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. 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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  • MEL

    I received almost exact info from this original post! This company is from RED RHINO MARKETING GROUP, has anyone heard or worked with them? He has been contacting me from craigslist then asked to reply directly to his work email . He also has texted me once. When I asked questions and mentioned how some are scams and why had been looking in to this but ben hesitating, all his reply was “this is nothing like you thought” He now says the check has been mailed to me. This one has promised $500 a week min one month also and can be up to 1-3 months of having the wrap. That seems way to good to be true of course. Maybe I shall just walk into the bank and personally mention I think it’s a fraud and to look up their info.

  • Jamie

    I received $2000 dollars took them to the post office but said they wasn’t happy to cash this amount as I told the company I don’t have an account and said this would be fine, the travellers cheques have the water marks, also today received an email saying that they would like to employ me as a marketing assistant for the UK as there based in USA and want to expand! But one thing is for sure is in the UK if you get a job advertising a well known brand they normally give you a car to drive around in e.g a Mini Cooper with a big Red Bull can on the roof, be careful people and the next email I get I will be sending a plea sent message back! Ha yeah right…

  • Ata

    Yep I am emails back and forward with the a-hole he is trying to pull a #2 on us

  • Paul

    Same as all the rest above – Company Autowrap Inc, USA – BEWARE!
    Offered $400/wk. Some guy named Kenneth Payton, Asked for same information as mentioned by others. Said check would send immediately and would include payment for “advert specialist”
    This is bullsh**. I replied that I knew this was a scam and was reporting his e-mail and info to appropriate authorities.
    I also told him not to reply or send any more info.

    I get the “mystery shopper” scams everyday as well.

    • Danny s

      Hehehehehehehheeh

  • Danny s

    My latest scam was a check from William Norman -it was the same crap everybody else is writing-you sign up and they send you a check -check was for 2950 and they always throw the smokescreen in front of that dreaded trip to western union or money gram-they tell you to go shopping at Walmart and you could spend up to 100 dollars on yourself-that’s so nice of them isn’t it-Hehehehe-then they want you to wire the money to some other mystery shopper and they tell you that time is very important-this idiot was rather funny because he was telling me if I do a good job on my first assignment my next assignment would be a trip to a museum or a possible trip to las Vegas to evaluate a casino or a possible trip to macys in manhattan to evaluate the store.i had a little bit of fun with this one and eventually gave him the bad news hat there would be no dreaded trip to western union-there are plenty of these desperate people out here-I get at least 1 of these emails monthly

  • Teresa Hilton

    I received a e-mail to day to make 400 dollars a week for letting Budweiser select wrap my car….for 3 months

  • Angela

    I received one too for NOS Energy Drink. I told the guy Ryan Simmons that I wasn’t sending him anything until the check cleared. I deposited it into my saving because I didn’t want it tied to my checking account. I wish I would’ve saw this site first before I wasted my time. But, in the end it doesn’t matter because I didn’t lose any money.

  • 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

  • Gina

    Just received one of these but a “teaser” version. Email was sent to me and other “undisclosed recipients” and simply says:

    “Would you wrap your car for $300 weekly? Reply YES if interested”

    Sent from John Morgan from email address: [email protected]

    Had a feeling it was a scam because A) I don’t know this person first and foremost and B) there were “undisclosed recipients” in addition to me on the email distribution list.

    My thoughts is always, when it doubt, check it out (and, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is!)

  • cecile tebo

    i just received the same correspondence for one from toms shoes!

  • Carol

    Received e mail for I phone 6. Is this a scam?

  • Carol Nash

    Received a email about auto wrap for I phone 6. Is this also a scam.

  • sven

    I received the same thing you guys have, It’s for Pitbull energy drinks. It’s all fake,, beware…..

  • Gaby

    Got one like that from “Michael Williams” at Autowrap….
    I’m surprised that anybody would even consider this email real. It’s screaming scam…. Also, it asks for personal information…. What’s the first thing everybody knows about phishing….? It’s sad that we have to deal with things like that, but this one couldn’t be any clearer, and nobody should fall for it.

  • Kevin Thompson

    So far I have seen Red Bull, mountain dew, and some other drink company. It is such a shame that most seem to be scams. If a legitimate company wanted to pay me X amount per week or month for a full car wrap, I would honestly do it. I have not found any legitimate ones yet

  • Lisa

    Thank you so much for posting this scam alert on the internet. It does almost sound like something to try, but hearing about all the scams going around lately I was skeptical. When I typed in the email that was on the message they sent me your page wss the only thing that came up. I appreciate the heads up warning cause the sample emails you had was exactly like the one I received. Thanks again for taking the time to aware people not to get invloved and to delete.
    Have a great day
    Lisan

  • Tammy

    Help , I’m in the middle of this scam , just realizing that it is a scam , I don’t know what to do now!! Please advise!

  • Debi

    I was scammed, I am now in the hole for $2.000,00. I was scammed by a “hiring manager” named Paul Nolan. It was for Powerade Energy Drink, or Shark Energy Drink. I was totally duped. After visiting your site,I realized that I have no recourse, Why do people have to be so bad? I’m devastated and I feel like a fool.

    • Bishopville

      Wait a minute are we saying the bank doesn’t know a fake check or who own that check and where it came from to be trace or something?

  • Missy Bair

    I just recently eceived the infamous RED BULL advert email, what a nasty April Fool’s joke

  • James M

    Geez, I was only offered $300 out of the $1650 they were going to send me, I feel ripped off seeing that people here are being offered $400! I did report it to UNC Wilmington, though, since that’s where this check came from.

  • sam

    I didn’t know this was a scam until now when I just read this website. The campaign was for a Budweiser beer wrap with vinyl decals, the whole shebang. I received the check from the San Diego County Credit Union, it was a CASHIER’S CHECK. I tried calling the bank but they are closed. The check amount was for 1862 dollars, it looks legit for the average eye. But I bet once I go to the bank tmrw to try and cash it they will laugh, the guy keeps emailing me to send the money back through prepaid visa cards that they want me to buy with my own money. It doesn’t make sense, why would you send me all the money, why not just send it all to the so-called specialists, some people really are idiots if they think that this is real…

  • tam

    New one out. Car wraps with bud light. From Ricardo Rodriguez. Don’t do it total scam. After I got my check for $2200.00 they told me to wire the money. When I started to ask questions they never got back with me. But they said the check only lasts for 24 hours and that I need to do it right away. Whatever! Anyways. My boyfriends a cop and his father works for the FBI. They said they’ll track them down. Stupid people even texted me.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Crystal Ann Harris

    I was emailed by red rain is it a scam?

  • Jasmin Strada

    Then what happen was it a scam??

  • Larry A Nickel

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

  • 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!