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Wrapping up 2020 with more car wrap scams

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We just heard from more companies that scammers are using their names to trick people into a car wrap scam. This time, scammers are saying they’re Marlboro or Purell (but they’re not really).

The gist of the scam is this: scammers send emails and post to social media and job boards with messages like “GET PAID TO DRIVE.” They offer to pay you up to $700 a week if you’ll drive around with your car (or truck or bike) wrapped to advertise a well-known product. But they’re not really affiliated with the brand. They just want your money.

If you message them back, they’ll send you a check to deposit into your bank account. Then they’ll say to use some of that money to pay their “decal agent” to put the ads on your car. They’ll tell you to pay by money order, Walmart money services, or by making a cash deposit directly into the decal agent’s bank account — all ways that are hard to cancel or get your money back.

So what’s really going on? Well, the “decal agent” is really the scammer. And that check you just deposited? That was fake — which means the money you sent is coming out of your own pocket. So, if you deposited a $1,500 check and sent $500 to the “decal agent,” you’re out $500 of your own money. (And you don’t get to keep that $1,000, either.)

Another thing: an FTC analysis published earlier this year showed that fake check scams hit 20- and 30-year-olds hard in the wallet. People reported a median loss in 2019 of $1,988.

Spotted a scam like this? We want to hear about it. Let us know at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

Blog Topics: 
Money & Credit
Scam Tags:  Fake Check Scams

Comments

Constantly driving senior citizen's crazy as well

I agree, I get at least 5 calls a day from Robocallers. How can we put a stop to this?

Yes I have been getting all kinds of different emails & text messages...This car thing was one of them but then there's the loans & other stuff.

I have been approached by a Kevin Dekoninckr who claimed to be from Rock-Star Energy Drink LLC. Phone number used was 503 482-9759. I was earlier contacted by "James Monster Drink hiring manager, no name, via phone number813 556-9186. He offered the opportunity to wrap my "shirt, car or jacket for 1/3months or more". And for $600 per month. Thus far, I have not seen the "check". I have saved the emails.

I am on do not call registry and still get 20 or more calls a day. Also on my cell phone. The cell phone started when the phone was activated. No one had been given my number.

I am getting call from warranty insurance for my vehicle. They call me 2 to 4 times a week, sometimes late in the evening. Also get call from Marrott hotels claiming I have won a free room. They call me regularly almost every day, want me to send target gift cards for getting a free room. There has to be away of stopping these scammers.

I just got this email yesterday.

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