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, and there are legitimate businesses that utilize this form of advertising. There is, however, 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, or Heineken. Here is one variant we have encountered:

The Scam
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.

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

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!

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  • 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….

  • 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.

  • waffles

    Thanks for the update and additional info. Good luck!

  • Lisa

    I received the same exact one except its mailed from Utah the check is from NCAA ( the actual address of the NCAA is listed even)… I had forgotten all about this. I received an email this am and immediately woke up to a package!!! Sc written all over it! Whenever it says to wire $ that’s a sign to me. They could pay their own people… Glad you also didnt fall for it…

  • Christian

    Ha! I live 15 minutes from Wood River!
    Also received an email today. For a car wrap for Shark Energy Drink. No phone number to call. Just laying out what you have here (almost word for word). Only asked for public information (address, not even for the phone number). And look for misspelled words or poor grammar. Especially the easily spelled words. That’s usually an indication.

  • Alan L.

    I to have received emails from Cruz Murry,and I have got to the point of receiving a check for $2330.00, after I went thru the info process,then I started to research shark energy drink to find out if it was a scam…yep!its a scam! I would like to know if there’s any way to get these people caught,in trouble in any way, or is one (if you will pardon me) just pissing into the wind! if nothing else I could send a nasty email back to “cruz”…I’m really frustrated, we really do need extra money!like a lotta folks out there, we are the perfect prey…the one’s who need money! Well at least I did’t cash this stupid check…

  • Brian

    They only thing they got from me was my address and phone number before I found out that this was a scam. Sucks too because I could have really used the money.

  • Kelly

    PS. This is the email I sent them back:

    Glad I did further research. No thanks.

    Scam Alert: Car Wrap Sales Pitch
    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. Unsuspecting victims will deposit this bogus check and wire money to the scammer. Then the check bounces, the victim has lost whatever money they wired.
    Whenever someone offers to send you money and asks you to wire a portion to another entity , this is an indication you are being scammed, regardless of how convincing they sound.

  • Pamela

    Thanks Kelly for your feed back I to recieved this bs advertisement scam, I just recievewd the check and thanks to all of the feed-back I will not be depositing this check. Most likely I will just send it back.As I am out of work and in desperat need of the funds to prevent losing my vehicle, I cannot fall short of a SCAM like this one. They should pay for praying on people like myself.

  • Margie

    Me too, the money would have made a huge positive impact on my life. and thank goodness my bank would not let me take the money until it cleared the bank. But I also got the same email from a Robert something, and I was doing my research on him when John’s e mail came and I had made the choice to sell the space on my car, I wish this had been up then. and I hope it will help someone to not get caught up in this mess.

  • waffles

    This looks very similar to what many of our commenters have reported here.

  • waffles

    It is nice to see even small victories such as yours. Keep up the fight!

  • TT

    I got this same one today, and one similar a week ago. I thought it was possibly a car theft ring as they wanted the first 8 people only, but wanted yr, make and model of your car, and if you kept it in the garage, drive or street, and what time I was “usually home” . Sounded like a robbery set up to me.

  • jennifer

    i received the same e-mail, and I went to sharkenergy.com and sent an e-mail out to all the offices at shark energy. I told them about the scam and how everyone is receiving this e-mail. I also reported to the FBI. they are NOT getting my money!!!

  • chyanne

    I received a check for over 2000.00 . When I called the bank the check was drawn from ,I was very surprised , it is a valid check . I donot have a bank account
    so a check cashing company will have to do., but I will hang on to the cash for a few days in case it does a delayed moon shot..

  • waffles

    A “valid check” does not mean there are any funds in the account.

  • Ginger

    I got caught! ugh! I did not check up on this till now. SOOOO stupid. Beware of Mark Marty Hiring Consultant Design & Branding Agency.
    Check was deposited on a Friday and the following Wednesday pulled out as no good.

  • deena barnes

    ya my husband got the same email sent to his phone,when we told them top stop calling and said we would rip the check in shreads they keep texting back saying they are not fraud ,so went to the red bull head office and they saud the check was fake ,thank god we did not wire it back…

  • dumb

    you went overseas to check on a $2000 check?

  • Nictoria

    I received the exact same email just a few weeks ago.

  • anonymous

    Also got the scam re: TOMS from Carlos Suarez

  • biggie

    I can confirm on behalf of Hype Energy drinks that the scam does NOT come from our company. This IS a scam using our Hype Energy brand and we have had our lawyers onto it since 2012. For a while it seemed to stop, however it has reopened again and we are trying to stop it.

  • Hype Energy Drinks

    “FREE HYPE ENERGY CAR WRAP OFFER”…IS A SCAM!!

    Please note that the current adverts circulating on Facebook and the net offering a free car wrap in return for cash is a SCAM. This advert is NOT from Hype Energy Drinks and the offer of employment is fake. Please do not respond to this criminal activity. It is designed to trick you into laundering money and gain access to personal data.

    PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THIS MESSAGE AND STAMP THIS FRAUD OUT!

  • Cynthia Flammia

    I have received the exact same email from TOMS “Franco Suarez”, he has USPS me a check for $2,550.00. I am still waiting to see if the check clears my bank. I have my bank manager watching my account… I spoke to TOMS, Inc., they advised me it is a scam…..

  • Kiki

    Hi
    I just got one exactly like that through gum tree when they advertised their job. What a scam they are very clever. Gonner ring my bank too and sort it out.

  • waffles

    It sounds a lot like many of the others shared here, all of which could be labeled scams.

  • Suzi

    Hello all!

    I just received the same email today, Dec.4, 2013. I’m glad I checked before going further than reading the bs email!… I am SOOOO TIRED of this junk!..I continually send the info to the gov website and my provider’s fraud division. I hope something is done to stop these fraudsters in their tracks!

    I am curious to see how they respond if I reply to their nonsense!

    Well…GOOD LUCK and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to EVERYONE!

    Blessings,

    Suzi

  • bobbutler

    Actually, the address: 3034 Fish Hatchery Rd. in Fitchburg, WI 85713 … is the UW Health and Kidney Clinic. Perhaps one of the interns there has a more lucrative part-time job.

  • waffles

    If they send an email like the one above, or are not located in your city, avoid them.

  • Danny s

    If anyone gets this kind of email it’s definitely a scam-a legitimate company would not send out any of this car crap stuff by email telling you that you can make 400 dollars a week