Scam Alert -- Easy Cash Just by Driving Your Car? It's a Con

  
     
Don't Fall for Car Wrapping Con
March 16, 2015


Looking for an easy way to supplement your income? Don't fall for fake emails that offer to pay you $300 a week for simply wrapping your car with a company logo.

How the Scam Works:

You get an email that appears to be from a well-known drink brand. These latest scams use Monster Energy's name, but scammers have also impersonated brands such as Coca Cola and Heineken. 

The email claims to be offering you a chance to earn $300 (or more) a week. All you need to do is wrap your car with the Monster Energy logo and use the vehicle for your daily routine. Sounds easy! You reply and are asked to provide contact information and vehicle details. You are also promised an up-front payment.

When you receive your check, it's for far more than you were promised. Your new "boss" instructs you to deposit it and wire the difference to another person. This third party is allegedly responsible for designing the car wrap. Don't do it! It's a scam, and the check is a fake. If you deposit the check and withdraw the money, you will be responsible for the bank's losses. 

How to Spot a Job Scam: 

  • Don't fall for an overpayment scam. No legitimate job would ever overpay an employee and ask him/her wire the money elsewhere. This is a common trick used by scammers.
  • Some positions are more likely to be scams: Always be wary of work from home, secret shopper positions or any job with a generic title, such as admin assistant or customer service representative. These often don't require special training or licensing, so they appeal to a wide range of applicants. Scammers know this and use these otherwise legitimate titles in their fake ads.
  • If a job looks suspicious, search for it online. If the result comes up in many other cities with the exact same job post, it is likely a scam. Also, check the real company's job page to make sure the position is posted there.
  • Watch out for on-the-spot job offers.You may be an excellent candidate for the job, but beware of offers made without an interview. A real company will want to talk to a candidate before hiring him or her.
  • Looks for typos and bad grammar: If the offer is really coming from a famous brand like Coca Cola, their email shouldn't be riddled with bad writing.  

For More Information

Learn more about car wrapping scams on the BBB blog. To find out more about other scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper (bbb.org/scam).

 

This Scam Alert has been sponsored by Western Union, a BBB National Partner.