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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 — 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 realize this was posted several years ago at this point, but that was so difficult to decipher. I'm wondering if there are any good, legitimate opportunities like this anymore?

In the hopes of making a few extra dollars. I am on disability and would love to help out my hard working husband any way I can. I've always been a hard worker, but am unable to do that now so I thought, I can drive around with a wrapped car.

Hello were you able to wrap your car and get paid?

All this that is happening are these scram getting catch.

This happened to me. Mystery Shopper, caused me a lot of grief and Money. Thank you for watching out for us.

I've had the same thing happen to me with mystery shopper and it messed up my account.

Lovelygirl I they're alot good company's that actually pay you to be a mystery shopper. I work one that also host other jobs.

I have received 4 checks from a mystery shopper to a shrink wrap car for Budweiser I did not cash any of them took them to My Credit Union and Had them hold them to see if they cleared all were fake even received messages like We sent You a check Why haven't You done Your part of the deal once I told them thanks for the check but had to use it to pay off debts could You send Me another one or just said check is a fake and never heard anything else from them I have 2 checks in my filing cabinet marked scam one way to yell if the check is good from a company is there will be a water mark on the back My Credit Union told Me this one so I am hoping some day I get a legit deal from a company because I sure could use the Money I'm on disability worked My whole life and don't even make $1000 a month so My word to Everyone is have the bank or Credit Union hold the check til it clears or You will be liable for the repayment of the check hope this helps good luck everyone

Is their any real work at home jobs ?

Yes. Get a degree in IT and many companies allow you to work from home.

Thank you for the advice, did you know there's been a scam going around telling people who own company's that they are the water and power company telling them they need to pay them a certain amount of money, because if they don't they will turn off all power my perents used to own a buissiness and got tricked into this scam and I'm sure others have been tricked to.

That happened to my husband. He was able to drive to the property to find out it was a fake. He was livid with the power company didn’t understand why they were conducting business that way. They don’t.

We just apparently got scammed by a company out of McAllen,Texas calling themselves INFINITE PROPERTIES and TG WEALTH. They work through Real Estate companies as InvestorGroup helping Buyers who don't meet regular Home financing options. Am now having to file police report and go through Texas Attorney General and County District Attorney to pursue getting my down payment funds back. So far, ZERO RETURN.

Can you give me more info on these people? This is who we were going through as well. Haven't sent them money yet.

They say that your income is your credit and ask for down payment when you're going to do the contract. I recommend you not giving any money please so you don't become a victim as well. Texas 361.

Hello Ana in Texas I am going through the same thing with that company.

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Can you contact me 956-xxx-xxxx

I have a recording on my ansereing machining from pretending that IRS is preparing a law suit against me that I do not respond I would be arrested I call the number no such number.

I received 4 of these calls in one day recently. A total of 10 in the last 4 months. I guess people still fall for it otherwise they would stop. Makes me sick to even think about good people being scammed!

been there done that too. I called their bluff. I told them the IRS does not call people, and to quit bothering me. Then told them if they had a subpoena to send it to me, and i would deal with it from there. They never called back.

Jasmin,My fiance got the same cBluhey wanted him to go to target buy a moneygram to send money. Thank God we knew better.

For the record you will never be contacted seriously by police or court systems by any way other than proper mail or an officer at your door. It's the reason it's a misdemeanor not to keep your address up dated on your license. At least it is in Kansas. Not be speaking for other states.

I to have received such calls and when I told the last one that I knew it was a scam he threatened to chop my head off! I have also gotten to where I just tell them in the beginning that I am recording the conversation and they hang up.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace?????? Where & When???
They are doing a terrible job. The Do Not Call list is worthless. Filing a complaint with the FTC is a waste of time. The Agency should be investigated.


I was scammed like that recently. however my bank held the check till they got it cleared. Needless to say, the check did not clear because as soon as I told them it was in the account, they closed their bank account, and was hoping for the money. But it did not happen. The wrap was for HYPE Energy Drink. I am glad I have a bank that pays attention instead of paying checks then causing me heartache in a few weeks.

I also just had this happen but with "Apple" they sent me a $2,000 check by USPS and it looked so real. A guy texted me to tell me it would be in the mail today and even gave me a tracking #. Sure enough it was there and I was super excited! He said to check email immediately and I did and it said to keep $500 for my weekly agrees payment and send the remaining $1,500 through western union to a name an address they gave me that was supposedly my rep! That money would pay for wrap and then that rep who lived in California was going to come wrap my car in Ohio! I texted back and asked why wouldn't apple just pay their employees themselves and that apple wouldn't have me wire money and why is the person wrapping my car coming from California to Ohio, why wouldn't apple send someone that was in Ohio? Of course no txt back and that's when I looked up apple scams and came across this! So glad I didn't deposit that check! Cause I almost did!

That's the exact thing I got scammed for, the Apple car wrap around the same day asking me to do the same thing. I was a fool to do that, I wish I would have looked it up first.

I got scammed with pensje their sending me the check. What did u do did u cashing if?

If you deposit a bad check, and send some money to someone and then find out that the check is no good, you have to repay the bank.

It can take weeks for a bank to find out that a check is fraudulent. Even if the check bounces weeks after you sent the money, you have to repay the bank for the fake check.

Be careful who and where you apply for jobs . Ask questions.
If you don't your answers straight . Don't go for it! Save stress and headache. I recently applied to some zip car wrap company and received a check of $1,950 in the mail with No description on it . The envelope didn't matched the check address which gave me a red flag. At first I got super excited because we really need the money . That night I prayed . The next day I couldn't stop thinking about that check so right after work I went to chase bank about depositing a check that I don't know why I got it and the bank teller asked me "Do you know this company?" I replied "No"
When I got home I set on my chair wondering about the scammer . In that moment someone texted me asking if I received the check . Of course I replied back trying to found out what the scammer was up to . That moment he or she told me to check email for further instructions. Really ?? Like that somebody couldn't pick up the phone and call me ?? Red flag again . I checked my email and as I was reading the Stupid email asking me to wired money at the end sentence .. I got mad texted he or she and told I wasn't about to deposit the Check because is Fake . Left me alone . Be careful and always ask questions before depositing a check . If you don't know where or who or why ??? Don't deposit fake checks ! Evil people don't care about us .

I just found this same ad on Craigslist. Is is for Propell water. I really need the money right now but felt like it was too good to be true and glad I looked it up to see it is a scam before I went any further. Said they would send $1950 and I would keep $450 and use the rest to pay the installer. Glad I followed my gut on this one.

What happened when you deposited the check? Did you get in trouble?

The same thing happened to me with monster. For you guys that didn't cash the check what did you do with it. I just received a chexk today and I am definitely not cashing it. Just trying to figure out what's the best thing to do. Because the address on the return is in North Carolina, the address on the check is in California and the phine number listed is a Florida phone number. These people are horrible. The bad part is I declined this offer once they didn't answer my questions and they still sent the check.

I got that same check and I shredded it. I’m so glad I was smart enough not to deposit it. I had a family member who deposited the check and she went to jail and has a criminal record now. People don’t deposit the check. I was thinking about taking it to the police station

I got caught up in a scam about money winnings with the government. the person that introduced me to the sight, was using a friend of mine name. after nearly 2 mos, I was talking to another friend she told me that the friend name was being use was still in town. I finally spoke to her. she had no idea what was going on.

I think. I got a scam, I'm not sure but they asked for money I thought I was getting a job, but to pay for a job

johnnynel79 Is this the email of the "representative ?" The scam is exactly like halls except it was red bull my car and I deposited the check but had a hold on it and the funds became available but I waited 3 days and now the check is not available! Thank God I ddlove my spend money

I got called at least 40 times last week about the IRS claiming to have a lawsuit under my Social Security Number. I never answered the calls but it was an automated recording left on my voicemail it's very annoying they keep calling and filling up my voice mail.

The IRS will never call you ever. Ask for a badge number they won't give you one. It's all a scam

Anytime someone wants you to deposit a check, money order, wire transfer or whatever, into your account, assume it's a scam. If it sounds too good to be true, it's a scam. There are too many schemes out there to list. Free money doesn't happen, unless you inherit it and you'll know because an attorney will contact you and not expect you to send money now or later. Taxes will be paid after(if at all)when you file your normal taxes. If someone is asking for money up front for anything other than a legitimate purchase on a reputable site, run screaming the other way! And as far as bashing the FTC or whomever, ALL government agencies are short-handed and underfunded. These con/scam artists are harder to catch than regular criminals. They work a scam, grab money and close down quickly. They have fake accounts and identities; they are ghosts. We have buckets of money being thrown at Homeland Security, so this is not a high priority for the government. They're too busy trying to keep terrorists from committing further atrocities in and against our country.

i wish i could get your help I believe that I know whom is doing alot of these scams the man i live with has a checking account many of them that have 60000 or more of money and he pays out 5x more than he makes but his accounts go up 10000 a mounth after . WHAT????? I am scared of the state police here he called the police on me the first time I found out they were not real police now how did i get that charge agian help if u r a real cop u can get my info

You can report fraud to the FTC at

You can give details about the person doing the fraud, and you don't have to give your personal information if you don't want to. The information goes into a secure database that only law enforcement agencies can see.

But if you do give your personal information, the FTC or other law enforcement agencies that see the report can contact you if they need more details.

Can you move? It seems like you are in a scary situation. Maybe buy a cheap phone so that you can reply to that policeman on here with your phone number so he can help. I am on here looking up car wrap scams. I received a $3000 check today. I would like to go to the address of the scammer where I am supposed to send the wire to and take a policeman just so i can see them get arrested. Scammers need to be stopped.

Excellent response, State Cop

Got scammed of buying iTunes gift cards to pay for car purchase online. Car was posted on Craig's list, emailed owner and said she had contract with EBay Motors to handle the deal. She only needed my name and shipping address to give to eBay who will contact me. So she got it. Received invoice thru email, from eBay Motors. Looked so real but too good to be true. But I needed a car for my daughter. They asked me to pay within 24H with iTunes gift cards. So I bought the cards at Walgreens the cashier asked me what for, then told me why not eBay cards? DING! I already had the cards! Called eBay customers service, forwarded the email, SCAM! Now, I'm working on how to get my money back.

You can call Apple Support at 1-800-275-2273 to ask about a refund, or talk to customer service at the store where you purchased the card.

Why does the FTC make it so difficult to file a complaint? It would be much simpler and easier to forward the emails involved than it would to explain the situation.

When you file a complaint at, you can tell the story in your own words. You can also copy & paste emails into the box that lets you tell the story.


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