Car Wrap Advertising Scam
[UPDATED BELOW 10/23/20] There has been a sudden increase in scammers pretending to be Advertising/Marketing companies and offering to pay people to wrap their cars with advertisements. Kind of like creating a rolling billboard. The scammers offer $300 or more per week and send a check for the first week’s pay plus extra money needed to send to the “company” who will be putting the ad onto the car. The victim is to deposit the check and wire/send the money to the company hired to place the ad on the owner’s car.
Except the check is fake and bounces in about week or so. In the meantime the victim has sent his or her real hard-earned money to the scammer. Ads look something like this…
MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR CAR OR TRUCK
compensation: $300 weekly
employment type: part-time
Have your car, truck, or bike wrapped with Monster product decal and get $300 weekly, contact our agent (717) 835-3492 for more info
Doug from TDS received the following email twice (45 min. apart) inviting him to join this 3 month program ($500/month) to place “advert” on this car because they are seeking “regular citizens, not professional drivers to go about their normal routine…” Raymond Williams emailed Doug from the domain car-wrap-marketing.com.
The domain car-wrap-marketing.com certainly sounds official. However, a Google search can’t find anything about this domain or business. A WHOIS look up shows that this domain was registered privately, through a proxy service, on June 4, 2019 just one week before Doug got this email. NOTHING ABOUT THIS EMAIL SOUNDS LEGITIMATE!
Here’s another email for a car wrap scam, pretending to be someone from the Olympic Games!
A colleague sent us this email that was forwarded to him today. Look very carefully at all the information in the email. Can you spot the clever discrepancy that many readers might overlook?
Car Wrap Scam from Phony Pedras Water Company
Car Wrap Scams at ScamGuard