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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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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.

They are now doing Aquafina

Just got a check from "Sara Ruth Freeny TTEE Thomas Schultz Survivors Trust FBO Thomas Quintin Schultz 178844 10th Ave NW, Shoreline Wa. 98177. Address doesn't exist. A "Fidelity Cash Management Account" Asked me to deposit, keep $700, and the rest is for expert fee. They won't send any information until I deposit the check, emphasizing that I could use an ATM machine. Sounds fishy so I searched and found this website.

I just got a check in the mail from Monster Energy Drink over $3,000. They have contacted me via emails and asked me if I recieved the check. My husband told me about this scam by the 2nd email I got from them, so I was prepared. I told them that I didn't recieve their check. We'll see if they drop it pester me about it. My husband wants to frame it.

Just recieved one from Breyers ice cream smh , check for $1950.45. Idiots

Your article describes exactly the notification I received supposedly from a car wrap promotion from a well known coffee company you find in air ports, Thanks for the "heads up".

I just received one actually two checks to wrap my Vehicle it’s so sad when you don’t pay attention in your scam I won’t be I am so glad this is posted for people like me

Have anyone received anything from dasani bottle water. I received a check from them and shredded it, cause I felt like it was to easy. I know it was a scam.

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 had to text when I received check: 234-956-0761
Monster Energy Drink, signed Relationship Manager: Kelsie Rose

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.

I got my check today for $1900......I want so bad to cash it but I already know it’s a scam I’m just surprised that I actually got this far in the scam LOL. If there was a way I could separate them from their money I would do it in a heartbeat. But cashing the check does a lot of things, such as putting your bank account numbers on the back of that check as well as them already having your name and address to verify and exploit any inexperienced bank tellers out of your money. So now I have a Gmail address a woman’s name and a number they are texting me from but I don’t think there’s anything I can do. So in short I guess I will not be getting my car wrapped or sending any money to a “installer”. I was born at night but I was not born last night LOL. If these guys really want to do a successful scam they need to learn to write English a little bit better, there’s little things in there grammar that always does not add up.

Did not hear such

Does anyone know of a Fiji water Campaign going on? Offering to wrap vehicle and get paid to advertise. Is it a scam?

Well I got one of these checks today, they contacted me months ago but I never thought anymore about it until today when we checked the mail and had a priority mail from a company called SPINX says it's out of Greenville SC and the bank on the money order is Welcome State bank in MN. I had NO clue what the check was for until I checked my email and they been blowing it up since yesterday (when the check actually got to my USPS). They say for me to keep $300 for myself the rest besides money to run around on they will tell me where to send it. I will be contacting the bank, the company it says it's from as well as Welch Juice tomorrow, just to make them aware of this. I'm not fool, and as much as I'd love for this to be real I know it's not.

Got a check with instructions called the bank the check was drawn on after checking the routing # online (routing # was correct) the bank asked me to verify the small #s above the date box and they said it was fraudulent. The drawing bank will always verify the information.

I just got the same exact message from monster energy. They told me they sent a check via FedEx along with a tracking number. Its scheduled to be delivered today. Of course I was going to do some digging around on the internet to see if it's a scam before depositing. Luckily I have a family member that's a bank manager bc I intend on taking it to her and hopefully trace it back to whoever sent it!!

I was just offered a job from ethian water company to put a sticker on my car

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