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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230 Comments on Scam Alert: Car Wrap Sales Pitch

  1. Cortney Hughes // April 17, 2015 at 4:31 am // Reply

    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.

  2. LAMONT HEADING // April 15, 2015 at 4:33 pm // Reply

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

  3. 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®

  4. 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

  5. Dee Dee Simms // April 9, 2015 at 11:07 am // Reply

    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.

  6. Debra Gould // April 6, 2015 at 8:41 am // Reply

    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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. Andre Peregrina // March 24, 2015 at 7:50 pm // Reply

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Mr. Disappointed // February 27, 2015 at 1:09 am // Reply

    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.

  12. Mike Johnson // February 18, 2015 at 8:48 am // Reply

    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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

    • 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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!

  19. Brian Treece // January 14, 2015 at 8:38 am // Reply

    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.

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

  21. Deasia Nichele // October 30, 2014 at 9:14 am // Reply

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

  22. 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!

  23. Larry A Nickel // September 12, 2014 at 11:27 am // Reply

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

    • 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

  24. Then what happen was it a scam??

  25. Crystal Ann Harris // August 19, 2014 at 7:45 pm // Reply

    I was emailed by red rain is it a scam?

  26. neesosweet // July 31, 2014 at 9:40 pm // Reply

    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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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….

  30. 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.

  31. 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…

  32. 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.

  33. 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

  34. 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.

    • 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?

  35. 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!

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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.

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

  40. Carol Nash // March 8, 2014 at 9:22 am // Reply

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

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

  42. cecile tebo // March 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm // Reply

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

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