How to spot a car wrap scam

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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Question: I have 2 phone lines available. Why don't YOU have a phone # that goes DIRECT to a person?? That way, when I get a robo-call, I could call YOU direct so you could trace the call while I played along with the robocaller. Maybe that way some of these clowns could be caught & prosecuted. TX

I'm with you-what can we do - is anyone ever prosecuted?

I contacted monster drinks they said they use company owned cars only and regular employees not the public or contractors.

I do not pay attention to those calls. If it is a robot i hang up. I have had them go so far as to call and say. Thank you for holding. Good bye. Or please hold for the next available csr. I hang up. If they want to talk to me, make it a human being not a programed call machine that puts me on hold for an hour.

I've gotten a few robo calls(my answering machine pu ALL incoming calls) where they act like they are actually talking to someone, for instance they will ask "did I catch u at a bad time?", then even tho I say nothing they say "ok, great I will only take a few minutes of your time", I still say nothing, they say "would you spell your full name & address to be sure we have the info correct?" I say nothing but the call goes on for 5 minutes w/out me saying anything.
Robo calls from politicians at election time really get my goat! Thats an automatic NO vote for them.

Are any of the car wrapping advertisements real?

I reckon they are real , But you aint fixin to get paid nutin

Thanks for information, God bless all of you keeping us safe

Why would anyone want their car shrink wrapped?

Its not shrinked wrap, its an advertising banner but its using the wrap technology that would allow banner to stick to your car

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.

Is their any real work at home jobs ?

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.

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.

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.

THIS IS MIKE FROM FROM WINDOWS CALLS. WHAT I DO IS SAY TO HIM, HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE TO WASH A WINDOW??
HE DOES NOT REPLY. I ASK HIM THE SAME QUESTION AGAIN. THIS IS JUST LIKE FISHING, YOU JUST KEEP PLAYING HIM. AND THEN YOU ASK FOR HIS CREDIT CARD NUMBER. YOU MAY BE SURPRISED BY THE ANSWER.

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 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 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.

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 FTC.gov/complaint.

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.

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 FTC.gov/complaint, you can tell the story in your own words. You can also copy & paste emails into the box that lets you tell the story.

I want to know if this is a scam with hart and huntington. They post on Facebook and they say it's a wrap on car and like someone said here they want you to deposit check and send them money. Concern

I was searching for jobs on a College Job board and saw this job about having your car wrapped and earn $300 per week just driving around. I applied. The job was to have my car wrapped with advertising for the 2018 FIFA. The emails and text said to expect my first payment in the mail as well as money to pay the specialist to wrap the car. I was to contact him when I had the funds so that he could set me up with the "specialist". I received the check today 11/07/2016. The amount is $5,850.00. The check did not appear legitimate to me and I was suspicious to begin with. I called the bank and they said the check is fraudulent. They have not tried to email or text me this afternoon.

TOTAL SCAM JUST RECEIVED:

Attached is a sample of the packaging of car for your review. Estimated costs in automotive packaging are $3 100.00 (including the cost of installation, removal and logistics). So, upon receipt of your information and your management approval, you will receive a cheque for payment of $3,450 to cover the cost of packaging (installation and removal of the stickers) and the initial payment of $350 for the first week. The cheque of payment for the following weeks will be sent by post every week.

Upon receipt of the payment of the envelope decal on your car, deduct you $350 as initial payment and remit the funds to the balance by Wrap Company which will envelop the sticker on your vehicle. Subsequently, the date of your car wrap will be scheduled so that you can make your car available for packaging. We expect your email with the requested information to continue Nathan Dunn Gestionnaire de promotion Bling H2o Eau de source Suite 250, 251 Empire Ave St. John, NL A1C 3H9 Tél.: (705) 243 - 6693 Courrier électronique: H2o@ summeradvert.

I have received the same on November 24th.
Thanks for posting. Now I know.

Is this for real?
Congratulations, You qualified for the Wraps Inc Survey brand car wrap advert program. A technician has been assigned to you; they will contact you through email or phone to schedule date/time to come and fix the Heineken Lager Beer Vinyl decals on your car and also sign agreement to remove it when due. The first weekly payment with the money that will be paid to the payment plus the technician..In view of this, please confirm the following details; How long do you intend to carry the advertisement on your car? One(1) month, two(2) months or three(3) months? Do you use your car everyday? Also reconfirm your name and address as it should be on the check, where your payment should be mailed.You are to be checking your email daily for updates.

I............................. ...Confirm to have received this email and understand the content, Thanks for your anticipated co-operation in order to start advertising for us.

A guy just text me out of blue said check will be in mail wrap your car for 500 a week

I was offered $500 a week to have my car wrapped, and they found me on my Monster. com profile. A site which is supposedly safe. I checked out their website (for the company recruiting me) and it was full of grammatical errors. Red flag for not being proof read or professional.
They sent me a large check, and I am not going to deposit it, I want to take it to the police/authorities, and notify Monster. com that they are scamming their clients.
I keep getting texts from them, the man says his name is James Todd, and that my car would have Champion clothing adverts on it. I don't know about you, but that right there is a big red flag. They are a huge company, why would their ad agency have a web page flooded with grammatical issues.

I almost fell for one of these scams. It was a Facebook post saying something about a Christmas bonus making $500 a week for Hype Energy Drink driving around with there logo on your vehicle. I am so glad I researched before I unknowingly cashed a fake check. Needless to say the check is ripped up and in the trash.

I was just recently contacted by someone offering a similar opportunity with the conpany "technowraps", wanting to wrap my car for Propel. I've been trying to research them, but the website seems legitimate. I can't tell though. It does seem too good to be true, but they haven't asked me for any money. Just that I would receive the check and someone would wrap my car and unwrap it when I wanted it removed. Has anyone heard of this? I've been texting someone and asking a lot of questions.

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.

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