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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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It's possible that the “company” will send you a check. They tell you to deposit the check, keep part of it, and wire the rest to another company.

Long after you wire the money, the check will bounce and your bank will tell you it was a fake. The money you kept as “your share” will disappear from your account. The money you wired is gone and you can't get it back. You have to repay the bank for the fake check.

I have Media Wrap contacting me to wrap my van. They want my checking information or I can set up another account, preferably with Westfield Bank and they will deposit the money in it which includes $100 sign up fee, installation money, and my weekly pay of $743 will be deposited there. This will go on for 5 months. Real or scam?

I JUST received a text from #1-231-468-6592 that reads: How would you like to make $350 by simply driving your car advertising. contact: thomaskarter349@     I replied to the email address and its for "Budweiser DRINK CO." That's not the name of the company! I already knew that! Just thought I would share this info!

Also received one claiming to be from Cricket Wireless Ads Brand. It's all a scam people please dont fall for it. I decided to waste his time as much as possible. When the check arrived i refused delivery by the postal carrier and told him the package he was holding contained a fraudulent check. He then told me he would get it handed over to correct department.

I signed up for "Advertise on my car". To advertise DISH. Because I saw someone with the sign. They said it was a legitimate company. But now the company is telling me to get paid you need one sale. This was for a six month period of having the ad on my car. Has anyone else worked with advertise on my car. I would love some feedback Thanks

Who are the real companies that will actually pay you to put an ad on your car?

Received an email....I will copy and paste onto here if it will let me. Seemed/seems like a scam. Oh, and they did send the check that does look real. Thoughts? email below

Hello, How are you doing today . Am Glad to Inform you that a payment has been sent to you for the Apple® Service Advertisement Car Advertisement and will be deliver today via USPS Carrier Service: You can track it on www.USPS. com this is not Ups but USPS Below is the transaction Details: Tracking Number: 9405501699320xxxxxxxxx Check of $1980.40 has been sent to you via UPS. On receiving the Check, You are instructed to Cash/Deposit the payment at your Bank you may also deposit via Mobile.

Do note that we deal with banks ONLY. Reason is that we make monthly reports of our transactions and financial activities to the government through the bank, therefore all records are required and the fund can be released to you same day or within 24hrs as the issuer bank instructed. Once the funds are available, you are to deduct your first weekly compensation which is $500 for flying the Logo, Payment for subsequent weeks will be mailed out to you every week. The decal company has graphic artists nationwide, A graphic artist within your locality will be delegated to visit your residence to get the installation done.

The balance of $1450 should be transferred to the decal company for installation processing. Once the receipt confirmation of funds is made, the wrap installer will visit you with necessary materials to get the job started. you are to deduct $500 for your weekly pay and $30 for GAS and send the The balance of $1450 through Money gram Transfer to the detailer who will come and wrap the car with the company advertisment. Below is the information of the decal company's agent:

It is imperative the transfer be done as soon as the funds is made available. Receiver's Name : James Adewale City :- Aurora State :- IL Zip code:- 60504 On completion of the transfer, do email or text the information below: Name and address of Sender Total Amount sent Transfer Charges Money gram Reference Number Once you complete the transfer, email the details as requested above, and state when it will be convenient for you to have the decal specialist come to your house to wrap the car. This should not take long, so you might choose to watch them do it. We anticipate your response. Commission payment: You will also receive commission at the end of each month based on increase in sales in your area. Also Check Your Email Every Day and text message To Get Updated. We'll appreciate your team building exercises and excursions, a career plan within these organization. Best Regards,

Right now I have someone who sent me a check for $2500 for a car wrap ad.. And he keeps insisting that I deposit this check keep $300 and send the remaining via Walmart transfer. I'm not depositing the check but I'm going along to get more information This is the number he /she is texting from 321-252-9837.. Please do not fall for this..

Hi there,

I had the same issue and was sent a text from that phone# as well. Can you tell me if the check comes from Carson Inc in Pomona, CA?

Thank you for your help.

Rockstar energy drink wraps are a scam. Why are they not paying their wrap service directly and making people wire the fees for that? Red flag one. Bank and company in two different states. Hmmm. A multi million company using banks that aren't local? Red flag two. Got that in mail and took it straight to the local PD. The officer told me I was lucky and smart enough to read the scam signs and not cash it. He took it and they filed report and such on check fraud on the supposed company.
Saved me much headache.

Like this blog says at the top - scammers often use the name of a well known company to get your attention. They say you'll make a couple hundred dollars, but really, you end up with bounced check fees and a big headache. It's good that you spotted the fake and didn't cash the check.

The same exact procedure as all the others. So the people keep changing company name more frequent it seems. This lady said to transfer money to a guy leonor in MN. Supposedly it's not scam and guarantee to clear in minutes through the bank. Like I am an idiot. Haha everyone knowshould that a certified check takes up to 10 business days to clear completely. Person emailing me by name of lyndon rive and no number given to call if u have problems or questions.

I got a 3000.check from cricket wireless to wrap my vehicle and was told I would get 400 a week to drive around , the check is no good it was from ruthanne Dale supposedly from cricket wireless , be careful from these scam artists

Ok, I have one right now. Just received a Cashiers check Yesterday in the amount of $2450.00, drawn on a Earth Mover Credit Union in Aurora Illinois. The Check was sent to me from a Jan Co Inc. In Cranston RI. and the phone 3 the texter is using is 213-545-6190.

Received email from Budweiser about car wrap going to send me a check for 2600.00 keep my 350 for weekly payment says to let them know when I deposit check

Budweiser wrap is it fake

It is a scam.

I keep getting text messages from some number saying they would pay $500 a week for me to drive around with a Red Bull wrap on my car. And last week it was Coca Cola. I know this is a scam. I call the number and it says the customer you are calling is no longer in service. Buy I get text messages every day and weird calls saying work from home, or offering to pay me to go to some seminar in Florida. They get my number from social media I guess cause stupidily that's where I have my number posted. I wish there was some way of blocking all of the BS.

It’s illegal for a company to send you a text message if it doesn’t have your permission, barring a few exceptions. If you get a random text message from a number you don’t recognize that says you won something or asks you to confirm some personal information, don’t text back or click on links. Report it to your provider at 7726 (SPAM) and to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint or 1-888-382-1222.

For more information, please see the FTC blog post, Stopping unwanted phone calls and text messages.

just received my check from WOW EXCHANGE for $2487.80 for my vehicle wrap, to good to be true.

ok,yes I have received this offer to wrap my car & get payed a specific amount per week for advertising the "redbull" wrap on my car, not thinking about I noticed they are so eager to get their money, "go to the bank immediately & send via wiregram, keep the $500 for urself, I have not pulled any money out of my acct, it was barely taken off hold today by my bank. but I did find it strange, they kept asking me, ehen are you going to send they money?? & by the same bank as several people have mentioned above, what shall I do now besides of course reporting it. should I take the cu d4s back out of my acct, who do I send the no 1st back to? as if I was no longer interested in this way of going about making money from them?? whete do I go from here?

If you got a bad check from a scammer, you could ask the bank if they need to keep it, or return it to you. You don't need to keep talking or writing to the scammer who sent you a bad check.

The details you have will be useful in a complaint. Please report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

I received a $1998.00 check via USPS exactly one hour after a email said that I would be receiving a check in the mail. I was really happy because I needed the money at $500 a week to help my family being I just lost a job, and have a 1yr old son that is still in diapers and bills are piling up, I thought I was starting to see day light for my family, I called the main office for red bull in Santa Monica before taking the check only to find it to be only a scam, now I feel like I've let my family down..

I was not scammed but putting it here to show others...
Ruthanne Dale
Advertisement Manager
Cricket Wireless.
cognitoforms. AutoWrapApplication
Dear prospective applicant,

We have received your email in regards to the auto wrap advert program. Here's the basic premise of the "paid to drive" concept: Cricket Wireless seek people, regular citizens, professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they do with our logo on their Vehicles/Bikes. The result of this process is essentially a mobile billboard.

What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be eye-catching thereby attracts lots of attention.

What is the Contract Duration? The program will last for 6 months and the minimum you can participate is a month.

Would the wrap/decal damage the paint of my Vehicle ? The decal doesn't damage the paint of vehicles and it can later be removed with relative ease at the end of the program.

Does it cover the Vehicle/Bike ? No, the decal is only installed on the Vehicle trunk and doors

NB Please view the form to read about the payment process. CLICK HERE to apply

Could you show me how you were not scammed

Zipcarwrap. com is a scam.be aware!!!

A company tried this with me but noticed their English was incorrect and as soon as l questioned them after sending me false accounts the shut down the site. I was trained by the military to pay close attention to verbiage usage Damon hackers scammer scumbags. Most people are not trained to pick up on these scams. If it is an email block the number and delete email. As a precaution change your bank account and cancel your bank visa card. Also change your email account. I know this is a pain but well worth the effort!

The English is off on all of these, and it is a tell tale sign of fraudulent foreign operators.
Plus, their business form is not standard for contact. If you google map their addresses, it comes up empty lots, or trailer parks.
You can always check the property management and see if they are even listed there. County Tax office will know, as well. And so will local postal office in the immediate area. You can verify checks and funds, by calling the bank directly or going to branch in person to verify. Banks take bigger action, and swifter, when it comes to using their name in fraud. They will leave the local police in their dust when it comes to finding, identifying and arresting fraudsters using their bank name to operate. They do not are what laws they violate to get someone's identity and ring them out to dry. The job gets done ASAP.

Couple weeks ago I got email from "Cappy Juice" about wrapping my car for monster energy drinks. Love monster energy drinks so I was in... two days ago I received a check for $2999.85. The check and return sender did not match... what do i do...
I gave them all my cars info... and mine except social security number and birthday. .. but my address phone number ect...

You may want to look at this FTC information about what to do if your information has been lost or exposed.

zip car autowrap sent me a check so went to Wells Frago and they said it was a scam then received another check from a different bank it went to the trash Found on Craigslist Houston just a Big Scam

Just cash the check at a check cashing place, keep the $$ and tell em to get a real job and thanks for the bonus...

I got a check for 2500$ and they are requesting stuff back, Kinda needed that money to pay off medical bills. Is this a scam?

In some scams, a “company” sends you a check and tells you to deposit the check, keep part of it, and wire the rest to another company.

If the check is no good, eventually it will bounce, after you wired the money. Your bank will tell you it was a fake. The money you kept as “your share” will disappear from your account. The money you wired is gone and you can't get it back. You have to repay the bank for the full amount of the fake check.

I just received a check from infusionsofr company auto vinyl wraps beleve is scam

I had to look at this email address and I wanted to look it up and I came across this site and it told me it was a scam so I read a little bit more into it I thank you so much for letting me see this and read more into it...
This was truly truly a sign that I came across this because I got scammed one time before but that will never happen again but I thank you I thank you from within my heart

I just saw this same ad on Craigslist last night. Saying would send $1950 I would keep $450 and pay the installer $1500. Then would be paid $450/week as long as I kept the car wrapped. I really need the money right now but couldn't help feel that it was a scam. So glad I followed my gut and googled Propel Advertising so not to get sucked in.

Hi Nicole ,I thought this was a scam, but freind said let's deposit the money into my bank account. So we did .now what do I do?? Please reply this is the same exact person, I know, I saw it on Craigslist, the check was for the amount of $1950. And witch $450 is for me and the rest ,he is to give me further instructions tomorrow. (Help)

Do *NOT* spend that money!!! Not a dollar, not a dime, not one red cent.

Tell your bank that you suspect the check is a scam. There are things they can do to verify that.

(There's no question about it though - *anything* that involves getting a check and wiring part of it to someone else while keeping the rest is *always always always* a scam. It doesn't matter how little or how much it's for nor how real it looks. There's always an exception to the rule, and this is the exception to that, as *there are no exceptions*.)

Remember, the money being listed as "available" does *not* mean the check has fully cleared. The bank will give you the money from it based solely on the *assumption* that the check will clear. Then when it doesn't clear later, they'll come after *you* for the money you spent against the check.

I have received a email that they are Budweiser advertisement corporation. At the start time, they used vivianXX@ . When I replied the email after they used another email contact me.That email address is brandees2v@ and phone number is 318-302-0834.That guy's name is Brandee Kirk.He didn't speak English. Only speak Spanish. Brandee usually SMS to me and phone to me that push me WHEN I receive the Check. I must tell him ASAP. When I asked my friends and google this "STORY", that is Scam.

Yes, that sounds like a scam. He wants you to accept a fake check and send him cash ASAP. But later, the bank will learn the check is fake. You will owe a lot of money to the bank. You can read more about this in Spanish, here.

What if they said their sending a cashiers check and a vender of theirs to come out and do the wrap and pay me for the first week.
Plus how could i do a verification if these people are real. Its funny cause the email i get is fm a different person and my response go to another person. Can someone please tell me is this fake or what.

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?

Im suppose to get the check today luckily i checked online.they are texting me from a phone number is there anyway i can turn their number in.

You can file a report at ftc.gov/complaint.

I saw an ad in the classifieds in the morning paper for red bull/ rock star car wrap. A Paul Costa emailed me and never called. I don't think this is real. About to delete all of this Bologna

I've changed my mind, Paul. After reading this, I think you should too!

got the hublot scam. I received emails from a Shana regarding how it works. I did research and realize it was a scam. I kept emailing Shana back and had Fed Ex return check to sender while it was at Fed Ex. Shana emailed me wondering the issue and the check was cancelled and to call a number if I was interested in wrapping my car. A week later the check got sent in my mailbox, now I have to return it again.

What if you cash the checks at a check cashing place?

They are suppose to be sending md one hell im taking to wAl mart and try! If it cashes I’m holding on to it though for a wk or so encase

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