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Scam Alert: Car Wrap Sales Pitch

Scam Alert: Car Wrap Sales Pitch

If you receive an email offering to wrap your car in advertising in exchange for a weekly paycheck, be aware that this is likely a scam.

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The Email

Everyone has seen those “wrapped” cars driving around in which the auto is completely covered in advertising. There are in fact legitimate businesses that utilize this form of advertising. However, there is an email scam going around which attempts to tap into this marketing method, and it’s known as the Car Wrap Scam. This is just a new version of the old “over-payment scam.” The email may claim to be from a variety of sources, such as Red Bull, Monster Energy, Bud Light, or Heineken. We have encountered several variants of this scam (two are featured below).

The Scam

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The email seems harmless enough, in which the user is told they will receive $300-$400 per week to simply drive around with advertising on their cars. At first, only your contact information is requested. The scammer will then offer to send you a check for a large amount, such as $1800. They’ll tell you to deposit the check, take out your first week of pay, and wire the rest to a graphic house which will customize the wrap for your car.

And they’ll pressure you to wire that money quickly… because the check is fake.

Unsuspecting victims will deposit this bogus check and wire money out of their account to the scammer before the check has cleared. When the check finally bounces, the victim has lost whatever money they wired out.

Below are a couple of sample emails we’ve seen in this car wrap scam. The first is an initial email, and the second is a follow-up email after we took the bait for another variant to see what they’d say next.

Email #1: Red Bull

Subject: Participate In the Redbull Car Advertisement Agent (BE PAID TO DRIVE)

ATTENTION!!!

We are currently seeking to employ individuals world wide. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car advertising for RED BULL.

How it works?

Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: RED BULL seeks people — regular citizens, professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “RED BULL” 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.

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 1 month.

You will be compensated with $600 per week which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you RED BULL shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment of $300 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car.

It is very easy and simple no application fees required contact email along with the following you are interested in these offer.

Send the Details below to [email protected]

Full Name:
Address:
City:
State:
Zip code:
Country:
Present Occupation:
Age/Sex:
Make of car/ year:
Telephone numbers:
Email:

We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information.

Kind Regards,

Michael Sparrow
909-666-5049
Advert Manager,
Red Bull

Email #2: Henekin

This is a follow-up email from a similar scam:

Dear Applicant

Thanks for your prompt response,It is Very Easy and Simple with No Application fees required : Here’s how It works – The basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept

HEINEKEN seeks people — regular citizens, not professional drivers — to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “HEINEKEN” 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

What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness.The auto wraps tend to be colorful and 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 and can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month.

You will be compensated with a $400 (four hundred dollars per Week),which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use the space. HEINEKEN shall provide Experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment of $400 (four hundred dollars) inform of check for accepting to carry this advert on your car and other weekly payments will also come in the form of checks and delivered at your address weekly.

The following information below will be needed

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/home :
Email Address:

We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive these information, HEINEKEN looks forward to working with you.

Hiring Manager
David Hutckins

Consumer Alerts

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) have both issued warning to the public regarding Car Wrapping Scams.

In addition, warnings about such scams have appeared on many television newscasts around the country.

Watch one of these newscasts from WLOS News 13 out of North Carolina:

Bottom Line

Whenever someone offers to send you money and asks you to wire a portion back, this is an indication you are being scammed, regardless of how convincing they sound. If you receive an email like one of the samples above, you’re better off just deleting it and moving on.

Have you been contacted by a scammer like the ones listed above? Let us hear from you in the comments below!

Updated February, 12 2015
Originally published February 2013

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  • lynn

    I received a request revia text message to put Dr pepper wrap on my car for advertising compensating me $300 a wk for 5 mths. I recieved a check in the mail today for 1300.50 they stated .once the check cleared they wanted me to take the $300 out for wk 1 and send the rest via western union to their wrapping agency. I did a check verification online and the check could not be verified I will call the bank the check has been issued through tomorrow to see if the funds are available and to be sure the account is a legitimate account. If not I will be calling my local police department and giving them all information regarding this matter. If the bank says it’s legit then I will open a new separate account just for the check and I will not send any money to anyone until check clears and I have cash in my hand. The name on the check is Joseph A Lovenguth out of NJ. No company name but a person to me that’s weird
    It is also a checklock ( check) supposedly secured to reduce the risk of fraud and liability? Is this legit or not? It does sound too good to be true

  • Joe James

    I got this one from Dr pepper. I was actually excited at first. Then Google crushed my dreams as always, lol.

    Hello,

    We are currently seeking to employ individual’s world wide. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car,lorry, or a truck advertising for Diet Dr Pepper.

    How it works?

    Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: Diet Dr Pepper  seeks people — regular citizens,professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “Diet Dr Pepper Drink” plastered on your car, Trucks or lorry.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.

    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 6 months and the minimum you can participate is 3 months.

    You will be compensated with $300 per week which is essentially a “Rental” payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you, Diet Dr Pepper shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment of $600 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car,lorry or Truck.

    It is very easy and simple , no application fees required contact email along with the following if you are interested in these offer.

    Full Name:
    Physical Address:
    City:
    State:
    Zip code:
    Age:
    Make of car/ year:
    Exterior Color of Car:
    Telephone numbers:
    Email Address:
    Do you have a driver’s license? YES/NO?

    We will contact you immediately we receive this information.

    Hiring Manager
    Sanora Flores
    [email protected]

    Regards.

    • Sally

      This is the same one I got …. Fortunately, friends checked it out for me … Won’t be getting hopes up on this kinda crap any more!!!

  • Sabriya

    I also received an email from someone by the name of Larry Faulkner about payment for wrapping my car.

    • David J Winters

      I got the same guy claiming to be the hiring manager for full throttle energy drink. I told him I didn’t get the check if he could wire me the money we could then proceed still waiting on that wire. Hope he sends it soon. lol I didn’t fall for this.

  • Paul Murphy

    One of the numbers to watch out for is (276)447-0871 that’s the one that kept texting me after I said no I’m good.

  • Lonnie

    just got a text from scammers for a Fruitopia wrap same speil for 600 bucks I called cocacola they were like nope….

  • Bonnie

    I received an email from TOMS Promotional Manager David James, and was just contacted by the “Decal Specialist”. The scam is as follows: I will receive an upfront fee of 0, and fee for the decal specialist of ,000 for him to come and place the ad. I will receive a certified cashiers check every 2 weeks for ,600. The contract term is minimum of 3 months and max of 6 months. Decal specialist needs my address, even though I’ve already given it to the Promotions Manager of “TOMs”.

  • Cortney Hughes

    Craiglist has a posting up with the Mountain Dew advertisement for $400 a week. I was hoping it was legit because I love Mountain Dew and thought it would be a nice side money maker. So glad I decided to see if it was a scam as I have already fallen victim to one check scammer on craiglist. Got me for $3,000 at the bank.

  • LAMONT HEADING

    I received an email for this car wrap. Also glad I did my research.

  • J

    I RECIEVED THIS! I CALLED THEM WITH NO ANSWER…TOO ASK THEM MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT IT…I ALSO EMAILED THEM AND ASKED ABOUT ANY TAX FORMS I WOULD NEED FOR THE MONEY I WOULD RECIEVE…I GUESS YOU CAN SAY I WAS FEELING THEM OUT, HAD A FEELING THIS WAS A SCAM. IN STEAD OF ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS THEY TOLD ME THEY WERE WIRE ME OUT MY CHECK IF I DONT OPT OUT BY EMAIL WITHIN 24 hrs.OF COURSE I OPT OUT BUT IM STILL YET TO SEE IF IT COMES IN THE MAIL.I WILL THEN REPORT IT TO CRIMINAL INFORCEMENT.

    Hello

    Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: Monster Energy
    Drink® seeks people — regular citizens, licensed drivers to go about their
    normal routine as they usually do, only with an advert for “Monster
    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.
    This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is
    a month.

    You will be compensated with $300 each week which is essentially a
    “rental” payment for letting our company use the space and no fee is
    required from you. Monster Energy Drink® will provide experts that would
    handle the advert placing on your car. Also, you will receive an up front
    payment of $300 in form of check via courier service for accepting to carry
    this advert on your car.

    It is very easy and simple no application fees required. If interested,
    please reply with the following details below.

    Applicant information:
    Full Names :
    Full Street Address(not PO BOX) :
    APT #:
    City,State,Zip Code:
    Cell Phone Number:
    Home Phone Number:
    We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information.

    Best Regards,
    Donald King
    Monster Energy Drink®

  • Maria

    I received an email this morning from Red Rain energy drink which isn’t even sold in Australia. Here it is:
    Would you wrap your car, bus, truck, van, boat or bicycle in an Ad and earn $300 Weekly at no cost by just going about your normal routine only with an advert of RedRain energy Drink plastered on your vehicle without affecting the painting or the body?

    Reply if Interested to get more details about this promo.

    Jason Yun
    Hiring Manager

  • Dee Dee Simms

    I just received an email with the same offer for Full Throttle Energy Drink car wrap. Glad to know it’s a scam before I got involved.

  • Debra Gould

    I just received a similar email from “William Smith” of Auto Wrap, replying to my initial response that gave similar details. Once I read, “Bank certified or cashiers check…You are to wait for the check to clear your account once you have made the deposit” I was sure it was a scam.

    I have been applying for jobs, so this came to me off a website that I felt was legit…CareerBuilders.com. I am no fool, so I did not go further with this except to let the person/company know that I was forwarding the email to the FTC.

  • henry

    Just received email from Pepsi to wrap my car. They said they sent check UPS, was to take my month’s pay and wire the rest to the decal place.

  • Tone

    Yea!!!! Just got one from Pepsi-Cola Corporation. Thanks for warning us of these scams.

  • Andre Peregrina

    I received an e-mail from Monster Energy back on March 5th 2015 I also led them on but never actually received a check and haven’t heard from them again since March 14th.

  • Bessie

    I received one from a Paddy Cho who stated that she was hiring manager for Redrain Energy Drink and then googled it and found out it was a scam.

  • Mr. Disappointed

    Since February 2013!?! It sounded too good to be true, I was gonna have them do that to all my 4 cars. Darn, I was so excited too.

  • Mike Johnson

    I had a pepsi scam contact me. I led him on until he sent the check for $1900. I had no intention of cashing it. I contacted pepsi and not much happened. Isnt any law enforcement agency going to go after these maggots?

  • terry

    They’re calling me at 4am! I could barely understand, the connection was so bad. He was desperate. I deposited the check mailed 3 days ago. The grammar and spelling in the emails are a giveaway too. 24 hours later I have received a text asking me “What’s going on? Its critical you deposit the check right away!”

    This one is for Full Throttle. DON’T FALL FOR IT. Scam scam scam scam.

    • David J Winters

      I got that one too. Sneaky devils.

  • Amanda

    Yeah i got a similar email from “Guinness beer”. Don’t they know its wrong to get peoples hopes up like that. Can’t they catch the scam artist by following where the money goes after it was sent through western union?

    • nancy

      i had an email scam as well from a Henry saying he can wrap my car with full throttle. He sent me a fake check. Don’t cash it. Report it to authorities.

  • aaron

    I got one from Nokia lumina. It’s 400 a week for 8wks to a year. They actually called me yesterday and told me the check has been mailed. The email came from Nokia.

  • zac

    They are going on Facebook and posting the email in threads as well. I just emailed them then googled because I was a skeptic as well. That’s where I found this page! Glad I looked it up.

  • kazmis

    I was emailed today, to have my car wrapped with the Heineken ads. Thanks for the heads up!

  • favored1!

    I got one from Diet Dr a Pepper… They said they were going to send me a check for $1750 in the mail and I needed to cash it then send the rest to the graphics designer… Scam written all over it!

  • Brian Treece

    Got one from a Frank Moore supposedly at Pitbull energy drink. Looks word for word like the one above ,yada ,yada,$400 ,etc,etc. Im in the habit now of googling every thing ,well,offers that come my way even if it seems legit. Make a habit of it people. Good idea ,best i ve had all day.

  • David

    Recieved one from full throttle. Was word for word of the scam you mentioned. Glad i saw this on google. Thank you

  • Deasia Nichele

    I did pitbull energy drink… I called the bank on the check it says the account number is invalid

  • Bishopville

    I was contacted by one Jennifer Bayton who claim to be a advertising manager for Pepsi cola car wrap, but I watched closely and I asked some questions which she didn’t answer and the whole thing look like it was program because out the information she asked I provided some and withholding some hoping the next email will request for the remain information as it was demanded in first mail but rather it proceeds to tell me how much she gonna send and what to do with the money, then I decide to come Google it to see if Pepsi-Cola was actually doing any stuff like that and if Jennifer Bayton is actually working there; but when I got here I find out what I thought it should be! Please how can we clean this virus (people) from our society?
    And funny enough she has a Facebook account with the same name!

  • Larry A Nickel

    PS Don’t Cash the Check
    Have Your Bank investigate it

    • Jennifer

      I looked her fb account up IRS a fake.1 She has no friends
      2 what women her age would not be posting? Her post are very far apart

  • Jasmin Strada

    Then what happen was it a scam??

  • Crystal Ann Harris

    I was emailed by red rain is it a scam?

  • neesosweet

    I just got one from budweiser. Yet another scam. Im telling everyone I know to keep your current paint job and your day job. This is a sure way to end up with nothing to wrap!

  • Lyn

    I was sent a text msg asking for me to wrap my car in Mountain Dew
    Energy Drink advertising. I responded by asking for more details which they sent. I gave them my name, phone number and address only – they already has this info since they contacted me initially. Then they sent an e-mail with a contract attached and asked me to complete it ASAP and send it back to them so they could wire me the first of many $600 weekly payments and a graphic designer would contact me to wrap my car. When I read the ‘contract’, I thought something was wrong because they spelled mountain incorrectly haha. Time to call the police.

  • Lyn

    I was sent a text msg asking for me to wrap my car in Mountain Dew
    Energy Drink advertising. I responded by asking for more details which they sent. I gave them my name, phone number and address only – they already has this info since they contacted me initially. Then they sent an e-mail with a contract attached and asked me to complete it ASAP and send it back to them so they could wire me the first of many $600 weekly payments and a graphic designer would contact me to wrap my car. When I read the ‘contract’, I thought something was wrong because they spelled mountain incorrectly haha. Time to call the police.

  • Joey

    Just received the “wrap offer” from Tom’s Shoes. First clue something wasn’t right was the e-mail address of the sender. And the wording was somewhat strange and in a very unusual font. Anyway – thanks for the info from this site to validate what I thought to be the case….

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