As part of its mission to alert consumers to the latest frauds and rip-offs, Better Business Bureau Serving Acadiana warns consumers of scam emails or text messages that offer to pay consumers up to $700 a week for simply wrapping a personal vehicle with a company logo.
Potential victims of this scam receive an email or text message that appears to be from a well-known drink brand or a company representing the brand.
These scams have impersonated brands such as Monster Energy, Coca Cola, Heineken, Bud Light and, most recently, 7UP.
One consumer recently reported to BBB that he received a scam email claiming to pay him $700 a week to wrap his car with a 7UP logo.
He was asked to reply with contact information and vehicle details, then received an up-front “payment” in the form of a fake check after further correspondence.
When the consumer received the fake check, it was for more money than he was promised. He was instructed to deposit the check, then immediately forward a large portion of the money to someone else to handle expenses for having his vehicle wrapped.
Even though credit for a deposit may show on an account immediately, it actually takes seven to 10 business days for a check to clear the bank. The consumer was asked to wire the money immediately before the bank determined the check was not real.
At this point, the consumer became suspicious and brought the scam to BBB before following these directions.
If a victim deposits the check and withdraws the money, he or she will be responsible for the bank's losses after they wired good money to the fraudsters.
Scammers usually asked that the money be wired because it is nearly untraceable and impossible to have the money recovered once it is received on the other side.
BBB offers the following tips to avoid this and similar employment fake check scams:
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BBB Serving Acadiana services the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry and Vermilion.