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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328 Comments on Scam Alert: Car Wrap Sales Pitch

  1. From: Net Shop Auto Wrap Team ([email protected]) Your junk email filter is set to exclusive.
    Sent: Fri 3/21/14 8:10 AM
    To:

    This message is here because your junk email filter is set to exclusive.
    Wait, it’s safe!

    MAKE MONEY BY DRIVING YOUR CARADVERTISERS WANTED FOR NET SHOP AUTO WRAP It is Easy and Simple No Application fees required How it works: Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept. NET SHOP AUTO WRAP seeks people…regular citizens, not professional drivers…to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “NET SHOP AUTO WRAP” plastered on their cars. 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. This Auto Wraps ad strategy, largely successful in the United Kingdom, tends to be colorful, eye-catching and attract good attention from thousands daily. Plus, it is 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 period you can participate is 1 month You will be compensated with a weekly payment of $650.00 (Six Hundred and Fifty Dollars), which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use your space. Experts to be provided by NET SHOP AUTO WRAP will handle the advert placing on your car. New colorful wraps will be introduced weekly. If you are interested, please forward the requested information below to: [[email protected]] 1. Full Name:2. Age3. Occupatio4. Make of Car / Year5. Address:City:State:Zip Code: NOTE: Physical address is required, not PO Box.6. Phone Number(s) Home, Mobile , Work7. Email Address: An Officer of the Company will contact you after your contact information is received. NET SHOP AUTO WRAP looks forward to working with you. Net Shop Auto Wrap TeamNew York

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

  3. 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.

  4. Kevin Thompson // March 26, 2014 at 7:06 am // Reply

    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

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. Got one myself.

    From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Budweiser® Beer
    Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 11:02 AM
    To: undisclosed-recipients:
    Subject: Budweiser Black Crown Ad Campaign

    Hello!

    Would You Wrap Your Car in an Ad for 300 dollars Weekly? Reply if interested…

    Best Regards,
    Bebe Dawson.
    Hiring Manager,
    Budweiser® Beer

  9. Missy Bair // April 3, 2014 at 9:09 pm // Reply

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

  10. I received one of these from Martin Pamella of heinekenadvert & he also asked me to wire money to the car wrap representative which was the 2nd indicator that it was a scam. The other indicators were his emails with grammatical errors and the gmail address.

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From:
    Date: Apr 7, 2014 3:44 PM
    Subject: Re: Heineken Advertisements Instruction!!Urgent Response Needed
    To: “martin pamella”
    Cc:

    Do you have a phone number so I can contact you for clarification? Please and thanks.

    Kim

    On Apr 7, 2014 3:06 PM, wrote:
    Hi..I just checked my mail and there is a check for $2750.57 in it. Can you give me details on what I am supposed to do? I didn’t see any documents other than the check.

    Kim

    On Apr 7, 2014 2:53 PM, “martin pamella” wrote:
    Hello …
    What is happen over there? Since i email you that the payment has been send out to your location you didn’t response back you silent and now the payment check have delivered to your location today April 7, 2014 , 12:38 pm Delivered WICHITA, KS 67208…kindly make sure you follow the instruction and do get back to me asap
    Thanks
    Martin

    On Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM, martin pamella wrote:
    Hello,

    This email is to notify you that the payment for the car wrap services which you applied for is to be delivered to your residence today via USPS with Tracking No: 9405501699320019185685

    1. Kindly proceed and have it deposited into your bank account and funds will be available for withdrawal 24hrs after it has been deposited. I will be waiting for a confirmation message once it has been deposited

    2. Once you have cashed the financial instrument I need you to do the following:

    a. Deduct $ 300 which is your upfront weekly pay

    b. Then from the balance left, set aside $ 170.00 to cover the wire transfer fees and the rest should be used in getting gas for running around.

    c. Send the remaining funds to the agency who is in charge of placing the decal on your car and as well removing the wrap as soon as the program is completed. Once payment is confirm the location of where the car will be wrapped in your neighbourhood will be sent to you. You are sending the funds to the head office of the agency for fast processing. The agency informed me that for easy clearing of the funds and due to the limit of funds that can be picked up at a time. You are to split the funds into two halves and send each half from a western union and the other half at a money gram outlet to their representative stated below. Locate a western union and send out exactly $ 1140 to the information below via western union money transfer in minutes to the information below…

    NAME : BARUTI TUMELO
    CITY : HYATTSVILLE
    STATE: MD
    ZIP CODE : 20785

    Upon completion of the western union, please proceed and have exactly $1140 sent via money gram money transfer in minutes to the same information.You are to use the leftover funds to cover the transfer charges, Kindly get back with the below information as soon as both transfer have been completed.

    1st Transfer MTCN Number & Total Amount Sent
    2nd Transfer Ref Number & Total Amount Sent

    You have to confirm that you understand the content of this mail also confirm when you receive the check package this afternoon.

    Waiting to have confirmation from you.

    Acknowledge receipt of this email immediately ..

    Best Regards
    Martin Pamella.
    Hiring Manager,
    AdSmart Outdoor Advertising Inc.

    On Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 6:28 PM, martin pamella
    How are you doing today? we are very sorry for the delay of the payment…payment will be send out to your location this week i will get back to you with the tracking number asap
    Thanks
    Martin

    On Sun, Mar 23, 2014 at 12:56 AM, martin pamella wrote:
    Okay..i will get back to yo as soon as the payment send out to your location
    Thanks
    Martin

    On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM,

    On Mar 20, 2014 4:20 PM, “martin pamella” wrote:
    >
    > Dear Kimberly,
    >
    > Your information has been received, Below are some questions you need to answer before we can proceed.
    >
    > How long do you intend to carry the advert on your car 1 month,2 months or 3 months? 3 months
    > Do you have a drivers license? Yes
    > Do you use your car everyday? Yes
    > Have you crashed a car between Jan 2011 till date? No
    > Do you have an existing checking account where you will deposit your check for letting our company use your car? Yes

    Reconfirming Name and address…

    Name:
    Address:
    City:
    State:
    Zip Code:
    Mobile phone number:
    Home phone number:
    >
    > Also reconfirm your Name and address where your upfront payment should be mailed to along with your mobile and home number Note you will receive a check/ Money Order, which will cover your weekly up front payment of ($300) for carrying the advert on your car/truck and an additional sum which will be forwarded to the decal installer/expert who will be responsible for the advert placing on your car.
    >
    > Also Check Your Email Every Day To Get Updated As To When The Upfront Payments Will be delivered to you.We Need a Personal Phone Number And a Confirmation Of Your Personal Address Of Where You Want Your Upfront Payments And Also The Advert To Arrive to .
    >
    >
    > Best Regards,
    > Martin Pamella
    > Hiring Manager,
    > Heineken Drink ®
    >
    >
    > On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 10:16 PM,
    >>
    >> Full Name:
    >> Address line 1:
    >> City:
    >> State:
    >> Zip Code:
    >> Age:
    >> Phone Number:
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> On Mar 20, 2014 4:09 PM, “martin pamella” wrote:
    >>>
    >>> Dear Applicant,
    >>>
    >>> Wrap your car with Heineken Drink ® Advertisement Wrap and Get Paid…
    >>>
    >>> 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 Drink ® Advertising seeks people — regular citizens, not professional drivers — to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert of “Heineken Drink ®” plastered on your car/truck.The adverts 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 $300 (Three hundred dollars per Week),which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use the space and we shall provide Experts that would handle the advert placing on your car.Interested person should please feel Free to fill out the information below and send it back to us today and we will get back to you with details.
    >>>
    >>> Full Names:
    >>> Address Line 1:
    >>> Address Line 2:
    >>> City:
    >>> State:
    >>> Zip Code:
    >>> Age:
    >>> Home Phone Number:
    >>> Cell / Mobile Phone Number
    >>>
    >>> Best Regards,
    >>> Martin Pamella
    >>> Hiring Manager,
    >>> Heineken Drink ®
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> On Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 10:38 PM,
    >>>>
    >>>> On Mar 17, 2014 4:16 PM, “martin pamella” wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Hello!
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Would You Wrap Your Car in an Ad for 300 dollars Weekly? Reply if interested…
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Best Regards,
    >>>>> Hiring Manager,
    >>>>> Heineken Drink ®
    >>>
    >>>
    >

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