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:

Hello,

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:
Age:

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.
(702)605-0985

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

PAYMENT INFO
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.
951-234-7388
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.

Regards
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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826 Comments

  1. i just received a email about Harley Davidson wrap there going to send me a check huh is this a fake as well does anyone know

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  2. Hello everybody,

    apparently, I have fallen for this scam. I lost $2000 and I was about to lose another $2000. After I made a $2000 deposit, the bank called me and said that the cheque was actually fake. I tried to call the guy who sent the advertisement but that bastard never answered my call again. I went to the Police and nobody helped me. PLEASE HELP ME! I’m frustrated and I feel really depressed. I need my money.

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  3. I got a text today about this email as well I am not a stupid women.

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  4. I recieved this today… November 18, 2016

    Hello

    Thank you for your interest in learning more about this offer.
    Eminent Marketing Solutions is looking for individuals to participate in the Car Wrap Advertising Campaign for Malvern Natural Spring Water.
    Companies are always looking for unique way to advertise.
    Our Get Paid to Drive Program offers companies an alternative was of advertising using your vehicles. We essentially rent the space on your vehicle and use it to advertise a business or product. In turn you receive up to $380/week as compensation for allowing us to use your vehicle as a mobile billboard. Wrap advertising is the marketing practice of completely or partially covering (wrapping) a vehicle in an advertisement or livery, this turning it into a mobile billboard. This is achieved by using a hi-tech vinyl covering that adheres directly to the surface of the vehicle. The application is so precise that it is often mistaken for a custom paint job. 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 Truck, SUV, and Sedan are 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 contract individuals in Canada. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car wrapped for Malvern® Natural Spring Water?
    How it works?

    Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: Malvern® Natural Spring Water seek residents in Canada who drive while going about their daily lives with an advert for “Malvern® Natural Spring Water” plastered on their cars. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,” that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and covers a little 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? Increased exposure, brand awareness and sales. The auto wrap tends 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 usually last for 6 months and you have the option of renewing the contract at the end of the 6 months period. The minimum you can participate is 2 months. Also you have the choice of cancelling the contract anytime you wish without any penalty.
    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 wrap expert once the contract expires. The company will be responsible for all costs for installation and removal of the wrap and also periodic maintenance to the vinyl wrap on the car(s).
    You will be paid $380.00 per week which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use the space and no fee of any sort is required from you. Malvern® Natural Spring Water shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an upfront payment of $380.00 in form of a cheque via courier service.
    If you are interested and will like to register for the program please kindly fill out the registration information below and send it back to enable us process your application.

    DETAILS:

    Full Name:
    Date of Birth:
    Drivers License Number:
    Complete Mailing Address with Postal Code:
    Mobile Number:

    VEHICLE INFORMATION:

    Number of Cars you wish to Wrap:
    Type of Car(s):
    Model/Year:
    Present Mileage:
    Wrap Duration:

    DAILY DESTINATION INFORMATION:

    Company/School Name/Other:
    Address:
    Postal Code:
    City:
    Hours on Road:
    Parking (Underground/above ground/Street):

    *** Please note that you MUST have a valid drivers license to qualify for the program***.
    Your swift response will be appreciated.

    Best Regards,

    Ms Lara Jackson
    Promotions Manager
    Eminent Marketing Solutions

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    1. Hello 

      Thank you for your interest in learning more about this offer. 

      Eminent Marketing Solutions is looking for individuals to participate in the Car Wrap Advertising Campaign for Malvern Natural Spring Water.

      Companies are always looking for unique way to advertise. 

      Our Get Paid to Drive Program offers companies an alternative was of advertising using your vehicles. We essentially rent the space on your vehicle and use it to advertise a business or product. In turn you receive up to $380/week as compensation for allowing us to use your vehicle as a mobile billboard. Wrap advertising is the marketing practice of completely or partially covering (wrapping) a vehicle in an advertisement or livery, this turning it into a mobile billboard. This is achieved by using a hi-tech vinyl covering that adheres directly to the surface of the vehicle. The application is so precise that it is often mistaken for a custom paint job. 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 Truck, SUV, and Sedan are 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 contract individuals in Canada. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car wrapped for Malvern® Natural Spring Water?

      How it works?

      Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: Malvern® Natural Spring Water seek residents in Canada who drive while going about their daily lives with an advert for “Malvern® Natural Spring Water” plastered on their cars. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,” that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and covers a little 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? Increased exposure, brand awareness and sales. The auto wrap tends 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 usually last for 6 months and you have the option of renewing the contract at the end of the 6 months period. The minimum you can participate is 2 months. Also you have the choice of cancelling the contract anytime you wish without any penalty.

      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 wrap expert once the contract expires. The company will be responsible for all costs for installation and removal of the wrap and also periodic maintenance to the vinyl wrap on the car(s).

      You will be paid $380.00 per week which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use the space and no fee of any sort is required from you. Malvern® Natural Spring Water shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an upfront payment of $380.00 in form of a cheque via courier service.

      If you are interested and will like to register for the program please kindly fill out the registration information below and send it back to enable us process your application.

      Note: You Are To Send Us All Information Requested Below.

      DETAILS:

      Full Name:

      Date of Birth:

      Drivers License Number:

      Complete Mailing Address with Postal Code:

      Mobile Number:

      VEHICLE INFORMATION:

      Number of Cars you wish to Wrap:

      Type of Car(s):

      Model/Year:

      Present Mileage:

      Wrap Duration:

      DAILY DESTINATION INFORMATION: 

      Company/School Name/Other: 

      Address:

      Postal Code:

      City:

      Hours on Road: 

      Parking (Underground/above ground/Street):

      *** Please note that you MUST have a valid drivers license to qualify for the program***.

      Your swift response will be appreciated.

      Best Regards,

      Ms Lara Jackson

      Promotions Manager

      Eminent Marketing Solutions

  5. I also saw their advertisement and responded. I supposedly got accepted for Cricket Wireless car wrap. It seems the scammers are searching the people responding and coming back with a company that reflects something we use. Me I have cricket as my wireless provider. Not hard for the scammers to find this info. I was asked for my bank information. THis is where I new something fishy was up. I will never give someone access to my banking info over the internet or phone. I am glad I didn’t fall for this.

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    1. Kellie Cooper says:

      I received the email yesterday, I posted on our local FB crime watch page and also the new Next Door communication page to make people aware. If people were not following for this they would stop.

      Hello,

      We are currently seeking to employ individual’s world wide. How would you like to make money by simply driving your Car or Truck advertising for Diet Mountain Dew.

      How it works?

      Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: Diet Mountain Dew seeks people — regular citizens,professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “Diet Mountain Dew” plastered on your car or Trucks.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 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 6 months and the minimum you can participate is 3 months.

      You will be compensated with $300 per week which is essentially a “Rental” payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you, Diet Mountain Dew shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment of $600 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your Car or Truck.

      It is very easy and simple , no application fees required contact email along with the following if you are interested in this offer.

      Full Name:
      Physical Address:
      City:
      State:
      Zip code:
      Age:
      Make of car/ year:
      Exterior Color of Car:
      Telephone numbers:
      Email Address:
      Do you have a driver’s license? YES/NO?

      We will contact you immediately we receive all this information requested.

      Hiring Manager
      Georgetta Fergus
      ling7lw@gmail.com

  6. I just got a check for this wrap scam. Should I call the law enforcement?

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  7. I have received 2 of these offers. 1 for Samsung, told them I contacted Samsung and they didn’t know anything about it. Didn’t get a check. JUST got one from Car Wraps Inc this time for Coca-Cola. I asked for authentication since the grammar in the email is sub par.

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  8. Robin from Red Deer Canada says:

    Thank you for your swift response and your willingness to be part of NOS ENERGY AD PROGRAM.

    Wrap advertising is a 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 busses 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 Canada. Who will like to make money by simply driving their car or banner wrapped for NOS Energy Drink®. Our professional graphic artist will handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an upfront payment of $400 inform of E-INTERACT for accepting to carry this “AD” on your car. To this effect, you are advise to check your email for regularly update to know when your upfront payment will arrive along with Graphic Artist address.

    (1) You will be receiving an E-INTERACT as a form of payment through us. $2,950 will be sent to you via email transfer,the money will be meant for the decal wrapping on your car and your up-front payment of $400.00 per week. The balance of $2,550.00 should be forwarded to the professional Graphic artist that will wrap and remove the decal on your vehicle.

    We’ll like you to confirm the Information about your vehicle as below if you accept and understand the whole process of drive and get paid NOS Energy Drink ad program:

    (i) Type of Car and Color :

    (ii) Model/Year:

    (iii) Present Condition and the Mileage:

    (iv) How long do you intend to carry our AD on your car (e.g, 1-12 months)

    (v) Email address associated with your E-INTERACT for receiving fund:

    Note: Please, confirm below that you did receive this message so that we can process funds for your first week payment for the car ad program.

    I, (……………………………………….) hereby Confirm to have received this email and understand it’s content.

    Best Regards,

    David Johnson.

    Phone: 1 289-952-7127
    Hiring Manager

    NOS Energy Drink®

    That was their email sent to me a few days before November 2016. Good thing I researched and found this. Thanks so much to you and to all that have contributed their experience about this devilish scam. I hope nobody falls into this trap ever.

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  9. Daniel J Dresen says:

    Oh well, guess i have some people to mess with… See the letters signify a contract as do the emails… Time to file a few small claim cases on these guys while “the IRS” takes the check… The irs in this instance being the fbi.

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    1. I got one for $2850.22 and so did my room mate for an auto wrap to advertise for Cricket Wireless LLC, looks legit and everything. They want me to send the money in advance to the decal agency-in advance after I put this into my account. I called the bank, the checks are counterfeit. Now I am on the other line with the sheriff’s department as the bank that the check (cashier’s)is written on advised us to do. Good luck everyone, please be careful.Purchaser is Matthew Johnson, the decal agency is Angela Walker and it looks like ha ha Jenny Juggler signed the check.

    2. I have wasted these scammer time for years! Thier stock in trade is thier time.

      Most are African but can be from anywhere. They use shills and dupes to print the checks on blank check stock. The FBI & InterPole sometimes nail a few but countries like Nigeria and Cote De Ivory like the money so protect the scammer whilst pretending to cooperate with InterPole.

      Just to keep things interesting, I like to make up funny names for payee. Hiel A. Hitler, Dr. Joseph Mengela, etc. Some times I get on a political kick especially during elections. JEB Bush and Hillary Clinton. Ya, I cracked myself up, but I get the checks!

      For greater insight into fraud fighting: http://www.419eater.com

      Be careful, be smart!

  10. I just received the email about wrapmobile and asked them to send me a picture. Instead, they sent me the same letter you posted, word for word. Due to a lot of scams out here, I always do my research on product reviews on the internet. Your info popped up. Thank you so much for posting this to make people aware of these costly scams. Eventually, they will stop, but will come up with something else to scam. SMH

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  11. Oh almost forgot. Everyone if you ever run across a scam like this again or receive bad checks again. Take the checks to the bank that the check states. My first scam check stated Bank of America. I took it there even though I no longer bank with them and I know cashing checks there is a fee, I didn’t care. That is how I found out it was a bad check. As I stated before in my last statement/comment. I use to be a victim of scams like these and it cost me everything. So anytime you receive a suspected check, take it to the bank. Now if that bank is not in your city or town, call them and verify it. It will save you more money and trouble from your personal bank.

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  12. I see that everyone has gone through the same thing. Well I recently received an email again about the Samsung Auto Wrap. Now these scammers are hilarious and dumb. Two weeks ago I received a check from the suppose Samsung Auto folks. I shredded it. I used my other email address to sign up for it. Well here I am again in my other email that they have sent a check out. I just received a text stating that they looked up the tracking number and it was delivered to me. Actually it wasn’t it delivered yet it was in route to be delivered on November 3, 2016. This time the check is USPS before it was UPS. Why the change of delivery service? So I began to do research and began to contact SAMSUNG about auto wraps. Because I am majoring in technology, media, and film industries, Samsung had no clue who these people are and why they are sending out bad checks. That in itself told me to report and do more research. I use o be a collector and the resources that were taught, I put that into use. I tracked everything that was sent to me even the emails. My family say I should work with law enforcement but no not my area. But from past experiences it made me as lots of questions and do lots of research on scams like these. I am glad I ran across this site. Keep the site going and spread the word. My saga is continuing.

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  13. I just got a cheque in the mail from these scammers what should I do with it ?

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  14. I received the check and I deposited the same in my bank.

    I haven’t cashed it.
    Please advise what should I do now?
    In my case it is Deer Park Spring Water car wrap ?

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    1. I have received a text for the deer park beverages and I am in Canada. I have reported this to my local police department as they are using a Canada phone number to text from.

  15. Oh my god, almost fell victim until i found this site!!! I received an email about putting ads on my car for a beer company. The last email they sent me said..”your check is in the mail and will be sent to your home on Monday 10/31/16″. I am so glad i did not already get the check because i wouldve tried to cash it already and be out of a lot of money right now. The way this works is, they send you a fake check and get you to go cash it. If it clears with your bank or currency exchange they make you wire their cut of the money back to them …aka Their “graphic artist”. Once this is done they now have REAL legitimate money that you sent them from the funds you received that were actually fake. You just turned fake money into REAL money for them, and yet you are the one who gets in trouble for it because you are the idiot who cashed the FAKE check for REAL money to send to THEM. thats how it works i just found out. these people get you involved because if shit hits the fan YOU are the one who gets in trouble and is responsible for THEIR dirty dealings and they get off scott free. DO NOT CASH THE CHECK. I certainly am not once i get it in the mail on monday…its a trick instead of a treat for this halloween haha.

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    1. I received the same email approval…etc. etc…..if I get the check as stated in my mail I will be taking to the post office, its consider Postal Fraud for these types of situations….and the post office reacts quicker than the police when you report this type of thing….

  16. Haaaa
    Same thing just happened to me.
    Last minute found this site.
    I went to a check cashing place and she told me the check was bad.
    Then it all made sense.
    Me keep 550 for and they come up on 2000.
    Cute con.
    Get 5 people to do to it and you just came up 10k.
    Not a bad idea.
    Terrible, but I appreciate creativity.
    But, I told the lady I deposited the check and am just keeping the money.
    She isn’t understand, so I spelled it out for her.. “I am robbing you.”
    She got really upset, threatened to sick her fraud inspecting FBI lawyer dog on me. GavE me six hours to send the info.
    Girl has a mean bluff.
    kidding. I’m laughing.

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  17. I got this about a Samsung device and just like everyone I fell for it good thing is I normally check on these things and found this site.

    Louis Osborne

    to me
    Hi,please do confirm the delivery of the payment with the instructions in your mail or front door and have the check deposited with your bank to proceed as stated in the instruction.we look forward to hear back from you.

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  18. Oh my I just deposited the cheque days ago, bute is the same thing, but in my case cheque was For 6.350 and they said 2 weeks of $500 are mine, 🙁
    That cheque is in hold, and that people
    Is waiting for the money been deposit.

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  19. From: john wooden [mailto:johnwoodenonline103@gmail.com]
    Sent: Monday, October 24, 2016 12:24 PM
    To: xxxxxxxxxxx
    Subject: WRAP APPROVAL

    Hello,
    Congratulations! You have been approved for our 20 weeks car wrap promotion @$400 weekly. Kindly see below our estimate for the auto wrap proceedings.
    Estimated Car Wrap Expenses (Fixing and Removal): $4,250.00
    First week salary: $400.00
    Total: $4,650.00
    Kindly note that the Car Wrap expenses is subject to change depending on the currency exchange rate. A check for the total payment for the car wrap expenses and first week salary of $400 will be mailed to you by our Financier. As soon as this payment is received, deposited with your bank, we shall provide you with the car wrap company details accordingly for you to remit the car wrap expenses payment before your car is wrapped. And this wrap will be on front doors only.
    Please do reconfirm the information provided by you

    Kindly acknowledge the receipt of this email.
    JOHN WOODEN
    Promotion Manager
    Phone +1647-738-8468
    Clearly Canadian, Inc.
    http://www.clearlycanadian.com

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    1. Received the chq today – plus a text – I have blocked the number and I will be taking the chq and printed emails to my local police dept tomorrow to figure out what I need to do with them. I also spoke with the REAL Clearly Canadian company and made them aware of the scam going on in their name –

    2. Got the same email but I feel for it. Out $4650 FML
      Same number used but different name

      Kindly acknowledge the receipt of this email.
      Alex Kutsor
      Promotion Manager
      Phone +1647-738-8468
      Clearly Canadian, Inc.
      http://www.clearlycanadian.com

  20. I’ve received a text about this just this week ( October 2016 ) and saying I’d be paid 350$ a week for wrapping my car. If interested in should send a message to the email they had included in the text as well. I sent an email to ask for more information, but after seeing that they wanted too much personal information before I even met anyone in person I decided to ignore it and did a search online to see if anyone has else had this type of encounter. It seems I’m not the only one.

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  21. haha, yeah i just got the same email for Car Wraps INC and literally almost fell for it till they told me that i was getting a check for 2950 dollars and to take 550 out for my self and the other amount was to be wired to the Wrap guy. I’m letting them send me the check and im going to wire them 1.00 so they waste as much time and money in the process as i can get out of them, lol. My bank would verify first anyways so it’s not like their scam would have worked unless they have a guy filtering those verification calls… yeah right… i wonder how they pick up the money at western union. Maybe i can get the feds on the phone with me while i have him on the phone and they can trace his location.

    his name is Phineas Williams if that helps here is his email horrible grammar and all:

    Hello

    Congratulations, You qualified for the Wraps Inc Survey ads brand car wrap advert program. A technician has been assigned to you; she will come to your house to fix the Survey decals on your car.

    The first bi-weekly payment alongside the money that will be paid to the national car wrap (Technician) has been processed. So, when you receive the payment, you will take out your first bi-weekly payment of $500 and send the rest to the technician for them to buy the materials that will be brought to you to fix the decal on your car, these materials are liquid and they get dried up, that is why they are not bought until the right time, more so different cars use different ones so they cannot be bought and kept. A check payment of $2980.40 will be mailed to you to cover your first bi-weekly payment plus the technician. In view of this, please confirm the following details;

    How long do you intend to carry the advertisement on your car?

    One(1) month, two(2) months or three(3) months? Do you use your car everyday?

    Also reconfirm your name and address as it should be on the check, where your payment should be mailed.You are to be checking your email daily for updates and will your check will arrive in the mail tomorrow. We want your total Co-operation, Acknowledge that you receive and understand this email to proceed, So I can request the tracking number of your first payment.

    I confirm to have received this email and understand the content.

    Phineas Williams
    Human Resources Manager
    Ads Brand

    first message came as a survey from surveymonkey asking me is i had a car, check yes or no. and then i got the questionaire that you all got asking about my car and driving habits and guess what? i was approved haha. The check is in the mail right now, ill update when it comes. I can’t wait to have fun with them and waste their time and money.

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  22. I just got this

    Hello

    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 Truck, SUV, SEDAN, are 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 USA and CANADA. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car or banner wrapped for Cape Code Chips Inc.

    How it works?
    Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: Cape Code Chips Inc. seek residents in the USA and Canada who drives to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “Cape Code Chips Inc.” 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 a little portion of your car’s exterior surface.

    What does the company get out of this type of 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 4 weeks and maximum is 20 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 expires. 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. Cape Code Chips Inc. shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an upfront payment of $300.00 for accepting to carry this advert on your car. It is very easy and simple no application fees required.

    Upon receipt of your email response to proceed, we shall provide you with our car wrap agreement form will be made available to you to enable us proceed. Your swift response will be appreciated.

    Best Regards,

    JAMES SMITH

    Promotion Manager
    Cape Code Chips Inc

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  23. Do not ever use your own bank !! It’s not worth the trouble or time. However, take the check to the bank of which it was issued, such as that one from Bank of America. They can tell you within three minutes if it is legitimate. Also thay can help with reporting the fraud. Call all authorities.

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  24. Stupid female says:

    Oh my god!! I just fell for this scam. I received a check today for 2000 and was doing some research and found this website. I also made a copy of the check and kept the envelope I will be contacting my bank in the morning with the information and will also be contacting the police as well. Plus the money is still sitting in the bank. Something in me told me that it didn’t fell right but you do she see cars wrapped all the time.

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  25. Budweiser for a Bud Lite campaign. Cashiers check for $2500.00. Immediately called the bank it was drawn on and faxed them a copy. Told the scammer today that I could not deposit until tomorrow. I’ll text him the following day and tell him there is a big hold on the check by the bank, but what should I do after the hold is off.

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  26. Ready to cash the cheque tomorrow and a friend sent me this link. Almost did it. Mine was Deer Park Natural Spring Water. Kyle Williams is the “advertising manager”

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  27. Yep total SCAM…I just got a check in the mail for $2,000. I knew this couldn’t be real. My husband wanted me to cash it and I said no. Crazy that this crap happens. You would think our government would have a handle on this crap…yeah right..what government

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  28. Got one too for 375.00 a week with 2 weeks paid up front. Live in Barrie On. My other half in Toronto also got one from pfaffcorp. a mister Brian Jacob.

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  29. I got a cheque for 5900.00 same deal
    Deer lodge water. I call the company name on the cheque and they told me. I’m on wpg

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  30. Just received a check from Darman Manufacturing in Wisconsin for $2900.
    No email, or instructions, just a check in a UPS Next Day Air Mail large envelope.
    What is this? I called a phone number on the envelope with no answer.
    Thanks for any information….

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    1. These criminals send YOU a FAKE check,YOU cash it, IF it clears, YOU send REAL/CLEAN CASH MONEY to them, later the bank finds out its FAKE and YOU are responsible for the WHOLE AMOUNT, OR they use counterfeit money or money from crimes, write a check for YOU to cash….basically you are LAUNDERING/CLEANING the money making it legal….YOU BECOME A FELON!!

    2. I fell victim to this scam this week, as described above. I received the check in the mail from Darman Manufacturing and was dumb enough to cash my ‘payment’ and deposit the rest into a separate account. The check was found to be fraudulent, and I now owe my bank $3,000. I cannot repeat enough: DO NOT CASH THE CHECK.

      Best steps: file a police report and provide all documents and information you have, contact your local branch and see if they will work with you in providing a loan so that when they take back their money you won’t be left penniless and with a destroyed credit score, call the bank you deposited the money into, and lastly– call the bank who’s name was on the fake cashiers check and tell them that someone is counter-fitting checks in their name. Be sure to look up that bank’s number online because often the number on the fake check is also a fake number.
      I really hope this helps and doesn’t happen to anyone else. I am a graduate student with basically no money as is and now am in debt and feel so incredibly violated by what happened. Even after you go through all of the police report filings and informing the banks, you’re still responsible for the thousands of dollars.

  31. Jack Nathan says:

    Hi [sucker],

    Wrap Your Car for Cash is a 3rd party agency that acquires advertising contracts from reputable companies such as: Johnson & Johnson, Heinz, Kellogg’s, Nabisco, Bulk Barn, Maple Leaf, Lysol, Ocean Spray, Clorox, Honeywell, just to name a few! This form of marketing to completely or partially wrap a vehicle has been very successful for new and existing businesses, thus allowing your car to become a mobile billboard in just a few hours. This is achieved by simply using large vinyl sheets as decals, that can be removed with relative ease by professionals in minutes, making it less expensive to change from one advertisement to another. Wrap advertising is available to anybody regardless of the vehicle you drive. We are currently seeking to employ individuals within Canada. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car, banner wrapped for a reputable company!

    How does it work?

    Here is the basic outline of the “wrap your car for cash” concept: “Company A”, for example seeks residents in Canada who are responsible drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, with an advertisement for “Company A” professionally detailed and applied on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps”, that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface.

    What does the company gain from this type of ad placement strategy?

    Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention to assist in brand recall. 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 4 weeks!

    What is the Contract Duration?

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

    Will the wrap/decal damage the paint on my car?

    The wrap/decal won’t damage the paint on your car and will be removed by our representative once the contract has expired. We will be fully responsible for the installation of the wrap/decal!

    You will be compensated with $325.00 per week which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting one of our 3rd party companies utilize your car for advertising and no fee is required from you. Our professional team and experts will handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an upfront payment of $325.00 in form of a check via expedited courier service for accepting to carry an advertisement on your car.

    It is a very easy, simple, and straightforward with no application fees to worry about. Reply to use with the following details if you are interested:

    Applicant Information:
    First & Last Name (as stated on your ID):
    Full Street Address (no PO BOX) :
    Apt# (if applicable):
    City, State, Postal Code:
    Cell Phone Number:
    Home Phone Number:
    Age:

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

    Best Regards,
    Jessica Mills
    Hiring Manager

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  32. I hate this I just got a $2000 check and I haven’t been notified about anything I thought it more get have been a blessing mines was also from Smique BBQ with the sender listed as Darman Manufacturing in Racine, WI I’m extremely upset I hope they die!!!

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  33. +19315880795
    Scammers phone #! Threatening to see me in court hahaha

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  34. I received this email at 5:54 this morning and it sounds like a scam. What should I do?

    I saw your post on Craigslist and was wondering if you can wrap your truck or car with Opus one Winery and get $450 per week The job is about using your car to advertise my company…..If you are interested text back with your contact email address,make of car for more details.

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  35. Hi,
    I had the same offer from Clearly Canadian Natural Spring Water, and still waiting for the check.
    I got suspicious when I received the e-mail with bizarre writing “Top of the day greeting” and “sequel to our previous e-mail”.
    Then I search on internet for that company, it is really existing and is very profitable. Then I search on google. Then bang…desapointing surprise!

    One question, How do they make money out of this?
    Thank you for sharing your experience. It is time saving.
    Here is the details of my spamer.
    <>
    Email: ad@clearly-canadians.com

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  36. Thank you so much! I was very close to falling for this scam, until in some last minute research I found this article. The name of the man who was claiming this was a legit business opportunity was, Bruce Mercer, and the company he claimed to be working for was Clearly Food & Beverage Company Ltd.
    He started texting me by
    auto wrap:
    Wrap your car with an advert and make $300 weekly. If interested contact us for more information via email
    wrap.paid@wrapadvertisement1.com

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  37. Here is a copy of the email I received from Alexander Taylor at Alexiazdl@gmail.com.

    Congratulations !

    I am happy to inform you that you have successfully been entered into the program. Our auto wrap concept is sponsored by individuals/companies/corporat e bodies.

    A start-up check of $2,200.00 will be issued by one of our sponsors and mailed to your address. The amount covers your first week payment ($400) and the installer’s charges. Your subsequent paycheck will be $400 weekly after the wrap has been installed.

    You are required to deposit the start-up check into your bank account and when it clears you will deduct your first week pay and send the balance to the installer. This is to afford mutual relationship between you and the installer. The balance which you are required to send to the installer is the payment for the Auto-Wrap installation, maintenance and removal.

    As soon as they receive the funds, they will contact you to schedule appointment on when to come over to your location or preferred location to have the wrap installed.

    In view of this, please confirm the following details;

    How long do you intend to carry the advertisement on your car?

    One (1) month, two (2) months or three (3) months?

    Do you use your car everyday?

    NB: An inspection agent will come over to your location from time to time to monitor if you still have the wrap on your car for the period which you stated

    If you are willing to get started, please reply this email stating that. “I understand the payment process and I am willing to proceed”.

    I received a check from “SMOQUE BBQ” in Chicago IL. with a return address of Darman Manufacturing in Racine WI.
    I wish people would work as hard for their money as they work to get MINE!!!!
    Thanks for your post and information. You saved me a lot of trouble and money!!!

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  38. Ahahaha. Yeah there trying to scam me at the moment as well. In Vancouver. I dont know how i want to play it yet. Haha. They sent a etransfer to me. I havnt accepted it yet. Thought id google this and voila. Thank you Google!

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  39. Still going but this time its a text message asking me to send an email to an address provided… my offer was for $400 a week they must be getting desperate…oh and I’m in Vancouver…

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  40. Thanks for your post on google we stopped the interaction with Domenic Baldwin and his car wrap scam.

    Thanks again Mario.

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  41. I almost fell for this! Did some last minute research before he sent me the cheque and found this site! Thank god! The guys name is Jeremy Cosman. Company that was supposed to advertise for was Montclair water.

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    1. I just got a check from them what should I do? He keeps pressing me about it I was going to send it back

  42. Hi, thank you for this!! i also received a text for Eden Beverages and replied, also to the email i received (exactly as above) with initial details. I was receiving constant calls (which i didn’t answer) and an email today with a “signed” invoice which i never approved to “sign”. I can’t open it as its in online excel and not risking putting in my info JUST incase. SO, i will ignore it and hope it works itself out….

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  43. Hi live in Edmonton also had Edens water scam pulled on me but talked to the marketing of Edens water and they said their not advertising that way so beware if something to good to be true it probably isn’t luckily I didn’t bank the check

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  44. I was just about to get scammed when I got a little suspicious and then your post came up I’m so thankful you put this

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  45. Wow, yes they are here in Calgary! Say NO to Eden Water & Beverages.
    Thank you so much for posting this. Yes, they sent me the same scam, word for word, via Kijiji (I was applying for a part-time job).
    It seemed too good to be true, so I decided to do some research and found you.
    You probably saved me thousands of dollars and tonnes of frustration!

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    1. Hi,

      This is still going on. I live in Montreal. I received a few messages from different addresses directly on my cell phone for a few months now. They offered between 300$ and 340$ per week…which is more than I make at work. I thought they were Virgin Mobile adds, as they do send me many offers. I received the same e-mail as you, but for Eden Water and Coffee and thought it was too good to be true. I have been a victim of fraud a few times before, the last time it was to adopt a puppy from Philadelphia but I had to wire the money for the shipment to Africa! As soon as they ask you to wire money you know it makes no sense, aka SCAM! Also, they presure you to act fast so that you do not have time to think it through. Thank you for this info. Hopefully they cannot do anything with my information…but I will be expecting a fake check in the mail. I hate these scammers! 🙁

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