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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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I received a $1500 check today from a Lewis Brown who claims he works for vista print and he urged me to cash the check as well. I will make my report to the bank but who else do i notify?

I'm in the situation right now.. The dude Jake From Tropicana Orange Juice is sending text messages I ask why not a email or a call totally blew off the question.. I told him send the check u ain't getting nothing back

I was asked to do the car wrap thing - they claimed it was for Cricket Wireless. Having read the comments, I am glad I did not do it and get scammed!

Luckily i read all this comments the day I received the envelope with the check and I responded to contact number 916-905-4018 by message that I have sold my car and i had no vehicle to drive, and that i would be returning the envelope to sender immediately.

So someone called Teena Meena responds telling me that I can put a decal on a jacket and wear it twice a week or put decal on a bike.

So I respond It's summer I don't wear a jacket and that I don't own a bike.

From a car wrap went down to small decal that i could put anywhere, and I would still be paid 500 a week.

I'm going to approach Apple, Facebook or Google and see if they have any of their decals that i can put on my car for 500 a week. HaHaHa I have room for 100 of them!!!!! BE CAREFULL Everyone.

I got an idea:
Once i receive the envelope I'll take it to the Police Department and see if they can pick up any finger prints out of the check.
I'll find out how interested is my Police in fighting crime.

I got a text today saying Dr Pepper would pay $400. A week to place a sticker on my car. Promoting their new soft drink. I knew enough to Google this and see if it was legit which, I already had asuspicion it wasn't.

I just got the Dr Pepper one. A check for $3480 and supposedly pays $400 a week to place the ad on our vehicle. It’s called (on the check) Cambridge Investment Research, Fairfield, Iowa. The check is by Pershing (A BNY MELLON COMPANY) One Pershing Plaza, NJ 07399
BNY MELLON TRUST OF DELAWARE

I got a text message from Rockstar and I got the check today and the guy kept insisting to put it in and it'll go thru. I just have to pay the detail guys after the check clears. I just told sent the guy a message told him I'm not depositing the check and gave him the link for this article lol

I have the same scam going on right now he screwed I told him no money until the check clears his bank and he been bugging me ever sence

Cranberry juice ad is a scam also.

Yep. Watch for phone # 203-718-6625

I got the same cranberry guy, same number

Same thing fed x - check and car wrap Christian Douglas 331-214-3365 is this scam or for real????????

I got one from Christian Douglas also for $4987.65, for Capri Sun. It came from a notary public in Lacombe, LA.

I got a check from Christian Douglas also, was about to go cash it to catch up on my bills doing this COVID-19. But when it said deposit it and it was more than was said. $4,987.65 I decided to check it out.

Just got one from Frito lay saying they were sending me a check to get the truck wrapped.

06/28/2018 my niece sent text inquiring about "Minute Maid" car wrap. then few days later recd cashiers check drawn on PNC Illinois bank for $3,948.51 the remitter Terrance Evans. Evidently they watch the usps tracking because right after she got mail she got text saying deposit check keep an amount for herself the rest for auto detailer she texted them & asked for company name no reply except "minute maid" SCAM SCAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Received a text message about Dr Pepper car wrap. I passed the information on to my hubby. He filled out the application and they sent him a check for $2900.00 he was to keep $500.00 and send a copy of the deposit slip. I said that I wanted to talk to the police dept about it before we did anything further.

Scam! Got my check today from Gabriel Harry; 508 Wrangled Dr. Coppell, TX. 75019. We had been in contact daily into today. I received the check via Express Mail US Postal service. It was for $2,400 drawn on Union Bank in San Mateo, CA. I called the bank to verify the account number, company and availability of funds. Bank couldn't verify/confirm anything on the bogus check! SCAM!!!! RUN

Dominos has the scam wrap going! Careful folks!

I just received a letter from Dr Pepper along with it was a check in the amount of $1950. It’s not asking for money to be sent. They’re asking to send an email stating I received and deposited the check. Supposedly 1450 of it would be for the car wrapping and someone will come out to install it. I’m so confused by this. Normally they will asked you to send money if it was a scam but on here is just wanting me to email them a copy of the deposit slip

That happened to us too, they asked for no money but wanted copy of the deposit slip. No thank you!!!

I received a ckeck for $3950 and I'm to keep $500. They immediately texted that I received the UPS envelope. Two hours later they were requesting me to have withdrawn $3450..of MY MONEY to give to the detailer. No info on the detailer. That's the SCAM giving the detailer your money before check clears. I let them know there will be no scam here because the Check need to clear first and no more Minute Maid Text have come through.

So, I deposited the check for minute maid it was 3,950.50. They haven't been bugging me about the money, but they have said keep $500 of it and send the rest. They still haven't told me how or the person to send it to.. if it goes through what do i do!?!?!? I thought it was legit, i looked up EVERYTHING I could FOR DAYS and i haven't come up with a single thing.... until now. Have i completely screwed myself by depositing it? from what i can read from the comments, I'm assuming i have... :( now im completely at a loss as to what i do.... PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME!!!!

Did you just deposit the check, or did you also withdraw money and send it to someone? If you deposit a bad check and withdraw money to send, you could lose money and have problems with your bank.

If the check bounces weeks after you wired money to a scammer, you can't recover what you sent. You also have to repay the bank all the money you withdrew. Your bank may charge a fee for the bounced check.

Take out your original funds and change accounts, they are trying to access you account to take everything you have

The one I was offered came via text identifying themselves with logistics and giving a link. I filled out the link with name and email address. The next day I was emailed information and told I would be sent a wrap sign advertising Kraft for my car. They said they'd send the sign up front with no mention of money sent to them and I would just pay to have the sign attached with my 1st check that you say may have bounced.

I got a new one this morning. Last month it was for Dr Pepper. This morning its
Nex.godrivedaily

So what if they dont give you a check what if there going to wire the money to your bank account? Is that still the same scam??

If you tell someone your bank account number, they can take money from your account, even if they say they will deposit money.

Do not give them any bank information, thats the easiest way to access and lose your funds

If you give them your bank information. Why would they wire you anything, when they can use your account to shop from? say to yourself "it's a scam"

I got a message wanting me to put wrapbon my car from amazon they pay me 500.00 a week for 7 weeks to do it but they did not say nothing about sending money back to them they told me it would not cost me mouthing it was like renting my car to them do you think it could be a scam also

Call amazon and ask if they have anything like that currently available

I was a little suspicious when I saw the offer on facebook but thought Id give it a shot, I was even more suspicious when I got the email from the so called hiring mgr for Bud Light distribution and there were a number of gramatical erros and sloppy language but I thought I would go though the hoops and see if it pans out. I got a check for $1.950 today fed ex overnight. I have learned that I never deposit checks from anyone I dont know or have'nt verified first. They even make it look very official by using a bank or credit union that you can google and the address and routing number is legit but the account number is fake. SCAM BEWARE

Yes it is a scam!!! I got the same thing in the mail. They think that we are fools. It was tempting but I investigated it. The thing that puzzzled me why do I have to pay the installer and they did not refer me to a ligit company to do the installation.

It's a Scam... Always, if you want, tell them to send you cash by FedEx, if they don't, it's a scam.

I am holding a check for 1,998 dollars and I am not going to deposit it...it is from someone representing DR PEPPER. No company name is to be seen just someone name and email address...it is a scam I know!!!

I got a call asking me if I had a bank account and if I owned a car. Sounds like a scam.. any info anybody

Bigtime scam

They contacted both me and my son by text message:

Dear Applicant, Thanks for your response, Your car has been chosen for the advertisement. It is very easy and simple, no application fees required, this is how it works; the basic premise of the "paid to drive concept" BluePrint Organic" seeks people, regular citizens,professional drivers, and all car owners above eighteen(18) years old,to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with an advertisement for "BluePrint Organic" plastered on their cars. The advertisements are typically vinyl decals, also known as "auto wraps" that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover some portion of your car's exterior surface. What does the company gain from this type of advertisement strategy? Lots of exposure an awareness; the auto wraps tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attracts lots of attention. Plus, it is a form of advertising with a captive audience, meaning people who are stuck in traffic can not take their eyes off the ad vehicle. This program will last for three(3)months and the minimum period you can participate is one(1)month. You will be compensated with four hundred dollars per Week ($400.00/week),which is essentially a "rental" payment for letting our company use your car. BluePrint Organic shall provide detail-er that will handle the advert placement on your car, these detail-er have been tested and confirmed perfect for the job in order not to leave any damage on your car after the end of the program. There will be no fee for gas since you are not driving to any where else apart from your daily routine .Please provide the following information so that we can confirm you for this posting and send you further information; Full Name: Age: Occupation: Make of car/year: Address:(NOT PO Box) City: State: Zip code: Do you have a driver's license? Phone Number(s) mobile and home : Email Address: We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information, we looks forward to working with you. Hiring Manager

They contacted both me and my son by text message.

I got the same message from a job board today for UTZ Snacks offering 700 a week. I looked up company and what they pay their sales etc not great pay so that was my clue then found this thank goodness. Will not respond to their scam.

Bridget Small, you are top notch - thank you for ALL of your excellent info.

This is a big scam...everyone that gets a check, Look where the check comes from before u deposit it. It comes from some other place. Then check n c where they want u to send the money..

I have received a check for $ 2,600.00 from American Southwest Credit Union, For me to advertisement michelin on my car? But they say email them I did. Then say deposit the check and I keep $600.00 and send $ 1,000.00 To both Cole Douglas and Murray Douglas 2876 Windy Ridge Pkwy Atlanta, GA but he did one name then the other. Like I was not going to catch the same address.

The check also had Latoya Mitchell & my name. I dont know this people. I have received a check for $ 2,600.00 from American Southwest Credit Union, For me to car advertisement But they say email them I did. Then say deposit the check and I keep $600.00 and send $ 1,000.00 To both Cole Douglas and Murray Douglas 2876 Windy Ridge Pkwy Atlanta, GA

i am literally going back and forth with some guy now who's telling me that he's legit. i asked him for photos of what the advert will look like. So with that, i contacted the number on the advert. Which is a bbq place in New Jersey. They have no idea about this. when i told the person texting me, he said that HE was the only person that i could speak with. and that he actually works for Red Blue Energy Drink. He said " all i need to do is listen to him as he's in charge of the process". HAHA laughable. sorry buddy, but i will call whom ever to confirm this $500.00 per week offer.

Further to my earlier comment. The phone number for the person TRYING to scam me... 201-479-3397 says the advert is for Dickey's Barbecue Pit. But, he works for Red blue energy Drink. HMMMM. That was one of the RED flags.

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