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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.

Scam Tags:  Job Scams

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Just received a weird text msg telling me to wrap my car with fitbit and get paid $600 a week. The text came from +1 567-303-8709 and it came with nine other phone numbers like a group of people. Very strange and I decided to check on chrome to see if it was a scam. The blood of Jesus has power!

The police department doesn’t care either. I know what it was but they said to throw it away. Now it I would have cashed it or put it in to my account they could charge me with money laundering, fraud, and a few others

I received a fake money order last week and yesterday I received a check from Charles Davies of Aquafina telling me to deposit the check immediately. No way! I know better not to be doing anything that looks to good. These 2 offers I received were done to drain my bank accounts and I refuse to let that happen, be careful!!

I received a check for 2950.69 told to deposit it, wait for it to clear, then keep my 1000, use the rest to pay the installer they send. I went to open a second account, not wanting them to have my bank info, but bank was too busy with relief checks last weekend. I went to a second bank, open a new account, told them about this check, they told me to research it, this is an old scam, they are right. I found this page, along with others. Phone number that tested me was 812 582 1637, check came from Texas, but bank was Northern Trust in Chicago, states the account was from University of Chicago... I thought maybe the college was handing marking for them? Wishful thinking, thats all....

I was taken by these scammers and my bank cleared the cashiers check, I made the deposit with the bank teller assisting me and went to wire the funds, the bank calls to tell me I owe them the money because the cashiers check was no good. I said the teller verified it and allowed me to withdraw from the account. The bank credit union closed my account because the teller didn't own up to her part in the transaction.

I just received a check in the mail today. Mine isn't a couple of thousands of dollars it's 4,800.00. My god the check looks real. It has all the safety features that a real check is supposed to have on it. He hasn't told me anything about sending part of it to anyone. Sure wish this wasn't a scam.

I just got a Nokia communications car wrap offer for 400/week, how do I know if it’s a scam off the bay?

Just received a check for 3,850$.. they want me to deposit it and keep my 800$ a week and the rest is for specialist to wrap car.. the correspondence is supposedly with Kevin Ozan, an EXEC with McDonald’s worth millions.. I deliriously doubt he would be texting me about a car wrap out of the blue... CMON MAN!! SCAM ALL THE WAY!! I’m sure people fall for everyday.. I DOUBT many banks actually cash this check though.. maybe sometimes with a mobile deposit. Seems unlikely.. too good to be true IS a thing

What about grapico soft drink has anyone received a text from this company

Got an offer for Kombucha vinyl wrap. Same song and dance as other comments. Gonna send me check for $1960. I’ll deposit and keep $500 and pay the vinyl sticker guy who will put it on. So glad I checked cuz it’s a scam. I’m gonna see if I get a check because I even asked the guy if it was legit, he said yes. If I get the check I’m reporting it.

I just got this scam also. Thanks I will not cash check.. I told them no once already.

Thanks for enlightened us on these scammers, I just received a text about advertising for utz foods, that sells veggie chips and healthy foods. They will pay $700.00 a week for me to ride around with a decal on my car to advertise for them and promote their brand.

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