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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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Soya milk has contacted me. Is this a scam??

I literally just gave them the information they needed so I could get paid. I THANK GOD I looked up this guy CARL ANDERSON name who is “the hiring manager” for Miller Lite! This is sick! Now when I receive the check I’m turning it in. I don’t need those kind of problems in my life.

I got the check of $2390... I went to the bank to check if is real, they said iits seems scam...

After reading this page today i am going to wait for the check to arrive and hand all the info over to the police and they can deal with this person who is trying to do it to me, i thought it to good to be true & thanks for every ones advice in advance

Just recieved one, a text. I also recieved a responce on a cl ad and they ask if i took check. Once i send it depends, they said. I send u check for double put it account and the other half you send to movers. I WAS like SURE, how about if i just give you my card and sevurity code numbers that way i just keep check and it make it easier. He says well, i never t for thought of that. Then he went on to praised me for having such a wonderful idea. Im saying to my self i thought i was the one who is suppose to be the idiot, he actually thinks i would do this. I thought he would figure i was being sarcastic. I had to actually tell him that he is a nut and to get a life. The cazy thing is he has someone else call like 1 or 2 weeks later claiming they are taking me to court for not delivering the item from cl. His so called laywer says he mailed out that check and it shows i cashed it and kept the money and didnt hold my end of the bargain. They can cancle this law suit and possible criminal charging if i make a payment right now over the phone. I agreed on one condition, if it shows the check was cashed then please tell me which bank was it that sent you this info. Of course he was way off and claims it doesnt matter it may have went through multible banks. Dang, 1200 check and my bank couldnt cover it. I said take me to court never recieved any check and u guys think im going to surrender my info you guys are crazy. Havent heard from them since. Im shocked that people actually fall for this obvious scam. If this works on people then i can bet there is even more obvious ones out there that work.

again first Monster energy . and it went as far as a check that won't cash. no there is another. I don't know it's organic.

Greetings from Mesa, AZ. I too, received a text message about decaling my car for RedBull. Dude's name is Mr. Dewitt. Sounds ligit, with questions about accidents, time driving, and type of vehicle? Collecting info. To turn these fraudsters in!

I tried this. TOTAL SCAM. Call center in Philippians. I said refund my money, or I'll inform my bank to contact the FBI. I received a refund confirmation email... 3 - 5 days for funds to go back into my account.

Did they put all the money back in your back, or what happen??

There is a new scam with Busch Beer. The scammer is using the name Eddy Jordan.

Hey everybody holding a check still wondering what if.... Call the company on the check. Actually look up their phone#-don't just use the one on the check- and ask if this check#... From XXX acct signed by XXX employee is legit. Just search the company & signature on the check anyways!! I've seen most of the time it's the millionaire owner that supposedly signed your check...?!? Really??! C'mon. Ask more questions people!! Don't just say well ok & put ur finances in jeopardy!! I fell for this crap too up until I noticed locations & info wasn't jiving..

I just received a check have not cashed it now what do I do with it person won't text or email back where to send it to

Some people give the checks they receive to their bank, local post office (if the check came by postal mail) or police; some people destroy the checks.

Has anyone did the energy drink for Carabao I think it’s a scam. They sent me 1500 and 400 of it is supposed to be mine. They also want me to deposit the check and send a picture showing I deposited it. I tried calling the number and it rings for a while and then the little Nextel thing comes on. I told them that I think it’s a scam and of course they tried to deny it

So did you keep the money? Because I would've cashed it at a cash checking place and then took it lol..

Geewizzers - I would have done the same thing! As a matter of fact, they are trying to scam me as we speak. My question is, if cash the whole amour at a Chechen cashing place, will I get in trouble? Will I be arrested?

Yeah I got a Gatorade invite to wrap my car and the first thing I did was look on the internet for a car wrap scam and certainly it's available so I played along with it got a check for $2,390 keep 500 and send them the rest is what they requested so now I'm playing with them and telling them why would I send money Walmart to Walmart or MoneyGram why don't I just pay the man when he comes to my house to wrap the car so I'm pretty much wasting their time having some fun with it

I just responded to a job add about wrapping my car with Budweiser got the check in the mail today for 3,570.00 I was told to keep 400 out of that after it clears the bank and keep the rest to pay for the wrap. i am supposed to text a number and let them know I have gotten the check. but after reading all this stuff I'm not so sure please help

My friend just got such a letter today: $2390 Gatorade version, Priority Mail from Oklahoma. We went to his credit union, where an employee immediately recognized the con, confiscated the check to forward to her bosses and the Federal Reserve or whomever. She gave us a photocopy of the check for our records & so we could present it to other law enforcement.
I want to go to the US Postal Inspector because the name & tracking number on the USPS--printed label must lead to somebody and their credit card or bank account from which they pay postage at $6.70 a pop!

The ups and Fedex accounts they are sending from are hacked. The sender is not the one actually sending the check, they are stealing account numbers and charging them back. We are dealing with this right now, we actually tracked down the person dropping off the packages and had the cops show up. Unfortunately that person is a victim of a scam too and is just being paid to drop packages off everyday

I almost fell for this scam. I went to the bank today to deposit a $ 4900 check, my banker call the bank the check was written on, gave them the account # on the check, the bank informed us that there is no account, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is

also, check the email address

I just got this one from Liquid Ice Energy Drink

Hello Applicant,

I appreciate your effort and have decided to give this a “go.” and feel free to pass any questions on.

Detailed Job Description:
We are currently seeking to employ car,truck and bike owners to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for Liquid Ice Energy Drink®” plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,”that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface.

Drive our company sticker around and you will be compensated with $300 per week which is essentially "rental"payment for leasing your car for our company. No application fees required from you.

What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is a month.

What is the Contract Duration? Once the wrap has been installed, minimum term is 4 weeks and maximum is 12 weeks.

Would the wrap/decal damage the paint of my car,truck or bike? The decal doesn’t damage the paint and will be removed by our representative once the contract expire. We will be responsible for installation and removal of the wrap.

You will be compensated with $300.00 per week which is essentially a “rental”payment for letting our company use the space and no fee is required from you. Liquid ice Energy Drink® shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an upfront payment of $300.00 in form of a check via FedEx courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car.

It is very easy and simple no application fees required. Get back with the following details if you are interested in this offer.

we would be paying you by check and would want you to get back with your

Full Name :Full Street Address (not PO BOX) :City, State & Post Code:Country :Cell & Home Phone Number:Age :Make of car/ Year :Miles :Email :
Employed : Yes or No ? If Yes, Do you drive to work ?We will contact you immediately we receive this information Note: VISTAPRINT take full responsibility for placing and remove decal on your car and it will not resort to any damage.

I received a text from Ciroc Vodka. Offering 500 weekly for sticker placement for 12 weeks. Sure....

Is this real I received a check today from FedEx...it was a check for 5,900.00 dallors is this a gimmick .

Anyone ever heard of uro energy drink? I got a check in the mail Today for $3,000 and im supposed to deposit it in my bank and take out $450. $2,550 is what im supposed to send it to a guy so he can put the wrap on my car. We havent put it in the bank yet because we are scared it could be a scam. Im going to the police station tomorrow to talk to them about this. See if they can help to see if its real or not. Im more sure it is now reading everyones comments. I really needed this opportunity. 2nd time a scam has almost got me. They are on Indeed, Craigslist, Facebook etc. Its like no one can win with everyone trying to pull a scam over people.

It's a scam! Do not deposit the check. DO NOT wire any money!

Why couldn't you just cash the check at a check cashing store or the bank that the check is from thereby reversing the scam and just pocketing the cash. Just like if someone gives you a personal check, if you don't want to wait for the hold on the check you simply cash the check at the person's bank.

Please read the other comments. The bank or check cashing store will still have your info and will sue you for the full amount of the check once it bounces. So, in short, you still lose!

Thanks to the input here I did not go too far with this. An e-mail reply came from pmignfun @ zoho. com. It started with a message that my son received that looked like it was affiliated with his university. I answered it, then the conditions changed from it looking legit to being a bit odd. That's when I decided to make a search and found that the old scam is still around. Thank you Everyone!

I just got an offer from Gatorade for $500 a week. Hiring managers name is Bruce Johnson. I'll play along for now. Just sent them my info. Wonder if I can get my bank manager to sign off on telling me the check has cleared so I'm not on the hook.

I just got one from Bruce and hes not with Gatorade the one I got from him was for energy drinks definitely a scam

Just got this +12603382319 - Casio wrist watch will like to put a small sticker on your CAR OR TRUCK and pay's you $500 weekly, click on this link for details goo. gl/jzf3LU Of course I know better, just skating with FTC and public

Received this text the other day:

Allow a decal of sticker Mountain Dew Drink on your vehicle and earn $500 weekly, It's a good opportunity to apply Click on site link provide bit.ly/ 2NjcG4K

Did you ever find out if this was real as I received one for diet mountain dew? Please let me know. Thanks!

Yes this is a scam that has been around for several years. Now there's one about zipfizz hydration drink shrink wrap for $300 a week. But they want to send you a big check you take out your part and then pay to have it done. That is definitely a scam. Because if it was a big company they would pay the vendor to put the shrink wrap on them self.

Thanks because I just received a text message from zipfizz myself, but any time I see messages like this I'm pretty sure they're fake but because I'm hard for money right now I went ahead and opened it and it looks exactly like everybody saying make $400 to yourself but we're going to send you a $2,900 check and the rest is going to go to the vendor...... how much to wrap a car? $2,500, I think not

i just got a check yesterday from Lays for a wrap in the amount of 3,970.85. carried it to the bank to let them see if its real and believe it or not they stated to me that those checks look as legit as they could possible be, but they have had customers to bring them in other branches but they later were informed that not anything of those checks were Real. Leaving the customers at fault to repay all of the deposited amount. It's true, Do Not Deposit any check in your account. Just report it just like I have.

Simply Orange Juice is the plot here in S.C. Be aware!!

I was texted by Just Orange Juice here in Jax Fl. Thanks for the heads up

Just got the same text from “Just Just Juice”.

Me too...got it today.

I just received a wrap job offer from worldlife premium water. I just got done swearing I was an honest man to a guy who was out to mess up my credit, my bank account and my life and wouldn't feel bad infact maybe would do a touchdown dance if I had gone ahead and sent the money. Personally "tar and feather" sounds appropriate... Using the mail for a scam is a felony, for taking more than a grand from someone is a felony, obviously no taxes is a possible felony and doesn't need a gun to commit a crime? Man I want these people prosecuted....

Yeah. I got the same text msg today. With all that's happening in the world today with this COVID-19. I found myself in need of some extra cash. Man O man... I can say I dodged that bullet. Thanks guys for the info!!

They tried to get me world premium spring water sent me a check for $4,800 dollars and said kept $800.00 for the first 2 months, I'm glad I checked into it and seen this ,Thanks.

Yeah I’m in Albuquerque New Mexico and got one from Simply Orange. Initial response was from one individual with a gmail address and the follow up was from a different person with a gmail address. I always read very closely and upon noticing grammatical errors is what throws up red flags for me. So here I am now checking it out and ty everybody for the heads up....it’s like if it’s a company why would they be utilizing gmail? Or is that not unusual?

Here's an idea. I noticed the soliciter sent an express envelooe in which he paid almost 7 dollars for. So why not solicid as many friends as we can to express interest in the ads...this causing the fraud to send out checks paying 7 dollars a piece for ddelivery. Let's break them!

Love it!

Ciroc vodka tried this with me this week. The ladies e-mail was so misspelled and gramaticaly incorrect I knew it was a scam.

I received a text to put a sticker on my car for $500 a month. I contacted the company & they confirmed it is a scam. What is the world coming to!!!??

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