Would you like to make some extra money? If someone told you that you can get paid $300 a week just by using your own car as a mobile advertisement for Monster Energy Drink, would you do it? It sounds like a pretty easy task to do doesn’t it?
But let me tell you now, it’s a scam. There’s no such thing as easy money. Don’t get sucked into it!
Scammers have used other well-known company logos such as Coca Cola and Heineken for their car wrap scams.
How This Scam Works?
People would receive an unsolicited email which appears to have come from a well-known and reputable company. The email would promise you $300 per week ($1200/month) just to drive around with a company logo wrapped around your car.
Once you respond to their email, they will request for your personal contact and vehicle details. Then you are informed that you will receive an upfront payment.
Then you will receive a check that shows a much higher amount than promised. But you’re told that it is to cover the cost of designing the car wrap. You are instructed to deposit this check and wire the difference to another person.
This is the part where you have been scammed! The check is fake!
If you had followed the scammers instructions to deposit the ‘fake’ check and withdraw money, then you are actually held responsible for the bank’s losses.
These fake checks never clear and the victims are often out of thousands of real dollars.
This is what you call an overpayment scam. If it is a legitimate offer, then you won’t be asked to send money back and will have no problem verifying the offer. This is a common trick that scammers use.
But unfortunately, many people still fall for these type of scams online.
If you get an email from a stranger, you really need to ask yourself this “If a stranger just came up to you on the street and gave you that check, would you deposit it?” It would seem bizarre I think.
What are your thoughts? Have you come across other similar overpayment scams? Please leave comments below.
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