I’ve Tried That Readers, What Should I Do About This Car Wrap Advertising Scam?

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Car wraps and fake checks.

This year, one of the biggest scams around is the car wrap or car advertising scam. In a nutshell, you receive an email asking you if you’d like to make some money by having your car wrapped in a well-known brand logo (e.g., ROCKSTAR Energy Drink). Once you respond, you are sent a check for several thousand dollars and asked to deposit it. You are also asked to keep some money for yourself and wire the remaining cash to a graphic designer. This designer is then supposed to come and decorate your car.

The only problem with this plan is that the check is fake and bounces after a few days of sitting in your bank account. You are left with bounced check fees and your bank hunting after you for the missing money.

Here’s my personal experience with these car wrap scammers:

The Car Wrap Scam

In mid-September, I received an email from “David Christian” that originated from the address patriciabarrington@hotmail.com. The email simply said the following: Would You Wrap Your Car in an Ad for $300 Weekly? After I answered “yes,” I received the following email back:


Wrap advertising is the marketing practice of completely or partially covering (wrapping) a vehicle in an advertisement or livery, thus turning it into a mobile billboard. This can be achieved by simply painting the vehicle surface, but it is becoming more common today to use large vinyl sheets as decals. These can be removed with relative ease, making it much less expensive to change from one advertisement to another. Vehicles with large, flat surfaces, such as buses and light-rail carriages, are fairly easy to work with, though smaller cars with curved surfaces can also be wrapped in this manner. Wrap advertising is available to anybody irrespective of the vehicle you drive.

We are currently seeking to employ individuals in the United States of America. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car or banner wrapped for ROCKSTAR Energy Drink®

How it works?
Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: ROCKSTAR Energy Drink® seek residents in the United States who are professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “ROCKSTAR Energy Drink®” plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,”that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface.

Don’t Have a Car?
If you don’t have a car, you can also participate if you have a bike.

What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy?
Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is a month.

What is the Contract Duration?
Once the wrap has been installed, minimum term is 4 weeks and maximum is 12 weeks.

Would the wrap/decal damage the paint of my car?
The decal doesn’t damage the paint of car and will be removed by our representative once the contract expire. We will be responsible for installation and removal of the wrap.

You will be compensated with $300.00 per week which is essentially a “rental”payment for letting our company use the space and no fee is required from you. ROCKSTAR Energy Drink® shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an upfront payment of $300.00 in form of a check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car.

It is very easy and simple no application fees required. Get back with the following details if you are interested in this offer.

Applicant information:
Name :
Full Street Address(not PO BOX) :
APT #:
City,State,Zip Code:
Cell Phone Number:
Home Phone Number:

We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information.

Best Regards,
David Christian
Hiring Manager,
ROCKSTAR Energy Drink®

I provided my contact information, after which I received the following email:

Thank you for your swift response and your willingness to work with us. To this effect, you are advise to check your email regularly to get updates as to know when your upfront payment will arrive at your address.

1) You will receive a Check as a form of payment. As soon as you get the check, you will cash it for the decal wrapping on your car and deduct $300.00 as your up-front payment. The rest of the funds from that same check should be transferred to the Graphic artist that will wrap the decal on your vehicle. All you need is to confirm the acceptance and understanding of this email.

2) You will make a transfer of the remaining funds to the Graphic artist via wire transfer at an outlet in your area, the Info which you will make the transfer to will be emailed to you soon.

3) We’ll like you to confirm Information about your vehicle as below:

i) Type of Car and Color :

ii) Model/Year :

iii) Present Condition and the Mileage:

Note: Please, confirm that you did receive this message so that we can process funds that would be sent to you for the car advert.

All other instructions will be sent out to you asap.

I…………..Confirm to have received this email and understand the content.

Best Regards,
David Christian
Hiring Manager,
ROCKSTAR Energy Drink®

The Fake Check Arrives

I confirmed my willingness to work with “ROCKSTAR Energy Drink.” About a week later, I started receiving text messages on my phone from David Christian regarding my upcoming “check”.

Sure enough, when I went home and opened my mailbox, I found a check made out to me in the amount of $2,350. Woo hoo!

Interestingly, the check was made to look like it was coming from BOP, LLC, a legitimate clothing store business here in Madison, Wisconsin. The envelope, however, had a copy of a USPS Priority Mail 2-Day slip on it in which Rudy Grado, at 27405 Sutherland Drive, Warren, MI 48088-6078, was noted as the sender. I took pictures of both the fake check and the envelope it came in and have provided these pictures below. The pink stickies were affixed by me to hide my home address.

car wrap scam

Car wrap advertising scam

I called BOP, LLC and told them that I had received a check from them for the amount of $2,350. The business immediately asked me if my check was blue. I said no; it was actually a green color. The store immediately informed me that the check was fake and I should talk with law enforcement.

Meanwhile, I had David Christian texting me at least twice that day and asking me if I’d received my instructions on what to do with the check. I texted “him” back that I had yet to receive any emailed instructions. Naturally, when I later checked my email I found the following message:

Hello Halina,

Kindly proceed and deposit the check into your bank account and funds will be available for withdrawal 24hrs after it has been deposited. I will be waiting for a confirmation message immediately the check is deposited.

As soon as the cash is out you are to deduct $300.00 which is your upfront payment and forward the balance ($2,050.00) to the graphic artist that will be wrapping the decal on your vehicle via Money Gram and they will also be responsible for removing the decal when the program is completed. Please visit www.moneygram.com to check agent location close to you and make transfer through them.

Below is the name of the receiver. Please note that the transfer charges should be deducted from the remaining $2,050. You are to get back to me with the transfer details (Reference Number and the exact amount sent).

Below is the Graphic Artist Money Gram details to send the Money to

Receiver’s Information:
Name: Sandra Fagan
City: Jacksonville
State: FL
Zip Code: 32210

Kindly get back with the information below once the transfer has been completed.

Reference Number & Total Amount Sent

FAQ: Why am I sending money to Florida? The head office of the graphic artist is in FL.

As soon as payment is acknowledged by them, a local artist in your area will be sent to your address to install the decal wrap on your car. Let me know as soon as the check is deposited today.

If you require additional information, do not hesitate to email or call me.

Best regards,
David Christian
Hiring Manager.

What do you think I should do?

At this point in time, I’m debating about taking several different courses of action. I could do the following:

1. Contact local law enforcement and tell them that Patricia Barrington, Sandra Fagan and Rudy Grado are writing fake checks in a legitimate Madison business’ name.

2. Contact the FBI about the same issue since it spans several states (i.e., Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada and Florida).

3. Tell the scammers that I’ve deposited the check and am waiting for it to clear. This puts the car wrap scammers in a holding pattern because checks typically take 1-2 weeks to clear.

4. Tell the scammers that their “employment” check has been forwarded to the IRS for cashing because I owe back taxes and all my earnings must first be garnished (That should put them into a panic!).

5. New development! I might have a second car wrap scam check coming to my house very soon. This one is from George Jennings of NOS Energy Drink. Should I tell the ROCKSTAR scam folks that I’ve instead decided to work with the NOS scam folks- or vice versa?

I’ve Tried That readers, what would you do in this situation?

Update as of October 7, 2013:

First off all, thank you everyone for your feedback! I was feeling a little confrontational this morning, so I decided to first text David Christian and say that I’d deposited the check last Friday at my bank. Within seconds, I received a text message back from him, asking if I’d received my email instructions.

Deciding to not play text tag any longer, I called Mr. David Christian at the phone number (702) 605-0985. A guy with a slight English accent picked up the line and actually identified himself as David Christian. I told him that I’d deposited the check I’d been sent last Friday, but the bank had put a hold on it for some reason. He asked me how long the hold was. I answered that the bank wanted to hold it for two weeks.

David didn’t seem too concerned about the hold and said that I could just wait until the check cleared, then write out my own check to the graphic artist.

I then asked David about the Madison business that had been listed on the check (BOP, LLC). I said I was confused about why this business was being listed on the check. David answered that this business was the sponsor.

I then told David that I had contacted this business and they had no idea what I was talking about. BOP had also told me that the check was the wrong color (their checks have a blue background).

At that point, David and I lost connection. I tried calling him back at least two times. No answer. I wonder what happened. I hope he’s OK…

Update as of October 12, 2013:

This past week, I received the following email from a “George Jennings (george.jennings11@outlook.com)” of NOS Energy drink:

Hello Halina,

Information reaching me this morning has it that you will be receiving the check today. The check of  $2,330.00  has been sent to you via USPS with tracking number (9405501699320009816575) and it will be delivered to you this morning. Kindly proceed and  deposit the check into your bank account and funds will be available for withdrawal 24hrs after it has been deposited.

I will be waiting for a confirmation message immediately the check is deposited. As soon as the cash is out you are to deduct $300.00 which is your upfront payment and forward the balance  ($2,030.00) to the graphic artist that will be wrapping the decal on your car via Money Gram.

They also will be responsible in removing the decal when the program is completed.

Below is the name of the receiver. You are to get back to me with the transfer information (8 digits Money Gram Reference) Number and the exact amount sent). You are to deduct the transfer charges ($180.00) from the $2,030.00 you have with you.

Below is the Graphic Artist Money Gram Details  to send the Money to in Minutes

Name: Constance H Lawson
City: Saint Johnsbury
State: Vermont
Zip code: 05819

Kindly get back with the information below once the transfer has been completed.

Money Gram Reference Number# & Total Amount Sent

FAQ: Why am I sending money to Vermont? The head office the graphic artist is VT, As soon as payment is acknowledge by them, a local artist will come to your house and install the decal wrap on your car. Let me know as soon as the check is deposited.

If you require additional information, do not hesitate to email me or call me.

Best Regards
George Jennings.
Hiring Manager.

And here’s the fake check:

Car wrap scam

I’m seeing at least one common theme between the NOS and ROCKSTAR Energy Drink scammers. First of all, the car wrap “sponsors” are both clothing shops, BOP (of Madison, WI) and Madison et Cie (of Los Angeles, CA). What a clothing shop has to do with an energy drink, I haven’t a clue.

I also think that the NOS scam artists are far more sloppy than the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink scam artists; why would an LA-based shop sponsor a car in Madison? Unless that shop was picked only because it has the name “Madison” in it- did the scammers think I wouldn’t notice the location of this “Madison”-based shop?

Update as of October 15, 2013:

So, apparently, I don’t have to be scammed for $1,850 ($2,030 – $180 for wire transfer charges). I can also be scammed for just…get ready for it…$1,000!

Hello Applicant,

You are receiving this email because you applied for car wrap job. We are please to inform you that your application has been processed. Payment has been sent and delivered which include your 1st week payment and funds for the graphic artist. We will like to have an update from you if you have been able to forward fund to your matched graphic artist head office. If yes, provide the transfer info and If you are yet to receive payment from us, please let us know so we can process your application immediately. We look forward to your swift response.

George Jennings

My reply (including all broken grammar and misspellings): Thank you for email. My bank deposited the check but tell me I will receive back only one thousand dollars from thsi check. I don’t understand why.

George Jennings: Why is that? What did the bank say?

My reply: The bank is saying that the IRS is going to garnish my check as wages. I’m supposed to send them a W-9 from NOS too. Can you send a W-9 for these wages?

George Jennings: All the necessary document will be presented to you before the installation. Kindly proceed to send the $1000 via Western union to Constance to enable us book the installation appointment and the graphic artist will bring the W-9 with him. I will be expecting the Western union details.

Update as of October 18, 2013:

My saga with George Jennings continues:

Me: What about the $200 wire transfer charge?

GJ: The transfer charges should be deducted from the $1000. Kindly try and get this done today so the appointment can be booked.

Me: I sent a check this afternoon to the graphic artist. Thanks!

GJ: To who? You are to make a western union transfer to the details that was sent to you. Not send a check besides no address was provided to you.

Me: To Constance H. Lawson. She lives on Railroad St. in Saint Johnsburg, VT. It was much cheaper for me to just send a check.

GJ: Call it back.

Me: I already sent the check to her, but I can call her phone number and let her know not to cash the check. Or, should I send payment to the following address: PO Box 4125 Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819-4125

At this point, George stopped answering my emails. Too bad…

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    1. I would tell them your bank put a 5 day hold on the funds. Then contact local law enforcement and the FBI. It will be interesting to find out if the law is even interested in pursuing this. Are those folks names even real people? You know how to check on that i’m sure. Nail their asses for sure, although I’m wondering if this scam is coming from overseas or the US for real. Keep us posted.

    2. Wow! This story actually scared me. I have, in the past, considered doing a car wrap. It seems like a no-brainer way to make money!!! I’m so glad you posted this.

      I’m sorry to hear it was a scam! BUT, I would turn everything over to the authorities immediately! You never know what desperate scammers will do to get their money!! Probably local first and they can get the FBI involved if needed. They may even have strategies for flushing them out with your help – but then at least you would have protection!

      I hope it all ends well and I hope you will update all of us on the outcome. :)

    3. Halina Zakowicz says:

      Thanks Louise! I am definitely considering contacting law enforcement, especially since these scammers are using the name of a legitimate business here in town. I just wonder how far I can hook them first…before I reel them in.

    4. I like options four and five, HaHa!!

    5. I agree and would call Attorney General’s office. Fake checks, fake advertising. You should get direction, so as not to put yourself at risk.

    6. Halina Zakowicz says:

      Hi John,
      Thanks for the reply. I just spoke with “David Christian” on the phone now and my update is posted. I also am hesitant to contact law enforcement because I think that these scammers are all using fake names, numbers, etc. Luckily, my phone contact with “David” might be traced by my phone company- but if he’s using a disposable phone, this still gets me nowhere.

    7. Had you thought of contacting your city’s Prosecuting Attorney? or the state’s Attorney General? They may already have experience with these scammers and can tell you exactly what to do next. Or not do.

    8. It’s always interesting to read about the lengths people will go to try to con you out of your hard-earned money. Thanks for posting, keep us updated if there’s any progress :)


    9. This scam has been growing in popularity for the past 4-6 months. Like Adam says, it is amazing the lengths con-artists will go to to steal your hard earned money.

      People like this hurt legitimate businesses that are in the same market. It can be so frustrating! Thanks for keeping the public informed, a good read all around.

    10. Dominic Wells says:

      I’m just curious how he was going to get money from people. Did “he” assume that some people would just wire the $2,050 off to “the artist” before their check had cleared, or what?

    11. Halina Zakowicz says:

      Dominic, you and I are in the same boat. Most people wait for a check to clear before taking the next step. Most, anyway. I guess these scammers are counting on a few folks out there to trust the check as legitimate and start the wire right away.

    12. Kassie Ingle says:

      They are now using FIFA World Cup 2014 as a car wrapping scam. Just saw a posting on Facebook and decided to send an email. The email he sent back was word for word, the same as the one you listed. The only difference was using Brasil FIFA 2014. Gave me a number to text only. I almost had them go ahead and send a check so I could turn him in the police. Thanks for keeping people informed.

    13. Halina Zakowicz says:

      Finally, some justice: Mendham man pays $130,000 penalty over ‘work-at-home’ scheme http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2013/10/mendham_man_pays_130000_penalt.html

    14. Susan Fields says:

      I received the car wrapping scam from George Hubert, george.hubert1@aol.com, and
      George Hubert 909-353-1929, autowrap.expert00@live.com the check was send via FedEX (from a person in New Mexico who’s FedEX account was stolen.) for $2435.00 with the same info to cash check and transfer funds via moneygram to a Florence Belcher 5514 Lawrence Ave. Panama City, FL 32404 (address none existent, just one of several)

    15. Dawn B. Spivey says:

      I just received a Car wrap email from Mike Bells claiming to work for Rock star Energy Drinks. I already emailed him my info. Prior to reading this.

    16. So I also received one of these offers, and it all started out very professional and legitimate sounding. This offer was from Mike Bolliger, hiring manager at Texaco. The email came from hiring@texaco-us.com. It all sounded good until instead of me transferring payment to the wrap artist when work was scheduled and completed, Mark decided he wanted money cards to pay the wrap installer. I went so far as to buy these because I had enough money in my account to cover if the check bounced, and I could apply to my paypal if it went South. He then demanded I give him the account numbers on the cards and claimed I was defaulting on our contract and holding company funds. He threatened to have me dealt with thoroughly…I let him know he could contact local law enforcement because I would gladly meet with them. My check has not bounced yet, but I am expecting it to any day.

    17. Well, well, well. Check bounced today! Thankfully I am only out the $20 it cost to get the money cards, and the $12 my bank is charging me for the returned check. I am contacting law enforcement to give them all of the information I have. Also contacting Texaco to let them know someone is perpetuating a scam under their company name.

    18. Thanks for doing this. Got an email for Johnny Walker car wrap!! I was excited esp since it’s around the holidays. This has happen to me in the past on craigs list. But I called the bank the check came from first to verify it was legit and no brainer it wasn’t!! To good to be true. Please people check first before depositing into your account.

    19. What should one do with the fake check? I have received one in the mail, exactly like one above. Is there some law enforcement person or department in particular to contact?

    20. Halina Zakowicz says:

      Hi Mariah,
      The state attorney general is often the person who handles business scams, especially when they involve several states. I did contact the businesses that were mentioned on my fake checks but, to be quite honest, they brushed off the issue and just told me to contact law enforcement. I know that most info provided on these checks, bank accounts, etc. is fake, so the police would need to use a detective to find the scammer. Long story short, I didn’t bother with the law.

    21. What was the end result with the NOS scam? I fell for the same thing!

    22. Sean O'Toole says:

      I live in vancouver B.C Canada and have just received a check for 2,550.00 from Miami Beach Florida to apparently get a Johnny Walker car wrap sticker put on my car!So here’s the funny thing.After I looked into this a little deeper and discovered the scam,I e-mailed these morons back and told them I was on to them and will be contacting the proper authorities on both sides of the border!And the morons still sent the check!My question is whom to contact in Canada? Interestingly the check has no date on it.It is a CIBC check from Toronto and and international money transfer address in Quebec.

    23. Just got scammed by the NOS car wrap. My husband applied to do it, but I did not trust it. The bank was way too suspicious and we waited until we got the notice in the mail today that the account does not exist. I should have researched it before. The guy kept emailing asking if the check cleared.
      This time they used a pedicure company’s name. I will be contacting them in the morning.
      We are only out $10 for this.

    24. I would get checks and say I cashed them, not cash them, and then send the graphic person the check the scammer sent me in the first place.
      I’d also tell the scammer I can’t cash checks cause I don’t have a bank account so they should sent money by money gram.
      I’d just mess with them

    25. This happened to me! I got a check for 1,640! Know that I realized this is fake I am not sure what to do anymore. Should I contact law enforcement? How did it end up for you? Did you contact anyone?

    26. How about the same scam on buying cars I have 68 checks from the scammers ,I cost them at least 5.00 every time they try me!!


    27. Craigslist has a scam for the same thing. So I answered it and received a check in the mail, but what got me is I live in Helena MT and why am I sending money western union to a place in Rhode Island. So I made a copy of the check and faxed it to EZ Money check cashing company cause they can tell you right away if a check is good or not and the check was counterfeit. So the chicks name is Elizabeth Fisher email
      arleennewhouse4@gmail.com phone number 646-504-9731 Stupid chick kept texing me about the money that to made me nervous.
      So the point to this is if you are ever questioning a check you receive go to a check cashing place they can give you a lot more info than a bank.

    28. Frenchy, Greenville,SC. says:

      Good Girl, You did good, just play dumb and they will go away or do like Mr. Steve Bellman; request a lot of checks until they figure that they’re losing money unstead of scamming people for money. Good luck.

    29. I just responded to George Jennings for NOS Energy Drink. Thank you so much for your information. I thought it all sounded too good to be true except that I had applied to have my car wrapped about a year ago. I thought this was in response to that but decided to check on it. Western Union transfer made we cautious. Thank you! I almost fell victim to this.

    30. kathy huffman says:

      Just received my $2k check from TONY LITTLETON. Says its from Thiel College. I thought I actually won something. rstc.applynow@gmail.com is who emails came from. I didnt try to cash it after reading what everyone put here.
      I was suppose to send it to this woman.

      NAME: Sharon Mcclendon
      ADDRESS: Los Angeles, CA 90019

      After sending get back to me with the 10 Digit MTCN NUMBER(WESTERN
      UNION) and exact amount sent
      Total Amount Sent:
      10 Digit MTCN #:

    31. kathy huffman says:

      BTW, if ur in Florida, you can report this to the Florida office of the Atty General. http://myfloridalegal.com/ Pam Bondi

    32. jakmes buis says:

      im from dickinson north dakota and just the same letter ,..which profiles a scam same same,…aurto wrap deal !

    33. The Nova Cell Winery has scammed me as well. I fell like such an idiot believing in this. My account was restricted last night because of the fake check. I should have done research first. Now I have to deal with this entire mess. This person Samy continues to email me asking me if the check has cleared. I mean from reading all of the comments above it just sounds like this people can just get away with this without any repercussions. I will keep pressing until this false advertiser, who had ruined my account for the time being, is fully prosecuted.

    34. I too encountered the car wrap scam on Craigs list reported it to them they made no attempts to remove the Ad. I turned the check into my local police station with as much info as i could find on the scam artist and even though they kept the check and info they said there was nothing you could do it is a common scam and peopel fal for it all the time. They offered to run an ad in the local paper but stated that they do this every year and people still fall for it. They had no interest in wasting their time on investigating it …Shame

    35. Thanks – I just received the George Jennings email and figured it was a scam. You confirmed it, good work in posting this.

    36. I am so glad to find this out to be a scam. I received an e-mail from a Frank Hambric supposedly from Texaco. I would receive $400 a week rental fee. This close to Christmas the money would come in very useful as I was injured and unable to work the past few weeks. When I received the 2nd e-mail requesting the information to send the check too, I decided to do some research. I went to the Texaco web site and asked customer service to confirm the offer. They were very quick to respond warning me it was a scam. Said thank you for the heads up and was in the process of finding the e-mails point of origin. How sad it happens so close to holidays when people become almost desperate to find gift money for family.

    37. wayne voiles says:

      My name is Wayne voiles, I also received a check in the mail today and I want to thank everyone for their comments and the person that gave me this link. You have no idea how much you saved me from making a HUGE mistake. I received a check in the mail for 2500 dollars and I bragged to friends and family all day I was. So excited I never thought it might be a scam that never crossed my mind after reading everyones comments I want to say a heartfelt thank you for saving what money I did have in the bank. And I want everyone to know who is interested in pursuing this you are more than welcome to have my email address and to contact me I. will get with as many of you who want to and try our hardest to run this through the court system to get this. stopped I was lucky and did not get scammed but I. I know a lot of you did I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year god bless and fill free to contact me I am more than willing to help wherever I can.

      to contact me if need beknow a lot of you did

    38. wayne voiles says:

      To everyone out there following these car wrapping scams I also want you to be prepared for one that came acrossed my email the other day asking if I was interested in a job as a personal assistant it told me to go to office Depot or Office Max and by check paper they wanted to know what kind of printer I had and said they will email me there employees names and addresses I was to print the checks and mail them out ask payroll. I think that’s how these car wrapping scams are doing it unsuspecting people are making checks for someone they think is legitament and mailing them out like they.
      are told where I would hope that people would realize they are printing checks that is a crime in itself I did not fall for that just to let you know I was smarter than that but just by putting 2&2 together the checks that are coming to everyone’s houses might be mailed from someone else that has no clue what they’re doing if you think about it and these people making the checks think they are doing payroll and we are cashing them and sending the money on that is why the police departments are not doing much because the one making the check to pay payroll and the ones cashing the checks are the ones breaking the law all the actual criminal is doing is collecting the money that you send to him so please read the other post I posted and think before you become a victim as well thank you and have a good night

    39. Thanks for this post. did not do the research until after I commited to do this. A check should be in my mailbox this afternoon, which I will not do anything with. I did email David Christian and told him that I found out this was a scam and that I would be forwarding all information to authourities. Thanks for saving me some hassles.

    40. Almost fell for the George Jennings NOS scam! Started to do some investigation on all of the different names and addresses. Red flags everywhere! Still wanted more confirmation, so I took it to my bank. They verified it to be a total scam!!! They not only would not deposit the check, but they also confiscated the printed out email along with the check. People BEWARE!!!!

    41. And I thought it would be a fast way to make cash.. Then I goggled his e-mail address.. and I found this…

      Thank you for the warning.. I will not purse this jerk.

    42. I just realized, the funny thing, if you can find some humor in this, is had they sent me the check, and told me to deposit it and forward them cash, it would never happen. At least with me. The scam required there being cash in the account to work. If I had the 2000+ dollars in my account, I wouldn’t need there check in first place. I am a firm believer in karma, what goes around comes around. These people are setting themselves up for a serious personal hell! Sorry, got off topic, had to vent. Happy holidays everyone, thanks to you all for your help.

    43. I answered a Craigs List ad and got a check for $2500 to wrap my car for Johhnie Walker. The check is from Spartan manufacturing Corporation in Kernersville, NC. The check is drawn from NewBridge Bank in Greensboro, NC.

      The contact person’s name was Luke Taylor. He text messaged me from two Kentucky phone numbers: 502-230-3396 and 502-238-1139. I was told to deposit the check then contact Luke for instructions.

      I asked for instructions before cashing the check. The response was to moneygram or western union money to Junruo Yao in San Jose, 95113.

      I texted “Luke” to say this sounds like a scam. He called me from 502-230-3396 to assure me it wasn’t a scam. “Luke” had a very thick accent that sounded Asian.

      Needless to say, I won’t be depositing the check.

    44. Halina Zakowicz says:

      Hi G. Craft,
      I know what you mean about “needing the money to send the money.” It was one of the responses I was considering when I was dealing with my own scammers. Then, every time they called or wrote me, I could’ve just told them that I was still waiting for the check to clear- and no, I didn’t have “extra money” in my account to send to them right now. Many people do live like this, by the way, going from paycheck to paycheck and hoping nothing bounces along the way. Good call there.

    45. Halina Zakowicz says:

      Hi Tammy,
      Good to hear! Maybe your bank will be able to take some measures against this scam…but it’s really hard to track down fake names, addresses, etc.

    46. Halina Zakowicz says:

      Hello Wayne,
      At ITT, our main goal is prevent other folks from being taken in by scam artists. All of us here are really happy to hear that this site prevented you from getting swindled. Thank you for your wonderful comment too, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well!

    47. I live in Boise and received the same scam only with different names and addresses of were to send the money-they said the check would be for $950.00 and it was for $995.00 and money order then fed ex and it was a money gram-red flags, so I called law enforcement, and they are not interested.

    48. I received a scam like this but it’s for Tom’s. My check is on its way as we speak. The person communicating with me is Klein Spurling & I’m supposed to send funds to a David Rogers in Odessa Texas.

    49. I just fell for a slightly different version of the scam. I advertised some items on Craigslist and received a response from a Jerry Schultz. He said he would send me a certified check for the items purchased and I was to let him know when I received it. When the check arrived, it was made out to me in the amount of 2,010.00. The items purchased came to $62.00. The next email I received said that he had purchased more items; furniture, etc. and his “mover” was in my area. He asked me to cash the check issued by Spartan Manufacturing Corporation at 110 Hepler St. in Kernersville, NC. The issuing bank was New Bridge Bank (which turns out to be legitimate) on Highwoods Blvd. in Greensboro, NC; keep out the $62.00, plus another $50.00 for my trouble and wire the remainder to Junruo Yao in San Jose, California.
      When the second check arrived in my mailbox – again made out to me. This time in the amount of $1,950.00, I knew I’d been scammed!!
      I reported it to the FBI Cyber Crime website and notified my bank. Long story short: the check was not valid and as soon as the bank figures it out, which takes at least a week, they will remove $2,000.00 from my account. An expensive lesson and another reminder that it is important to talk with family and friends before doing something so unusual. My sister immediately identified the scam when I told her. Why? Because one of her friend’s sons fell for the same scam!

    50. Allyson DeGeorge says:

      Aww man.. I just got this email and was researching if it was scam. Total bummer. But mine is for Monster energy drinks. Thanks for posting your experience!

    51. Elain Carroll says:

      Always ask the bank to call the bank that issued the check to find out if it’s good. Never just cash it! I think the banks should take some responsibility here as well. If my bank cashes a check, I assume it is good. I don’t expect to hear, a week or ten days later, that it wasn’t.

      Thanks for your response. It helps to know that I kept somebody else from getting scammed.

    52. @Elain Carroll so true. The bank should should if the check is valid, or not.

    53. Elain Carroll says:

      The bank withdrew the $2,010.00 today with no comment. I do wonder what they would have done if I had no money in my accounts.

    54. I too responded to a craigslist ad, told the guy I wanted to research his company as it seemed too easy and didn’t understand why I had to do all the running around. My check came from Startex Title Company in Houseton, TX (I can look at it and tell its fake) and the priority mail came from Pasadena,CA. Before I found this I emailed the company to ask if it was a legit check.

    55. Yep, craigslist ad got me I need work or money and I was actually excited to have a wrap on my truck yet I could not understand how there could be no contract involved in this which left me on the fence and led me to this site. I was told 450 a week so im about $19,000 worth of disapointed, however helping me from a costly scam, PRICELESS!!! At least I have a souvenir check out of it and his phone number to play with, Thank you for this site

    56. Hi y’all.
      Just got an email from James Collins “admin@generollers.com” $400/week for advertising Apple, Pepsi, Johnnie Walker etc. I’m not sure to reply.

    57. I just received the same “car wrap” scam. You should definitely get the law involved and the actual energy drink company. I mean you have proof and everything! Do it before it’s too late. If you already have though, great!

      This world is too messed up. With the economy the way it is, people will do anything to run a scam. People desperate to pay bills and survive are willing to do almost anything, especially if they are unaware of the consequences.

      The power is in your court =]

    58. I was just contacted about the opportunity to have my car wrapped. got all excited for it. However my first stop with the check will be to the authorities

    59. I recieved the same stuff. Only I cashed the check. What’s will happen next? What should I do.

    60. Somebody help please. I want to keep the money obviously to give my family a break. All I do is work work work for my family. Im so in debt idk what to do. Then I get a check for 2000 and I cashed. Now I have the money in hand. So excited was my lil girl and wife. But what should I do. This was a huge break for us. Now its all taken away?

    61. I’ve been in email correspondence with a Joseph Washington claiming to be a Texaco Hiring Manager. I have been reluctant to believe this to good to be true offer ($400.00/week) just to drive my normal schedule in a wrapped truck. But like a horror scene, I just couldn’t look away. I am up to the 3rd or 4th email and they are claiming to send payment soon.
      I am glad I decided to google Texaco Wrap and come up with this conversation and warning. I guess I have to figure out how to move forward from here. Anybody got any tips on how to scam a scammer?

    62. Elain Carroll says:

      Don’t cash the check! Report the incident at http://www.justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime/reporting.html

    63. These people just don’t quit, and I don’t understand how ANYONE can fall for these scams, they come in so many forms but it’s the same basic concept; they send a dollar amount that drastically exceeds what they are paying for and expect you to send them money back. When I worked as a leasing agent for an apartment complex, we advertised rentals on craigslist and I would get emails all the time from these scammers. They would always say they were coming from overseas for “further studies” and wanted to send me extra money so that I could send them money back for their travel expenses, blah blah.

    64. Well i am so glad i looked this up i got the same email from george jennings yesterday and replied to it and got the send your info email back i am going to to pasye this link in my reply and let hom know he has been had and spread this like wild fire i hate people like this guy

    65. Just my check got my check from Tony Pippins of Budweiser for a wrap job….. so excited I turned it over to our local PD for processing.

    66. Halina Zakowicz says:

      Good one, Mikefd! Heh!

    67. Kimberlee Burris says:

      This George Jennings character just contacted me. I’m goimg to have some fun with him.

    68. has anyone been able to prosecute any of these scamers.i am going to contact the attorney general first then the fbi.our local boys probably wont help,to busy writing speeding tickets you know,cause that is top priority. what ever happened to protect and serve.. ha ha that is funny..so any one that wants to help bust these low lifes pond scum suckers let us know.going to try and set up web site called “bust the bad wrap scammers.com”..

    69. Stacey Collins says:

      I recently an email from Rock star and I was excited to make such easy money. Just got a text last night saying the check should be in my hands Monday but there was a $200 fee from the car wrapping place and they wanted me to send it now. That was at 8 pm on a Saturday. I told them no and why couldn’t they. They said cause the check was already sent to me. I told them I will send it when I get the check. I am taking the check to the bank and reporting it as fraud.

    70. Bonnie Leyba says:

      I have seen sacmed to form a Matthew Shaw for doing secret shoppersand Reaves 2 money orders for $988

    71. Elain Carroll says:

      Local PD can’t really do anything. Reporting to your state’s Attorney General is helpful, and be sure to report to the FBI cybercrime website at http://www.justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime/reporting.html

    72. I just got an email from him.
      David Christian (powell929@msn.com)

      Would You Wrap Your Car in an Ad for $300 Weekly? If you have got a car, truck or a bike you are qualified. The wrap doesn’t damage paint. Reply if interested.

      David Christian

    73. I live in Florida. First David Christian contacted me for Rockstar, then George Jennings from N0S enegy drink. George was quicker to get me the check. $2440, I keep $300, send the rest to his buddy Ray in Rhode Island. It was written on a check for Chase, my bank, so I went and talked to them. First the banker told me it was a legit account, but since I was suspicious, she tried to call the bank it was drawn on to talk to the account manager. Couldn’t reach her, so a supervisor at my bank looked into it a little more. It turned out to be a closed account. I gave them the check, envelope, and print-out of the emails. They will deal with it they said. If I had deposited the check, and it came back fraud, even if I didn’t touch the money, they would have closed my account. Now I get to mess with George and David! Thanks for the ideas!

    74. Eduardo Ramirez says:

      I actually am going through this right now, unfortunately i cashed the check and wired the money so i lost over 1,500 usd. The person contacting me goes by James Webb, i am reporting everything and hopefully i can get some of my money back.

    75. Good luck Eduardo. I truly hope your able to collect at least some of your money back. Please keep us posted and let us know how you do.

    76. On Friday I told George that Christian was offering me $500 a week instead of $300, so where should I send back the check? He answered that we already had an agreement! I said yeah, but I havent cashed the check yet. He upped his payment to $500. I told him the bank was closed so I would go on Tuesday. :)

    77. Bob the scammer buster says:

      I took the check I got to the FBI office here. Spoke with an agent and they will look in to it. Well… I hope they will. Not holding my breath. Should of just cashed it at a check cashing place and let their attornies do the work.

    78. I was actually looking for a legitimate car-wrap business so that I could get my car wrapped. But, now that I’ve read all of these problems, and scams, how do I know which one’s are good and which ones aren’t? I’ve actually seen these cars all over my neighborhood and want to make the extra money. Was just curious. Be careful with the scams, apparently they aren’t the only business out there doing it.

    79. Just got one from Michael Moreno & Zino Benson, Hiring Managers at Atlas Breweries with email subject: Wrap your car and get paid $300 weekly ” Ad Campaign Atlas Breweries.” After reading all comments, I won’t even waste my time responding. Thank you everyone! Glad I googled right away to check legitimacy. Kudos to Halina for all her efforts.

    80. Halina Zakowicz says:

      Thanks so much for the praise, Penny! There’s also a freelance writing scam where the client overpays you by thousands of dollars and then requests that you send back the overpay. Grr!

    81. Just got my confirmation that my check was in the mail. George Jennings NOS Energy drink car wrap. I thought it was a scam but decided to answer anyway. As soon as the check arrives I plan to take it unopened to a friend for delivery to the FBI Cyber Crimes department. Maybr they can at least trace it back to its origin.Thanks for the informative posts!

    82. My son got a check in the mail. I told him it sounded like a scam. He got the information from Craigslist. The check was from Hamline University in MN. After reading all of this, I sent them an email back and told them that I lost the original check and to send me another one and that they had 24 hours to comply. LOL. I’m going to mess with them until they give up. People, if things sound to good or too easy to be true, they probably are!!

    83. I’m one of the people whose name and address was used on a scam. They stole my ID and put my name and address on everything from the envelope to the emails. Imagine the angry calls I was getting from across the country. Went to the police but these poor retirees were out money. Keep that in mind.

    84. I just receive my check from George Jennings NOS ENERGY DRINK and I’m tearing it up!

    85. Hi, Julie. As a victim of this scam, I have often wondered if the names they use are from stolen IDs. It makes the crime even worse! Just heard about a new ruse…scammers put fake keys on a ring, along with a flash drive, and drop it in a parking lot. Someone picks up the ring and decides to seek information about the owner on the flash drive so he/she can return the keys). The flash drive corrupts the computer and creates a portal that connects them to your computer. They now have unrestricted access to everything on your hard drive – and – they can monitor your browsing, learn passwords, etc.

    86. I have received tons of these scams now I’m at a point where I enjoy messing with them and wasting there time. If you are creative you can really F__k with them big time. And it is actually kind of fun. Sorry that people fall for there bulls__t. but if you want to you can really come up with some clever ideas to screw with them. I cant post alot of them because I wasn’t always nice about it. If anyone does screw with them please leave a post love to hear about it. Mike

    87. One of my favorites is to give them the local FBI address and tell them to send it to my work address which of course will be the same.

    88. Another one is I tell them I spent the whole check on hookers and don’t have anything left to send to the graphic artist. So I then ask for another check.

    89. Whatchmacallit says:

      There is a woman a few comments up that actually cashed the check and has the money and they are wondering what to do with the money?….so what do you tell them?….take it back to the bank or just keep it?…they stated that they really needed the money so if you didn;t know it was a scam then you shouldn’t be at fault, should you?…..I’m confused…if the banks dont catch it, then you should be able to keep the money. I wouldn’t wire nobody nothing….spend it on your kids or give it to your church!!…GOD BLESS!!!

    90. The money doesn’t exist. The bank is legally required to make that money available to you immediately. If you cash the check, they’ll provide you with the funds until the check “clears” but since the money is fake, it will never clear, the bank will take back the money. If you already spent the money, you’ll be required to pay it all back and you’ll be hit with hefty fees and fines by the bank for cashing fake checks.

    91. The person who cashed that check needs to put it back emediately. You will end up paying all kinds of fees in addition to having to pay it back. Next time sign the check over to the guy in Africa who promises you that you won a inherentance of a million dollars all you need to do is send 35 dollars for processing. Come on people remember if it sounds to good to be true than it probably is. Anyone wants some fun ideas to get back at scammers send me a post. It will only cost you 35 dollars just kidding!

    92. I received the same stuff. I received a check from Johnson County Board of Education in Paintsville KY.

    93. I replied to an ad on Craigslist and it was for a Mountain Dew drink car wrap. the number said you are to get the check deposited and withdraw the cash out and deduct your money and have the rest to the specialist. I didn’t know this was a scam till I read all of these. The check is coming in the mail. he/she gave me a tracking number. Needless to say I won’t be depositing the check. It’s definetely frustrating that people would scam other people.

    94. I guess I fell for the same hustle too. I just let my credit union file a fraud claim.

    95. Thank you for all of the awesome information! Just received the email posted below from RYAN SIMMONS for NOS ENERGY DRINK. I didn’t even need a car…lol…I was told that a BIKE would suffice! The first thing I notice when getting a scam email is the broken English. Big RED FLAG there…Good Luck all!


      Wrap advertising is the marketing practice of completely or partially covering (wrapping) a vehicle in an advertisement or livery, thus turning it into a mobile billboard. This can be achieved by simply painting the vehicle surface, but it is becoming more common today to use large vinyl sheets as decals. These can be removed with relative ease, making it much less expensive to change from one advertisement to another. Vehicles with large, flat surfaces, such as buses and light-rail carriages, are fairly easy to work with, though smaller cars with curved surfaces can also be wrapped in this manner. Wrap advertising is available to anybody irrespective of the vehicle you drive.

      We are currently seeking to employ individuals living in USA. Who will like to make money by simply driving your car or banner wrapped for NOS Energy Drink®.

      How it works?
      Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: NOS Energy Drink® seeks people regular citizens, professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “NOS Energy Drink®” plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,”that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface.

      Don’t Have a Car?
      If you don’t have a car, you can also participate if you have a bike.

      What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy?
      Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colourful eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is a month.

      What is the Contract Duration?
      Once the wrap has been installed, minimum term is 2 weeks and maximum is 12 weeks.

      Would the wrap/decal damage the paint of my car?
      The decal doesn’t damage the paint of car and will be removed by our representative once the contract expire. We will be responsible for installation and removal of the wrap.

      Does it cover the whole car?
      No, the decal it only install in the car trunk and doors.

      You will be compensated with $300.00 per week which is essentially a “rental”payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you. NOS Energy Drink® shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an upfront payment of $300.00 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car.

      It is very easy and simple no application fees required. Get back with the following details if you are interested in this offer.

      Applicant information:
      Name :
      Full Street Address(not PO BOX) :
      APT #:
      City,State,Zip Code:
      Cell Phone Number:
      Home Phone Number:

      We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information.

      Best Regards,
      Ryan Simmons
      Hiring Manager
      NOS Energy Drink®

    96. I received an E-mail just like this a few days ago. I actually was very excited . driving around town with a beautiful wrap on my car for 400.00? Yea sure. Only this man wanted me to give him my bank account number so he could deposit the money in my account. I had already sent him pictures of my car and talked with him on the phone . I almost fell for it until he wanted my bank account information and that set up a red flag and I began searching on the internet for something on this company and I found it. I am so glad I decided to do some research .

    97. I just got this and when I confronted the guy, he got pretty upset. What a scam!

      Vicky, Are you crazy? what do you mean by scam?

      Wayne, SCAM

      Amount: $2950.00
      Tracking number : 420926489470101699320006178658
      Track at : http://www.usps.com

      Follow the Instructions below Carefully

      You will make use of the Funds in completing your

      Advertising Campaign Car Advert, It also covers

      part of your weekly salary. Upon receiving the

      Payment, I would want you to proceed to the Bank

      and Deposit the Check, Withdraw Immediately at the

      point of deposit $2,000.00. Remove your Upfront

      Payment of $400, and then you will be forwarding

      the rest balance of $2,000.00 to our new specialist

      who will be responsible for the advert placement on

      your car who is presently in TN waiting to receive

      funds in other to get the materials needed for the

      advert placement, The $500 balance should be left

      in your Bank Account, It will be use for buying

      some other materials and paying your remain balance

      of $325 after the advert as been fixed on your car.

      I hope all well clear to you and well understood.

      Please send the balance of $2,000 within an hour

      via Money Gram or Western union after you have

      immediately withdraw at the point of deposit to the

      below information :

      SEND TO
      Receiver:Name-Micheal Godsey.
      Hertselle. ALABAMA 35640

      There is always a charge for any funds sent through

      Money Gram or Western union, You are to deduct

      these charges from the balance and get back to me

      with the following information :

      Total Amount Sent: ( less Money Gram charges ).
      For Money gram( 8 Digit Reference number ) or For

      Western union (10 Digit MTCN Number ):

      Our specialist shall contact you as soon as he

      receives the funds, Ensure that you include the

      Reference Number or MTCN Number given to you after

      sending funds through Money Gram or Western

      union,attach the scan copy of the recipt given to

      you by money gram or western union so i can get it

      across to the specialist in due time.

      Acknowledge receipt of this email immediately.

      Kind Regards,
      Wayne Whalen,
      Hiring Manager,
      Advertising Campaign™

      On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM, Wayne whalen wrote:
      The payment has been sent out and I will advise with the tracking shortly.

      On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Wayne whalen wrote:
      That is just for an example…so answer the questions i asked

      Hi Wayne. The one attached would be the one for my car? Thank you.

      You information has been received, Below are some questions you need to answer before we can proceed.

      How long do you intend to carry the advert on your car 1 month,2 months or 3 months?
      Do you have a drivers license?
      Do you use your car everyday?
      Have you crashed a car between Jan 2011 till date?
      Do you have an existing checking account where you will deposit your check for letting our company use your car?

      Also reconfirm your name and address where your upfront payment should be mailed to along with your mobile number

      Note: you will receive a check from this the sum of $400 will be a one weeks up front payment for carrying the advert on your car and you would forward the

      balance to the expert who is going to handle the advert placing on your car.

      Also check your email every day to get updated as to when the upfront payments will arrive your place.

      Advertising Campaign looks forward to working with you , I attached a photo with a sample of what the advert will look like.

    98. Hey Gang,
      So I just received another email for the Texaco ad-wrap. This is my 3rd since early December. Something different happened this time though. When I went to reply requesting info and to see who was trying this time, just for giggles mind you, I couldn’t. Mail came back undeliverable. Said it wouldn’t be sent because an illegal host/domain name had been used. Maybe someone is finally trying to do something to shut these clowns down? Just wanted to share what I found out. Hope everyone has a great day!

    99. I think a lot of people falling for this are themselves struggling immigrants — they dont spot the broken English, are less used to “normal” ways of doing business and comfortable with cash transfers as normal, less likely to report a crime or attempted crime, many are more likely to be less critical and more fatalistic about where money comes from and less skeptical of too good to be true, less likely to read and write on the web and seek out a site like this, less likely to have supportive and sophisticated family and friends nearby who can point out the holes. Sad all around.

    100. Keith Sisson says:

      I have gotten one for Monster Energy Drink and Richard Lander. Had they responded in a timely manner they may have had a chance. I did notice the broken English ad thought it was strange. When I did get the response and it mentioned such a quick turnaround with the money and western union, all kinds of red flags went off. I was going to do my research prior to making any transactions. Glad that I decided to google this. I should get my check in the next day or so. Should I just ignore it or notify the authorities. I will contact Monster and make them aware of this as well.

    101. I got one from Robert Miller for Rockstar Energy Drink. I contacted each Attorney General in the various states (check sent from one, I live in another, and the state I’m supposed to send MY money to) and hope they catch them!

    102. My experience was extremely similar. I responded to a craigslist add for mountain dew, for $400 a week. Everything sounded to good to be true but I really needed money. I actually cashed the check and had wired the $1900 to the “specialist”, but I caught wind that this might be fake. I got extremely lucky and was able to cancel my money transfer from western union and thankfully the check had not yet been processed before I contacted the bank and let them know that it was a fake.

    103. So I just received the same email. It was Richard Rutherford personal assistant to Brian Hunt to logo rock star for $400 a week. I feel so crappy that I gave these creeps my info…just needed an extra income :(

    104. I just received an email tonight from John Morgan for Monster Energy Drink. I had a couple of companies try to scam me a couple years ago but I like playing with their minds too. I took both checks I received to law enforcement and they did nothing about it. They said by the time they track them down, they are long gone. Hopefully most people catch on before it’s too late!

    105. I have been talking to someone named Frank Fairbanks, Hiring Manager with Texaco Oil. I never agreed to their contract but received the check yesterday for $2430 with instructions to purchase 4 money gram cards from KMart, Walmart, CVS or Walgreens. The decal company is in Arizona, now mind you I live in Texas. He just emailed me again to day, being very pushy about getting the check deposited and sending him a copy of my deposit slip. Well, that’s not going to happen. I felt it was a scam but check here anyway and boy was I right. I will be keeping the check as evidence just in case. The purchaser is Sharmetta Hibbs and the envelope that was shipped next day air is from Elizabeth Rose in Cornelius Orgeon with a 937-453-1868 phone number. Also the check is signed by someone with the last name of Hardrick I think, very hard to read. Thanks to everyone on here that has posted something. It save me.

    106. David Christian just showed up in my inbox for a car wrap offer as well. I wasn’t tempted, as I could tell it was a scam but googled it and came across this article. I responded to him by saying, “Hey look! Someone wrote an article about you… you’re famous!” and copied a link to this article. :P

    107. Halina Zakowicz says:

      Hi Sheri…Heh! Thanks for the shout-out to the scammers! Maybe they’ll be nice enough to leave a comment…

    108. Hi! U can john cook from flipfizz energy drink to ur list. Just got a word for word email but offering 450 a week ! These people suck!

    109. I manage a senior community of 250 people in Southern Oregon. I found out last week that these scammers reproduced our business checks with correct routing number, bank account number and also reproduced a copy of my real signature. Fortunately our bank contacted me when we learned of the first check and closed the account. There are about 50 checks from our business all over the U.S. The people that the checks are coming from are not scammers but also victims of identity theft. Please do not cash any of these forged checks. You will be responsible to pay the money back to your bank. This is all a crying shame.

    110. Hello all, Well I have been trying to turn the table with these scammers. Over the years I received around 800,000.00 dollars from checks, money orders, drafts…. you name it. All are pretty much the same. Deposit the check…. wait 3 days or so, pull the money out right away{this is important}, and then send the rest to them via Western Union. What is important to know is that a check really does NOT clear for at least a week or more once you deposit the fake check. Federal law say that the lending instutuons must release the funds to you in about 3 working day. And the do release it to your account. BUT clearing the check from your instutuin to the intustion that is on the check takes more time than 3 days. The scammers want you to go to an ATM right away once the funds are released to you, pull pout the money and send it to them. REMEMBER… Once you send the money Western Union, you can kiss that money good bye !If the money is transferd overseas, there is really nothing the Feds here can really do. YOU will be responsible to reimburse your lending institution back. Tellers are NOT trained or equipped to tell if a piece of paper is fraud. Now this bothers me some that in this day and age, we can still not tell imedeally that a check is good or not, even though it is on another lending instution. Or at least within those 3 business days. But I guess they would loose a lot of intrest if this was sped up.
      Anyhow what i do is I tell them I got the money, I pulled it all out of my bank in the 3 days and they send me the Western Union instructions. I then WAIT hours or until the next day and I tell them as I was going to Walmart to send the money, My lender called me and said the there is a problem with the check. I tell the scammer what my lender says and they tell me it is some sort of mix-up and I should go and send the money anyways and they will straighten it out. I wait some more…. and they get in touch with me and want to know why Im not sending the money over. {Just knowing these assholes are getting all upset is worth it}
      I play them along, telling them i really want a good check, but of course, no check will come. I finally tell them if I do not get a good check by the next day, I will keep the money. I tell them that my bank wants me to sign off on some papers that I did not know this was a fake check and then I would NOT be responsible for paying them back. Then they go absolutely nuts! They try to intimidate me by saying they will call the police or the Federal authorities, and I tell them to … Please do! I have also send a picture of money spiraled out telling them that this could have been theirs too but you screwed up. Going on vacation!!

    111. I received a scam email from repjeffsmith@outlook.com advertising Nestle Water wraps. It’s a trap. Don’t give in.

    112. Stella Manning says:

      Stay away from Craigslist ads wanting you advertise Monster logos for a whopping $400 a week. Sent from monstercarwrap@outlook.com

    113. This is the one I just got and replied to. However if they ask about all that info I would not give it. I like many thought it seams like something people would want to do for real. I saw a car on my drive home yesterday that had a car wrap on it. :( To bad it would be a great thing for my son.

      Would you wrap your car, bus, truck, van, boat or bicycle in an Ad and earn $300 Weekly at no cost by just going about your normal routine only with an advert of SK Energy drink Drink plastered on your vehicle without affecting the painting or the body?

      Reply if Interested to get more details about this promo.

      John Phillips

      Hiring Manager

    114. What an excellent, well written synopsis of you scamming event. I just received an email from “Monster” drinks promising the typical $300 per week. Of course it sounds easy and enticing! Not happy that there are sooo many con artists out there, but so happy that there are clearly many people like you and me (and all these great and hilarious posters!) that are smart enough to dig a little deeper and avoid any real pitfalls! Good luck to ALL OF YOU!

    115. Thank You. They are now sending a “replacement check” which is due here tomorrow, the 11th. Ill jerk them around again, and then tell them that I am keeping all the money. They get all in a tizzy! I will let you know.

    116. Halina Zakowicz says:

      Hey Bill,
      Yeah, “steal” their money- heh! Let us know what results. Thanks!

    117. I totally got scammed, i wanted to believe it was true… now that i’ve already lost my money, is there anything i can do?

    118. Sad and weird I just happen to look at my email and found this! I figured i do a search online to see how it worked and bumped into this SCAM Page! Thanks for letting me know…

      Here is the Letter I received below:


      Paul Nolan (hc.electric@hotmail.com)
      Add to contacts
      [Keep this message at the top of your inbox]
      Picture of Paul Nolan

      Would You Wrap Your Car in an Ad for $300 Weekly. If you have got a car, truck or a bike you are qualified. The wrap doesn’t damage paint.


    119. Sadly Lindsey there is really not anything you can do at this point. Scammers never keep the same addresses or emails for long. You can report it to local or federal law enforcement . Even though they most likely wont do anything I still recommend it because the more reports they get the more they are likely to eventually take action on these crooks. So sorry! it’s a good practice to always research online businesses before you make any moves with them. Mike

    120. Hi Lindsey, I hate telling you this but the odds in getting your money back is about nil. If the money went to Nigeria or somewhere like that, forget it. Hopefully it was not too much your out. I think we would all like to get our hands on them and….squeeze!! I wish I could help, Bill

    121. My wife replied to a craigslist ad without reading it and I received an email from David CLark, hiring manager for monster energy drink. Yes he spelled his las name with the capital L. This is what I replied with:

      I don’t have a bank account because I have several felonies for violent crimes. I just got out of prison so it’s hard to get work due to all of my tats. Just send the money to the graphic artist and they can bring me the cash when they wrap my car. I don’t actually own my car. I borrowed it from some guy I know. Also can you provide me with a reference for my parole officer?

    122. Just a heads up, this is still happening and perhaps their reading these posts, it now has a phone number with a 44+ country code which is the UK. My mother was kind enough to forward this opertunity to me,lol. Regardless it is now the new Mountain Dew energy drink, they must have a thing these energy drinks. The kicker was this, the email originated at : info@mountain-dew.org, very convincing, can someone tell me how they manage this? Oh yeah and I absolutely love the M.O.U. ( memorandum of understanding )

      Upon receipt of the above information, our Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U) will be made available to you to enable us proceed. Your swift response will be appreciated.

      Best Regards,
      Lambert Newton
      Promotion Manager
      Mountain Dew Energy Drink®
      Mountain Dew Beverage Group
      Tel: +44-744-319-6725
      Fax: +44-700-606-2450

    123. I have had a couple versions of this. 2-3 offers to buy my timeshare followed by weird instructions as to how to pay the lawyer’s fees. The “I need help getting my $ out of (war-torn middle east country)” letter the foreign inheritance letter and now this car wrap thing that I almost fell for because I do mystery shopping and I thought it was just a new company contacting me with a different sort of job. I got suspicious when the instructions got weird this time and found this site.

    124. I applied for the same auto wrap thing and I was also sent a fake check for 925.00. My bank caught it and put it on hold, I called law enforcement and they said It was indeed a fake check, they had a bank company on the check the officer could not find online. He was very kind (officer) and suggested I close my bank account it was in and open a new bank account.

      Never again will I apply for auto wraps. Who knows which ones are real or fake?

    125. Its funny to think that anytime of checks, are deposited into the bank and not found fake until a couple of days after it has been submitted to the account. Banks should have a system where they check the check first to see if its the real deal. With technology advancing you would think this could happen. At a job I used to work, we had a machine that let us know if it was a fake check or the real thing within minutes. Its really idiotic to see that the clothing store has a machine like that while banks just accept any check and then notify you days later about it. Its really frustrating, and that is why scammers get away with it. I was scammed because I didn’t know the check was fake until; my bank called me. Once I deposited the check funds were immediately available. Which is funny, for that amount they should have put a hold on it at least a day or two. At least my bank didn’t. Now I am really frustrated and scared about this and I don’t know what to do.

    126. I guess I have a fake in route to my address…lol. I’ve recently been in communication with Leonida Hopkins, using this email address and phone number: anagj12@gmail.com / 706-408-7420. Everything you all have stated is the exact communication that has been sent to me.

    127. Jerry Harrison with Mountain Dew actually contacted me with a text message, not email. Looks like I have a fake check coming too. I’ve felt hesitant the whole time but just went along to see how it would play out. I’m looking forward to messing with them now. And I have a friend that is a police detective, may have to put a little packet of info together for him. Glad I found this forum.

    128. Watch for a new scam…this one is an email from your bank. I got one yesterday from Wells Fargo saying that numerous attempts had been made to access my account from different computers and I needed to update my information or the account would be permanently frozen as of March 29. Needless to say, I did not press UPDATE ACCOUNT HERE, but rather printed it out and took it to my bank to ask if it was legitimate. Of course, it wasn’t. Con artists are prolific right now. I am fast becoming a cynic!!

    129. I also was quite excited for this opportunity(even being a little skeptical) because I am very outgoing. Thank you all!!!!!!! Thank you personally, Halina Zakowicz for your spreading of the word. Mine was from Monster Energy Drinks! I so could have used this money but it would have cost me way more in the long run, and more head aches!!!!! I will turn over to the authorities and be done with it!! Don’t have time to waste on trash cob’s like this!!! Thanks again everyone!!

    130. Tonia Swavely says:

      From Ryan Simmons (ryan.simmons11@outlook.com)

      (Actual Email)

      Wrap advertising is the marketing practice of completely or partially covering (wrapping) a vehicle in an advertisement or livery, thus turning it into a mobile billboard. This can be achieved by simply painting the vehicle surface, but it is becoming more common today to use large vinyl sheets as decals. These can be removed with relative ease, making it much less expensive to change from one advertisement to another. Vehicles with large, flat surfaces, such as buses and light-rail carriages, are fairly easy to work with, though smaller cars with curved surfaces can also be wrapped in this manner. Wrap advertising is available to anybody irrespective of the vehicle you drive.

      We are currently seeking to employ individuals living in USA. Who will like to make money by simply driving your car or banner wrapped for NOS Energy Drink®.

      How it works?
      Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: NOS Energy Drink® seeks people regular citizens, professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “NOS Energy Drink®” plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,”that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface.

      Don’t Have a Car?
      If you don’t have a car, you can also participate if you have a bike.

      What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy?
      Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colourful eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is a month.

      What is the Contract Duration?
      Once the wrap has been installed, minimum term is 2 weeks and maximum is 12 weeks.

      Would the wrap/decal damage the paint of my car?
      The decal doesn’t damage the paint of car and will be removed by our representative once the contract expire. We will be responsible for installation and removal of the wrap.

      Does it cover the whole car?
      No, the decal it only install in the car trunk and doors.

      You will be compensated with $300.00 per week which is essentially a “rental”payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you. NOS Energy Drink® shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an upfront payment of $300.00 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car.

      It is very easy and simple no application fees required. Get back with the following details if you are interested in this offer.

      Applicant information:
      Name :
      Full Street Address(not PO BOX) :
      APT #:
      City,State,Zip Code:
      Cell Phone Number:
      Home Phone Number:

      We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information.

      Best Regards,
      Ryan Simmons
      Hiring Manager
      NOS Energy Drink®

    131. I got the Monster one as a craigslist spam this morning. I had a little time to kill, so I forwarded the email to Monster’s marketing department, then replied to the spammer that I was interested, and gave them the name, address and phone number of a local FBI cyber-crimes agent. lol.

    132. CCrawford says:

      Wednesday / April 2nd

      On Monday, I received an email from Ryan Simmons asking one simple question: Would You Wrap Your Car in an Ad for $300 Weekly. It had the subject “Job Alert NOS Car Wrap”. I responded with a yes. The next day, Ryan Simmons requested my contact information. The next email said I should reply to start receiving checks in the mail. Fortunately, however, I recognized that if I had to go to my bank and to Western Union, it was another scam like others I’ve experienced. In addition, my brother sent me a warning email to stay away from these types of email. He also sent me a link to http://www.ivetriedthat.com/

    133. I have been scammed…unfortunately I found this thread too late..Wired money to KATHY HERNANDEZ in Oakland, CA..got a check for $1,975, wired $1,375..idiot me…it was for Monster Energy on behalf of Yamaha Motor Corp.

    134. Wayne Waltner says:

      Hi everyone, my story starts a little differently than most of yours…the scammers are getting clever now,they posted the ad for NOS energy drink car wrapping opportunity in the jobs section of the local Sunday newspaper! I answered the ad by sending an email with the info requested and about a week later received an email with instructions once the check of $2200 arrives. I received the check in the same way you all have received them, in a priority mail cardboard envelope (similar to the Fed Ex envelope) with the check inside. It was from Central Transport, LLC in Warren, MI. Now why would a trucking company want to wrap a vehicle up in NOS energy drink logos? I am going to contact them and let them know their company is being used by scammers. I am not going to deposit the check but alert local authorities. I am an EMT and will be seeing the police when I am on duty tonight. The scammers don’t know who they’re dealing with and who I know…

    135. Just received the letter from John Morgan, glad I googled his name to see it was a scam. I think I’m going to play along with this to see how much info I can get from him. Maybe he’ll make a mistake and I can get the cops to catch him.

    136. IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE…IT IS! Especially with get rich quick schemes, we’ll pay you lots of money, no work required! It appears these scam artists have branched out to Canada. I just received an email offering me $600/month to wrap my car for Mountain Dew. I knew immediately that it was a scam. Why would I be the lucky one to be picked out of thousands of other people that own cars, to get $600/month, of course it’s a scam!!! I wanted to see what the Mountain Dew company thought of these people using their name. I found your article first. I feel really bad for those of you that realized too late that it was a scam & already paid these deadbeats! It’s an expensive lesson but hopefully you will NEVER give anyone money ever again without fully researching first! You can always call your local police if you aren’t sure. They usually know all the scams going on in their area, or if it sounds like one.

    137. Rosa Limah says Mountain Dew will pay me $300 a week to wrap my car. Whoot whoo. I’m going to play Rosa like a fiddle. I’ll post updates as they happen. Thank you Halina. Thank you ‘I’ve Tried That”.

    138. So I want to know. If they send a money order (usps). Don’t you have to use cash for money orders? Can I not just take it toa local check caging place and cash the money order. Or better yet. To the post office?

    139. Halina Zakowicz says:

      Hi Leroy,
      Thanks for your comment! My bet is that the check and/or money order is fake no matter what, as noted on this useful reference: http://www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com/fraudtypes/counterfeitmoneyorder.aspx. You can forge checks as well as money orders.

      As for the cashing of these fake financial instruments (as they’re called), hopefully, any check cashing agency will have seen enough checks or money orders to know instantly when one is fake. If there is a cash-out, that clerk is going to get into some hot water because the agency will lose the money. As for the post office, since they do make their own money orders, I’m thinking they would also know right away that you have a fake money order in your hands.

    140. Got the same scam email for Mountain Dew. Thanks for educating us.

      Best Regards,
      Lambert Newton
      Promotion Manager
      Mountain Dew Energy Drink®
      Mountain Dew Beverage Group
      Tel: +44-744-319-6725
      Fax: +44-700-606-2450

    141. I get one of these about once a week and have been for months. I just delete them because it’s obvious they’re a scam. Today’s was this:

      Dear Sir/Madam,
      Would you wrap your car in an Ad for $600 Weekly? If you have got a car, truck or a bike you are qualified. The wrap doesn’t damage paint. Reply if interested.

      Lambert Newton
      Promotion Manager

      with the return address: MOUNTAIN DEW

    142. Mike Moore says:

      My sister receive a letter like these too but it comes from a certain petterson i think and it also mentioned about an energy drink too. Ah scammers these days would go to such extent.

    143. I received the email from the exact same people names, but I never gave them my personal information because I know that a legimate company would never operate in such an ammature way. I knew a real company would direct you to their website for submission. Then, once you go to the website, you can verify the company’s information through the Better Business Bureau and comfirm if they have a website on file.

      I suggest you do not put that check in your personal bank because it will show active in your bank for 2 days or so, then it will drop out of your account due to it being a fake check. In 2 days, these criminals expect you will run to the Western Union location and send the money tricking you to believe that you just made $300.

      You can try cashing the fraud check without depositing it in my personal account. Doing this, the teller can tell you if it looks suspicious.


    144. Cashing the check works the same way. Unless the teller calls to validate the account, he/she will cash it and 3-5 days later, get notification that it was fake. Best thing to do is ask the bank teller to call and see if the check is good before cashing or depositing it.

    145. Got one from “Texaco Oil”, Hiring Manager “Carlos Arzola”, email address
      Check was for $1930.00. Weekly amount was $400.00. I realized it was a scam when I received the email asking me to “split remaining amount after withdrawing your $400.00 and put it on 2 money cards from Wal-Mart”?!?! Wal-Mart?!?!?! Really?!?! Plus why would I have to put it on 2 cards if there was only one company doing the graphic work?! I also have a local graphics location…why do I have to one in North Dakota…I live in South Carolina?!?!
      Then the check came from Atlanta, Georgia thru PriortiyMail USPS and the Check was made out from a Bank in Radcliff, Georgia. Check has NO BUSINESS logo…nothing saying Texaco Oil or anything saying Chevron Corp. (who actually owns Texaco). Just the bank info, the amount, my name and a hardly legible signature. Check was blue grey in color with the bank’s information in green.
      I replied to the email with a separate email account…email is valid but I am waiting to hear a reply. I do like the previous comment about spending the money on a hooker & needing a new check haha. I am hoping to see if I receive the same information from the same people so I can turn it into the proper authorities.
      Hope this helps someone else so they don’t lose what they worked for!

    146. Patsy Ames says:

      Here is one I received 4/22/2014. The intial come on letter to advertse for Bud Light Lime from “”theresaetd@gmail.com”

      It is Very Easy and Simple* No Application fees required.How it works Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive”

      BUDLIGHT LIME seeks people — regular citizens, not professional drivers — to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with an advert for “BUDLIGHT LIME DRINK” plastered on your car but part of the car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,” that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface. What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps will be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience, meaning people who are stuck in traffic and can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month. You will be compensated with a $400 (Four hundred dollars per Week)


      Kindly get back to us with your details.We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive these information,do not hesistate to ask any question.

      Dallas Williams
      Sales/Hiring Manager

      Today, 4/23/2014 I received this e-mail from, “bonnie35lf@g-mail.com”

      Thanks for the response, Your details has been
      received, based on your current location, I am happy to let you know that your car has been selected for the job and you will be one of our new BUDLIGHT DRINK advert carriers.

      The check for the initial assignment would be sent to you and also for the bill to be placed on your car, The check includes the $400 we are paying you to put the advert on your car and also the remaining funds that you will be remitting to the expert coming to do it. Please read my previous email again to familiarize yourself with this process.

      We want your total Co-operation, Support, Availability and Trust. Acknowledge that you receive and understand this email and that you are ready to start the job as soon as you received the check.
      I…………………………..Confirm to have received this email and understood the content. Thanks for your anticipated co-operation in order to start work soon.
      Dallas Williams
      Sales/Hiring Manager
      “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt.(Clever touch with the sayings)


    147. This is an email that I was sent looking for the same thing, but worded differently than the ones listed above….

      Here is your chance to get paid for driving your own car.

      We are presently looking for individuals in your area who would be inclined to be involved in our automotive advertising program.

      You will be required to drive more than 200 miles a week, at this level we pay $200. Did I mention that we also reimburse you for your gasoline while you’re on the job? You’ll have to keep the receipts and we will repay you by the end of the month.

      We currently have got drivers across the nation getting paid to drive their own individual cars at this moment. Note that the adverts placed on your car have nothing to do with politics, alcohol, tobacco or adult contents.

      If you are considering this program email your Full Name, Phone Number, Contact Address and Automobile Model/Make to us ASAP.

      If we like what we see we’ll e-mail you along with instructions on how to proceed.

      Car Wrap Team.

    148. This is the email address for the scam I was sent and posted on here a little earlier

      Car Wrap Company [nalbujar@regionlima.gob.pe]

    149. JoeQPublic says:

      Re: info@mountain-dew.org looking authentic

      Mountain Dew a major TM’d product would never stoop to using a hyphen. I have a hyphen in my email address, but I was real late to the “good email address” party. Then, too, a company wouldn’t use dot org. And MD is owned by Pepsico, so wouldn’t it be mountaindew@pepsico.com?

      Looking at internet whois records, mountain-dew.org is owned by one “Carlos Richardson.” He lists a HOTMAIL address. And he first got the domain in February, 2014. Very scary.

      PS I too got this scam. The first email was so bad, I missed it. The next one got me going, but I read the payment as $400 a month, not per week. ($20,000 a year for putting a sign on your car??) A lot more believable. Glad I found this discussion.

    150. Hi I found the ad for the car wrap on Facebook and while some people will say it’s to much money to “advertise” I say it’s really not. A billboard which is pretty limited due to mobility costs a few thousand per month. Paying to wrap a car about half of that! I would like to work with the gallery the scammers are pretending to be. Is that any option?

    151. Tom Luskin says:

      Just received the check. I wanted to see what it would look like. I am going to put it in a frame and show my friends and tell them about the scam. I have contacted several other scammers and hope they spend the funds to mail me more checks. It has to cost them something to send all the checks.

      REMEMBER If it sounds too good to be true it probably is….

    152. Rachel M says:

      Hey.. this is what I am doing right now. I ma having a Txt war with a scammer about the Car wrap thing. Says he is from Budweiser Select Beer (hiring manager).. I told him to send me the check.. Right now I’m playing with the guy.. Apparently he’s not too happy with me because I told him I was verifying the check and he told me to ” just go deposit the check ” His english is horrible. He hasnt txted me back.. I wonder why?

    153. I replied to an email from a guy posing as a Hiring Manager for Crunk Energy Drink. I immediately contact Crunk Energy Drink and they informed me that they are “NOT involved or supporting any car wrap program and there is no connection to the brand.” I emailed the scammer about this and have not received any more communication from him.

    154. They are still going strong. Got an email for $300 car wrap from: Ryan Simmons (roadsection@hotmail.com)

    155. Anonymous- got tricked says:

      So there are many postings on here saying
      **Earn $20+/hour making on-demand -track/ car/vehicle drive** as the title
      and when you open the ad it says make 300-400 dollars per week by driving around with an advert on your car. They ask for your address, send you a text from a gmail number that can’t be called and tell you they sent you an overnight check. They tell you to cash it or deposit it in the bank and you’ll actually receive it to find a bogus senders name/address, bogus company name on the check, an amount between $1900-$2850 and be told to deduct your first weeks payment then western union the rest to their “professional” who will “wrap your car”. Here is an example of an e-mail they will send:

      “How are you doing today. Am writing you to let you know that the payment has been issued out and will be deliver to you Today via FedEx Service. Inside the package you have a check of $1950.45″ (was actually $2850, but they copy and paste the same e-mail) “sent by a client of ours. Here is the FedEx tracking #: 786608410******. I want you to take the payment to your bank and deposit it, withdraw the expert fund immediately, you are to deduct $400 for the 1st week ADVERT job the company offered you and you will have $1550.45 left. I want you to send $1400.45 via western union to the Expert that will decorate your car and use the remaining $150 for western union ‘money in a min’ charges. Your next pay check arrives a week later.(western union stores are located at Foodlions, Krogers and Pubix stores).

      Here is the Expert info.
      Name: Penny Albaugh
      Address: 1102 Truman Ave,
      City: Hondo
      State: TX
      Zip Code: 78861

      You are expected to have this done on TODAY and email us back with the following information so the expert can make an arrangement on your car and arrive to you within 48 hours.

      (Note: A closer representative will be sent to your home)

      1. Name and Address of Sender:
      2. Money Transfer Control Number:
      3. Amount Wired:

      Thanks and God bless”

      That’s their scam e-mail above and the e-mails they will contact you from are:
      csgrant3305@gmail.com & webbkate3@gmail.com and go by the name Paul Jones and the number I was being texted from and called from was not legit, it was a Google e-mail phone number that can’t be called back and it was 720 443 2813. An Arab buy who could barely speak English called, when I lied and said I cashed the check just to see if he would actually call, claiming to be Paul Jones and when I told him I knew it was a scam and that I contacted the other company on the check asking about it and they said it was fraud, he hung up right away.

      but they are probably changing their e-mail addresses every day.

      They will keep sending you bogus checks with different company names and addresses on them to try and get you to cash them and send it to them so DO NOT cash their checks or attempt to- rip them up immediately any time you receive one. Otherwise you will be caught up with fraud with your bank if you try to deposit it or the check cashing institution you go to will call the police as they are aware of these scams.

      Do not fall for these ads. Any place that requires you to pay to become an employee, sign up for a trial to become an employee, pays commission only or residual income is most likely a scam or an ponzi scam. Keep your information safe!!!!!

    156. I’m just now getting nailed by Paul Nolan for PowerAde. After reading all this great information, I too am just going to screw with him. Thanks to everybody for writing in. As with all above, my email from Paul read verbatim as everybody else’s. What a world we live in.

    157. Linda g says:

      I got caught up with this same scam from a c.florens81@gmail.com. I never authorized this but was ask in an earlier email the make and year of my car and my name and address. The next email was that they sent me a $2000 check and for me to wire $900 to a Ashley lintez in Pontiac Michigan. I am turning my check over to my local police and forwarding same to the FBI

    158. I just received an email today from Jamie Hanks “$300 a week for NOS Energy Car wrap?” from email rashedsum@hotmail.com. I’m sure this is a scam. I did apply for a car wrap a while ago. But after reading this I will not be responding. Thanks for all the info.

    159. Got my check yesterday from Samsung. looks like they are moving up in the world. think I will tell them my dog ate the check and see if they will send me another 1.

    160. In the beginning of April 2014 I sent my resume to a local company for an Administrative/Receptionist Position that was available, being new to the area I jumped on the opportunity. I received the following e-mail from amberjones234@outlook.com
      “Hello there,

      Thanks responding to the job post advert. I received your email with interest in the position posted but unfortunately that position is taken but I have a smaller offer for you if interested. I want to believe and hope I am dealing with an honest, responsible person because I usually would not hire anyone this way but I urgently need the services of a Personal Assistant due to my very busy schedules.

      My name is Amber Jones, an Interior Designers, Decorators & Art collector with a large client base and because of my job I’m constantly out of the State. My former Personal Assistant just got married and moved to Canada. If you accept my offer, I will need you to take charge of my mail pick ups and drop off’s as well as errand running during your spare time outside of work. The job is flexible so you can do it wherever you are as long as there is a post office in the area. I will pay for the first week in advance to run any errands, and will also have my mails/packages forwarded to a nearby post office where you can pick them from at your convenience.

      All errands will be in your city/town so it is not a must you have a car, but if you do it might be a plus. When you get my mails/packages, you will be required to mail them to where I want them mailed too. The content of the packages will be business and personal mails. All expenses and taxes will be covered by me and you are to work for just 2 days per week (4 hours daily). You will be doing this for 3 weeks until I get back to town so we can formally meet and discuss about the possibility of making this arrangement long term if I’m satisfied with your performance.
      How much will you charge per week? Am willing to pay $300 weekly including gas and others expenses. That is not a bad offer is it? If you accept this offer please reply with the following details:
      Full Name, Physical/Residential contact address, Apt #, City, State, Zip Code, Cell number, Home number, Current Occupation and Available hours.
      I will be needing your service immediately, so once the information above is received, I will request your first week payment be mailed to you along with the pay to run errands for me.
      Kindly get back soon and have a nice weekend.
      Amber Jones.”

      Being out of work, again I told her my information and including that I now have open availability to help being a full time student.

      “Amber” sent me the information I was seeking to start this new job in the following message:
      ” Good Morning Ashley,
      Thanks getting back swiftly and expediency is one of the major qualities I am looking for in my Personal Assistant. Presently, Am in Hong-Kong attending an art exhibition and will be travelling to China next week to import interior decoration materials.
      You have been approved of the position and will be starting work this week. A payment will be mailed to you and it should deliver within the next 2 – 3 business day. After receiving the payment, you will have it processed at your bank. The payment will include your weekly pay and the rest will be used to carry out your first assignment.
      After checking my files, your first assignment will be running an errands to few orphanage homes which i do twice every month. You will be purchasing some stuffs for the kids at the orphanage home at any stores close to you and will have them mailed to the respective orphanage address which will be provided to you later.
      I will email you more information about the check delivery and will use the week to test your efficiency.
      Hope to read back from you soon to confirm you received my email and you can text me on (806) 337-0805.
      Amber Jones.”

      “Amber” sent me the tracking number: 94701016993200074847 -WITH A $100.00 guarantee on the shipment of the check in the amount of $1,985.00 – and told me to text/e-mail communication giving me “her number” – (806) 337-0805

      She even e-mailed me after this message to ensure I was not to spend any money on the gifts for the Orphanage in Garland, TX until I received her descriptive break down of how the money is to be used.

      After receiving this check, depositing it, the next morning it “cleared” with my bank.

      amberjones234@outlook.com sent :
      Titled : “New Development!!!”
      “Good Morning Ashley,

      How was your night? I hope pleasant! I just received an email from the Orphanage home that the shopping should not be done at this moment because a 5 year old girl needs an urgent surgery and they are urgently seeking funds to save her life. After discussing with them, they requested the funds must be sent today.

      You will deduct your $300 weekly pay and you will as well be making use of $126 as the transfer charges. then proceed to the outlets to have $1,558 sent to the information below and has to be split in 2 parts,meaning you will send $1,000 via western union and $558 in another western union outlet (money in minutes) because they said he cant pick the money in whole..Make sure its sent in 2 Different outlets and it is also the easiest and fastest way to get the money across to them.

      Western Union Information of the Orphanage Home:

      Name: Obadiah N Swaffer
      Address: 410 Gloria Dr
      Garland, Texas 75042

      Please, after the transfer email me this info:

      - Sender’s Full Name and Address.

      - Secret question and answer (if any)

      - Actual Amount sent – $1,558

      -Control # (10 digits)

      - Transfer charges:

      You’ll also be given a receipt after sending the money which will provide to me on my arrival. Further assignments to be completed this week will be sent before the end of the week.

      Kindly treat as urgent and I will await your response.”

      When I read this my immediate mother nurturing side told me “HURRY!!!!”, then I questioned it, what if this is a scam?
      The next thought determined my actions, I had put “her” check in my account, if I back out now, she will probably get the law involved..

      So I sent the money, sent her the information.
      The next week Tuesday morning, she actually had the nerve to text me and ask me to send the money that was suppose to be my “payment” to the Orphange home for the little girl who needed the surgery as they still needed more.
      I told her I had already put it towards my bills, and that I WAS SORRY.. lmao
      Next day, check bounced.
      She took the only $20 I had to my name on top of the “payment” I was suppose to receive.

      On top of all, my bank adds the check bouncing fees and extended overdraft fees while I continue to live out of my car, and scrounge for food on a day to day basis.
      After having reported this incident to the bank, the police, the IC3, and Craigslist with no luck.

      SINCE THEN, while of course looking for a job/housing I’ve taken the liberty to attracted more scammers to “waste their time and money” as para the local law enforcement :)
      JOHNNIE WALKER DRINK ADVERTISING is my newest adventure. They’ve already sent me two checks, wasting their money, checks, and time. (two weeks in the making, looking at another two weeks minimum:D)

      ALWAYS GO WITH YOUR GUT INSTINCT! If the easy money sounds to good to be true, it usually is.
      Good luck all
      I hope having posted this that someone searching Amber Jones, or amberjones234@outlook.com will find !

    161. Got an email for a SK Energy car wrap. Promised me $300 weekly. Same put on everyone else has been getting.
      Thanks for the thoughtfulness in putting your experiences to the public.
      I’ll add a heads up below on the “person” who contacted me…perhaps using a pseudo name. My kindest advice, please take heed to the additionally mentioned comments that these checks are fake. If you have deposited the check already and your bank made the funds available to you, DO NOT DO THE WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM, OR ANY OTHER TAMPERING WITH THE FUNDS YOUR BANK MAY HAVE MADE IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE TO YOU. THERE IS A 3-4 DAY CLEARING TIMEFRAME THAT THE BANK HAS TO VERIFY THE FUNDS. WITHIN THAT WINDOW IS WHEN THE SCAMMERS WANT YOU TO SEND THE “MONEY” TO ANOTHER STATE OR COUNTRY! If you’ve done the wire…and have yet to email the MTCN to the scammers…immediately call Western Union back to cancel the wire transfer! That is your thread of redemption to save your bank account funds from being lost to scammers. Read below…


      Thanks for the update. However, there’s been a slight update. Report has it that Mr. Ronghua LI is currently not on seat. However, Below is the Graphic Artist Western Union Transfer Details to send the Money to:

      Graphic Artist Head Office Rep. Receiver’s Information:
      EMAIL: skwrap@graphic-designer.com

      Kindly get back with the information below once the transfer has been completed.

      MTCN Number & Total Amount Sent

      Do not hesitate to email or call me if you require additional information. Acknowledge receipt of this email immediately.
      I’ll be waiting for your swift response.

      Best Regards,
      Glen Hovey
      SK Energy Drink®
      Ph:+1 702-329-2020
      Fax: +1 702-537-5695

    162. Carlos Benedez says:

      Thanks for posting about this scam!

      I received the same email and offer from a goldberg.anthony84@yahoo.com

      Almost took the bait. The Yahoo email address was also suspicious.


    163. I received a cashiers check from C-E federal credit union 7002 fauna
      Houston Texas 77061. But got a contract agreement from 300 west 145th street,
      New York,New York 10039
      The check was for 2547.70 I was like wow but I started looking in to it before I did anything with the check and I found this website, thank god,the guys name was Ermac, had an accent like a middle Eastern

    164. Patricia says:

      I received an email from Daniel Miller the “hiring manager” of Monster Inc….We corresponded back in forth via email but here is the jist or part of the email that matters:

      Here are the instructions to follow:

      *You are to get the check deposited in your bank account once you recieve it
      and get back to me once you have the check deposited

      *Withdraw your week payment which is 300$ and take 100$ for your running around

      *Locate a western union outlet around you and get 2400$ wired via western union money transfer (service to use: money in minutes)
      to the decal information below

      Name:Anthony Colon
      state: Istanbul
      city: Istanbul
      Country: Turkey

      The check is from:
      HDW Partners Lp
      DBA Harley Davidson of Waco
      4201 S.Jack Kultgen Freeway
      Waco, TX 76706

      BUT WAIT..THERE’S MORE!…the envelope the check came in was Priority Mail Express 2-Day from:
      Augusta Mall
      3450 Wrightsboro Rd
      Augusta, GA 30909

      I’m so glad I didn’t go any further with this, but I’m not sure what to do with the check neither. I’m sure “Daniel” will be emailing me again soon, asking me to Western Union the money. If law enforcement is out the question, I may look into this further on my own. I really do not want this to happen to anyone, ever.

    165. Thank you for the info! I was just scammed by “John Cook” He used REAL company names like ICON CREATIVE DESIGN and Hiring supervisor, ZipFizz Energy Drink®. So I called ZipFizz and they told me car wraps in their company name are scams. People, if it’s too good to be true, it’s NOT true!!! He was to send me $3,500. Okay, I did my homework. I was replying to his craigslist posting for a receptionist… and his offer came in. Guess he’s going after the unemployed because they need the money. Pass the word! Oh, he had a nice touch with, “have a blessed day”. Hope he gets his blessing too!

    166. sabrina taylor says:

      I also recieved an email from a gentleman named Enes claiming he was from Rockstar energy drink wanting to wrap my car they claim to be sending me $400 plus the fee to wire to the wrap people I’m awaiting the check to which I’m taking to the police dept. .Thank you for this thread so I knew not to get scammed I’m sorry you guys fell trapped to this but hopefully we can all get these scammed caught:)

    167. I wonder what would happen if you took that to a check cashing place & cashed it. I have one sitting on my kitchen counter as we speak (same scam, I too just wanted to see what would happen so followed through with it).

    168. Hey All,
      Had the same scam with Red Bull, but they are not sending a check they want my paypal account name so they can send the money there. Any thoughts?

    169. Nobody’s mentioned it here yet, but if you get one of these actual checks or money orders from a scammer through the US Postal Service mail, report it to the Postmaster General. They take more of an interest in mail fraud than your local donut cops do. That’s why so many scammers will send the check FedEx, which is way more expensive than US mail… they know FedEx won’t attempt to track or prosecute, and they know enough not to tangle with an agency that has teeth.

    170. I just received the “Ryan Simmons” email for NOS energy drink. First of all if he worked for them he would have an email address from Nos, not hotmail. Second of all he wouldn’t be a hiring manager, he would be a marketing company that they hired to advertise for them. With that being said, I too replied to the initial email thinking the money would be nice. :-(

    171. elizabeth says:

      I just got one too…from Emilio Armando
      Email Address: armandemilio@hotmail.com


      We seek people who are regular citizens,not professional drivers to go about their daily routine as they usually do,only with an advert of any of the companies whose products we are advertising pasted on their car.

      Our company is one of the most innovative London based advertising agency with clients all over the world.We have a growing target to advertise so many products for a number of companies mostly in the USA, UK and some parts of EUROPE.Our team of advertising experts are also spread around these locations to ensure that thorough customer satisfaction is actualized.

      The advertisements are typically Full throttle,also known as “AutoWraps, CarWraps,advertising on your car”. The painting advert will be on your vehicle as a sticker or embossment and which will cover any small portion of your car’s exterior surface.

      What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness. The Autowraps tend to be colorful and eye-catching and attract lots of attention while embossed on your car.Also,it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,this means people who are stuck in traffic can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside.This program will last for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month.

      You will be compensated with a sum of $500 (Five Hundred dollars per Week),which is essentially an advertisement “rental” payment for letting our company use the space on your car.

      We shall provide experts that will handle the advert placement on your car.Before the advert,the experts will also ensure that your car is in good order in terms of the overall appearance and if not,they will fix whatever problem it has. You will receive an upfront payment of $500 (Five hundred dollars) for accepting to carry this advert on your car and other weekly payments.

      If you are interested in this offer kindly fill out the questionnaire below:
      Send the required below Information:

      Full Name:
      Make of car/ year:
      Exterior Color of Car:
      Zip code:
      Home Phone Number:
      Cell Phone Number:
      Email Address:

      We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive these information.We look forward to working with you soonest.


    172. I just received such an offer for Red Bull. I nearly fell for it. I decided to do a little research and found this. Thank you. You saved my ass. I am off work because I am ill. I am not getting any money as there was no insurance from my employer. I thought as I travelled to the city frequently for doctors appointments and hospital visits I could earn a little money to pay for the gas. Well there goes that idea. I would have been nice but like most things if it is to good to be true, it’s probably a scam. Thanks for posting this. It’s probably better that you did something about it rather than the cops who are probably not interested. Too much work for them. Take care. -Brian in Canada

    173. Just got one from mark.steve1980@gmail.com posing under the name Mark Trinidad with Monster energy drink. I immediately decide to research and found this post. I’m an actor/model so I’ve seen scams similar to this one where they “book” you for a shoot and supposedly pay you in advance by sending you a check, you take out your portion, and wire the rest to the “photographer” that’s coming to do the shoot for your. You all are right. People will do anything for money these days. Whatever happened to earning your keep.

    174. Hello, This Scam has now made its way down to New Zealand (christchurch) where they are going as far posting advertising in the newspaper then following up by email communication. – I am currently waiting for the “check” via courier. It should be interesting to see what my bank has to say/is willing to do when I bring this “check” to their attention.

    175. Hello – just wanted to add our experience to this list. Beware of Christian Phantom (chris.phanton234@gmail.com) offering Auto Wrap for Pyramid Breweries (a legitimate company). Same old scam – sent a check for $1950, you take $400 and send the balance to Cabello Martin in Chicago, IL. They sent a check drawn on a local NJ bank, so I called the bank, found out that the check was fradulent (surprise, surprise) and am collecting everything to take to the local Police Staton.

      Thank you for this website! It saved us from a $2000 loss!!

    176. I just got the Pyramid Breweries e-mail yesterday. It’s the same scam as everyone else has described. I just hope that others see these posts before they become victims, too.

      & EMAIL FROM abigailkdt@gmail.com they tell you the check for the Ad program has been delivered with this tracking #9470101699320008068209 from USPS please get back to me once cashed so we can arrange for wrapping.


    179. CARLOS SOMARRIBA says:

      I got an email for Bud Light car Wrap.
      I wrote back to them in big letters “scam”

      i was wandering, how bout you take the check to
      a check cashing store and keep the money instead.

      scams everywhere. beware people.

    180. I get a lot of odd job off of Craigslist but about 1 out of every 4 is a scam. The cash a check and send money is the most common. But also watch out for the one where they send merchandise to your address asking you to repack and reship it. Because with this one they order the stuff on stolen cards so you are part of a credit card fraud ring, receiving stolen property and committing mail fraud.

    181. I received the same crooked email but this one was from Monster Energy Drink. I was going to get that $300 per week decal but those darn red flags just kept popping up. The so called name of this Douche Nozzle is Daniel Miller. My Spidie senses started to kick in when he kept telling me that when i get my first check, I am to deduct $300 and he’ll give me instructions on what to do with the rest of the money for the “decal.” I have insomnia and decided to do some research because something just didn’t feel right. That’s when i gound this site. Thank God I found all of you here with these wonderful stories. I called Monster and they blurted out “It’s A Scam. Don’t Do It.” I told the lady that I’m going to burst this guy’s and she chuckled and said go ahead. I’ll let yall know how it turned out in a few minutes.

    182. Here’s the update everyone. After calling Monster in reference to Daniel Miller, I shared the link with the scammer and said Nice try. Read this thoroughly. Even your so called fake name pops up a few times in the comments. Nice try though. And I called Monster. They immediately said that its a scam. Once again, nice try. Running scared. You will get caught soon and I will laugh hard once they put your scams and fake aliases on television for the world to see. Run bitch.Oh, and I already forwarded your debauchery and constant mispellings of the english language over to the FBI for the Cyber Fraud Department. I hope you can run fast…. I should be getting that fake check sometime today or tomorrow and I was just wanting to scare him in the beginning but got more upset the more I thought of it. Then thought how much trouble I’d be in if I didn’t find yall with stories like these. Then I got even more upset that a lot of you fell for it and got in trouble. I don’t blame those who fell for it. It can happen to almost anyone. So, I opened up a case with the FBI Cyber Fraud Department

    183. James K Shafer says:

      I am glad I decided to see if this thing was a scam. I too have received the NOS wrap scam emails. They were well worded emails, so I really didnt catch anything out of the ordinary that stuck out as odd. So they had me lol. I just sent back my confirmation stuff to receive my “Check” to split between me and the graphic design artist.

      I will wait till I get the check and do what some of the people above have said. Should be and will be interesting to find out.

      Thanks everyone for the heads up on this!

    184. Mike Moore says:

      I must have too much time on my hands. I love emailing these people and getting them to spen the 10 bucks or so overnighting the fake check to me. I have 3 checks, and one money order (from a different scam). My wife, who is a banker, was impressed with the money order, her tellers might have cashed it (later withdrawing the money from your account). If you have the time and patience, shoot these people an email. Make them spen so much of their money on postage that they might stop scamming. Rememer, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is (a scam).

    185. this just recently happened to me, are you able to contact me please?

    186. Disappointing. I got a NOS one from Jamie Hanks.

    187. Hi,

      I just received an email from a guy calling himself Lamberton Newton of Mountain Dew Energy Drink. I was suspicious of the international phone number so I decided to do a search and found this website! This guy was offering $600 a month. Thank you for saving me $! This was his email admin@mountaindew-promo.org


      From: Mountain Dew Promotion(mountain.ca@outlook.com)
      Dear Sir/Madam, Would you wrap your car in an Ad for $600 Weekly? If you have got a car, truck or a bike you are qualified. The wrap doesn’t damage paint. Reply if interested. Lambert Newton Promotion Manager

    189. Thrasher Brown says:

      What about baiting the scammers? I’ve baited many of them and milked bank accounts from them! Join a scam baiting forum and report the bank accounts (emails with full headers). Make up some excuse why you can’t wire the money Western Union or MG, then tell them you can wire the money by direct bank transfer.

    190. Thrasher Brown says:

      Also, they usually don’t send their own money on postage or shipping! They hack into FedEx accounts and UPS accounts and use them to ship the counterfeit checks

    191. Donald Price says:

      Ok, so I too received this scam and followed up. My, question is are there any valid Autowrap programs out there that do not require any up front fees and a person can make a little extra income

    192. Thrasher Brown says:

      Hi Donald,

      You should try to bait the scammer! Open a new email account using outlook, or gmail and make up a fake name and use a it along with a fake postal address, real city state and zip code and get him to send a counterfeit check to it. Then after a few days (that you know he sent it) tell him you got the payment and make up an excuse why you can’t wire the money western union or Money Gram and tell him the only way you will wire him any money is by Direct Bank Transfer. If he gives you a bank account report it to thescambaiters and they will report it to their law enforcement contacts. About your question, there are some legit autowrap programs but most are scams. If you get any checks sent to you, call the bank on the check and even then,be wary. The bank can make mistakes as well! Go to http://www.thescambaiters.com and join them. Send Will an email and lizzytish and they can help. Please consider becoming a baiter!

    193. I am at this moment reading an email from,Lambert Newton. Promotion Manager
      Mountain Dew Energy Drink
      I ahven’t replied yet.
      But I do want to have some fun with them. Before I call police

    194. Thrasher Brown says:

      Consider baiting him and other scammers. Consider joining http://www.thescambaiters.com and use thrasher6 as the referral. Try to trick him into giving you his bank account information (or one of his money launderer).

    195. Hello Rick,

      This is to inform you that adequate arrangements have been made for your car to be wrapped. Payment to cover the cost of wrap was sent to you and will deliver on today via USPS Courier Service tracking number : 9405 5036 9930 0334 1311 72

      Kindly proceed to your bank to have the check deposited, Funds will be available for withdrawal immediately or 24hrs after it has been deposited. I will be waiting for a confirmation message once it has been deposited and state clearly when your bank indicates the funds would be available for withdrawal. Send me a scan or snap copy of the deposit slip issued to you at the bank via email, after you have deposited the check for record purposes. You are too black out your account number on the deposit slip before it’s sent over to us.

      You are to deduct your 1 week compensation which is $300 for the service you are rendering (wrapping your car). Payment for subsequent weeks will be sent out and will deliver next week.

      The decal company is in New York and they have graphic artists nationwide who also have garages where the wrap can be done, but you can choose to have it done at your residence as it is not totally mandatory to take it to the garage within your proximity. A graphic artist will be assigned in your State to get the wrap done. The remaining funds should be transferred to the decal company, so on receiving it, they send down the wrap installer along with the wrap to get the wrap done.

      The money should be transferred via MoneyPak Card Service. Kindly purchase Three (3) MoneyPak cards worth $500 each at Kmart store ,CVS/ Pharmacy or Walgreen Drug store which we will forward to the decal specialist who will handle the wrap .Do scratch and email the 14 digit (MONEYPAK Card Numbers) on receiving it, decal company will send down the wrap installer along with the wrap to get the wrap done

      On completion of the Moneypak card purchase, scratch and email the 14 digit MONEYPAK Card Numbers, and state when it will be convenient for you to have the decal specialist come to your house to wrap the car. This should not take long, so you might choose to watch them do it. Note that the wrap will be done at your place.

      A simple response to my e-mail is greatly appreciated so that I’ll know it was received and to confirm you understand all instructions.
      Many Thanks,
      Robert Harvey
      Hiring Manager,
      Rockstar Energy Drink®

    196. Wow, that’s pretty good. They’ve really got there speech down to a science these days. Up until they want the money sent to them in the form of Money Pak Cards? I don’t think so. I’ve been following this thread since Oct last year and the scammers are getting pretty good. I too was one of the lucky ones to find this site before I got in deep. I just keep reminding myself that karma is a b&$@:h!!

    197. Thrasher Brown says:

      Consider baiting them! Go to http://www.thescambaiters.com
      Use thrasher6 as the referral. Go there and read my baits.

    198. jhony rechidopoulos says:

      i put my e-mail and number on advertisement and now they keep on calling me on with a different number each time and i always close the line on them but know i dont know what to do

    199. Thrasher Brown says:

      Maybe you can bait them! What are they trying to sell you?

    200. I received this Friday so they are still out there


      Wrap your car with Budweiser® Beer Advertisement Wrap and Get Paid…

      It is Very Easy and Simple with No Application fees required. Here’s how It works – The basic premise of the “paid
      to drive” concept Budweiser Black Crown® Advertising seeks people — regular citizens, not professional drivers — to go
      about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert of “Budweiser Black Crown® Beer ” plastered on
      your car/truck.The adverts is known as “auto wraps,” that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will
      cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface.

      What does the company get out of this type of Ad strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness.The auto wraps tend to
      be colorful and eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic and can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them.This program will last for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month.

      You will be compensated with $350 (Three hundred,fifty dollars per Week),which is essentially a “rental” payment for
      letting our company use the space and we shall provide Experts that would handle the advert placing on your car.
      Interested person should please feel Free to fill out the information below and send it back to us today and we will get back to you with details.

      Full Names:
      Address Line 1:
      Address Line 2:
      Zip Code:
      Present Occupation:
      Truck/Car Model:
      Home Phone Number:
      Cell / Mobile Phone Number

      Best Regards,
      Charles Pleasant,
      Hiring Manager,
      Budweiser® Beer

    201. well, thankfully i found this site and all your wonderful comments, i am about to receive my ‘check’ from Lambert Newton of Moutain dew.. i will be sure NOT to cash it!

    202. how could anyone fall for a scam like this?

      Who would send you a $3300 check and trust you to forward $3000 to another person. They would be relying on the good will of the recipient.
      Beside if it was legit they would cut a seperate check for the graphic designer for his $3000.

      As P.T. Barnum used to say “There’s a sucker born every minute”

    203. Smugness is not attractive. Best not to assume “it could never happen to me”

    204. This is a new one! In January I was contacted for the car wraps by George Jennings (who sent the check) and from David Christian from 2 different energy drinks. I played them until I got bored. This is a new one from LTS research:
      Kathy Maunahan


      Good morning ,

      This serves to confirm your selection as 1 of 2 evaluation participants in your area. Funds for
      the survey, your $300 compensation and other materials needed for the evaluation will
      be delivered to your address in 2-3 business days.
      Further instructions will be sent to you upon delivery. Thank you for choosing to participate and

      I hope to receive your response acknowledging receipt of this email today.


      Kathy Maunahan

      Senior Research Analyst

      Today I got the check by priority mail $2,250 from which I am supposed to keep $300. The enclosed letter reads:

      620 Wilshire Blvd #300
      Los Angeles, CA 90017

      Dear Survey Participant,

      Attached to this letter is your evaluation check. It has both your $300 compensation and the funds for the evaluation you will be conducting for us.

      Confirm receipt of this check by sending me an email km@ltsresearch.com receive further instructions on how to go about conducting the evaluation.

      Kind regards,
      Kathy Maunahan

      Market Research Analyst
      LTS Research Co.


      I emailed her today that I got the check and I am waiting on ‘further instructions’

    205. PART TWO….

      On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM, ED wrote:

      I got your check. What is the next step?


      To: ED


      The Check received includes both compensation and funds for this survey, follow the below instructions to complete the survey.

      1. Have the received check cashed at your bank.
      2. Take out your compensation of $300 after cashing the check.

      3. Take the rest of the funds after deduction of your compensation to the nearest Western Union outlet in your area and have it
      transferred to the below information using their Money In Minutes service. Deduct whatever fee they charge you for using their
      service from the amount to be transferred.

      Ian Fredericks
      3958 Iowa St, San Diego, CA 92119

      4. While making the transfer, observe the following: How long it took you to get service and customer service professionalism
      during the transfer process, under no circumstance should the Western Union Agent(s) know this evaluation is being carried
      out on them.

      Email me with the following information as soon as the transfer is completed:

      Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN):
      Name and Address of Sender:
      Transaction Charges:
      Western Union Location Surveyed:

      A questionnaire regarding your overall experience with Western Union will be emailed to you after we receive the transfer information.
      Thank you and get back to me as soon as the survey is completed today.

      Kathy Maunahan
      Senior Research Analyst


    206. I was txt with an offer for $300 a week for a Gatoraid wrap,… Scam still running strong. Hawaii #
      Thank for this site and everyone with there stories!

    207. Thrasher Brown says:

      I would first tell him you took the check to the bank and they told you it is counterfeit and the bank confiscated the check. Then I would create another email address and bait the scammer and other scammers.
      Have them send counterfeit checks to fake names and fake addresses, then when the check is about to be delivered, tell him that you have to wait 20 days for the check to clear to wire the money western union and money gram,then say, however, you can wire the money by direct bank transfer today. If they give you a bank account,report it to a scam baiting forum, they can kill the bank.

    208. A scam came in for me today from John Williams jwilliams10239@gmail.com for Monster Energy Drink car wrap – $300 per week. I read this, and wrote him back that I’m not interested in his scam. Just making public his name and email address in case people need to search it! :)

    209. I too am waiting on my check. I cannot wait to mess with these people. It amuses me

    210. New Haven, CT says:

      As of today, on craigslist in connecticut, they are doing this scam on craigslist under “general labor” job listing!

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