTORNEY GENERL OF MY STATE.

yes I'm glad to see this article as I was just ready to deposit a check from red ribbon soda for $3,500 for a wrapping of my car situation thank you for your information you've saved me a lot of headaches I'm sure

I received a promotional offer from Starbucks to wrap my car, thought it was legit til I found this site. Does anyone know if there’s a way to tell if this is truly fake? Does Starbucks do promotions like this with the public?

Breyer's wrap scam still going on, I got a check today for $2,850 saying to keep 850 and send the 2000 to the wrap company lol

I am awaiting a check for $3500 from Davies Scott (910)408-2346 for NAS Energy drink car wrap. It's a google voice number.

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