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Watch For Scams Newsletter. Want to Get Paid to Drive Your Own Car?
April 22, 2012

Want to Get Paid to Drive Your Own Car?

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Want to Get Paid to Drive Your Own Car?

Several people have complained about a scam involving the advertising of a company's logo on their personal vehicle while they go about their normal daily routine.

Although legitimate offers exist, those scammed reported that initial contact with the scammer was mostly through online ad postings. The posting offered an easy way to earn extra income by allowing businesses to advertise their logo on your personal vehicle through a vinyl decal or "auto wrap."

The fraudsters were using company names such as Coca Cola, Monster Energy drink, Carlsberg beer, Heineken Co., and Red Bull. People were advised they would be paid an average of $400-$600 per week in exchange for driving around with vinyl advertising signs wrapped around their vehicle. Those interested in participating were asked to provide their contact information and vehicle details.

They were promised an up-front payment, which would be sent by check or money order. The employment offer was, of course, entirely fake. Those who fell for the scam received a check or money order for more than the promised amount. They were directed to cash it and wire the difference to a third party, who was supposed to be the graphics designer to pay for the cost of the design. The checks and money orders turned out to be counterfeit and the criminals, once again, were able to convert fraudulent checks and money orders into untraceable cash, leaving the victim responsible for the bank's losses.

If you believe you have been a victim of this type of scam you should promptly report it to the IC3's website at The IC3's complaint database links complaints together to refer them to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration.

Remember - always watch for scams!


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