Have you ever seen ads promising easy money for driving around in your car, slapping on ads for brands like Pepsi or Red Bull? The “company” behind the ads says all you have to do is deposit a check, use part of it to pay a specific car wrap vendor, and drive around like you normally would. Wait, before you jump on the bandwagon. It’s only easy money from the scammer who placed the ads.
How To Spot the “Offer”
An ad can appear on a job board, social media or even through private message if they found a profile or resume of you on a job site. Sometimes they even use free classifieds websites to advertise it as an employment opportunity.
How The Scam Works
You’ll read a message claiming you’ll make a couple hundred bucks. However, when the “company” send you a check, it’s for much more than that – possibly few thousand bucks. They will instruct 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 wired over the money, the check bounces and your bank tells you it was a fake. The money they told you is “your share” disappears, and the money you wired is long gone – with no way to get it back. Now you owe your bank money for the fake check. Obviously, there’s no one wrapping your car neither.
How To Know It’s a Scam
If you get a message urging you to deposit a check and wire money back, it’s a scam. It doesn’t matter what reason or excuse it is, it’s a scam every time. If it was a legitimate car wrap opportunity, the company would directly pay the car-wrapping vendor.